hyperpigmentation

anonymous asked:

hb did u ever have hyperpigmentation after acne? if so, how did you treat it? help

hi! yes i did/still do! 

to some extent it never goes away fully, but it really DOES fade with time. I actually had pretty severe hyperpigmentation (much more of that than of typical scarring) because my skin is so fair and sensitive. 

my dermatologist taught me that the #1 thing to do is avoid the sun (which I did so well that I got a vitamin D deficiency lmao) and I wear SPF 50 on my face every day. And then I’ve been using organic rosehip oil every night (which you can buy on amazon.) Normally putting anything with the word “oil” on my face is a nightmare, but rosehip oil is really light and meant to help damaged skin, and I’ve noticed a difference! it also helps aging skin, and i’m only 21, but I have some stress lines on my face already, and it has helped with those too! 

I also did 2 sessions of laser scar removal with my dermatologist, which helped a LOT. They said I would need 6+ sessions to notice a “major difference” but they’re full of shi*t… the sessions are very expensive. insurance does not help with cosmetic procedures. two seemed to make a large enough difference that I felt better, although honestly, if you have the patience, hyperpigmentation does fade a lot over time without any procedures at all. 

summary:

1. avoid sun & wear spf

2. organic rosehip oil

3. wait it out a little while

4. if you’re stressed out waiting, you can speed up the process with lasers  

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Hello!

I haven’t posted my face in awhile! This is what it currently looks like. It still looks pretty rough and kinda the same but majority of this is hyper pigmentation and scarring with some active breakouts. My oil is finally coming back. I actually really appreciate my oily skin now. It’ll keep me young looking. My lips are still dry though.

Curology seems to be okay so far. It hasn’t given me any new breakouts. The formula feels nice and creamy. It doesn’t burn or dry out my skin. It seems to be working wonders on the hyper pigmentation. It’s only been a week so we’ll see how this goes within the next two weeks. If it doesn’t work after a month. I’ll change my formula.

I’ve been eating sooooo much better. It’s really helped my hernia. I still need to order those vitamins. I’m just happy I don’t keep getting any new breakouts. I really hope that doesn’t change and it just keeps getting better from here.

I also hope my visual snow gets better. Bright lights kill me and I’m sick of seeing constant static 24/7.

But at least I’m not depressed anymore!

Sending good vibes to all my peeps with acne❤❤❤

Clearer skin regimines

For those of you who have had trouble with hyperpigementation, eczema, skin damage or any discoloration of the skin (esp face) I know what it’s like. I suffered with cystic acne at a point in my life which left me with horrible hyperpigmentation on my face, as well as suffered with bacne (back acne) and chest acne thought middle school and my whole high school career. Here’s a list I made a few months back on products I’ve either used or have done extensive research on that had great reviews.

I’m not a medical doctor nor do
I have the ability to vouch for all of these products but if you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to my knowledge to help you out :) 
disclaimer: some of these products contain potentially harmful products. I do not condone nor condemn the use of the products listed under “bleaches” but again for any further questions feel free to leave a comment in my ask!

natural exfoliating scrub products: 
Coconut oil 
Raw honey
Lemon
Brown sugar 

Fading treatments

Natural:
Lemon
Plain organic yogurt 
<Every other day> 
Rinse after 15 minutes 
Green tea oil control mask (oily skin)

More fading tips:

(Skin “bleaches”)
Boscia - cleanser 
Wild rose - daily brightener 
Laser free - Peter Thomas 
White mask by Boscia 
Yoko whitening cream and acne cream

Nadinola cream (contains hydroquinoin)

With prescription:
Hydroquinoin -cream 
Tretinoin/retina - peel/gel


Extras:
clarasonic mia/mia 2
Olay pro x (recommended)
Dermaroller (do research prior!!)
AHA natural chemical peels (^)

Always be sure to use a sun screen SP 40-50 when using products with chemicals and/or exfoliating your skin. It is actually recommended we all use sunscreen despite our skin tone or condition year round! 

despicable-deb

Onto the next thing.

Hey guys!

So this month I’m going to be trying out Curology (formerly known as pocket derm). Have you heard of it? There are ads all over Facebook advertising how good this shit is. The reviews are great too!

So basically you get a prescription topical acne solution specifically formulated your skin type! When you sign up, they ask you all these questions regarding your medical history, skin history, skin type, products you’re currently using, any medications you’re currently taking, acne solutions you’ve used in the past, etc., and then you upload pictures of your skin.

