Sedayah Simpson’s skin
Hey Sedayah, here are some insights based on the answers you gave us when you took our skin survey. The answers you provided really helped us to perfect the product – Base Plus was made with you in mind.
Scarring and blemishes
A blemish is any mark, spot, discolouration, or flaw on the skin. Depending upon the condition causing them, some blemishes fade on their own while others need medical treatments. Anything that causes the skin to open can lead to scarring, such as popped pimples.
People with darker skin sometimes see post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – marks that appear on the skin after. Those with lighter skin sometimes develop post-inflammatory erythema -commonly showing up as purple or red marks. If inflammation is severe, the collagen and elastic tissue could be unable to regenerate properly, leaving a scar.
People commonly use at-home products with AHAs or BHAs to exfoliate the skin and help bring those dark skin cells to the surface. Or salicylic acid to help unclog pores. Vit C has also been recently popular for fading scars and blemishes.
Acne in particular is caused when sebaceous glands begin to produce too much sebum. This can result in the excess sebum mixing with dead skin cells and bacteria, and blocking the hair follicles in the skin. If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it swells outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead. Bacteria that lives on the skin can infect the plugged follicles, causing papules, pustules, nodules or cysts.
Causes of acne are different from person-to-person, sometimes triggered by hormonal changes in the body, diet etc. Preventing blemishes is much easier than treating them, so maintaining proper skin hygiene, avoiding acne triggers, and using sun protection help to keep your face blemish-free.
Uneven skin tone (patchy or hyperpigmented)
There are also different types of hyperpigmentation, and acne can commonly lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. People often opt for over the counter creams to treat this, containing lightening ingredients such as vitamin C, niacinamide or liquorice extract. Stronger agents should always be prescribed bed by a medical professional.
Sun exposure triggers melanin production, so people seeking to alleviate hyper pigmentation are often advised to wear sun screens or blocks to guard against the condition worsening.
We hope this information was useful and look forward to seeing what you create with us.