First, you had acne, it was inflamed, now you have dark spots where the acne breakout occurred. Does that sound familiar to you? The fact that acne and hyperpigmentation are two separate skin care issues, what should you concentrate on first?
The answer should be Acne Control first. Because the inflammation caused by pimples can turn into dark spots, which could take months or even years to fade. If you don’t stop and prevent new pimples occurring, the new pimples will leave new dark spots.
Your acne control program should be constructed around the severity of your acne. There are several grades of acne. Grades range from grade 1, mild acne to grade 4, severe acne. Be careful not to over treat your skin, you’ll only cause additional problems, such as dehydrated your skin. (Dehydrated skin, is a lack of water, not oil. It’s possible to have an oily complexion and still have dehydrated skin.) Or increased redness, irritation and sensitivity by over exfoliating it.
Is there a way to treat them both acne and hyperpigmentation and still keep acne control as a priority?
Retinoids products are very beneficial in treating them both acne and pigmentation disorders. The term "retinoids" refers to vitamin A and the various groups derived from vitamin A.
How do retinoid products work?
Yes, retinoid products work by enabling cell turnover, allowing dying and dead skin cells to slough away at a faster rate, which then exposes new, healthier skin cells.
You may be already familiar with non prescription over-the-counter (OTC) ingredients like retinol or retinaldehyde. Retin A and Tretinoin are examples of prescription based retinoids.
Other Important ingredients for an “Acne Control” regime.
There are many acne control ingredients on the market today, I’ve only listed a few below. The American Academy of Dermatology Association has a great deal of helpful information to guide you. Here their link: https://www.aad.org/acne-treatment
- glycolic acid
- salicylic acid
- benzoyl peroxide
Glycolic acid is an exfoliating alpha hydroxyl acid that reduces problems associated with acne, in addition to help brighten skin.
Salicylic, is helpful with fading dark spots because it enhances exfoliation of surface cells and pigment.
Benzoyl peroxide, can be useful in controlling and reducing acne-causing bacteria. It has the ability to reduce Propionibacterium acnes and inflammatory acne lesions.
Rhonda Allison Blemish Complex has a benzoyl peroxide formula that’s mixed with a combination of allantoin, aloe vera and a special blend to enhance its calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
Exfoliate your skin -
Exfoliating helps promote healthy cell turnover for smoother skin, reduces the probability of clogged pores, pimples, blackheads and encourages even skin tones.
People with acne tend to over exfoliate their skin. Although exfoliation is extremely important, it is just as important to choose the correct one and not traumatize your skin by over exfoliating it. Should you choose a manual or chemical exfoliant? For more information on exfoliation read “Why you not over exfoliate”.
Additional Recommended Acne Control Products:
- Skin Script Retinol 2% Exfoliating Scrub Mask
- Skin Script Glycolic and Retinol Pads, with Kojic and Arbutin
- Skin Script Blemish Spot Treatment
For more information on effective hyperpigmentation ingredients. I recommend you read " 13-skincare-ingredients-to-reduce-hyperpigmentation"
Controlling acne and reducing dark spots can be difficult and confusing at times, but with patience and consistency it can be done.