Can tissue oil reduce pigmentation marks?

Friday, 5 December 2014

I am in my 20s and after on and off breakouts I have dark marks on my skin. I would like to reduce the appearance of these marks and try to achieve a clear complexion. I use tissue oil on scars on my body, is this oil okay to use on my face?


Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“Thank you so much for your question. What you are experiencing as the dark marks on your skin, is commonly referred to as PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation). You need not panic, it is actually very common in patients who suffer with regular breakouts and it’s especially common in acne patients if they are not properly managed and briefed as to what they need to use on their skin. There are a few things that we would need to do for you:

1) We need to do a treatment to “lift” the marks that are already there (there are a few treatment options, depending on the severity of the marks on your skin). Very often we can achieve this with a simple course of peels for hyperpigmentation.

2) We need to ensure that you do not develop more marks. So you need to be using a good facial sunblock every day so that your spots or breakouts do not become hyperpigmentation when you are going about your day (this is where the problem starts). You also need to be on a good product that will prevent your skin from wanting to make more melanin in those spots, and that will encourage skin cell turn over to make sure that you don’t keep on getting these breakouts, that your skin tone remains even and that your skin’s cellular renewal remains at a constant rate.

Regarding your question on the tissue oil – this product I would really only recommend if you use it at night, in areas where you do not get sun exposure. If you use it on your face and go out during the day with this on your skin, you can actually make the dark marks worse, especially if you are not in the habit of wearing a facial sunblock everyday.”

Do you have a skincare question for Dr Maureen? You can ask her here.

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  1. Galennelwe Rosebud Tsikwe-Tsoai

    What can I use to bring back my hairline a thicker my hair.?

    1 year ago •

  1. Galennelwe Rosebud Tsikwe-Tsoai

    Good day. So it is recommended not to apply tissue oil during the day. Which tissue oil is recommended to remove long ter hypertension?

    1 year ago •

  1. Mialise Tolmie

    This is such good news! I would be worries about breakouts though, but i have heard such good things about the justine facial oil. Will definitely give this a try.

    2 years ago •

  1. Diana Van Den Berg

    Im not sure about tissue oil, but i am trying coconut oil and it seems to be working for dark marks

    2 years ago •

  1. Rashmee Bagirathi

    I’ve used the Justine facial with rosehip oil and have achieved good results.

    4 years ago •

  1. 2ly gal

    I recently started using Justine Tissue Oil with Rosehip at night. I hope I’ll see the results soon. Great article

    5 years ago •

  1. Katherine Taylor

    I have been using Bio-oil at night for quite a while now and it seems to be working really well for me! some of the marks have disappeared altogether!

    5 years ago •

  1. Lauren-leigh Jacobs

    I use Justine Tissue Oil for Face. You only put it on at night and then wash your face in the morning before applying moisturizer make up and such. It does work though, I had marks on my nose from the way I pressed my pimples, after using this my skin is clear again. only apply it on the mark, not the whole face.

    5 years ago •

  1. Bean

    Thanks for answering this question. It is one I have also wondered about as my understanding of tissue oil was that it actually aids in the regeneration of skin cells, therefore diminishing the appearance of stretch marks and scars (from wounds) by encouraging new skin tissue to form.
    You advise (for obvious reasons) that tissue oil not be used during the day as the oil can cause the skin to ‘burn’ if exposed to sunlight. What then would be the advantages of using tissue oil at night?
    Thanks for your article – very informative.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Great advice, using any kind of oil on the face during the day can damage your skin.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Stay out of the sun as long as possible. Sun destroys our beautiful skin.

    5 years ago •

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