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    Choosing the Best Acne Eraser For You

    When it comes to finding the right acne scar treatment actually depends on the severity of the scar. Most individuals would prefer to have their acne scars treated by medical professional and this usually done by injecting fillers or smoothing it out with laser treatments.

     

    If the acne scar is on the surface, exfoliating and erasing the damage would be the best treatment. This method is not only good for treating acne but it also reduces skin wrinkles. The best acne scar eraser treatment should be mild and non-abrasive, which is usually common in over-the-counter acne treatment products. Acne scar eraser should be made from gentle ingredients yet powerful enough to produce favorable results.

     

    The best acne scar eraser shouldn’t further problems on the skin dermis but instead aid in tissue healing, reduce the thickness and appearance of the scar and give you an even toned skin and smooth complexion.  As mentioned earlier, finding the best acne scar eraser will depend on the severity of the scar. This means that most over-the-counter acne scar erases products will not have much effect on scars like ice pick scars, deep scars and hypertrophic scars.  These types of scars are best treated by medical professionals such a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.

     

    You will know that you have stumbled upon a good acne scar eraser treatment if it consists dermabrasion scrub which is perfect for removing dead skin cells. Dead cells gives you a dull complexion and once these are removed, you will have a smoother and polished complexion. Having a smooth skin, free from dead skin cells will allow better absorption of the skin eraser’s active ingredients.

     

    Your acne treatment should also have a skin eraser which happens to be a serum that contains lactic acid. Lactic acid deeply exfoliates the skin thus reducing red blotches, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine line and patchy areas.

     

    Basically, the best acne scar treatment should have a two way approach such as the above-mentioned. A two way approach will work on bumpy and discolored scars and will produce more satisfying results. Of course, like all skin treatments, the result is not always instant. Since you are dealing with skin tissue, it would take more time to heal. And the deeper the scar, the longer it takes to be erased or smooth out.  Scar is a result of skin trauma and the best way to prevent further skin damage is to take care of your skin, treating it with mild and non-abrasive skin products.

     

    Is sunscreen needed for black skin?

    Sunscreen, also known as sunblock or sun cream, is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product that absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet rays (ultraviolet radiation = UV rays) in order to protect the skin that is exposed to sunlight. Sunscreen, in effect, protects against sunburn and potentially prevents skin cancer. UVA rays are the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can lead to cancer. On the other hand, UVB rays cause sunburns. Many African Americans have been taught that we can tolerate the sun or the heat better than other races; however, black skin is not immune to skin cancer and sunburns. Though black skin is not commonly diagnosed with skin cancer, due to its deeper melanin content absent in most other races, it does happen sometimes. Skin cancer can be very deadly when it is diagnosed in African Americans. Sunscreen is needed for black skin, just as it is needed for everyone else! Sunscreen has been proven to prevent premature aging and skin cancer.

    When should sunscreen be used?

    It is a good practice to apply sunscreen every day. Exposed skin will need to be protected from the sun and according to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), it should not only be applied if you are planning on going out in the sun because the sun’s UVA rays can penetrate through windows. Sunscreen should be used on sunny days as well as cloudy days. Studies have shown that even on the cloudiest days, the majority of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Although it may not be as commonly mentioned, and the sales of sunscreens are not sky high during the season, you should even apply sunscreen in the winter months.

    When and how should I apply it?

    Apply sunscreen between 15 and 20 minutes prior to your skin’s exposure to the sun. Apply it more often if you plan to swim (reapply when exiting the water). Apply the sunscreen to clean, dry skin. 

    How to Choose Sunscreen?

    You will find that the creams work well, but are a bit heavier than a spray or lotion. If you have dry skin, the creams will be the best options for your skin. If your skin is oily, you may want to try a lotion or spray. Look for different sunscreens based on reviews by professionals. In choosing a sunscreen, it is good practice to pick a product that has an SPF of 30 or above. You may find that there are many products that you already use such as lotions or cosmetics that contain an SPF of 15. These provide some protection from the sun’s UV radiation, but the sunscreen will be even more effective when bought separately. You can apply sunscreen under cosmetics or lotions.

