Hey Talysha, this one's for you!
Many women of color suffer from hyperpigmentation or dark spots from acne to ingrown hairs. I wanted some advice from blogger friend Mischo about what we should do about them and the best spot concealer!
Here's what she had to say:
"Hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of pigment (melanin) which results in discoloration or dark areas on the skin. It may be caused by a number of internal or external factors such as sunlight, injury, trauma, medication, skin diseases and skin treatments and products. Women of color are more susceptible to skin discoloration due to genetics and the differences in physiology.
If you have a tendency for this disorder, then you should avoid the following:
1. Sun Exposure (it's one of the biggest causes of hyperpigmentation and will make existing disorders worse)
2. Deep Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion or Laser Services (these services could result in injury or trauma to the skin)
3. Over-Exfoliation (this will make the disorder worse and might cause hypopigmentation, which is the loss of pigment)
4. Manipulation of Pimples (use an over-the-counter spot treatment or medication prescribed by your dermatologist to treat them)
Because shaving may cause hyperpigmentation for some, in addition to irritated skin and ingrown hairs, I would suggest waxing, threading, or using a depilatory (hair removal cream). Your dermatologist may even have a treatment to block hair growth.
I'd recommend Dermablend products as a concealer. I've heard over and over again how great they are for achieving maximum coverage and a flawless look. (Yummy411:"I would recommend MAC's Studio Finish SPF35 concealer.")
Though skin of color is more susceptible to pigmentation issues, it's advantage is that due to it's difference in physiology, it has a greater protection from the sun and shows fewer signs of aging."
See Mischo's full article on her site- Hyperpigmentation 101. Thanks Mischo for all of your help!!!
Stay tuned for Part 2. I personally have dark underarms, so I'm visiting a dermotologist. I'm going to sneak in a couple of questions and I'll let you all know what he says!