Hyperpigmentation is one of the common skin conditions that are hard to deal with. Dark patches on your skin will appear and make your face have uneven discoloration. It can affect every one of us but for some people, it is more prominent and very hard to deal with.
Fortunately, there can be helpful ways to prevent and reduce this stubborn hyperpigmentation. Let's take a look at some of them.
Fight it with Moisturizer
Moisturizing has plenty of benefits to your skin. The right kind of moisturizer, your skin will safely maintain its balance. A skin that is too dry or too oily, can cause a lot of common skin problems. It also immensely works for stubborn hyperpigmentation. Moisturizing your skin can give you a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes and hyperpigmentation that you have. This is why moisturizers are all-around fix and cure for many skin problems. If you are scared to try any major procedure, you can start with using over the counter creams. Many products claim to diminish hyperpigmentation but you need to find a good one that will work on you. An effective lightening cream needs to lighten the skin and at the same time control your melanin levels while doing both, it should also not cause any irritation or worsen the situation of your skin. You can see more on Ashenly.com about all of these good creams that will help you fight stubborn hyperpigmentation. Using creams is a gradual process, but it is one of the safest ways to reduce this type of problem.
Consider Prescription Hydroquinone
This is much more extreme than moisturizing creams, hydroquinone are prescribed by dermatologists if OTC remedies are not helping with your case. Hydroquinone is a topical agent that decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. This is the process of bleaching your face to fade dark spots and slow the production of pigment in your skin. Same as moisturizing creams, this option will take you about four weeks minimum for the cream to take effect. And you might have to wait several months of consistent use before you see the full results. Since this is prescribed, you can always ask your dermatologist for what type would have the best quality. Moreover, using hydroquinone treatment should be fully monitored by a dermatologist because using high concentrations of it can cause dryness, redness, and sun sensitivity. If this option improves your hyperpigmentation, you can continue using this for up to sixteen weeks then wind down after. You should use it for more than the prescribed time, if you want to use it again, you should put a window period for about eight to twelve weeks.
Go All Out with Laser Treatment
If you want to go all out, you can try laser treatments. If you have a dermatologist, you can ask them which will be the best treatment for you. Laser treatment is a process where a machine creates shallow wounds on your skin to stimulate renewal and remove any superficial damage to it. There are several kinds of laser treatments, mainly microdermabrasion or dermabrasion. Many cases of hyperpigmentation are just on the first surface of the skin, while there are also deeper problems with the others. This is why you need to ask for a doctor's opinion on what is the right laser treatment for you. A proper treatment will remove any imperfection and excess skin pigmentation with the help of a laser so it is quicker. This should be done by a professional, thus making it more expensive than other options.
Give Thought to Chemical Peel
If you are hesitant about laser treatment you can try a chemical peel. This is a process of applying chemical agents to your skin to start a controlled removal of an outer layer of your skin. By doing this, your skin will shed and remove some superficial lesions on it. Moreover, after the complete process, your skin will be smoother and have even appearance. The only con of it is some of the acid used may be strong or harsh on your skin and you may experience redness and peel for a few days after the procedure. This procedure is not suitable for every skin so you should ask your dermatologist first if this will be a good option for you.
If this issue is bothering you, the good thing is it is curable. With the advance of modern technology nowadays, there are a lot more ways for you to erase that harmless but very stubborn discoloration on your face. And with these couple of helpful tips, you can hopefully quicken the process. Lastly, prevention is always better than cure. So make sure that you give your care that tender loving care that it deserves.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist