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Hey, have you tried azelaic acid? i've heard thats good for hyperpigmentation marks in darker skinned people. I'll probably ask my doctor about it.

i've been using azelaic acid and to be honest i haven't noticed much difference with the hyperpigmentation

How long have you been using it for? It says it takes about one month to see significant improvments.

i've been using it for 5 weeks

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Did you use it just for marks or do you use it for acne as well? Because i still have active acne and wondered if it would benefit that anyway.

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so ive been looking up kojic acid and have found only one online store that sells it.

http://dianayvonne.com/product/CSP84

A Skin lightening with Wildberry Extract and Kojic Acid

The active ingredients found in Wildberry Extract are entirely derived from a natural, botanical source."

Wildberry Extract, an exciting new functional ingredient, represents an important advance in skin lightening agents. The result of considerable research and developmental effort, Wildberry Extract is the outgrowth of an innovative and thorough analysis of the biochemical nature of melanogenesis and the biophysical considerations that affect its numerous pathways. To summarize the importance of this new cosmetic active: Wildberry Extract - in contrast to presently available products - not only inhibits the progress of skin darkening, it also effectively reduces existing pigmentation.

The primary mechanism of action involved here is tyrosinase inhibition. However, this effect is further supported by a second level of functionality: Wildberry Extract also has the capacity to naturally degrade existing skin melanin with exceptional efficacy. A number of associated enzyme systems participating in the melanogenetic pathway are believed to be affected by specific actives in Wildberry Extract's proprietary formulation. Thus, this novel two-tiered approach results in more "preemptive" and longer term skin tone lightening and color evening-out than is possible from conventional skin lighteners. Significantly, preliminary data from ongoing human clinical trials over a three-month period solidly substantiate these claims.

Today, a legal procedure is implemented to prohibit the use of Hydroquinone due to safety studies and concerns in cosmetics at the European level. Hydroquinone has already been banned from many other countries for this reason.

As reported by the NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists: "Kojic acid at 1% concentration will give about the same skin-bleaching effect as Hydroquinone will at 2%. Kojic acid has no known safety issues."

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for the past week, i have been washing my face with the neutrogena pure peel face wash ( i dont use the peeling solution partly cos I dont know what % of glycolic acid is in it) and i have started using the 7.5% glycolic acid every morning on my face, chest and back, while I wait for my order from perfectskin (they are v.v. slow but I have been reassured that they willl arrive sometime this week) and touch wood it has been working. dark marks and active spots have reduced. even my chest hyperpigmentation which seems to be the worst is much improved. other things that may be contributing to this could be the B5 (might be just kicking in) and I use differin most nights on my face only.

Feeling quite positive cos I have actually been able to go out without makeup without feeling yukky. hope this keeps up :pray:

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spotty, i have the same skin color and same spots. what works fast for me is hydroquinone with spf 15 and retin A micro .04%, you wont have too dry skin and your spots will fade all out in a month. you will see results in a few days though.

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Excuse me for not knowing this, not really new to this, i've had acne since 8th grade, i'm high school junior now, I ocassionally break out, I don't have those icepick scars or any "deep" scarring, but I do have some black spots that were left from the breakout, can someone please explain this to me, how does this differ from common acne scarring and are some of the processes used to heal this the same as "typical" acne scarring?

any answers would do great, thanks

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Excuse me for not knowing this, not really new to this, i've had acne since 8th grade, i'm high school junior now, I ocassionally break out, I don't have those icepick scars or any "deep" scarring, but I do have some black spots that were left from the breakout, can someone please explain this to me, how does this differ from common acne scarring and are some of the processes used to heal this the same as "typical" acne scarring?

any answers would do great, thanks

im not an expert or anything but it seems like you have got hyperpigmentation (the black marks). scars and hyperpigmentation result from normal inflammatory processes. scars are pitted or elevated and are harder to get rid of but hyperpigmentation will clear up it just takes a long time and how quickly it clears depends on a number of things like how dark it is, the type of skin, sun exposure but it does clear up on its own. certain topicals help cos they increase skin peeling and so the mark clears up quicker..people with scars usually use stronger treatment like peels - cos they remove more layers of skin or fillers that fill out the pits..

hope this is helpful

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