You’ll then get matched up with an online dermatologist who’ll formulate your custom prescription, you can send him or her messages regarding your prescription or any questions/concerns you may have. You can also change your formula anytime you want. Did I mention this is only $20 a month? The first month is free so if you’ve literally tried everything including Accutane and your acne came back, I encourage you to give this a try.

I’m super excited to try mine out. I don’t have too many expectations. I’m just hoping it works!

My formula includes:
Zinc pyrithione 0.25%
Clindamycin 1%
Niacinamide 4%


They’re starting me off on a gentler formula. Eventually I’d like to add tretinoin to it to help with my scarring.

By the way, I’m not just doing this. I’m cleaning out my diet, I’m going to order specific skin clearing vitamins, and let my birth control take effect as I’ve only been on the current one I’m using 4 months.

I’ll keep you updated! :)

Fingers crossed 🤞

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So the 1st photo was taken around 5pm, 8/8-14; the 2nd photo is taken same day, but 2 hrs later!
That pimple is barely there anymore and that thanks to my baby boy, the Tea Tree oil;
I recommend you to use Tea Tree oil if you wish to go for a natural solution in making your pimples heal/not let them come to “surface”.
I am not sure how it works for severe acne though..
You guys, give it a try! Make sure is 100% pure tea tre oil; it might be a lil’ expensive depending on your location, but I assure you that it’s worth the fuss

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How To Cover Under-Eye Dark Circles

I hope you find my tutorial on ’How To Cover Dark Circles’ helpful.
Remember, there is no miracle cure. You either have to ACCEPT that you will see makeup under your eyes - but at least it’s not a dark circle. OR, ACCEPT that if you use lighter products that aren’t as heavy on the skin, you won’t get as much coverage - meaning you may still see some darkening around the eyes.

This tutorial will, however, show you the best tips in order to prevent too much product build up, prevent creasing, and show you how to make your under-eye concealer last as long as possible. 

Here are my product recommendations for both medium to full coverage: 
FULL COVERAGE -
Concealer base: (Peach to Orange) 
* Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme
UK: https://uk.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor
US: https://us.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor
* Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Palette
UK: http://bit.ly/22Mvh9S
US: http://bit.ly/1MG0JOP
* Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector
UK: http://bit.ly/1VMziXj
US: http://bit.ly/1Rc4JuY
Foundation:
* Nars Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1MpGGBQ
US: http://bit.ly/1HCQwnn
* Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1ISOTTw
US: http://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/magic-foundation-sign-up
Concealer to brighten:
* Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
UK: http://bit.ly/1TjkKg8
US: http://bit.ly/1NReJD9
* Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
UK: http://bit.ly/1ZPKJj7
US: http://bit.ly/1Rc4UX7
Setting Powder:
* Kryolan Dermacolor Fixing Powder
UK: https://uk.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor/make-up-setting
US: https://us.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor/make-up-setting

MEDIUM to FULL COVERAGE:
Concealer base: (Peach to Orange)
* Illamasqua Cream Pigment
UK: http://bit.ly/1OpU13m
US: http://www.illamasqua.com/androgen-cream-pigment/ (Androgen)
* MAC Pro Correct & Conceal palette
UK: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/157/23772/Products/Face/Concealer/PRO-Conceal-and-Correct-PaletteMedium/index.tmpl
US: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13844/23772/Products/Makeup/Face/Concealer/MAC-Studio-Conceal-and-Correct-Palette-Medium
Foundation:
* Bobbi Brown Longwear Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1JZzImd
US: http://bit.ly/1ISPLqY
* Loreal True Match Foundation
Concealer to brighten:
* Loreal True Match Concealer
* MAC Pro Correct & Conceal palette
UK: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/157/23772/Products/Face/Concealer/PRO-Conceal-and-Correct-PaletteMedium/index.tmpl
US: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13844/23772/Products/Makeup/Face/Concealer/MAC-Studio-Conceal-and-Correct-Palette-Medium

Here is my ‘Before & After’ - I am fortunate enough not to have dark circles, but I know many people do. So I painted on these dark circles with an alcohol activated paint which is waterproof.
This was the perfect way for me to show you how to cover discolouration without the product moving underneath the makeup. It meant it was as true to life as anyone else’s dark circles. 

Let me know how you get on. 

Shonagh

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Day 93: Guys, can we just talk about how much better my skin has gotten? I can’t even explain how grateful I am to accutane for this improvement. I have no acne on my back or chest anymore, and virtually no acne on my face. This is the best my skin has been in years and I’m so happy. The first line of pictures were taken before I even started accutane (but I had been on minocycline for 2 months) and it’s hard to imagine that my skin used to look that way. If you’re really struggling with acne please consider this medication, I know the side affects seem bad, but before I started this I was so sad. I started missing tons of school, staying home always, and not talking to anyone. As strange as it sounds acne became a huge problem and sort of took over my life and I hope nobody else has to go through that. Good luck to everyone!

