The question for this week’s edition of Quest for Truth comes from Sook Yen, and her question goes like this:
“I’m currently using biore water-base sunblock. I like it because i don’t feel oily and sticky but it seems like it’s not that effective cause my face appeared more brown spots nowadays. I tried olay before but it’s too oily. Is there any suggestion?”
Thank you for asking, Sook Yen! Wow, girls like you make me proud! You are young, and yet you have been taking good care of your skin by applying sunscreen every day. It is such a pain to know that dark spots are present even though we diligently and religiously use sunscreen on a daily basis. Having said that, we must still apply adequate amount of sunscreen (at least SPF30) every day, preferably with good UVA protection, so do look out for zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in the ingredients of your sunscreen. Both of these two chemical-free ingredients is the way to go if you are prone to sensitivity or breakouts although Titanium Dioxide tends to leave a white cast on your skin. Sad but true, dark spots knows no age and can develop in your early 20’s.
Besides aging, those spots are cause by genetics and excessive sun exposure. Sometimes, stress and acne could also cause pigmentation in the form of spots (brown colour). Since you are currently living in Malaysia, we can’t help but to agree that The Sun plays a large contributing role to having dark spots. So, to counteract this problem, you would need to minimize sun exposure and apply a minimum SPF30 sunscreen every day, where ever you are. Sometimes, it is not entirely the sunscreen to be blamed, but also the method of applying it on your skin.
If you are concerned with the dark spots and want to do something about it, there are treatments available to manage these spots including microdermabrasion, IPL, and chemical peels, but you would still need to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from further sun damage. Always re-apply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours whenever you can. Also, you could consider using anti-dark spot serum/essence to combat dark spot formation and a daily moisturizer that contains Vitamin C to give you a more unified appearance. I have personally used Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum and Decleor Paris 10-day Radiance Powder Cure, which I find help to even out my skin complexion.
Do you have any remedy or advice to help Sook Yen?