Dark Spots Were a Big Problem for Me Before I Tried These

Maya Allen

For the past few years, dark spots have been my biggest skin ailment. It's been such a crucial problem and a huge insecurity that I'm sick of talking about it. I've taken shots of cod liver oil for 30 days straight to see if that would help. I stopped eating meat in hopes that my dietary changes would improve my skin. I even wrote an open letter about how working in the beauty industry has made my dark spots.

Many dermatologists and aestheticians have confirmed that I suffer from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. My dark spots show up more prominently than others because I'm a woman of colour. "With skin of colour, we suffer a lot from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, or any problem with dyschromia, which causes dark or light spots," explains Fran Cook-Bolden, MD, of Skin Specialty Group.

"We see these issues because our pigment cells are more active than other skin types, she continues. "The morphology and location of our pigment cells are different than in other skin types—they're larger and located differently than other skin types, which allows us to be more reactive and prone to different kinds of discolourations." This is why people with dark skin tones deal with some skin issues more commonly, such as hyperpigmentation.

My hypersensitive skin throws a fit anytime I introduce it to a new product. I'm left with unsightly acne scars that feel like they're etched into my skin forever. People look at my face and wonder what I'm even talking about. But the truth is that I'm a wizard when it comes to applying foundation and concealer to spot-treat my dark spots I don't want to depend on makeup my whole life to hide my dark spots, though.

So a few months back, I made a conscious decision to get down to the bottom of the problem and treat my marks with dark-spot correctors.

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