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How to Lighten Dark Pigmentation after Pregnancy

In many women, pregnancy or childbirth often ushers in dark mask-like pigmentation on their faces. This dark pigmentation is otherwise known as melasma and pregnancy mask. The hyperpigmentation after pregnancy is most dominant on the centre of the face, cheekbones and jawbone regions. Other areas where they can be rarely seen are upper regions of the neck and forearms.

Though the pigmentation often disappears over time, it may be permanent sometimes. Consequently, to get your beauty back after pregnancy, the importance of lightening this dark pigmentation can never be overemphasized. Here are some of the ways to lighten melasma after pregnancy:

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5 TIPS TO CARE FOR BLACK SKIN WITH ACNE

When we get acne on our beautiful skin, we have to be careful about how we treat it. This can be difficult as so many skin care tips are not geared toward ethnic skin. Acne breakouts can be even more confusing to treat.

When it comes to choosing products in the health and beauty aisles to soothe acne symptoms, the decision of what to purchase is not an easy one.

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Skin Care Tips for Glowing Skin

Regardless of age, every woman would love to have gorgeous skin and never feel the need to reach for a foundation or cover up. A glowing, even complexion is perceived as beautiful and not just for the young.

It’s what makeup is all about – it lets you fake it till you make it. But are you doing all you can to help your skin glow? Do you know what the essential skin care steps are? Let’s get back to the basics.

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Is there an effective Acne treatment cream?

There are very few effective Acne treatment creams available.

Acne is more than a skin condition. It is a skin condition that affects your confidence, the way you present yourself in front of people, even the decisions you take.

80% of the population suffer with Acne sometime in their lifetime.

Most suffer during puberty, but it can erupt later in their lives too.

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Sun Block cream for Sensitive skin

Sun block is especially essential for sensitive skin, as this is particularly susceptible to sun burn.

It is imperative to protect your skin against UVA AND UVB rays.

Apart from a wearing a hat or carrying a sun umbrella, it is essential to apply a total sun block cream.

A good sun protection cream should contain a physical barrier e.g. Titanium dioxide. This can unfortunately leave a “white sheen” on the face. The more expensive sun block creams contain Octocrylene, which is colourless & actually sits in the skin for much longer, giving a better protection for a longer period.

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INFLAMMATION IS THE CAUSE OF SCARS
In managing Scars, professionals often forget the contribution of inflammation to this process. The body responds to breaks in the skin by trying to close this wound as quickly as it can. Unfortunately, the body does not care what this scar looks like. Inflammation is the redness, swelling, heat & pain you get when the skin is broken. This causes an over-response by the body, which lays down collagen in the quickest way it can which, is inevitably ugly especially, if you are dark skinnedRead More
HOW TO TREAT DARK PATCHES (HYPERPIGMENTATION) OF ECZEMA IN DARK SKIN?
Eczema leads to dark patches in Asian & darker skinned people. This is because of two reasons:

1. The dark patches are usually blue-grey or slate coloured.

This indicates that the pigment melanin has gone into the deep dermal layer of skin.

This happens because the basal membrane of the top layer of skin namely, the epidermis where the melanin producing cell (melanocyte) sits, is damaged due to the inflammation of the eczema & the melanin instead of remaining in the top epidermal layer has leaked deeper into skin.

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WHAT IS HYDROQUINONE ?
Addiction to hydroquinone is also a growing problem

Without a doubt, hydroquinone is very effective for treating hyperpigmentation issues, but the side effects are worse than the treatment itself!

It attacks not only the Melanin producing

  • Melanocyte
  • the fibroblasts
  • other skin cells as well.
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DARK PATCHES (HYPERPIGMENTATION) WITH ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS
This is a very distressing & common condition in dark-skinned people and leads to dark, velvety patches in arm pits ,groin, neck, elbows, knees, knuckles or skin folds. These dark patches often have skin tags with them.

The most common reasons are Obesity (being overweight), Diabetes or heredity. This familial or hereditary type presents at birth or early childhood.

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HOW TO LIGHTEN DARK SKIN IN ARMPIT & GROIN AREAS?
This is a common problem in dark skinned people where the skin tone in the groin & armpits is darker than the surrounding areas.

There are three main reasons for this:

Friction-The skin in these areas is rubbing against each other, setting up irritation & inflammation, leading to melanin overproduction.

Infection-Fungal infection in these sweaty areas is quite common & can present with itchy dark patches.

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