So the word is out: we’ll be homebound for 4 more weeks until the 1st of June.

But the good news is, the zits have stopped sprouting, finally. After a little over 2 weeks of self-care being cooped up at home pampering your skin and not aggravating it with makeup, your skin is finally liberated from acne.

After a long struggle with breakouts, you thought you’d have finally experienced the calm after the storm… and then you look into the mirror and realize it’s not all clear skies ahead just yet.

Pigmentation is a scourge that plagues a select group of individuals, where there is a persistence of redness in the central parts of their faces where the cheeks and nose are, made up of a grisly amalgamation of bumps, pimples and tiny visible blood vessels.

If you thought a little natural “blush” on your cheeks never hurt anyone, make a grave exception for pigmentation. This condition not only looks bad – it feels equally bad.

Fortunately for you, you have 4 more weeks to set all these straight.


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Not Going To Sugarcoat It


There is one terrifying fact about pigmentation that I need to be transparent with you about: the actual causes of this phenomenon are still UNKNOWN.

A few scientifically unsubstantiated causes like faulty immune system, genes, and impaired skin barrier functions have been thrown into the mix, but there has been nothing concrete so far.

This means that pigmentation could happen to ANY OF US.

It could start with a tiny zit on your cheek or a little blemish. These little facial glitches usually can set off a case of the pigmentation – but the good news is, we actually know how to prevent these triggers.


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Remedy For The Calamity


Before we introduce any form of foreign intervention, let us look at what we can do on our end to prevent all the symptoms that lead to pigmentation.

Redness, acne and skin irritation are usually caused by factors such as climate and dietary choices.

Make sure you are protected from the merciless rays of the sun by applying sunblock when you step out of the house. Products like the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen and Umbrella UV are highly efficient sun-screening agents that are not harsh on the skin.

Cut down on your consumption of spicy and ‘heaty’ food as they encourage the likelihood of breakouts.

In the case of severe irritation, slather on some Calming Balm to bring some form of reprieve to irritated, itchy or pigmented skin, with its ultra-gentle and skin-protective ingredients.


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The Acid Test


There is a shroud of mystery surrounding the origins of pigmentation, and the online world has been abuzz with forums and websites dedicated to people who have this condition, as they share tips and remedies to combat this condition.

Azelaic acid functions as a very gentle exfoliant that aid in unclogging pores, diminishing the appearance of acne scars and skin blemishes, reducing skin sensitivity, and evening out the skin tone.

Skin boosters like the Skin Rescue Clarifying and Balancing Cream and the Azelaic Acid Ampoule pack a very healthy dose of azelaic acid, along with other nutrient-laden ingredients to ensure one application alleviates multiple skin ailments.


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