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How to Get Rid of Acne Spots and Hyperpigmentation

How to Get Rid of Acne Spots and Hyperpigmentation

Most people call them acne spots. Estheticians refer to them as PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation), or "macule scars." Regardless of what you call them, how to get rid of acne spots is a very common question.

What is PIH and who is prone to it? 

When you get a breakout, the skin's immune system responds to the bacteria and infection that is present in the skin, and produces melanin (the pigment that gives our skin, eyes and hair their color). Melanin has another purpose – to protect the skin when damage occurs.  Since a breakout occurs in one "spot", this is where the pigment goes. The trouble is that this pigment can last for weeks, months or even longer.

Anyone who has acne can develop PIH. However, the darker the skin tone, the more likely this is to occur, and the darker the "spot" will be.

How to get rid of acne spots

If you have chronic acne breakouts or even the monthly breakout visitors when you are on your cycle, you can improve PIH and prevent new spots from forming in a few different ways:

  1. Use the Bioelements Acne Clearing System. Each of the products in our OCT Acne Clearing System contain ingredients that fight the trigger factors of acne: excess oil and dead skin cells that cause follicles to plug up, creating a breeding ground for P. acnes to take hold and grow. Using these products will not only help heal the signs of past acne, (PIH) but also help prevent new spots from occurring.Untitled
  2. Target the pigment. For PIH, use our LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector and LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener. If summer left you with a few stubborn spots, LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector is your absolute must-have. These scientifically tested formulas brighten and fade acne spots, and leave skin looking even. When used as directed and always following with a broad spectrum SPF. You'll see improvement in two weeks.
  3. Don't skip the sunscreen. Now that summer is over, people have a tendency to put away the sunscreen. Remember that any exposure to UV will make your acne spots darker and more difficult to treat. Even when using brightening products, the spots will come right back unless you are diligent with a broad spectrum sunscreen during daylight hours.

If you have any questions about dark spots, acne spots or PIH, comment below or read about another cause of dark spots here.

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