** Updated May 18, 2024

As this is still my most popular blog post ever! Thank you to everyone who reads this post. I wanted to share an update about my skin. As I mentioned in July 2017, I underwent laser hair removal to get rid of the hairs on my face. This was a 13 month process. It was well worth the $300 I paid. While the hair is not completely gone, the treatments significantly thinned or stopped the hair growth in some areas. The thicker areas completely stopped growing and have not grown back since. However, there are some thinner hairs that do grow.  All in all, I highly recommend laser hair removal for those considering it.

I’ve since started laser treatments AGAIN, mainly on my chin and now my bikini line. I’ve noticed hairs resurfacing on my chin and I began falling into the bad habit of plucking. Since 2017 when I initially underwent treatment, laser treatments have become relatively affordable. I pay about $25/session on my chin and $44 per session for my bikini line.

We can’t control our features, but we do have some control over the health and condition of our skin. Healthy skin begins with a balanced diet, plenty of water, and an effective skin care regime. But what happens when mother nature throws a couple of genetic wrenches at you? You know like dark spots due to hyperpigmentation? This skin condition is common with people with brown skin such as myself. And what about ingrown hairs? I mean women aren’t supposed to have hairs on their face besides maybe their side burns and eyebrows! WRONG! I’m going to fess up to a few stray strands in less than appealing places, but I won’t let them detract from my beauty! No way! There are ways for us (and it’s more women than you think) women and men with skin challenges to deal and OVERCOME!  So if you suffer from dark marks associated with acne, ingrown hairs (folliculitis), freckles, etc, read on for ways to cope.

 

DARK SPOTS BEGONE!

I’d first like to preface this with a statement that I am not a doctor, esthetician, or a dermatologist. Just a simple Texas girl who likes to do tons of research on how to cure simple ailments through natural and safe topical methods. Of course I’d recommend speaking with a dermatologist for serious skin issues.

Okay, confessions time! I suffer from an often overlooked condition called Folliculitis. This is when hair follicles get infected and cause small inflamed pimples. I’ve gotten a few on my face before, as I have a few stray hairs and my sideburns can sometimes cause these little pimples to form. It’s embarrassing!

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First off, if you suffer from stray hairs in the form of a mustache, thick side burns or anywhere else on your face that you’d rather not have hair, my #1 suggestion would be to DO NOT PLUCK THEM! That is unless you do not have issues with Hyperpigmentation.  This condition is most common in individuals with a darker complexion, but can result in pink scarring in fair skin individuals as well. When you pluck your hairs, it can cause damage at the root of the follicle, which then can lead to skin discoloration. Trust me, that’s how I got a few of my own scars.

 

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If you must remove the hair yourself, I’d suggest using a depilatory cream such as Nair, or investing $10 in a facial hair trimmer. It’s small like a laser pointer and trims eyebrows, sideburns, or whatever facial hair needs trimming, and most important of all, it won’t damage your skin.

And don’t be embarrassed by your less than ladylike problem. God makes no mistakes and even celebrities suffer from these issues…

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Not to put anyone on Blast or anything, but it’s a little nice to know that even the most beautiful women in Hollywood suffer from un-Hollywood like problems.

Products That Brighten Skin

There are several products that I’ve used and have seen positive results from. But before trying to lighten dark spots, commit to preventing them in the first place. That means either getting laser hair removal to permanently remove the hairs, or choosing a non-damaging method to remove hairs, i.e. depilatory creams, shaving.

1. Ren Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic  – *NEW fave product! As I’ve entered my 30’s my skin has different needs. This gentle daily alpha hydroxy acid tonic is great at giving my skin a gentle glow. It helps exfoliate off dead skin, and gently fades dark spots contributing to an even skin tone all over my face and neck.

2.  Alpha Beta Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross  – This has been a favorite for many years. When I use this product, I try to stay consistent and use it twice per week. I’ve seen my best result this way. If you absolutely love it, you can buy the bigger kit with 60 applications. It’s a better investment if you plan on using this product for the long haul.

3. Acids Done Bright Skin Care Set by Ole Henriksen*NEW fave product. The three products in this set pack a major punch. Each with their own micro dose of AHA and BHA’s that help leave skin looking and feeling smooth and clear.

4. Ren Smart Renewal Body Serum *NEW fave product. This is from the same product line as the Ready Steady Glow tonic but is made for the body. I use this to fade dark spots on my legs.

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SOME OTHER SKIN SAVIORS


Sunscreen is an absolute must when getting laser hair removal and using AHA and BHA products. I am particularly fond of  Paula’s Choice Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth. Another great sunscreen brand is Super Goop. I’ve tried a few of their products, but I really like their Play Everyday Lotion Spf 50.  

*UPDATE 7/30/2017

 

I finally decided to take the plunge and invest in laser hair removal. After years of dealing with ingrown hairs and dark spots as a result, I figured it was best to kill the source of the problem. If you are African American and are afraid of the negative side effects of laser treatments, I recommend you research med spas that use a ND YAG laser. This laser is safe for African Americans. I have not had any adverse effects, my treatments last 5 minutes or less, and my skin looks better than ever. I started noticing slower and thinner hair growth after the first treatment.