Perhaps the most gruelling aspect of having acne is the persistent hyperpigmentation and dark spots that are left over once the inflammation resides. Even the best acne treatment can fail at lightening dark spots. From skin peels to overnight masks, the options for dark spots correction are endless and tedious to deal with. To understand how best to treat this, it’s important to know where dark spots come from.
Why do dark spots occur?
Dark spots occur as a response to triggers like sun exposure, hormones, ageing-related factors, and physical damage. In the event of inflammation skin cells produce a few extra layers of melanin when healing. This results in ‘hyperpigmented skin’ of a blemish on the skin surface. Over time these blemishes can fade. However, when one is constantly exposed to the same trigger (not wearing sunscreen when out in the sun), then the blemish can take much longer to heal and appear as if it is permanent.
How to treat dark spots and hyperpigmentation?
This begs the question- how to treat hyperpigmentation and dark spots? Here is a definitive guide for what works.
Among the best ways to avoid pigmentation issues is to keep UV exposure in check by wearing sunscreen daily. Any skin specialist knows that products aren’t worth a single rupee if you are not wearing sunscreen to protect your skin. Look for a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 50 and PA +++ which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Spf 50 breaks down about 2-3 hours of wear so ensure to reapply SPF during the day. You can get a spot correcting and skin brightening combo in Auravedic’s Vitamin C brightening cream with SPF 50.
- Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is a miracle worker for correcting pigmentation and spots. It can get rid of pesky marks while brightening the skin all over. Since Vitamin C is so rich in antioxidants it can correct some of the damage sustained from oxidative stress on the skin- which happens naturally as we age and gets accelerated when we are exposed to UVA light. Beyond fading your age spots, hyperpigmentation, and sunspots, Vitamin C can also help with reducing the appearance of fine lines. Check out Auravedic’s line of Vitamin C products to find the best way to add it into your routine.
- Spot treatments:
Certain skincare ingredients make for excellent dark spot treatments. These include ingredients like Kesar (exfoliating), Haldi (anti-inflammatory), Ashwagandha (anti-oxidant), Chandan (exfoliating). When combined in a powerful formula, you have a potent dark spot corrector that can be used overnight and will lighten persistent spots in a matter of weeks. Note that when using intensive ingredients that can fade dark spots it is important to wear sunscreen during the day to keep your skin protected from UV rays.
To sum up
Even the darkest of hyperpigmented spots might seem permanent, but they can be healed with the right skincare. Start by wearing SPF 50 whenever you are exposed to sunlight, and consider adding Vitamin C to your routine in the form of face oil, serum, or moisturiser. Finally, you can also opt for spot treatments that can be used overnight.