Oh Tumeric! How I love you soo much!

Soo  I biggest insecurity for the longest time was my face. Not really my  face more like my chin. Like on my mom’s side of the family all the woman have hair on their chin. My cousin Robin’s skin  looks terrible because  she tweezed like crazy so she experienced hyper-pigmentation and even hair on her chin. You’d think I would’ve learn but in 10th grade as soon a   saw one hair I had to pick it.My mom warned me to leave alone but she was a constant tweezer too so I didn’t listen. Years later the damage was done

I became extremely self conscious and went nowhere without a shit ton of foundation on but recently I became a pagan and a naturalist. My new spiritual path lead me to my great grandma Ruby’s old herb books and her spell  books. In her back to eden book she had a hand written note about using turmeric as a skin  lightener and hair remover. So naturally I googled stuff and then started rubbing curry and turmeric all over my face.

It worked which was good since I smelled like curry nd my grandma was cursing me out for using her curry on my face instead  of  on goat.

This  is on 11/12/2013 I had been wearing a turmeric  mask everyday for two weeks.

You see the visible improvement Its been slow but consistent. No overnight miracles.

now I need my acne to go away but this is a picture I took today after washing my face. 1/24/14My skin is soft like butter but that’s probably the coconut oil.

10:51pm

Wanna take the time to say that there is a difference between skin bleaching and toning or evening your skin tone.

My neck and face are much darker than the rest of my body and it’s a little harder for me to tan my body. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation and dark blotches on my face that I’m trying to even out.

HYPERPIGMENATION SCARRING AND FRESH CUT LEMONS!!

Okay, it does not matter about your skin tone, if you have embarrassing hyperpigmentation scars due to acne, deep wounds, and even minor scratches then you need to be using lemon juice on your scars! The citric acids in lemons naturally tone the top layers of your skin to drastically lighten your pigmented scarring. You will notice a change within a couple of weeks, I promise!! So go ahead, cut up some lemons and lighten away!

Kisses xx

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I’ve struggled with acne/hyper pigmentation and acne scars for as long as i can remember. it’s something im wry insecure about but im starting to flaunt it. im starting to realize people don’t actually care. they’re too obsessed with their insecurities to notice my imperfections. so here I am saying that i love my skin and i may get insecure still but no one can change that. remember to love yourself and love your neighbors just the same. you’re beautiful if you have scars, stretch marks, fat rolls, acne and acne scars, you’re beautiful and i love you!

Skin Care Talk: Fading Acne Scars and Hyperpigmentation

As if dealing with Acne isn’t already traumatizing and hard enough, once they’re gone, we’re left to deal with hyperpigmentation marks and scars! I dealt with a huge acne outbreak about half a year ago and I was ecstatic to see it go, except when I realized that those pesky marks were actually sticking around for a while. So to continue being a good skin obsessed and a super informed beauty product consumer I researched like a mad woman and tried a few different things. 

Lancome Bright Expert: is one of my favourites even to this day. This is a product designed to even out skin tone by gently brightening any marks and areas. This isn’t a spot treatment, it’s meant to be applied all over the face. I found that within 3-4 weeks of using this, my marks were fading fast! I still use this because even though I don’t have acne issues and hyperpigmentation to deal with anymore, it’s helping me with any uneveness and redness in my skin. It’s a pretty thin lotion consistency and absorbs fast. Use a tiny bit for the whole face! It’s expensive so make it last. 

Lancome Genifique Serum: I first used this about a year ago and saw an improvement in my skin’s tone and texture. It was also the very first serum I’ve ever tried so when I was done with my first bottle, I went and tried other serums like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Kiehl’s. Well Estee Lauder did nothing for my skin and Kiehl’s burned my skin due to lavender and other essential oils that didn’t agree with my skin. When you look at the ingredient list for Lancome’s Genifique, you notice that there isn’t a single active ingredient like AHA or BHA. But somehow it works. It makes my skin brighter, more even and I actually feel confident enough to go make up free after using this. The effects go away as soon as you stop using this and it’s pretty expensive so try a sample first. 

