Dealing with hyperpigmentation on your face? The most effective ways to fade hyperpigmentation 👇👇👇
Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, PIH, Dark Spots...
Many people struggle with hyperpigmentation, especially those with medium and dark skin tones. So here’s a highly-requested simple routine to help quicken the fading of dark spots from acne, UV damage, and/or melasma. But remember that the best treatment is going to be useless if you don’t wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours! 1. Oil/Balm Cleanser: Makeup/ sunscreen can be hard to remove, so be sure to deep-clean skin with an oil-based cleanser! THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm is my fave for the price and quality combo. 2. Foam/Gel/Cream Cleanser: Get off any residual first cleanser and any leftover makeup. Make sure to thoroughly rinse but not use hot water. I’ve been testing CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin right now and love all the CeraVe cleansers for their affordability and gentleness! 3. Vitamin C /Alpha Arbutin: Vitamin C and alpha arbutin both inhibit melanin production- plus vitamin C fights off environmental damage and AA has the added benefit of slowly breaking down into hydroquinone in the skin. Use alone, alternate use, or try the fantastic (and surprisingly gentle) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% serum. 4. Azelaic Acid: A gentle exfoliant to help short-term with pigmentation while also inhibiting melanin synthesis- plus its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, helping prevent acne that leads to dark spots. My preferred ingredient for reducing PIH! I love PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster but The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% is popular too! 5. Moisturizer: I prefer simple, nourishing moisturizers- I’m testing CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion (UltraLightweight) right now and enjoy the lightweight but soothing formulation. 6. Sunscreen: UV rays worsen hyperpigmentation, melasma, PIH, dark spots, and uneven tone. Any routine will be pretty much in vain if you’re not applying SPF every day and reapplying every two hours- it’s important for so many reasons related to skin, not including the cancer-prevention aspect. Some favourites of mine are PAULA'S CHOICE - Youth-extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 and PAULA'S CHOICE - Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 , but I’ve recently tried and enjoy LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 and LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 . The tinted LRP sunscreen specifically really evens out of my skin tone, but it’s hard to beat how soft PC’s Youth-Extending SPF 50 leaves my face!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
I have come so far!! One month of dedication
It’s insane how far a little education on specific ingredients that target your skin needs will get you!! when I tell you I personally believe my skin has gotten better because of the products I removed more than what I have added. Many of the products marketed contain many irritants such as essential oils and fragrances that are just UNNECESSARY and harmful. ( it’s great marketing, but I don’t want to be putting that on my face anymore) I started off with very dehydrated skin, large pores, small pimples widespread across my face, black heads and HEAVY and STUBBORN hyperpingmentation. (I have normal/dry skin) I definitely tested out a lot of products which I did post before and after pictures in terms of results ( which I shall be sharing ) stay tuned !! I was able to clear my skin, but I am slightly struggling with stubborn hyperpigmentation ( but we all know that takes time) and the key is to be consistent and patient. In addition, I can’t figure out how to get rid of my eye bags whatsoever.. I know sleep and hydration are big factors but I wish I could do more... I am not such a beleiver of eye cream but if anyone has a product that they can swear by in decreasing eye bags ! I’m all for it If you guys have any advice on how I can better my skin quality please share!! And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. This is my skin care routine as of right now: Morning: - YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator - only three times a week - The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ( dark spot CORRECTOR - my biggest thanks goes out to this ) -DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum ( DONT know if I’m seeing a huge difference) I will share another post on my thoughts on vitamin C BIODERMA - Atoderm Lait - hydrating and light consistency (dries very smoothly/ not tacky) CeraVe - Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 Evening: YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum - I used the inkey list to start off my skin with retinol since it’s 0.5% retinol and 0.5% of another derivative of retinol( weaker) - now I use DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro Whipped Cream Weekly mask ( once a week one at the beginning and the other at the end of the week) The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution ORIGINS - Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
How is a dark spot formed?
Hyperpigmentation (or dark spots) is something everyone deals with. It can happen at any time to anyone. The most common cause of hyperpigmentation is sun damage but it can also occur from stress, inflammation, acne, or health concerns in general. To understand how a dark spot is formed you have to understand a few terms. Melanocytes are melanin producing cells that are in the bottom layer (you have 5) of your skin’s epidermis (the outer layer above the dermis). Whatever the cause is it triggers hormones to stimulate the melanocyte. This causes the melanocyte to product melanin (pigment). As the melanin travels up the 5 layers of your epidermis it will form a melanin cap as it deposits into the outermost layer. This deposit is what we consider a dark spot. How do we fix this? There are a few ways we can prevent or fix this. Firstly, WEAR SUNSCREEN!!! Protection is key in skincare. Currently I’m using the KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 which is a gel probiotic sunscreen. It has a peach tint that goes clear once applied. This mineral sunscreen doesn’t feel heavy or give a white caste making it perfect for all skin tones. It also gives the skin a little bit of a natural glow. With sun damage being the major cause of hyperpigmentation this will be your key player in prevention. Another route to go is exfoliation. I use the The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution once a week to help shed that outer layer of dead skin. I have other reviews where I go more in depth into this product but for the purpose of this post AHAs will help exfoliate the outer layer of skin which helps to lighten the pigment deposit. This mask is very strong so I would only use it once a week. It should tingle but it shouldn’t burn. Please only follow up with hydrating and sensitive friendly ingredients as your face will be more sensitive after use. And finally you can use skin brightening products. Currently I’m using the GOOD MOLECULES - Discoloration Correcting Serum . This serum highlights a form of tranexamic acid and 4% niacinamide to help brighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and sun damage. This serum has a little bit of a slip compared to most others I’ve used but once worked into the skin it absorbs nicely. I’ve seen huge results in the brightening of post acne hyperpigmentation. Another amazing option for this is The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% . This has a cream formula that can be used all over the face or concentrated in certain areas. This this acid helps the skin renew itself more quickly reducing blemish formation. It also kills the bacteria that cause acne. It also contains brightening agents to help with pigmentation. Personally, I think all three should be incorporated into a routine to treat unwanted pigmentation spots but sunscreen and exfoliation are the most important.
