When people hear the word “bleaching,” negative connotations often come to mind. However, women and men use lightening products for a variety of reasons, and for those who suffer from acne scarring–as well as other types of scars–brightening creams can make a world of difference. They heal old wounds and have the power to help the self-conscious consumer save face (no pun intended).
Don’t get us wrong… scars, moles, and other distinguishing marks can actually enhance beauty! But we firmly believe that cosmetic preferences should be an individual’s choice. Therefore, if you have prominent scars that are bothering you, the following information and product recommendations might creams might be helpful.
What Causes Acne Scars?
The type of the facial scar is highly dependent on skin type. Some people are more susceptible to pigmentation at the site of acne and pimples than others (a lot of this has to do with skin type, hormones, and genetics). As a rule of thumb, the more inflamed the area, the more likely it is that the blemish will leave hyperpigmentation or scarring; changes in the dermis results in changes in collagen production. The deeper the valley–like in cystic acne–the more likely it is that some scarring will occur.
The good news? Discoloration can usually be treated. The dark discoloration (also called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) can result from eczema, acne, keratosis pilaris, or any other type of skin inflammation. If the scar is raised or appears as a deep indent, you might require special treatments like microdermabrasion. However, many non-prescription creams can help you fade the discoloration around scarring.
Bleaching Creams for Face – Ingredients to Look For (And One “No-No”)
Luckily, bleaching has come a long way, and new breakthroughs in brightening technologies have made it possible to lighten hyperpigmentation scarring natural. One favorite is kojic acid, a byproduct in the fermentation of rice malting. (If you like Japanese food and drink, it’s also a crucial component of the Sake-making process.) It helps inhibit the production of too much pigmentation. Basically, it’s a healthy and natural way to lighten scarring and help achieve a more uniform skin tone.
And that was the good news. Now here’s on word of caution; whatever you do, resist using skin creams that contain hydroquinone. The synthetic agent has been known to cause skin irritation and cause allergic reactions. Other positive skin ingredients to look for include aloe vera, gingko biloba, and citrus extracts.
Finding a Formula — A Process
Every person is different. Some claim to have luck fading scarring using simple formulas like Elizabeth Arden’s cult-classic 8-Hour Cream. Others resort to more expensive treatments or creams specifically designed for bleaching. Whatever you do, be sure to consult your dermatologist before using any heavy-duty lightening agents or undergoing a lightening procedure. Skintrium is a great resource, and their staff can give you a consultation that will determine which product best suits your specific needs.
Hope in a Bottle
You don’t have to live with life-long scarring! There are options out there. Do you have an acne-scarring story? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.