Here is an extensive list of different methods used to remove dark spots caused by acne

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Living with acne can feel like riding a roller coaster. You finally clear up a breakout and you’re left with a dark spot or acne scar, but you’re unsure how to treat dark spots caused by pimples. Your initial instinct may be to try home remedies like lemon juice, aloe vera or reach for typical skincare with aggressive chemical peels and harsh exfoliating treatments, but here is how how to remove dark spots caused by pimples.


1. Be Gentle on New Dark Spots as the Skin is Still Healing

When the spot or acne mark is still red and the pimple has only just faded, your skin is very inflamed. This is no time to use any kind of over-the-counter product or acid, so if you typically use Salicylic Acid or Glycolic acid all over your face as a preventative acne treatment, avoid applying these products directly on the affected areas. Your skin is very tender and irritated, and is not ready to for application of exfoliating treatments. Instead, try Hydrocortisone. Using hydrocortisone for dark spots is an effective way to calm inflammation and address and soothe the red in your skin. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory Apply this for only a period of few days, as over time, Hydrocortisone can actually thin the skin and make it more fragile.

2. Introduce Vitamin C Once the Blemish has Healed

When the dark marks or affected areas have completely healed and are no longer irritated, it’s time to bring in the antioxidants to help get rid of dark spots. Load up on Vitamin C, especially in the morning, to prevent excess melanin from depositing and making the spot darker. Ask your dermatologist to recommend the best Vitamin C-based skincare products. Vitamin C is great for removing dark spots. 

3. Use a Retinoid for Brightening the Appearance of Dark Spots

Research skincare products or, again, consult your dermatologist to recommend items that include a retinol derivative that you can use at night to help speed up the regeneration of your skin. This will help push new, healthy, bright skin to the surface. Retinoid is also used as spot treatment for acne.

4. Exfoliate New Dark Spots with Acids

Once your skin has fully healed, you can use exfoliating treatments twice a week. Use a gentle, chemical exfoliant to help even out your skin tone and fade dark spots and discoloration caused by pimples. Mandelic Acid and Azelaic acid are especially good for hyperpigmentation or Melasma, a condition that causes brown spots on the skin.

5. Protect Dark Spots, Acne Scars and Melasma from the Sun

The most important step of all is to protect your acne scars from the sun. Do not start your day without sunscreen. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. UV rays do infiltrate windows in homes, offices and cars, so always wear SPF. Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. UV rays are the enemy of acne scars, dark spots and other skin conditions. They trigger inflammation and spike melanin production, causing your dark spots and scars to become even darker and harder to fade.


The technical word for the spot left behind an acne lesion once it heals is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, or PIH. This type of pigment is different than normal dark spots because it is a result of inflammation. PIH is not specific to acne.

These dark spots caused by pimples can also commonly occur as a result of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. PIH is most common in darker skin types, and can last for longer than 5 years if left untreated. Keep skin hydrated when shaving or washing your face. Not only are ingrown hairs and razor bumps painful, they will keep returning. Use shaving products to soften and hydrate skin and don’t rush the process. Cuts on skin also take a while to heal.

Prevent PIH Dark Spots from Forming

You may also get PIH if you pick at a blackhead or pimple. Picking at an active acne lesion or blackhead increases the likelihood of leaving behind a dark spot, which is one of the reasons why dermatologists and aestheticians caution against it. You’re better off leaving it alone and letting it heal over time, as painstaking as that can be or feel. Or, you can go to a professional like a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to help remove it.

Relax and Stick to the Plan to Cure Dark Spots Fast

Whether you pick at your pimple or let it heal naturally, PIH may occur either way. It’s important to treat the inflammation and use antioxidants like Vitamin C to inhibit melanin production. Most importantly, use daily sun protection to prevent your spot from worsening. Even a well-healed spot can suddenly become dark if you spend too much time in the sun. We hope this post has helped inform you about how to cure dark spots caused by pimples, and how to prevent further dark spots forming.
Stick to a skincare regimen best suited to your skin.

Start a skincare routine beneficial to your specific skin type, issues and need.

