Acne itself is a challenge for anyone of any skin type, but for those with a tanned or darker skin tones acne can pose a special challenge. Different substances that are available out there for curing acne can cause skin bleaching or blotch marks on skin as a lot of these products use peroxide and lemon juice to help dry out and clear up the acne. To help remove any acne and acne scarring on darker skin tones, try out these methods below:
The Baking Soda Exfoliate
Using baking soda to exfoliate darker skin is a great choice, as it will help remove any dead skin cells that may be on the surface of your skin and it will also kill off any of those acne-causing bacteria without damaging the skin or causing inflammation. When baking soda is rubbed onto the skin, the small particles help exfoliate without disrupting the other layers of skin, and it won’t scratch and irritate your face either.
To create this exfoliate, all you need is to mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to create a paste. Splash your face with water, and then massage the paste onto your skin for about half a minute. Once complete, rinse your face well with cool water and past your face dry with a towel.
The Steamed Facial
No matter what your skin type, regularly steaming your skin will help remove any of those dead skin cells that may be causing acne and causing your skin to look less radiant than it should. Steaming is also an effective way of removing any toxins and impurities that are lying beneath the skin’s surface.
You don’t need to go out and purchase a facial steamer to do this. All you need to do is to boil some water, and then pour it into a larger bowl. Grab a towel, get comfortable, and place your face 12 inches over the bowl. Now put the towel over your head so that it creates a “tent” over the bowel. Relax for up to 10 minutes, and then splash cool water on your face to rinse off any impurities and dead skin.
The Oil Massage
Though it may sound contradictory to use oil on a face that may already be a bit more oily than you would like, massaging vitamin E oil on your face will actually help loosen up the skin cells as well as hydrate any areas that may appear discolored due to your acne. As an added bonus, vitamin E is also an antioxidant and will help fight off any free radicals that may cause premature aging of the skin.
To use this as a massage, all you need is to pour ¼ teaspoon of the oil onto your fingers and then massage it directly onto your face in circular motions. After a couple of minutes, take a clean washcloth and wipe away the excess oil. You should be left with fresh, vibrant skin that is well on its way to becoming acne-free.