My little anti-pigmentation arsenal
Where did all the Dalmatians go?
I don’t know if it’s just here in Italy, but I remember there used to be a lot around when I was younger, while these days I hardly see any. I guess the influence of the 101 Dalmatians has died down…
I used to love that Disney movie as a kid. It was my second favorite after The Sword in The Stone (Archimedes, anyone?), third after The Emperor’s New Groove came out.
In case you’re wondering, no, this post is not about Disney. It’s just that sometimes I have the attention span and imagination of a 3-year-old (well, we all know that zero doesn’t count…) and get lost easily in my own thoughts.
Anyways, there’s a valid (!) reason why I started thinking about the 101 Dalmatians. This was my train of thought:
‘Today I’m gonna talk about the products I use to fight the dark spots pimples leave behind… because dark spots don’t look good… I mean, unless you’re a Dalmatian… Dalmatians… How cute! …But where did all the Dalmatians go? …’
Yeah, so, here we are… Let’s focus on hyperpigmentation.
Thank god I’ve never had severe acne, but since my early twenties I’ve always had at least one pimple on my face. The main problem with that is that, while a zit goes away in a matter of days, the mark it leaves behind usually lasts for months and months. Which means that, besides having at least one pimple somewhere on my face or neck at all times, I also have many dark spots left behind by its predecessors.
How nice. (Not.)
So, a few months ago, I decided that I wanted to do something about it, and gathered a little arsenal to attack dark marks from all angles and make sure they go away faster than they usually do.
Check it out!
Alpha-H Liquid Gold & Pixi Glow Tonic (Glycolic Acid)
Glycolic acid helps fade dark spots by exfoliating away the top layer of dead skin cells. I started using Alpha-H Liquid Gold over six months ago, and although I think it did improve my skin (I feel like it’s helped with pigmentation and I also get less spots than I used to), I really don’t like that alcohol is its second ingredient after water, so I don’t think I’m going to repurchase it – unless my skin gets much worse after I stop using it.
At the moment, I’m using it once a week, while every other night I use Pixi Glow Tonic, which contains 5% glycolic acid, but feels much gentler on the skin.
OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum
The OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum is packed with pigmentation-fighting ingredients that either inhibit melanin production (vitamin C, niacinamide, glutathione, arbutin, vitamin E, swiss cress liposomes, MSM, and zinc glycinate), or exfoliate surface melanin and dead skin cells (passion fruit and grape AHA’s, and pumpkin and papaya enzymes).
I’ve been using it for over two months and my skin definitely looks better than before (I’ve also been using retinol, though, but we’ll get to that in a minute).
My only complaint is that sometimes, when I layer it with other products, it rolls off the skin. It doesn’t always happen, but I still have to figure out what the products it doesn’t agree with are.
I really like this serum, but considering how expensive it is ($95.30 on BeautyBay), that shouldn’t happen, I think.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment
Although I don’t think any skincare product can work miracles on its own, if I had to choose among these the one that I think has been the most beneficial to my skin, I’d pick the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment.
It contains 0.3% retinol, which, besides contributing to fade pigmentation, is said to help with acne (as well as fine lines), thus preventing new dark marks (less zits= less dark spots). I’ve been using it for a couple of months, and so far it feels like it’s really worked.
Always Use High SPF!
Even though I don’t have any sun-induced dark spots, I think all the products I mentioned should work for that type of hyperpigmentation as well. Anyways, whether you have sun spots or post-blemish marks, remember to use high SPF every day to prevent any further damage and protect your skin, which is made even more sensitive to sunlight by retinol and acids.
Does your complexion resemble the coat of a Dalmatian dog? What products do you use to fight dark spots? And what’s your favorite Disney movie?
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