Choose a cleanser, moisturizer with SPF, toner and night cream that will address what skin needs, so you can avoid pimples, dark spots and acne scars from starting. Do your research, listen to your skin…and to your dermatologist.

These are the most efficient ways to remove dark spots caused by pimples.

Curapure Sheet mask CBD in Skin Care

CBD for Skin Care: My First Time Using CBD

Curapure Sheet mask CBD in Skin Care

One of the latest trends in skin care is CBD.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a compound that is found in cannabis sativa.

CBD oil is something that is commonly used for anxiety and pain (not medically given) in countries and states to where it is legal.

So why is CBD in our Skin Care?

Studies have suggested that the reason why CBD for skin care helps with anti-aging, acne and sensitive skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

It is important to point out that CBD does not have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in marijuana.  

I wanted to try CBD and was gifted the CURAPURE CBD-INFUSED SHEET MASK by Curapure.

Curapure lists that the mask is a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract (aka CBD):  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Zero THC and non-psychoactive.  

It also contains:

Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging properties

Vitamin A:  repairs skin damage from sun exposure and aging

Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids: keeps the skin hydrated and helps with skin growth

Citrus Junos Fruit Extract

  • Found to help thicken the epidermis or top surface layer of skin
  • Anti-Aging
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

  • Natural broad –spectrum antimicrobial
  • Helps to condition the skin
  • Probiotic ingredient with soothing and anti-aging properties

Ceratonia Siliqua Gum

  • Derived from the seeds of St. John’s bread tree
  • Moisturizing and skin smoothing properties
  • Forms a light, permeable, visco-elastic film that prevents dehydration
  • It shows a visible anti-wrinkle activity on the skin
  • Increases the water holding capacity of the skin, and binds high amounts of water into the skin

Tamarind seed Extract

  • Significantly improves skin elasticity
  • Hydrates and soothes skin
  • Smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles

The instructions are to leave on for 30 minutes after you wash your face. Use 2-3 times a week for the best results.

The product itself is a two piece 100% cotton mask which is great for adjustment and also if you do not want to use the mask on your entire face.


The mask was easy to use. Plenty of Product and I was able to do other things while masking (some masks are so ill-fitting that you have to sit stiffly in place).

I didn’t smell a fragrance (it says it is fragrance-free) and it wasn’t sticky.

Afterward, my face was glowy and a tad bit tacky for about a hour afterwards.

I did notice a difference in the softness and puffiness of my skin.

If you would like to try the mask…please go to their website by clicking here: Curapure  CBD for Skin Care.

Face Serum Ingredients Explained

Face Serums Ingredients Explained


Face Serum Ingredients Explained

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Face Serum Ingredients Explained

Face Serums have become extremely popular this year. They are the secret ingredient to a great glow and hydrated skin. They are a moisturizer for under your moisturizer. Facial Serum also have active ingredients that reduce signs of aging and even out skin tones. 

You apply Facial Serums after you cleanse, and before you moisturize.

With the popularity of facial serums rising over the last year, more and more companies are making serums, but just like everything else, all products are not created equal.

Here are Face Serum Ingredients explained. 

Top Ingredients in Face Serums:

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is used for replenishing moisture.  It is a humectant (moisture-binding ingredient) and a carbohydrate found inside of the human body.

It is very easy on the skin.

When used, it absorbs and locks in moisture. It is a highly known to plump the skin and smoothes wrinkles.

If you have oily skin, use it alone otherwise use it under moisturizer.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that repairs cellular damage and collagen repair. It brightens the skin and also evens the skin tone by fading age spots and acne scars. It relieves puffiness and reduces inflammation. It also improves the skin’s hydration and moisture.

Vitamin C also protects the skin from elements like UV Rays (it is not a sunscreen replacement) and other pollutants in the environment like cigarette smoke and even stress.

When using Vitamin C, apply before moisturizer, allowing at least 2 minutes for it to penetrate your skin.

