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CPP Process to Get Rid of Dark Spots Fast

How do you get rid of dark spots from acne? Even as a pimple heals, it leaves behind a reddish or brown spot. This dark mark, which is more deeply coloured than the surrounding skin, is called Post-Inflammatory Hyper pigmentation or PIH in short. These dark marks from acne can stay on the skin for months, sometimes becoming worse if not treated properly.

Today I will tell you about my 3-step process to help you get rid of dark acne marks fast. I call it the CPP Process.

To be clear, we are talking about reddish or brown coloured “marks” on the skin, which are flat hyper-pigmented patches. These brown marks are not “scars”. We are not talking about indentations in the skin caused by acne which are actually scars.

CPP process to remove dark acne marks fast

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CPP process to remove dark acne marks fast

CPP stands for Correct, Prevent, Preserve and includes products for fading existing dark marks, preventing new dark marks and preserving the results of the previous 2 steps. Each step works differently and contributes to overall lightening of hyper pigmentation.

  1. Fade existing brown spots
  2. Prevent new brown spots from forming
  3. Preserve the results

Step 1: Correct

Many of the skin lightening treatments only prevent formation of new dark spots. They don’t do much to correct the dark marks from acne that are already present. Exfoliants such as glycolic acid and lactic acid make the skin cells renew faster, leading to removal of cells with dark pigment faster. This makes the existing dark spots lighter as new skin takes their place.

For this step, you need products that contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid or retinoids. They all exfoliate the skin leading to faster turn over of skin cells, in a healthy and safe way.

Step 2: Prevent

The next step is to prevent formation of dark spots in the first place. That is done through lightening agents that prevent melanin formation. Melanin, the skin pigment responsible for darkening of the skin is present in excess in dark spots. Whitening agents found in fairness creams work by preventing formation of excess melanin at the site of the pimple.

For this step, you need products that contain kojic acid, arbutin, hydroquinone, vitamin C, licorice / liquorice or azelaic acid. These ingredients prevent formation of melanin or dark skin pigment. If used in an appropriate dose, they are safe (except hydroquinone which is best used under medical supervision).

Step 3: Preserve

At the same time as targeting both the present and future dark spots in steps 1 and 2,  you want to preserve these results. You do that by minimizing exposure to dark spot or redness triggers such as sun exposure. You might have noticed that when you are out in the sun, your acne marks turn more red and after a few days, they even look darker brown than before.

Wherever there is scar tissue from old pimples, that area of skin is more vulnerable to becoming red and dark brown due to sun exposure or skin-irritating products. The structure of the skin at the site of the pimple has changed, it is no longer as robust as parts of the skin that did not develop pimples.

You need to protect the skin by using a broad spectrum sunscreen every single day. Otherwise the existing dark marks can become darker and also new ones will keep forming.

For this step, you need a sunscreen that provides guaranteed UVA and UVB protection. A sunscreen labelled with only SPF is not enough since that only protects against UVB rays (sun burn). You also need UVA protection against aging and skin darkening, which is provided by sunscreens labelled broad-spectrum or with a PA rating (e.g. PA+++).

How to use the CPP Process

The CPP process needs an exfoliant + lightening product + sunscreen. Below I have listed a sample set of skin care products. You could use these or put together your own set of products.

Step # CPP Process Product recommendations How to use
Correct – this step involves using an exfoliating product that will remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Examples of exfoliating products are those containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, retinaldehyde, mandelic acid, lactic acid
  1. AHAGlow face wash (glycolic acid)
  2. Glomed Face Wash (glycolic acid)
  3. Rejuglow Face Wash (salicylic acid, glycolic acid)
  4. Sebamed Cleansing Foam (lactic acid)
Wash face twice a day. If you are already using an acne cream such as Avene Triacneal or Keracnyl or Sebonac, you do not need to use an exfoliating face wash, since these creams are exfoliating already.
Prevent – this step involves using a melanin-inhibiting product that will prevent formation of dark pigment in the skin. Examples of such products are those containing liquorice (licorice), kojic acid, arbutin, niacinamide and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  1. Kojivit Gel
  2. Rejuglow Gel
  3. Cosglo Gel
Dot over dark spots at night. If you are using an acream cream all over the face, dot this step 2 product after the acne cream has absorbed into the skin, after 15-20 minutes.
Preserve – this step involves using a full spectrum sunscreen to prevent re-darkening of spots. This is an important step if one wants to see maximum results
  1. Sunprotek Gel SPF 50+
  2. Zoray Aquagel SPF 30
  3. Sebamed Sun Care Spray SPF 30
 Every morning 15 minutes before stepping out of the house. If sweating or washing face during the day, re-apply.

When will I see results?

