Dark spots are black or dark brown-colored scars that can appear anywhere on the skin. They develop in response to the overproduction of melanin pigments on some areas of the skin than others. Melanin pigment is responsible for giving color to our hair, skin, and eyes. As we age, the distribution of melanin-producing cells called melanocytes becomes uneven on our skin. A common cause of dark spots is excessive exposure of skin to the sunlight because UV rays stimulate the production of melanocytes. Therefore hyperpigmentation and dark spots develop in those areas of the skin where melanocytes are present in higher concentrations. Consequently, dark spots typically develop on face, necks, arms, shoulders, the back, and hands because these areas of the skin receive regular sun exposure. Other reasons that can cause the appearance of dark spots include hormonal changes, aging, acne, medication, wounds, inflammation, and internal illnesses.
Dark spots or hyperpigmentation are not a health care concern and do not require treatment, but they make your skin appear discolored, dull, and unhealthy. Mostly dark spots caused by sun exposure become lighter over time and eventually fade completely. Acne blemishes also leave dark spots on the skin that usually fade in a longer duration due to damage in skin cells. Moreover, picking, squeezing, and touching the blemishes makes its fading process slower. Post-pimple dark spots are uncommon and are known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These kinds of dark spots can take over three months to two years to fade, which can be frustrating.
The best way to prevent your skin from dark spots is by limiting your skin's exposure to the sun. When you visit outdoors in the daytime, apply sunscreen, cover your hands, arms, and legs with cloth, and wear a hat to protect your skin from damaging effects of UV rays. Exfoliating the skin with granular substances can also help lighten the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. Every 25-30 days, our skin goes through a natural turn over cycle, which involves the shedding of dead skin cells and replacing it with new skin cells. In this process, the skin regenerates itself and becomes healthy and glowing again. But as we age, our skin's natural turn over cycle slows does, leaving unshed skin cells on the skin's surface. Exfoliating the skin removes unshed dead skin cells, lighten the appearance of blemishes and dark spots, revealing a healthy layer of skin beneath.
How Can Activated Charcoal Help Fade the Appearance of Dark Spots?
Activated charcoal is made from heating carbon-rich materials such as woods, peat, coconut shells, bone char, peat, and olive pits. It is a fine black powder with no odor and has a porous structure. It has purifying, exfoliating, and clarifying properties. In skincare, activated charcoal is mostly used in the form of face masks. Activated charcoal face mask offers many benefits to the skin. Face masks containing activated charcoal help removes the buildup of dead skin cells, impurities, and bacteria from the skin's surface, leaving it clean, clear, and bright. Activated charcoal is also soothing for acne-prone, irritated, and itchy skin because it unclogs skin pores. Its granulous structure removes the toxins and pollutants from the skin that makes the skin appear discolored and uneven. Moreover, due to its incredible exfoliating properties, activated charcoal helps shed dead skin cells, makes the appearance of dark spots less visible and deeply cleanses the skin. It also balances excessive oil production on the skin without drying it out. Its neutralizing and soothing properties promote the skin's health, leaving it soft, smooth, and healthy.
Botanic Hearth's Activated Charcoal Face Mask
Botanic Hearth's Activated Charcoal Face Mask is expertly formulated with charcoal powder as a key ingredient. It also contains other hydrating and soothing ingredients that improve skin's health in many ways. It detoxifies the skin, brightens the skin's complexion, and helps fade the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. It contains aloe leaf juice, olive oil, jojoba oil, and bentonite clay. These ingredients hydrate the skin, soothe skin irritation, dryness and itchiness and leave it feeling refreshed, clean, and soft. It has the exfoliating and purifying properties of charcoal powder that help remove the buildup of dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oils from the skin's surface without stripping off skin's natural oils. It is gentle on the skin and suitable for all skin types.