August 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm #186194
I have really patchy skin, uneven tones and dark spots. If anyone is familiar to the “pregnancy mask”, it is much like this but I am not pregnant. I am looking for a matte foundation as my skin is dry, but even with a matte foundation, becomes dewy looking through out the day. I have dry skin and I am prone to breakouts. I have tried masks, exfoliating, basically anything I can think of. I do have a picture of my skin without makeup, and if you have a serious suggestion or advice and need to see it to better help me, I will share it with you, but privately.
ElizabethGlamAugust 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm #186262
What’s your current skincare routine? Are the majority of the patches more than 4 shades darker than the skin around it? And, what sun protection do you wear?August 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm #186563
A really good skincare routine will improve your overall skin texture. Always use an SPF to avoid premature aging and sunspots. Exfoliators seem to help with lightening some of those dark spots and removing any dead skin cells that might be dulling the skin. As far as the foundation goes, Stila recently released a matte finish full coverage foundation. Is is the Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer. I tried it and I really liked it a lot, more that my MuFE HD foundation. Since it is pricey ( around $44) I would recommend getting a sample from Sephora to see how that works for you.August 17, 2012 at 11:22 am #186796
I wash my face morning and night with Cetaphil Anti-bacterial soap, use a facial scrub for black heads once a week, a toner for sensative skin after every wash, moisturize with an oil free moisturizer that contains salicylic acid (acne med). If I am goinng without make up, I use a tinted moisturizer and it has an SPF of 15, all of my foundations contain an SPF of at least 15, most have 20.August 18, 2012 at 4:24 am #186967
Hyper-pigmentation can be caused by a number of things, and this can effect how well some approaches work compared to other. So, the best advice is always going to be to go to a doctor and find out what the actual specifics of your situation are.
This said, I think it’s fair to say that as general advice you want to wear at least a broad spectrum 30spf sun protection to help prevent pigmentation caused by sun damage, switch to a gentle daily chemical exfoliant to help promote the renewal of fresh normally pigmented skin and the removal of old over-pigmented skin, and add either a serum or toner to your routine from one of the countless whitening skincare lines that are available today.
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