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Do you really need to fix those dark spots?

Do you really need to fix those dark spots?

The questions you always need to ask yourself.

Dark spots are usually harmless. Sometimes they subside on their own, and other times your skin needs a little help. But how do you know when it’s time to do something more? Ask yourself these three simple questions to help you decide.

1. Are those dark spots or acne scars?

Dark spots appear because of melanin overproduction, and acne scars occur because of post-inflammatory pigmentation. Both can look the same. One way to know the difference is to stretch the skin slightly where you see these marks. If the skin lightens, it’s just a dark spot and using the right brightening skincare will give your spots the boot completely in three to six months. Acne scars are caused because of deeper skin damage. The deeper it is, the harder it is to fix. It will require dermatology treatments, like laser to remove it completely.

2. Have the spots stayed on my face for more than six months?

Your skin has a natural renewal cycle of 28 days, from the “birth” of new skin cells to their “death”. Healthy skin will naturally lighten dark spots over time, expelling excess melanin regularly and evenly across the face. Skin brightening ingredients like vitamin B3 will help skin along in this cycle. However, when skin has weakened due to damage from external aggressors, like UV rays and pollution, the skin must work extra hard to expel those spots. Skin that refuses to rid itself of dark spots after six months, even with the help of scientifically-proven brightening skincare, requires expert treatment. 

3. Have I been diligent about using brightening skincare?

Let’s be honest, have you really been using your brightening skincare regularly? That is, twice a day, morning and evening; cleansing, toning and moisturizing with skincare rich in ingredients, like vitamin B3, vitamin C and 12-HSA. If you haven’t, it’s time to up your game. Follow your routine cards diligently and you’ll be well on your way to stronger skin and a glowing complexion.

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