How to get rid of your pesky dark spots
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MANILA, Philippines — Unfortunately, once you get rid of a pimple, the fight isn't over just yet.
You still have to deal with the pesky dark spot, also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), it leaves behind. PIH develops when melanin production goes into overdrive to protect your skin and help it heal.
Treating dark spots can take time. But with the right products, you can speed up the process.
Alpha hydroxy acids
Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, gently exfoliate the surface of the skin. These products speed up cell turnover, reducing the appearance of dark spots. Be on the lookout for words such as glycolic, lactic, mandelic.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps combat the effects of free radicals on your skin. As a chemical exfoliant, it reduces hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C also inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme for melanin production.
Fortunately, this one’s widely available in the Philippines! Like Vitamin C, Kojic acid also helps inhibit tyrosinase, lightening hyperpigmentation.
Sun exposure can exacerbate hyperpigmentation, so make sure to wear sunscreen. Acne and/or hyperpigmentation treatments can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Make sure you’re also treating your acne — otherwise, these products won’t do you much good! You’ll only be stuck in an endless cycle of trying to lighten your dark spots. — Rappler.com