Question from Chane Venter

Hi, I'm a 21-year-old caucasian woman. I frequently get one or two blemishes on my cheeks and chin, they leave dark spots /scars, though. I have a lot of scarring from previous blemishes on my cheeks as well. What products would you recommend? If possible, preferable not too expensive Thank you x

Answer

Hi there. PIH, Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, is a type of pigmentation that forms after an area of skin has been inflamed, such as in the case of a pimple. As bothersome as these spots are, they are actually our body’s way of protecting us from the inflammation. But never the less, not nice to look at. Luckily treating PIH is quite simple as this pigment normally lies superficially in the skin. There are 3 steps to treating these spots:

  1. Daily use of an SPF 50, unprotected sun exposure will induce more pigment to form and the spot may become darker. We recommend Heliocare 360, this SPF will not only protect your skin from UVA and UVB, but also from visible and infra-red light.
  2. We need to speed up your cellular turnover rate, to get the pigment out. This can be done by the use of exfoliating ingredients such as Retinol or AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids).
  3. We need to ensure that the pigment cells don’t product any more pigment. This is done by the use of pigment suppressing ingredients. So, in a nut cell we need to Protect, Exfoliate and Suppress. The Neostrata Enlighten rangewill suit your skin, not only is the main ingredients in this range pigment suppressors, but is also contains AHA’s and Retinol to speed up the cellular turnover.

I would also recommend that you visit a Skin Renewal branch, one of our Medical professionals can do a thorough skin analysis and also make their recommendation with regards to homecare products as well as in clinic treatments. Please visit https://www.skinrenewal.co.za/sections/branches to find the branch closest to you.

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