Hyperpigmentation is when an acne scar becomes darker due to the overproduction of melanin in a localized area. It is very easy for acne to turn into dark spots. The culprits behind this can be physically picking at your acne, not protecting your skin from UV rays, certain ingredients in skincare products that are too harsh on your skin, and more. Multiple remedies help fade hyperpigmentation, although it can take anywhere between 2 months to a few years.
Here are some tips for dealing with dark spots:
Using SPF 50
Sunscreen prevents pigmentation of the skin. UV rays drive the melanin cells in the skin to darken it. When your skin is protected from UV rays, it starts to even out over time. Not only does SPF 50 help with the prevention of new acne scars from forming, but it can also slowly fade older scars since they are no longer in contact with the melanin trigger (UV light).
Not picking acne
This tip is a game-changer for anyone with regular breakouts. When you break a pimple, your skin experiences trauma that results in different types of scars, depending on when and how you do it. It is always a bad idea to pick at acne since you have no control over the damage your skin will sustain. With the right care, acne will subside on its own without a trace left on your skin. But the cost of picking acne can be a scar that fades in anywhere between a few weeks to a few years. It’s better to use a gentle ice pack on a newly broken pimple to heal it, and a gentle heating cloth on a pimple that is about to break to speed up the process.
Opting for antioxidant-rich natural ingredients
Ingredients like wheat germ oil, sandalwood oil, and turmeric are known to fade dark spots over time. Due to their high antioxidant content, they inhibit the damage of free radicals on your skin and can inevitably lighten dark spots. Opt for products rich in dark spot fading ingredients that are paraben-free. Make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen during the day when using such potent ingredients.