Thursday, May 29, 2014

Q&A: Dark spots from Blemishes

Q. Whenever my skin breaks out, I am left with dark marks. What can I do about it?

 A. The skin is healing itself by trying to reduce inflammation by producing pigment. Try to calm the blemish as soon as it starts. Use a facial cleanser that contains salicylic acid followed by a spot treatment also containing salicylic acid. Don't pick and squeeze! It will only create more inflammation. You can also try applying ice to calm the inflammation. Apply the ice to the blemish 3 times a day for 10-20 minutes at a time.

The spots will eventually lighten. A spot lightening treatment may help lighten up the spots a little quicker. Use a concealer to hide the spots as they continue to heal.

It is important to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to help prevent the spots from getting darker from the sun.  I always love Hawaiian Tropic sunscreens.

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