Darker spots of pigmentation can appear for a number of reasons, and fortunately for most, the occasional blemish mark on the face is just a temporary thing, others though, can be a little more stubborn.
Stubborn marks will sometimes also fade, but will often take many months, even years to disappear altogether. Let’s look at few ways to get rid of blemish marks as quickly as possible.
Firstly, here’s a brief look at what might be causing those blemish marks.
What are blemishes on the face?
Blemish marks are medically known as hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is when the skin produces too much melanin. Melanin is a chemical that creates the pigment or color of your skin, too much will cause the skin to darken, causing a visible blemish mark.
Hyperpigmentation is due to 3 main factors:
- Over exposure to the sun.
- Skin trauma (acne scars or similar).
- Hormonal imbalance.
Read more on causes of blemish marks here.
Although blemish marks are not considered a serious condition, they can have a big impact on your self confidence, so here are are 3 top treatments to get rid of blemish marks on the face.
#1 – Home Remedies
There are some great home remedies for fading blemish marks, just remember that what works for some might not work for you, it’s just a case of persevering, and finding out what works on your skin.
Lemon – Use lemon juice to lighten darker skin spots, use sparingly as lemon is quite acidic.
Potato – Potato is an effective lightener, and a good alternative to lemon juice if you find lemon too harsh for your skin. Apply potato juice directly to the skin.
Apricot Oil – Apricot oil is normally used as a carrier oil, or base oil for mixing essential oils together. It’s often overlooked as treatment on it’s own. Apricot oil is very good for the skin and will help fade blemish marks.
Oatmeal and Yogurt – Mix some cooked oatmeal with some natural yogurt to make an effective face mask for lightening dark spots. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice for a slightly stronger version.
#2 – Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a technique that uses a handheld device to “scrub” the top layers of the skin. This is a treatment that can be carried out at most reputable salons and skin care boutiques. The treatment is non-invasive and normally lasts around 30 minutes. Current prices range anywhere from $60 -$145 (US). Depending on the nature of the skin blemish, you will probably need more than one treatment. Home microdermabrasion kits are now available and are also another option.
#3 – Pigmentation Creams
One of the most popular options is to try a good quality pigmentation cream. Good creams are specifically created to get rid of blemish marks. Good advice is to avoid any creams that contain the chemical hydroquinone. Research suggests that this chemical is harmful to your health. 100% natural creams such as Meladerm are a great alternative and are proven to be highly effective.
Remember that although blemish marks can get you down, with a little perseverance you can get rid of them.