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN🖤
you might be laughing at how short my fingers are, but did you apply your sunscreen today? 😗 hi all! my name is jada, i am a content creator that is apart of the instagram beauty community, and now i am on cherie! i’ve been using this lovely sunscreen for a few months now, and i fell in love with it. but why is sunscreen important? sunscreen helps protect us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. long term exposure to these rays result in damage to the skin's thickest layer – the dermis – and result in fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and hyperpigmentation. it is important to apply spf every single day, and to even re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours! for starters, this spf contains very necessary ingredients, such as: 🥑 avocado: moisturizes, reduces signs of aging, and treats sunburns. 🧴jojoba oil: soothes and hydrates the skin. 🍫cacao: provides powerful anti-oxidants and evens out your skin tone. 🥕 carrot juice: contains vitamin C which enables it to promote healing. 🌻 sunflower oil: prevents skin irritation from sunburn and other skin irritants. now as for my thoughts: being a person of color, it’s always been quiet difficult finding a sunscreen that won’t make me look like casper the ghost. THIS, however, does not. it blends in very beautifully and smoothly, and provides the most maximum hydration. with that being said, the only con about this product is that it might be a little TOO moisturizing. it makes me look my already extremely oily skin even oiler. it can sometimes be difficult to remember how much sunscreen to use, which is why i use the #twofingermethod! using two fingers to apply sunscreen is just the prefect amount to apply your sunscreen. it may seem a bit much, but it’s worth it! what is your favorite sunscreen?
BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN-Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30
Dermaplaning - one of my favorite treatments 🤩
I miss treating my clients so much! When we are allowed to get back to work, Dermaplaning is definitely something I am looking forward to. Dermaplaning is an esthetics treatment where trained and licensed Esthetician’s use a medical grade scalpel to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz off of your face. The benefits of this treatment are endless 🙌🏼 It can : - improve skin texture - allow your skincare products to absorb into the skin much better - help improve appearance of acne scars overtime - help improve hyperpigmentation overtime - manual exfoliant, so you are taking that layer of desd skin off but also removing all peach fuzz - makeup application is improved and much smoother I LOVE this treatment. If you live in the PA area, I’d love to do this for you! 🤗💕 #dermaplaning #skincare #esthetics #CherieCreator
2020s Biggest Trend: Dermatologist Approved
The biggest trend in 2020 is PERSONLIZRD SERUMS. I tried #Atolla and here are my genuine thoughts (SURPRISE AT THE END OF CAPTION!) Do you ever feel like there are too many skincare products out there and have no idea what you need? Trust me, it’s happened to me too! I have been using #ATOLLA which is a company that formulates serums with a mixture of ingredients to target with your skin needs. Here are some of the benefits: 1) The serum is personalized for your skin. 2) you are able to monitor your skin changes each month with a skin test 3) Your formulation is altered monthly to target your problem areas. 4) It formulates several key ingredients into one serum, rather than buying separate creams. 5) it takes into account the products you are currently using. My initial skin concerns when completing my skin quiz with Atolla was battling dry skin as well as skin hyperpigmentation. They sent me a product with vitamin C complex as well as Alpha Arbutin. Vitamin C acts as my antioxidant against sun damage, evens out my hyperpigmentation, increases collagen, and increases hydration. Combining this with alpha arbutin, which targets the enzyme that produces pigment, only further reduced my hyperpigmentation. Like everything, results did not come overnight, but with consistent use, I was able to really even out my skin pigment and hydrate my skin. 🎉🎉🎉CHERIE SURPRISE 🎉🎉🎉 I've asked Atolla to give my CHERIE APP followers an exclusive code “DRCHRIS” for 25% off! Excited to see what you guys think!! 🙌🙌 Atolla - Custom Serum INGREDIENT BREAKDOWN:⤵️ The vitamin C helps with collagen growth, hyperpigmentation, as well as sun damage. The Alpha arbutin targets primarily hyperpigmentation creating an even skin tone. Depending on your product, you can use it in the morning or night.
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