As someone that has suffered from dark spots and hyperpigmentation I know the struggle, and if you don’t please count your blessings. Dark spots and hyperpigmentation is usually caused by acne scars, hormonal imbalances and plain ole genetics. The good thing is that it is very possible to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, the only down side is that it does take a bit longer to fade especially if you are not consistent with your regime and tips I’m about to give you below. One thing i want you to do while you take on this journey is to be patient.
The last time I completely fade my dark marks and hyperpigmentation it took me about seven months. The reason my hyperpigmentation came back was due to my eczema flaring that strips my skin leaving me with discoloration & uneven skin tone not to mention I broke out during that process. If you’re someone that suffers from eczema you know that when your flaring you don’t even want to touch your face, thankfully I have some awesome products that I use to tackle my eczema so its not as painful anymore and doesn’t last as long as it use to. Which brings me to the first thing you need to do to fade your dark spots & hyperpigmentation and achieve glowing skin.
1. Consistent Skincare Routine
Having a solid skincare routine that makes sense is probably the second best thing you can do for your skin. Consistency breeds results, that’s the only way you will see true results. Aside from being consistent your skincare routine has to make sense. That simply means you can’t have oily acne-prone skin and all the products you’re using is for people with dry skin, those products will do absolutely nothing for your skin. I’ve gotten plenty of DM’s with this same issue, where my followers using the wrong products. To solve that issue of you wasting money on products that doesn’t address your skin type or concerns, I’ve created a quick skincare consult quiz you answer 3-4 questions about your skin and it spits out a skincare routine with products that will address your skin concerns and skin type. Take the quiz here
2. Double cleansing
Unfortunately not many people know what double cleansing is, let's change that. Double cleansing is exactly what its sounds like. You wash your face twice; first with an oil-based cleanser or balm. Then with a water-based cleanser. It is very effective and it gives your skin the thorough cleanse that it needs to work for you. Ideally double cleansing is done at night to ensure your skin is properly cleansed from all the makeup & Spf you had on throughout the day. Everyone’s fav oil cleanser is the PRECLEANSE the makeup artists love this one because it cleanses & removes their makeup.
Sadly this doesn’t go without saying, because it is still plenty humans walking around without sunscreen especially during these sunny summer months. The number one best thing you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen. Whether the is to fade your dark spots or just maintain healthy acne free skin. Yes ! Even if you have a lot of melanin you still need to wear sunscreen it’s allows your skin to age gracefully and also aids in fading your dark spots & hyperpigmentation. Some black friendly sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast and doesn’t leave the skin oily are right here for you. sunscreens.
4. Exfoliating only 2-3x per week.
Exfoliation is key for glowing skin; it gives your pores a a solid clean out and rids it of dead skin cells that results in radiant glowing skin. The key thing to remember when exfoliating is not to over do it, meaning don’t do it everyday. Exfoliating should be done two-three times a week to keep your skin healthy. Even though it’s very tempting to do it more often, but using them too frequently will result in over-exfoliating and a very angry, inflamed and damaged skin barrier. So I don’t over do it; I only exfoliate on days I work out which are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. my fav thing to exfoliate with is the tonic toner