Scarring that is caused by hyperpigmentation resulting in dark spots can be lightened up by using certain ingredients in your skincare routine. It’s worth mentioning that, when working to lighten and brighten your complexion, patience and regular application is key! You won’t see results overnight. In order for most lightening formulas to work effectively, they require time and consistent use. Practice your routine religiously, and stick with it.
Look for These Brightening Ingredients
Antioxidants – These help combat free radical damage which cause collagen and elastin breakdown, hyperpigmentation, and thicken your skin’s texture. Antioxidants help rebuild collagen and encourage healing for healthy skin.
Vitamin C – This vitamin works to inhibit the skin’s overproduction of melatonin in response to damage or an injury. Plus, since it’s a member of the antioxidant family, it helps rebuild collagen.
Retinol – A vitamin A derivative, retinol works by gently exfoliating the top layers of skin to lift away dark skin cells. In turn, it promotes cell turnover and encourages the production of new, healthy skin cells and new collagen which can help soften scars.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – This ingredient is another one that will help with cellular turnover to renew skin and encourage healing.
SPF – Wearing daily sun protection will guard against scars getting any darker or skin incurring any further damage. Plus, it will protect against collagen and elastin breakdown to keep skin looking youthful.
How to Prevent Scars
What better way to help with scarring than to prevent them from happening in the first place. If you do find yourself with an injury or damage to your skin, there are a couple things you can do to help heal and avoid making matters worse.
Don’t. Pick. – I know, the temptation is almost too much to bear, but if you can avoid picking and just let a scab or a blemish resolve and heal on its own, you’ll reduce the chance of developing a scar.
Keep Wounds Protected – When your skin is healing, moisture and coverage are the keys to helping it along. Keep a wound properly cleaned and covered, and avoid letting it dry out by regularly applying a medicated ointment.
Continue Protection – After your skin has healed, keeping the area protected with SPF whenever you’re out will help prevent the scarred area from getting darker.