When the sleepwalking Lady Macbeth proclaimed, “Out damn spot!” in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, she wasn’t shouting about skin. The famous line still applies; we’re talking spotty skin! Women of color often find that skin darkens around blemishes, resulting in unwanted deeply pigmented, lasting acne scars.
Most common acne culprits:
A recent survey of black women who suffer from acne, revealed that 46% use pomade, oil or ointment for hair to style or improve the manageability of their hair. Within the 46%, 71% of those women using pomade developed forehead acne and deep scaring. If you must use oils, gel, ordinary hair grease to manage hair or maintain a hairstyle then wrap hair at night before going to bed. Keeping hair, product and oils away from your face. You should avoid having greasy hair pressed against your face while you sleep.
I recently stopped a stunning black woman with the most luminous skin as she walked up 7th Avenue in Manhattan. I asked her the secret to her most radiant skin. She explained that she changes her pillowcase every single night. This makes sense. Sleeping on oil-covered pillowcases can contribute to clogging pores.
Avoid pressing cell phones against the face. A hot, steamy makeup covered cell phone can be a hotbed for bacteria causing staph infections and acne. Wipe down your cell with Wireless Wipes Mobile Device Cleaners for a bacteria free phone.
Our #1 pick for getting the spots out?
African Black Soap is excellent for those battling dark spots caused by acne. When used consistently and over time, ABS has been shown to fade dark spots and keep them away. You should begin to see results starting in just 4 weeks. At 12 weeks, see a visible reduction in dark spots, age spots, and traces of acne past. Best of all, African Black Soap can be used on both your face and your body.
Please note, African Black Soap is a powerful exfoliator and should always be followed up by a moisturizer. In addition, if you find ABS to be too strong for use on your face, please spot treat or reduce usage to 2-3 times a week.
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