Dark spots and hyper-pigmentation create a cloud of shame that makes you want to hide. You hate when people ask about your skin, comment on it, or act like you don't live with it daily.
We don't discuss it often, but the sinking feeling in your stomach is there as long as the dark spots are. Long-lasting dark patches on the skin might make you feel anxious and unsettled, especially if they're on an exposed part of your body (face, neck, and back).
And what makes it worse is that hundreds of companies promise their products can eliminate black spots but consistently exclude black and brown skin from trial testing. So, we either waste money on products not made for us or time making skin concoctions at home.
It is challenging to deal with skin that has dark patches, hyper-pigmentation, or other blemishes. They can make you appear older & make your skin dull and one-dimensional, which eats away your confidence.
These issues inspired the writing of this article because we know our beauties have had enough. Please continue reading to learn about the types of black spots, how to cure them, and which products help cover them while not irritating the skin.
4 Tips for eliminating hyper-pigmentation, discoloration & dark spots
Hyper-pigmentation, discoloration, and dark patches are all common skin ailments. Though annoying, there are several accessible and easy to use solutions that minimize their appearance.
There are several reasons you could be experiencing dark patches, discoloration, or hyper-pigmentation including:
- UV radiation that stimulates pigment cells to create more color
- Direct damage from sun light
- Hormones imbalances
If you want to opt for 100% organic remedies, there are 6 ingredients used for centuries across several cultures including:
- Aloe Vera
- Polyphenols in tea
- Various essential oils
Always discuss any changes you're making with your dermatologist or esthetician to learn more about how these ingredients could interact with your skin. In the meantime, let's dive into how these conditions impact beauties with brown skin.
3 things to know for brown skin care
When addressing your skin stressors, there are 3 things you need to consider. Keeping these things in mind prevents your skin from becoming raw, irritated and develop scaring.
- Start with identifying the underlying cause, such as inflammation or sun damage to begin the healing journey.
- Avoid over-treating your skin because it can become irritated. Instead, use products with kojic acid, like the brightening sugar scrub cubes or turmeric honey bar.
- A stubborn dark spot that can't be addressed with skin care treats or over the counter options need a professionals attention. Please don't waste time trying 1,000 products when it could be an internal imbalance or lifestyle issue that needs to change.
Regularly exfoliate: Scrub gently 3 times a week to remove dead skin cells that can make spots appear darker. Consider using an African exfoliating Body Net, as they are antibacterial and have a much longer life span than loofahs.
- Moisturize damp skin with Silky Body Oil: This body therapeutic oil is applied as an ointment and produces optimal results within 4-6 weeks of consistent use. Our ideal body oil encompasses Canola oil, Coconut oil, hydrating herbs and more.
- Make use of a brightening serum. Look for products with ingredients like vitamin C like in our Illuminating Glow Serum for treating dark spots and brightening the skin.
How to prevent dark spots and Hyper-pigmentationThe best way to prevent hyper-pigmentation and dark spots on brown skin is by addressing myths on our skin:
Even on cloudy days, protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Contrary to popular belief, Black people do need to wear sunscreen everyday, we are not immune to UV skin damage and aging.
- Be gentle with your skin. Avoid rough exfoliation and harsh rubbing, which can harm the skin's protective layer and cause inflammation. Use mild cleaning products instead, and exfoliate no more than 3 times a week.
- Remember to moisturize everyday and after every bath. Use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your skin type to avoid dryness, flaking and irritation.
- Look for a moisturizer with SPF for further protection and to reduce the products in your cabinet.
Examine a few of the techniques described in this article to see which ones are most effective for you. You can achieve the flawless skin you've always desired with a little patience and persistence.