We all know that piling on concealer isn’t the ideal solution to dealing with pigmentation and scarring - hands up for an even, glowing complexion instead? Well there is a way, and a big part of this is knowing exactly what you’re working with - acne scars, hyperpigmentation and sun damage, as each has their own reason for occurring.
If you often get pesky red marks that follow a blemish, then you’ve got post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a pigmentation left over from your skin’s natural healing process. If you’ve got a more sinister mark that is indented, raised or bumpy, this is the dreaded acne scar, typically caused by the overload of collagen to help heal the breakout. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can take several months to fade naturally, while acne scars tend to hang around far beyond their welcome. Dark spots and can appear as if from nowhere, and are due to an increase in melanin, aka sun damage. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - wear your daily SPF.
TOP PREVENTION TIPS:
- Always wear a daily SPF, UVA/UVB 30+ or 50+ if you’re going directly in the sun.
- Try your best to just leave your blemishes be (we know this is next level hard!).
- Be consistent with your skin care routine - it takes time & consistency to see results, after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Okay, enough of the explanation, let’s discuss the key players that will help fade these unwelcome guests!
Vitamin A (retinol) is well known for its ability to increase cell turnover, meaning it helps combat acne and hyperpigmentation as your skin renews itself quicker. If you’re after a plant-based alternative to retinol (that’s suitable for sensitive skin), then we recommend giving Bakuchiol a try! With all the same wondrous benefits of Vitamin A, Bakuchiol helps to smooth uneven texture (see-ya later scarring), while boosting collagen production & cell renewal.
Try our Bakuchiol Booster Serum as a daily treatment to help fade pigmentation and scarring. Best applied in the evening underneath your favourite moisturiser or oil. Be consistent, as your skin takes anywhere from 3-4 weeks to regenerate, so fading and improvement will be noticed over time, not overnight!
ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS:
AHA’s are another key addition to your routine when aiming to fade dark spots & hyperpigmentation. These acids help to resurface the top layer of skin that leaves your complexion looking dull and diminished. By sloughing away dead skin your complexion will look renewed, while helping to increase cell turnover and fade pigmentation over time.
Try our Ceramide Cleansing Cream as a daily facial wash, followed with Quench Coconut Mask, packed with Lime Pearl Caviar (our AHA powerhouse!). Other popular AHA's to try include Glycolic & Lactic acid.
This wonder is your go-to for lightening hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Not only does it break up pigmentation, it helps stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production, which in turn helps to prevent dark spots in future (bye free radicals!). Known for its brightening properties, Vitamin C will help to fade hyperpigmentation while brightening your complexion, leaving you with an even glow!
Try our Vitamin C Brightening Day Cream each morning, followed by our Hyaluronic Moisturising Cream in the evening to help achieve even texture and tone.