Hyperpigmentation occurs following injury or inflammation to the skin. This condition causes the skin to product larger deposits of melanin, which results in darker skin color. Although hyperpigmentation can affect anyone, it is prevalent in melanin-rich skin.
Problem: Acne-prone skin that leads to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and uneven skin tone.
Solution: Treat acne early before it worsens. If you missed the mark, use products that contains ingredients known as tyrosinase inhibitors that eliminate the cause of dark spots. Some tyrosinase inhibitors to look for are vitamin C, alpha arbutin, and licorice root.
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What causes dark spots on my skin?
Hyperpigmentation, often referred to as dark spots, occurs when areas of the skin produces an excess of melanin. Melanin is what gives the skin, eyes and hair color.
There are many causes as to why dark spots occur:
- Wound healing
- Sun damage
- Hormonal changes
- Side effects from medication
At xbg, we focus primarily on darks spots caused from inflammation to the skin that typically occur from acne.
Is there a way to prevent dark spots from occurring?
Absolutely! We are all about prevention and always recommend controlling the cause. If acne is the cause of your hyperpigmentation, you should treat and control your acne concerns.
Acne can most often be treated with topical products. In some cases, professional treatment is needed in conjunction with topical treatment. At xo Brown Girl we offer topical treatment to control acne and prevent dark spots. You can find options for treating acne here.
Additionally, we highly recommend adding sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher as a part of your skin regimen. When combating hyperpigmentation, direct exposure to the sun can worsen the appearance of dark spots.
How long will it take to fade dark spots and uneven skin tone?
Dark spots does not require treatment, however it is desired due to esthetics.
Without any treatment, dark spots typically fade away within 6-12 months. Deeper coloration can take years to fade on their own.
With that being said, there is no exact timeline on how quickly your dark spots will disappear even when paired with treatment. Hyperpigmentation can be be very stubborn and requires patience to treat.
How do I fade my dark spots?
We advise implementing a regimen of daily topical treatment with sunscreen protection at home. There is no quick fix for combating dark spots. It takes consistent, daily compliancy on your end to assist in the process.
Key note to remember, dark spots don't occur overnight. So you shouldn't expect fading the appearance to occur instantly either. Implementing patience, consistency, alongside topical treatment and reducing direct sun exposure will assist you with reaching your goals of fading your dark spots and uneven skin tone.