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Arrivederci Acne Scars!

Dear Sugar
I am trying to overcome acne so I wash my face everyday with a cocoa butter bar and I use cocoa butter lotion. I've also cut out all sodas from my diet because I've heard they contribute to oily skin. Since I've started this regimen, my skin has cleared some, but I still have random scattered pimples.

However, since I do have less pimples than before, I've been noticing that now I these scar type dark spots on my face where my old blemishes once were. They make it look like my skin is marked and infected. My mother has recently purchased a bleach cream that is supposed to get rid of these kinds of dark spots, but I am reluctant to use it on my face because I have worked so hard to get my skin to the place it is now.

Since my skin is still not 100% pimple free, I'm wondering what you think my next steps should be to try and attain clear skin. Do you think that I should try this bleach cream? Also, should I be continuing my use of cocoa butter bars and lotions? Imperfect Illy

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Dear Imperfect Illy
I can completely understand your reluctance to try a bleaching cream. Sensitive skin can have bad reactions to new products, especially strong products which can cause swelling, redness and even itching.

Most bleaching creams contain an ingredient called hydraquinone and should only be used on a short term basis. Another less toxic bleaching agent is called kojac. You can look to see if the cream that your mother bought has either of these ingredients in them.

Also, I suggest that you consult a specialist about your skin. Make an appointment with a dermatologist or facialist so that you can have a hands-on personal assessment of your skin. A doctor will be able to identify the correct products for your condition.

Something to consider is that if you are planning to get pregnant in the near future, it is important to avoid bleaching creams. Although there is no bad press about bleaching agents and fertility, there is suggested evidence that links birth problems with these agents. You never know, so I would not chance it. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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mat mat 9 years
You can also massage your face to to avoid and prevent acne.Face massages applied to neuralgic zones of your face and body will help you improve your blood circulation, making your organism work in harmony and avoiding the accumulation of residues that cause skin problems.To know how to do it go here
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
I'd be wary of the bleaching cream, it sounds pretty harsh, especially for the face. I have really good luck with Penaten cream, it's an 18% zinc oxide cream sold in the baby isle at drug stores. A friend gave me the tip in college and i've been using it for years. Just apply it before bed on the effected area, it really clears up spots and causes scaring to fade through natural healing. Good luck!
missnomi missnomi 10 years
this sounds silly, but this summer my dad bumped his head, had a massive headwound and a pretty serious scar afterwards, but he since started using a Q10 cream (just nivea or something) and the scar is all but invisible now. it's true. perhaps this is something for you too. I for one wouldn't risk the aggressive bleachers
Vannuccia Vannuccia 10 years
Personally, I'd wait until your skin is completely clear of acne before you use the bleaching cream 'cos you don't want to undo all your hard work. I'm 23 and I still have the occasional outbreak. I suffer from red blotches on my skin after a particularly nasty spot, so I use Dermalogica Anti-bac skin wash and daily microfoliant (expensive, but they last a long time), Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion and The Body Shop's Vitamin E moisture cream (which doesn't make my skin greasy). You might be better using a lighter moisturiser than the cocao butter you've been using. Once you're acne has completely gone, try using Rosehip oil to help with the dark spots- but don't use it before then, otherwise it'll just make your skin greasy. Spots are so annoying ;)
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
I would definitely recommend Retin-A Micro. You'll have to see a dermatologist to get a prescription, but it is well worth it. It thins the skin out and actually takes care of acne and scars at the same time.
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