Having a breakout even when you’re doing everything right or many breakouts for that matter are beyond annoying! Killing your vibe days before a date with bae or a presentation for class /work. Being on campus or in the office with breakouts can ruin your day. We want you to have healthy skin. Skin that is smooth, even, and clear so that you can glow up and always feel your best. So let’s get to the bottom of why this happens and how we can get rid of these dark marks!
Acne is a result of plugged hair follicles. Oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin clog your pores and create pimples or infections. The goal is to clear away dirt and dry up excess oils.
True Acne scars are indentations in the skin from collagen damage. Some scars are hypertrophic and others are Keloids. Hypertrophic scars are raised scars on the skin (they stick out). Overproduction of collagen occurs to heal an infected and inflamed pimple. The scars are big, but don’t spread further than the area of the initial pimple. Keloids are benign growths formed when scar tissue grows excessively. They are most commonly found on chest and back acne.
Acne scars occur when normal tissue in the skin is destroyed and replaced with fibrous tissue. An acne spot is similar to a wound. The healing process is for the body to create tissue but it can either be too little or too much.
“Dark Marks” are not acne scars but instead the red, purple, or brown to dark brown marks are post hyper pigmentation. (I did a blog post on this topic separately) These marks can take 3-6 months to go away naturally or you can speed up the process by using certain products/treatments. They also can get worst if your acne and health is not under control.
Inflammation is the cause of spots that turn into “dark marks”. This is why I always say I create products that are anti inflammatory. When you pop a pimple sometimes during the healing process you will get abnormal pigmentation, tone, and texture. Even when you don’t pick or pop a pimple, it can leave a dark mark. The skin’s defense mechanism of a pimple (a clogged pore/infection) is to protect the site. The melanocytes (cells that produce pigment in our body) over produce during the wound healing process and you are left with a darker spot than your normal skin tone. The melanocyte cells are popping with activity and they need to calm down. MELANIN POPPIN is literally real life science! The dark marks will fade over time ,but who wants to wait for months for that to happen?
So during the daytime Use Sunscreen daily, especially between 10am-3pm, a Vitamin C serum, exfoliate, and you can use gentle products with glycolic/salicylic acids.
At Bedtime you can use a retinol topical cream, gel, serum or brightener products with kojic acid (seriously thinking about launching a product, who would be interested in receiving a free sample DM or email us!).
Acne Scars are treated with fillers, lasers, injections , and micro-needling determined best after evaluation from a dermatologist. I have both experienced and witnessed microneedling (blog post on this experience) do an amazing job with treating scars.
Natural Alternatives that work slowly over time but show amazing results are below! Warning Patch Test any natural products on your arm before using on your face to make sure of no sensitivity or allergic reaction.
Tumeric & Honey Mix water, organic tumeric powder and raw honey. Let sit on your face for 20 minutes and rinse off. 2-3 times a week. (Will leave yellowish stain so don’t use white wash cloth)
Clay Mask once a week!
Aloe Vera Plant- Cut and use gel all over face, let sit for 15 min and rinse off as often as you like.
Rosehip Seed oil, Grape seed Oil, or Jojoba oil – rub dime size all over face.
Green Tea, drink up and apply cool toner to your face!
Are using any of eHoney Products?! The Goddess Glow Exfoliating Cleansing scrub, Clay mask, Balancing moisturizer, and Glow Oil all work Against Acne, Scars, and Dark Marks to Keep You Glowing Like Honey!