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How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation, According to the Pros

The No-BS Guide to Getting Rid of Hyperpigmentation

How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation, According to the Pros
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Tip #1: Step Away From the Extraction Tool

If you've ever wondered how those tiny dark spots ended up on your face in the first place, the answer is this: pimples are a major culprit that usually leave marks behind. You also increase the chances of dark scars on your skin if you pick at your blemishes. Dr. Henry said picking and squeezing causes inflammation and blood production at the breakout site, which often leads to bruising that turns into a brown scar.

As hard as it might be to let your pimples roam free, try to refrain from picking at them and creating more scars. Then, maintain a gentle acne treatment plan to keep breakouts at bay. Dr. Henry's advice? "Simple is better when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation because you don't want to make your condition worse."

Tip #2: Lean On Exfoliating Ingredients

Every skin-care routine should include an exfoliating step every once in a while, but this is especially true for people with hyperpigmentation and dark spots. The three most trusted by derms to fade marks fast: retinol, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.

"[Retinol] helps unblock pores and fights acne, which will result in the development of fewer new spots," Dr. Henry said. "It's also anti-inflammatory and will help lighten dark spots."

Everything else you put on your skin should be gently exfoliating and moisturizing. "Look for products with key ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid," she said. "[These] can be used on the face and the body to remove acne and prevent new ones from forming that can result in hyperpigmentation."

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