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 women who sufferer from acne, revealed that 46% use pomade, oil or heavy hair products 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 woman with the most radiant complexion as she walked up 7th Avenue. 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.

Another culprit, your wireless device. Avoid pressing cell phones against the face. A hot, steamy makeup covered cell phone can be a hotbed for bacteria causing and acne. Wipe down your cell with Wireless Wipes Mobile Device Cleaners for a bacteria free phone or use a hands free device.

Avoid using finger-tips to touch your face throughout the day, use the back of your hands whenever possible. This might feel odd but, the natural oils from finger-tips creates congestion in the pores causing breakouts and irritation when reintroduced to your skin’s surface.

#1 pick for getting the spots out? Try Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector Dermatologist-developed to be safe, comfortable. Clinque boasts that in clinical trials their serum was comparable to a leading prescription ingredient in creating a more even skin tone-a verified 53% improvement. For all skin tones: See results starting in just 4 weeks. At 12 weeks, see a visible reduction in dark spots, age spots, and traces of acne past. Works on backs of hands and chest, too!

Try Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, a spot treatment for pimples. It calms redness and helps get rid of zits. The Key Ingredients are Calamine (astringent that also reduces redness); zinc (astringent); salicylic acid (exfoliant that fights acne); sulfur (disinfectant). It starts as a liquid with pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, then forms a watery paste when you apply it; it has an acidic scent. Apply it before bed, and this potent treatment leaves pimples looking noticeably smaller and less inflamed by the morning, with no flakiness or irritation.

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