Operation Banish Those Marks
You’d think that suffering at the hands of acne for years would be enough, but once you tackle it what’s left behind is a patchwork of hyperpigmentation enough to leave you convinced that you’ll be reaching for the full-coverage concealer for eternity. I’ve always liked to apply a little optimism and an ‘it-could-be-worse’ attitude to everything, and that doesn’t stop with my skin – it really isn’t that bad. However, who doesn’t want to leave the house without a slick of make-up and not have to worry about everyone looking at their skin? While I think that there should be a lot more substance to the foundation on which we base our self-esteem, to a certain extent I believe that when we look good feeling better and more confident becomes a given. When society accepts nothing short of perfection things like acne, severe eczema and hyperpigmentation can unfortunately hinder our ability to feel confident. My approach to beauty has never been to see it as a crutch, rather I view cosmetics and skincare as a tool for enhancing features and helping to correct these concerns, and in turn this does amazing things for one’s self-esteem. With my acne finally under control (but knowing the temperamental nature of my skin I’ve probably spoken too soon!) treating the marks left behind is the next step, and I’ve acquired a few products containing licorice root, kojic acid, arbutin and other ingredients used to treat hyperpigmentation:
I’ve also enlisted the help of the newly launched Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask* which is a natural blend of vitamin C, mulberry, scutellaria, rosa roxburghii, molasses and ume. Created by Harvard University trained medical doctor and botanist, Andrew Weil, the mask is said to boost radiance, even skin tone, correct dark spots and address the root cause of inflammatory discolouration while you sleep. I have high hopes for the Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask and I’ll be reporting back soon – in the meantime feel free to comment below and leave your recommendations for treating hyperpigmentation.