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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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