We unpack the causes of hyperpigmentation and give you solutions for treating those dark spots.
You outgrow your teen acne at last, but before you can celebrate, you have to deal with the fall-out - patches of dark spots on your skin where you had pimples.
Though very common, acne isn't the only culprit (see below), but whatever the cause, dark spots - properly named hyperpigmentation - affect women of all skin tones and ages, particularly women with darker complexions, and it's one of SA women's biggest skin concerns.
Other than slapping on total camouflage make-up, there are several options available to treat the condition. But first, you need to learn your lessons:
Lesson 1: There are no quick fixes.
Lesson 2: Do your homework (like reading up on the causes, treatments and future prevention here).
Lesson 3: Don't be too aggressive in your treatment as you could cause even more pigmentation.
Lesson 4: Only use trusted treatments from reputable skin-care brands, skin-care therapists and dermatologists.
Lesson 5: Follow instructions to the letter, and complete the course of treatment, unless something goes horribly wrong. And always use sun protection.
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