Friday, May 1, 2009

Scars, hyperpigmentations and sunspots

This post is mostly for Laura, who asked for these resources...

Last fall, a friend of mine asked for suggestions to get rid of what she called the "zebra stripe" on her forehead. Basically, a dark skin discoloration. These can be caused by sun exposure, hormones, and I don't know what else!

I did a little research and suggested:

1. A professional strength glycolic peel.
I am a huge fan of glycolic acid. I love the idea of chemically exfoliating the skin. It evens out the skin tone, physically smooths it out and brightens everything. I used to struggle with any tiny blemish on my face leaving a scar for months. Now, because of all the glycolic products I use, scars fade so much faster. You just have to remember to be super diligent about sunscreen, since your skin will be much more vulnerable and exposed, with layers gone.

She had great luck with this peel. Start it out at once a week for a few weeks, then twice a week if your skin can handle it. Never overdo it or you'll be peely for quite some time. I like to use a very mild cleanser anyways, but especially around the time of doing peels.

I am a firm believer in good skincare. And stuff like this means you have to wear less makeup!

2. A Hydroquinone Product
Hydroquinone is a lightening agent. It is sold over the counter in 2% dosages, or 4% with a prescription. My dermatologist once gave me some for the acne scars that used to plague me...until I discoverd glycolic acid, of course.
This product you use specifically on the discoloration. Again, ramp up the amount of sunscreen you use, as that's how many discolorations get so bad in the first place.

2% Glytone
Philosophy- A Pigment of Your Imagination (with SPF 18)


Laura said...

thanks friend! a whole blog post just for me, i feel so special. i'm ordering the peel right now.

Kara said...

Anytime!! Anything for my loyal reader. :) Haha, it's not like my blog has a large readership! I hope it works for you.

am said...

i am getting both of these products!!!!!! also the aloe vera has been working wonders on the scars too!!!!

Kara said...

I'm totally going to blog about my acne regimen to help prevent breakouts. You need to get Retin-A Micro, and maybe your doctor could give you the hydroquinone 4% for any scars.

I think the peel would be great for you, to get past this hormone-changing phase!

I use aloe vera after peels lately, and it keeps my skin from getting too dried out. I love that it's cheap and natural...and works!

jennking said...

Hi Kara..:I went to Vanguard with u and I found ur blog through a blog of a blog of a! Anyways I've loved reading all ur info and have some very similar skin issues!!! I am wanting to try the G-acid and the skin bleaching cream for some post pregnancy dark spots. I wanted to know if I can do both around the same time. Also curious about the aloe Vera. Can u email me?