About 50 million people in the United States alone suffer from acne---making it the most common condition affecting the skin. Acne is typically characterised by pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. When acne clears, it often leaves behind unsightly scars that are hard to get rid of. Brown spots (hyperpigmentation) are a similarly annoying skin condition that's caused by an excess of melanin in the skin. Brown spots typically occur as a result of sun exposure, but are also caused by acne. There are several treatments that can help rid your skin of both acne scars and brown spots.
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Things you need
- Green tea
- Grean tea lotion
- Aloe vera products
- Kojic acid products
- Shea butter products
- Skin lightening creams
Drink green tea daily and apply green tea lotion to your skin several times per day. The powerful antioxidants found in green tea can help heal acne scars and brown spots.
Wash your face several times daily with aloe vera soap and apply aloe vera gel, lotion or cream to acne scars and brown spots. Aloe vera reduces inflammation and can lighten scars and blemishes.
Wash your face daily with kojic acid soap. Kojic acid is a skin whitening agent used to treat hyperpigmentation. It can also lighten acne scars. Also apply kojic acid lotion or cream to acne scars and brown spots several times daily.
Apply shea butter products to your skin several times daily. Shea butter is used to treat skin discolouration and can lighten acne scars and brown spots. Shea butter is available in lotions and soap.
Use over-the-counter skin lightening creams that contain hydroquinone, hydroxy acid, salycilic acid or glycolic acid. Skin lightening creams containing these ingredients fade brown spots and remove acne scars.
Get a chemical peel for scars and brown spots. Chemical peels safely remove the surface layer of acne scarred skin and lightens brown spots.
Try a medical procedure such as laser resurfacing, dermabrasion or microdermabrasion. All of these procedures are performed by a qualified dermatologist to get rid of severe acne scars and brown spots.
Tips and warnings
- Try one or more of the steps until the desired results are achieved.
- Protect your skin and prevent brown spots by wearing a high SPF sunscreen that contains vitamin D and vitamin E.
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