    As always, consult with a health care professional for advice prior to treating conditions at home.

    Dark Spots, Marks, and Blemishes

    One of the main causes of blemishes and dark spots is a result of our reaction to pesky pimples, blackheads, and bumps. Many have a weakness when it comes to the huge red, white, and black dots that may cloud the face at any one given time. Most will automatically be tempted to “pop” the bump through bursting the surface of the skin, however, this is not necessarily the best option.

    The problem with the “popping” strategy is that oftentimes, the stress and tension that we place into bursting the bump will actually cause the area to be more irritated. In result, the irritation of the skin goes on to scar the surface of the skin. The scarring is what is referred to as a dark spot or a blemish. Once the dark spot or blemish has developed, it is very difficult to get rid of.

    Also, not only does the popping of the bump lead to blemishes, but in some cases, it may lead to bacteria in the bloodstream. Have you ever noticed that upon squeezing the puss and buildup out of a bump that blood often follows close behind? If you are not caeful to squeeze all of the puss out in an efficient manner, you could very easily leave some behind to mix with the bloodstream. This is a whole new topic to elaborate on in itself.

    Alternatives to squeezing and bursting bumps:

    Place a bit of toothpaste, a deep pore cleansing mask, or something similar on pimples/whiteheads

    Avoid squeezing up blackheads with your nails and/or abrasive surfaces

    Use a bobby pin or a “bump burster” (yes these are actually manufactured and sold) to bring the puss out of the blackhead

    Allow bumps to burst only during gentle exfoliation when cleansing the face

    Remedies for dark spots:

    A mild acidic that penetrates through the surface of the skin
    • Lemon juice, Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Vitamin E used on the spots often (may be in the form of liquid or cream)
    • Cocoa Butter applied often to even the skin tone
    • Pure African Black Soap gently cleanses and has been known to even the skin tone
    • Dermatologists may recommend creams containing Hydroquinone for spot treatment
    • Use a product designed for providing even skin tones such as Ambi or Biore
    • Always use a good Sunscreen of at least SPF 20

    As always, consult with your doctor or dermatologist before starting any new skin regimens.

    Black Skin Hyperpigmenation

    An increase in melanin leads to what is called hyperpigmentation. In a nutshell, melanin is the substance in the body that is responsible for color (pigment) and when there is an overload of melanin in the skin, the skin will become darker in appearance or hyperpigmented. There are certain medical conditions and pharmaceuticals that may cause hyperpigmentation. In addition, exposure to sunlight is a major culprit of hyperpigmentaion, and will darken already hyperpigmented areas. This is why the use of unscreen is highly recommended by dermatologists, even for African Americans.

    Hyperpigmentation may also be referred to as postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. This condition may occur after an injury such as a cut, scrape, or burn, or after certain skin disorders such as acne or eczema. Although it is not exclusive to black skin, hyperpigmentation is more common and noticeable in darker skin. When treatment is started early of the underlying problem, the development of dark spots may be prevented.

    Hyperpigmentation can be expressed through different conditions; one of those conditions is melasma, also known as chloasma. The emergence of tan or brown patches characterizes this condition. It is often a condition that shows up on the face. Melasma can commonly occur in pregnant women; yet men can also develop this condition. Melasma can be treated with medications; it is often treated by hydroquinone. Melasma has been shown to go away naturally after pregnancy.

    At times, darkened areas of the skin may take several months or years to fade. Some forms of treatment include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and bleaching medications that are prescribed by a dermatologist to fade pigment more rapidly. Picking, harsh scrubbing, and abrasive treatments should be avoided so the condition will not be exacerbated.

    Limiting the exposure to the sun and UV radiation will help tremendously in reducing reactions caused in individuals with melasma. A powerful and effective sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) must be used at all times. If sunscreen is not worn frequently, the sunlight will more likely than not, worsen your condition.

    As always, consult with your health care professional prior to treating the condition yourself.