Peter Thomas Roth 10% Glycolic Moisturizer: Well it doesn’t have to be Peter Thomas Roth’s glycolic moisturizer. I’ve used Neostrata (from Shoppers) and I’ve had good results with that as well. As long as glycolic acid is present, the moisturizer is going to work hard over night to shed any unwanted dead skin cells to reveal the pretty healthy smooth skin underneath. If you have never used glycolic or salicylic acid before, I suggest you try Neostrata’s Smoothing Cream in level 1. It only contains 6% glycolic which means it’s going to be gentle and by the time you’re finished with the jar, your skin is going to be used to gentle chemical exfoliating and will be able to tolerate a higher concentration. This most definitely is a super performing ingredient and is my best friend in dealing with hyperpigmentation caused by acne! 

Sunscreen: MUST USE A GOOD SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY TO FADE DARK SPOTS AND HYPERPIGMENTATION. When I was in my teens, I never cared about skincare nor did I care about protecting my skin from the sun. Well I do now and so should everyone. Sun damage causes our skin to become older, leathery, spotty and all kinds of no thank you’s. If you’re trying to face spots and marks on your face and don’t wear sunscreen, you may as well just throw everything else away because nothing is going to work unless you protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays. I always wear SPF 50 and above because I don’t want photoaging (I’m serious!). Sure I don’t have a sexy Victoria’s Secret tan but I also look a few years younger than my age and I don’t have any spots and wrinkles all thanks to daily sunscreen wearing. 

Other stuff to consider when dealing with acne scars and hyperpigmentation: 

Vitamin C: They come in various forms- serums being the most popular but you can just use pure fresh lemon juice and apply to your skin all over (don’t forget to wash off after about 10-15 minutes). Vitamin C in lemon juice is known for its lightening properties! Alternatively, If you want some natural looking highlights but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars at a salon or use sun-in to turn your hair into straw, you can liberally apply lemon juice to strands you want to lighten and sit out in the sun (don’t forget to wear sunscreen! :) 

Hydroquinone: is another super effective ingredient in fading away unwanted marks and spots. I personally haven’t used it only because I felt that the combination of my serum and gycolic acide cream were working well enough for me but beauty and skin junkies swear by this magic ingredient. Skin care makers like Murad, Peter Thomas Roth and Dr. Brandt all make some kind of acne spot fading products with this ingredient. 

Lately, there’s been such a huge interest in fading dark spots and there’s been quite a few products that’s been launched specifically to target them. I think as long as you see some tried- tested and true ingredients like glycolic acid, vitamin C, hydroquinone, they’re worth a try. As for the Lancome Bright Expert and Genifique Serums, I love them but cannot figure out why they are so effective due to lack of any highly effective active ingredients. They’re expensive and the ingredient list looks pretty standard- no actives, and some even contain silicon. But there’s also glowing reviews online for how effective they are! I’m not a chemist or a dermatologist so I can’t theorize on why but I think it is safe to assume that a prestige brand is always going to have solid scientific research and testing behind every product on their roster and you just have to try it to see for yourself. 

Try these remedies, products and tips and say goodbye to stupid acne marks! 

Julia Sharing :) 

C- Living with hyper-pigmentation has rendered my self-esteem basically non-existent. I haven’t worn a bathing suit in almost 15 years, a tank top in 17 years. I hate summertime the most. My friends all want to go swimming or to the beach and I can’t go. I am constantly wearing long-sleeves and hoodies. I avoid low-cut shirts and short-shorts. I don’t feel at all attractive and will even keep a shirt on during sex. I took it off once and although I was well-received, I felt disgusting and still regret it. I think about that one time I was entirely naked in front of this person and it makes me want to throw up. I make me want to throw up.

I find myself even in public staring at people who are able to show skin and it makes me anxious, jealous. It makes me question whether or not I will have any value to anyone if I can’t look like that. Why would someone choose me when they can choose someone they can actually stand to look at?

I haven’t told anyone about it. Some of my friends know I have hyper-pigmentation but, no one knows that it actually bothers me or that it makes me question myself constantly. I hate it so much. People don’t mean to be hurtful but, when they mistake my spots for “track marks” or ask “what happened to you?” It kills me. Nothing happened to me, I was born this way. I don’t do drugs, I never have.

Sad part is, I am a psychology student, lol. I know this level of self-esteem is not normal and I know my beliefs about myself are dangerously similar to body dysmorphic disorder but, I can’t stop. Whenever I look in the mirror or think about myself, I want to cry and/or vomit. Even writing this now I want to cry. I want to be considered “pretty” so bad but, any compliment I get, I disregard. My beliefs and behaviors, although founded, are not logical. And yet, I can’t stop. I guess a lifetime of sneers and probing questions really wears on you.