Have you ever noticed dark blemishes on your skin after a breakout?
During a breakout, small and inflamed marks (pimples) form on the surface of our skin.
Once these pimples start to heal, our skins’ natural response is to produce melanin – the substance that gives color to our eyes, skin, and hair.
Large build-up of melanin on our skin can cause dark and flat spots to appear. Although dark spots don’t really pose as a danger to our body, catching sight of it every time we look in the mirror can be disheartening.
Annoyingly, most dark spots don’t even get the chance to fade before new ones appear. Ladies, you know that time of the month.
Why are medium to dark-skinned people more prone to getting dark spots?
Studies have shown that hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone is more commonly experienced by people of color as compared to Caucasians.
This has more to do with the pigmentation of your skin rather than a particular ethnic group so Asians with darker skin and Hispanics struggle with this too; and boy, what a struggle it is!
As these stubborn spots can take from 6 to 12 months before they start to fade.
So, what can we do to get rid of it? How can we stop these pesky spots from forming?
For us to successfully treat dark spots we first have to look at the root of the problem.
Treating any existing acne is the first thing we need to do in dealing with dark spots.
Now, there are many ways that we can go about doing this; such as going to a dermatologist – a doctor who deals with skin problems or maybe trying out different skin treatments in beauty clinics.
While it may look good on paper, realistically, it’s quite difficult to find procedures that we can trust.
You’re probably going to spend hours on the internet, trying to look for skin clinics and facialists, booking and showing up for appointments only to realize in the end that whatever product or treatment they recommended was way out of your budget.
In that case, trying out natural remedies using household items might look absolutely tempting but then there hasn’t been any scientific studies that prove if they really do work.
Kojic acid soap is a good alternative to these expensive and sometimes risky treatments. Aside from being widely accessible from supermarkets to online websites, these soaps have been tried and tested by many.
Being a natural ingredient, Kojic acid is produced and made into soaps widely across the globe.
I can guarantee that most people suffering from dark spots will find a Kojic acid soap that works right for them.
What makes Kojic acid soap a widely celebrated product is its ability to deliver on its promises.
Kojic acid soap has anti-microbial properties that can fight acne-causing bacteria on your skin. This will stop the new pimples from forming which will then prevent the appearance of dark spots.
It also has the ability to dry out existing pimples because of its anti-inflammatory effects.
Kojic acid soap will not change your skin color.
It only evens out your complexion by stopping your skin from producing excess amount of melanin – a problem that medium to dark-toned people commonly experience.
Known as a brightening agent, Kojic acid is scientifically proven to lighten darkened areas of your body including dark spots on the face.
Soaps containing 1 to 4 percent Kojic acid are found to be safely effective in reducing pigment.
Knowing your skin’s sensitivity is important as using soaps with a concentration that your skin can’t stand can cause irritation that can further darken your spots.
It’s best to start with a lower concentration of Kojic acid first then slowly start to build your way up to prevent irritation or contact dermatitis– a red, itchy rash.
One of the most important things to remember when using a Kojic acid soap is sun protection.
The use of Kojic acid soap over a long period of time will increase your risk of getting sunburn. This is why you should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen everyday. To better protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Did you know that a study by Holman et al, found that people with darker skin colors are less likely to use sunscreen?
This shouldn’t be the case. Dark spots are often more noticeable on darker skin and not using sunscreen will only darken it further.
It might be costly to use a sunscreen everyday but trust me; this practice will save you more money in the long run. Just make sure to use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater and reapply them every 2 hours.
Once you gradually start using Kojic acid soap along with sunscreen, you’ll start to see results between 6 to 12 weeks.
During those weeks, remember to moisturize your skin with organic moisturizers and oils. As this soap can be drying to some. During the first week of use some may experience breakouts, dryness, tingling and redness.
Expect these side effects until your skin’s used to the soap.
However, if you experience this for more than a week or these side effects worsen, discontinue using the soap.
My dark spots have started to lighten and no new spots have appeared does this mean it’s permanently treated?
Well, not so fast. Acne dark spots can only be prevented so long as you keep new pimples from forming. Using sunscreen and Kojic acid daily can save you many trips to the dermatologists and skin clinics.
You should consider Kojic acid soap a prime candidate in your search for a product that can treat acne dark spots.
Not only does it treat existing pimples and dark spots, it also prevents future dark spots from forming.
Along with being widely accessible, it also costs significantly less compared to other products and treatments out there. With this soap, you can now lighten your dark spots without fearing that it might change your beautiful dark skin.
Image credit: T. Thomas- Customer from Amazon