If you're dark-skinned and you want to fade acne scars, then this article will hopefully show you how! Treating African American skin is slightly different to treating paler skin, however there are some cross overs. One of the big differences is the way that the skin creates scars. Often acne leaves little dark spots over the skin (called hyper-pigmentation) and is common after having acne. These dark spots can be treated in similar ways to red scars on white skin.
The easiest way is to purchase some skin lightening product. There are plenty around, and you can shop around to see what's best for you. I suggest trying a chemist and asking the staff there to see what they recommend for your particular skin. You can also use lemon juice. Lemon juice is a very effective natural bleach and can help fade the particularly dark spots. Now it does sting, and it's very strong. If lemon juice is too strong then you can dilute it slightly with some water. Please perform a spot test before you use it all over your skin! The dark spots will fade over time, but if you can't wait for that, then get in there with lemons or a skin lightening product.
Moisturization is important as ever for African American skin, and like above I suggest you get some professional advice on what the best product to use for your skin is. Try and get a natural moisturizer if you can - if there's a farmer's market near you you might be able to find someone who makes natural ones. If not, the internet connects you with anything you could ever want.
All skin with scars needs to be exfoliated on a daily basis. This helps to reduce the layers of dead skin and helps encourage skin regrowth and a removal of oils and dirt. You can exfoliate daily. I suggest simply using a loofah sponge while in the shower. You can also use a paste such as baking soda paste (a simple blend of baking soda and water) and this works quite well at exfoliating the skin.
Overall there aren't many differences between African American skin and and other types of skin. Skin is skin - the only real difference being that often hyper-pigmentation is more common in darker skins. There are plenty of natural acne scar treatments out there, so have a look around, exercise common sense, and be relentless! I wish you the very best of luck.
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