Retinol (Vitamin A)

Retinol is a popular Anti- Aging ingredient. It is found in food and topical creams. It tightens pores with its cell rejuvenation properties and evens out skin tones.

It is also known to greatly improve wrinkles and fine lines.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs are natural acids that are found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges and cane sugar.

This acid is a natural exfoliant that bonds together the intercellular glue that holds cells on our skin together. This aids the skin’s natural shedding (exfoliating) process.

By exfoliating, your skin is able to rid debris and any build up. In return, your skin will be able to absorb products easier.

You may find AHAs moonlighting as: lactic acid, glycolic acid, sugar cane extract, triple fruit acid, and malic acid.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another antioxidant. It works well with Vitamin C and it also brightens the skin tone and evens out the skin.

 It has been used many years as an under eye ointment.


Peptides are two or more branching amino-acid. Amino-acids are protein building bonds; so, peptides are very small protein molecules. Proteins are the building block of cellular reproduction and collagen. 


Glycerin works to increase moisture and is a humectant. It locks in moisture and also attracts  moisture.

Glycerin is naturally found in plant based oils, is water-soluble, odorless, and colorless.

It is used frequently in setting sprays. 

Oil is a better cleanser than soap

Why oil is a better cleanser than soap


Yes, Even For Your Face!

Oil is a better cleanser than soap

When I tell people to use oil to cleanse their skin I get the myriad of responses, most of them shocked and confused. But any skincare expert worth their weight will agree with me whole-heartedly that oil is a better cleanser than soap. Read below to find out why.

1. Oil dissolves oil, and repels water.

Dirt, debris, bad oils, and harmful bacteria almost always live in the sebum (good oil) that is naturally found in your pores and on top of your skin. When you use an oil to clean your skin, it naturally mixes with your natural oil and brings out all that grime to the surface, and then it is wiped away, without harming the natural oil layer on your skin.

2. Water repels oil.

At best, using water to cleanse the skin will do absolutely nothing. At worst, it will push the dirt and grime deeper into your skin, because of the natural repellent properties. Like two opposing ends of a magnet.

3. Soap strips the good stuff too!

Ah, the sudsy stuff we have come to know and love. While soap gets rid of all that grime, it also strips us of all the good. It can dissolve oil away completely and get rid of milder acne-causing bacteria. The problem is it also gets rid of the good oils, and the good flora and fauna on our skin. Our skin responds at the biological level by going into hyper-drive, replacing all that natural oil as fast as possible. This, in turn leads you too soapier cleanses and the terrible cycle continues.

4. Oil cleansing is great for acne prone skin!

Add a drop of tea-tree essential oil to your bottle of olive oil and you have the best oil-cleanse for acne! The tea-tree oil will kill and heal acne, and the olive oil will do the rest, and even prevent scaring.

How Use Oil To Cleanse Your Skin:

  1. Have a bottle of oil set aside specifically for cleansing. Olive oil is my favorite for all skin types, Jojoba is perfect for dry skin, and it doesn’t get better than Grapeseed oil for acne prone skin.

2. Rub a dime sized amount onto your face in gentle circular motions. Or for the whole body, use a bit more.

3. Take a soft damp cloth and gently wipe the oil away.

Pro Tip: If you are oil cleansing before a shower, don’t wipe the oil off, just shower as normal, skip the soap, and dry off as usual.

For people with acne prone skin, using this to heal the sensitive areas on the face please be aware that it will get worse a few days before it gets better.

Here is why:

The mantle layer on your skin is dry and tight from soap use, and thus the oil/grime has a harder time coming to the surface. There is buildup under this layer, despite the fact that your face feels soft and oily because, as mentioned above, your skin is working very hard to produce more oil once you remove it. As the days of oil cleansing go by, your skin is getting softer, and the oils trapped below are beginning to come to the surface. Even slower to get the message, is your skin cells. They will only begin to slow down oil production after a few days of getting the feedback that there is plenty of oil on your skin, and they can calm down.

Please stick with it at least 30 days. I have seen amazing results with this method. Afterwards, e-mail me to let me know if you agree oil is a better cleanser than soap.

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