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Different Types of Skin Blemishes and What You Can Do About Them

Blemishes on your face can make you feel insecure. Some of them are temporary and will fade with time, while others are more permanent and won’t go away without at least some help. Of course, you might be happy and accepting of some types of blemishes on your skin. Perhaps you’ve accepted a birthmark or a scar that you see as part of you and wouldn’t want to remove. But you might also have blemishes that you want to remove, cover up or treat so that they fade away. There are different types of blemishes that you can address if you want to.


Most people have scars of some kind, whether big or small. They can be the result of an injury, an illness such as chickenpox, surgery, or even acne. Some scars aren’t very obvious but others can be a lot more visible. If you have any scars that you don’t like, there are options for helping them to fade and preventing them from getting darker. Laser therapy is sometimes used for scarring and is a population option for acne scars treatment. Some people suggest topical treatments with vitamin E to help scars fade. It’s also a good idea to keep scars out of the sun.


Pimples, Whiteheads, and Blackheads

Everyone is familiar with pimples and the different ways your pores can get blocked. They can be especially annoying when you’re a teenager, but plenty of adults get them too. They don’t usually last long, but they are annoying. The big question for a lot of people is whether you should squeeze them. The general recommendation is that you shouldn’t, although many people choose to anyway. But it could increase the risk of scarring and inflammation. Instead of squeezing, keep it clean and try drying it out with a 5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream.

Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation

Exposure to the sun can cause darker spots on your skin over time, often called age spots or liver spots. This is a type of hyperpigmentation, when there is an overproduction of melanin. Hyperpigmentation might also be caused by acne scarring, hormonal changes, and other causes. There are a few ways to tackle hyperpigmentation, including lightening creams, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser peels, and using products with retinoids. Hyperpigmentation can fade on its own, especially if a cause is found and stopped so that the skin can start to fade back to normal.


Skin Tags

Skin tags are a type of nodule that many people have on their skin. They’re soft, noncancerous growths that are generally not harmful but can be irritating sometimes. They are very common, especially for older people, people who are overweight, and people with diabetes. If a skin tag is bothering you, you can remove it using a few different methods. There are home remedies such as tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar and OTC products to slowly get rid of them, or you can have them removed.

Not all skin blemishes are something you want to get rid of but there are options if you want to treat them.

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