Lovelyish reader Deniseasks:
My skin gets pigmented really easily — if I get a mosquito bite, it turns brown after a few days and takes FOREVER to fade away completely, even when I don’t scratch it! And last year, I tripped and got this bruise on my shin, and even though there was no wound, it turned brown and so I have this ugly scar that won’t go away. A lot of people here in Asia say that whitening cream will make the scars fade. I’ve tried scar cream but it doesn’t really work on me, so I’m thinking that whitening cream is the way to go. Have any of you tried this method? What’s a good brand to use?
It doesn’t sound to me like you have an issue with scarring, however it does sound like you might have some sort of vitamin deficiency that is preventing your body from healing properly after your skin encounters a trauma.
If your body is lacking sufficient amounts of vitamin C, there’s a possibility that could be what is causing the bruises and brown spots that don’t seem to go away.
If you do in fact have a vitamin deficiency, a simple blood test can be administered to determine exactly what might be causing the problem.
There are two vitamins that I believe might be helpful to what you’ve described. Firstly, Bromelain, which reduces swelling and inflammation, and secondly, Arnica Montana, which can be taken orally or used topically to heal wounds and reduce inflammation.
Vitmedica Bromelain wth Quercetin Nutrients with Anti-Inflammatory Properties, 60 Capsules, $28.00 from Amazon
Arnica Montana 200CK – 80 – Pellet, $9.02 from Amazon
If your problem is in fact prolonged bruising and pigmentation, I’d recommend you stay away from blood thinners like red wine and aspirin because they are anticoagulants, meaning they can increase the risk of bleeding or excessive bruising.
And I can tell you from experience that even a couple glasses of red wine will cause bruises to become much more severe.
If your issue is hyper pigmentation then I can’t say I fully recommend skin bleaching due to risks of further discoloration depending on where you apply it.
However, If you do believe skin lightening is the right treatment for you, and you intend to use safe products with conservative levels in their lightening ingredients, then I recommend you try something with a very low concentration of a skin lightener called, hydroquinone.
Alpha Hydrox Spotlight Targeted Skin Lightener is a great product, but if you’re looking for something a little pricier and potentially more effective, opt for DERMAdoctor Immaculate Correction, which works as a skin tone equalizer.
Alpha Hydrox Spot Light Targeted Skin Lightener .85 oz, $15.00 from Amazon
DERMAdoctor Immaculate Correction, Revitalizing Skin Tone Equalizer 1.7 oz (50 ml), from Amazon
Another product that has worked wonders for hyper-pigmentation on my face is Clinique’s Even Better. I noticed a significant improvement in my skins texture and overall appearance after just a few weeks of use.
CLINIQUE by Clinique: EVEN BETTER CLINICAL DARK SPOT CORRECTOR ALL SKIN TYPES–/1OZ, $61.00 from Amazon
Since it doesn’t sound like what you’re describing is the result of scarring, I wouldn’t recommend scar treatment products. They certainly wouldn’t worsen your condition by any means, and products like Mederma are wonderfully effective for treating scars that is if scars are in fact the issue.
If the problem persists, do yourself a big favor and see your dermatologist while these pigmentation’s and bruises are still visible so you have a professional diagnosis and a prescription for the most effective ointment or oral medication for you.
Does anyone have some suggestions or similar experience with bruises or persistent pigmentation? What do you believe the best method of treatment might be for this Lovely?