Hyperpigmentation is the discoloration and scarring left over from Acne. You can get this from picking at your acne, however, if you have a deep lesion such as a cyst you can leave it alone and still end up with discoloration.
It is best to get your Acne breakouts under control first by either choosing to topically treat it and or using oral medication. Once you have cleared your skin up, you can then work on removing the dark spots.
Some of the solutions for treating dark spots can further agitate acne, so it is best that you work on getting that issue solved first then work on the discoloration.
For spots that have severe hyperpigmentation you are going to want to remove the layers of dead skin and encourage healing. You can do this a few ways:
- Prescription bleaching cream
- Over the counter dark spot fading cream
- Chemical Peels
- Derma Roller
I recommend starting with exfoliating your skin on your own. However, again make sure you have cleared up at least most of your acne or you could further agitate your skin and break out really bad. The other methods can be pricey and the results will also vary from person to person.
Here is a natural mix that I used to reduce my dark spots:
- 3 tablespoons Ginger Juice
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 3 drops of tea tree oil
- 3 tablespoons Honey
- Epsom Salt for grit and exfoliation (add enough so the mix isn’t watery)
To make the ginger juice for the mix:
Step 1: Wash off 2 to 3 pieces of fresh ginger and then pat dry
Step 2: Cut the ginger up into pieces and put into a food process or blender
Step 3: Add a cup or two of filtered water
Step 4: Blend the mix
Step 5: Strain the ginger juice
The leftover ginger juice you have can be used to make yummy ginger lemonade or another treat you might enjoy. Ginger is really good for digestion and comes with a load of other health benefits, so it will do you some good to incorporate it into your diet.
Mix all the ingredients until they have the consistency as shown in the above photo.
Store this mix in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This scrub does not have a preservative and if not stored in the fridge it will be prone to harmful bacteria that will be hazardous to your health. Vitamin E and other essential oils are NOT preservatives.
I exfoliated with this mix everyday without any irritation, however this may be too much for you so adjust as need, try starting with 3 times per week. I discovered that for whatever reason my skin really doesn’t shed much at all so this helped me to ward off breakouts as well.
Whatever method you choose you must have consistency and patience. It takes multiple applications and months before you see a dramatic improvement. If you choose to exfoliate on your own you are going to have to stick with it for months before seeing results. Same thing goes for if you choose to get a chemical peel with an esthetician or you choose to any of the other methods at home or in a office.