Although this is one of the fastest at-home treatments you can do to get rid of brown marks from acne, do not expect overnight results. Give it 4 weeks to show visible difference. Take a photograph of your face before starting the CPP process and then take a photo every week in the same lighting conditions. That will help you gauge better than simply looking in the mirror every day.

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150 Responses to CPP Process to Get Rid of Dark Spots Fast

  1. Keepcalmandcureacne May 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I do use glyco A for my marks , and Nexret retino A gel .04 percent , but should I also use melalite on the spots ? (hydroquinone ) .I`m worried that it`s hydroquinone which caused the irrotation in the 1st place. I did use sunscreen regularly ( spf 50 ,a chemical and physical one called suncros ) , or maybe it was faulty cleansing of my skin. I do use a light powder now and a bit of concelaer (colorbar concealer and maybelline clearglow powder ) which I remove by thorough washing with a creamy facewash , then aha glow .I do steam my face once or twice a week. Where am I going wrong ? I want to have clear spotfree skin so I can go off makeup , and I dont think my skin can take any more acne attacks , it already has some scars from previous attacks in high school. and I love your blog. You are more considerate than dermatologists anyway. Please guide me. Thank you in advance.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      With both Glyco A and Nexret, you do not really need to add a hydroquinone product. You are right about hydroquinone causing irritation. Besides, the risk of hypo pigmentation (white patches) and other side effects from using of hydroquinone is not worth it.

      Frequent steaming can cause severe drying of the skin. Steaming can also irritate the skin. Both dryness and irritation can lead to acne. With Glyco A + Nexret, you have a powerful mix of anti-acne products, you do not really need steaming, also because both these products work very well to keep the pores clean.

      Would you be able to post a new question in the Q&A section with information about the present state of your acne, when the breakouts started and whether anyone in your family has Diabetes / PCOS / PCOD / Thyroid problems? Because if these powerful products are not helping, then there’s probably an underlying cause. We can hopefully figure it out.

  2. Keepcalmandcureacne May 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    I`ll do that , allright. But nope I have no such medical history of PCOS /diabetes or thyroid , nor does my family. But both my parents did have a history of acne.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      The underlying factor is heredity. Heredity plays a strong role in acne. For now, you could try stopping the steaming and that creamy face wash. Which face wash is it by the way?

  3. Keepcalmandcureacne May 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    i love your sense of humour. * madame/monsieur, stop steaming your face and maybe do something productive instead of unleashing industrial strength anti acne measures on your face , as long as you have a face XD * okay , It`s hereditary allright because my mom, my papa and even my big bro went through the same thing but they do have clear skin now *something I dont think I have hopes for * .The thing is my skin gets this bad every summer especially in the month of may. During the winter months , it still behaves. Well with the steaming , my skin was getting mildly better , but I`ll stop it now .I have been on glyco A for only 4 days , I need to give it more time to work I suppose. Also , I dont think I have been cleansing off the sunscreen well like you mentioned in your double cleansing post. I havent been doing that so most probably this acne is out of residue , because I do not have acne anywhere else on my body , the skin`s spotless. Just on my cheeks. The left has healed *touchwood * , but the right cheek still needs time. There`s a sufficient amount of redness and red marks which I`m worried about. They are hyperpigmentation , not scars , as I`ve understood. Going by your APST system , I have type 3 skin. The land mine./ egg shells. I am preparing a detailed post in the Q/A segment , so you can effectively help me with it. Thank you a lot by the way. I have recommended this page to many , who are also looking for solutions *who wants to be called fruitcake face all their life * sighs. Love you. *hug *

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 17, 2013 at 6:29 am #

      Oh 4 days? Yes, yes, you need to use Glyco A for more than that amount of time to see results.

      When it comes to chronic acne, skin care products barely scratch the surface. There are quite a few powerfully effective ways of getting relief from chronic acne. You need to see what works for you and give each one enough time to show effect. For now, skin care it is.

  4. kritika May 17, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    hey m really stressed now please help me. i had a really bad hard pimple 2 months ago and had a really bad time revovering from it . Now it has left a dark spot on my face(its near my right half of face) . it has been on my face since 25-30days. i have tried almost all products…i.e first i tried mederma but didnt brought any changes to it then i used glyco 6 it too failed then i heard that whitening cream works on dark spot so i tried olay whitening cream n it also didnt work now i am using eraser but it has not brought a slight change on the dark spot only when i apply the cream it looks faded but when i wash it off ..its the same …please recommend me some cream that would fade it quickly i m having my birthday on 25th and i dont want my pictures with such a big dark spot .

  5. priyanka k May 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi acne mantra your site is really helpfull .. but i want to get a personal review from u for myself … I’m 24 years old and i m suffering from acne problem since i was 17 … In these past 7 years i have consulted many doctors n i hav taken pills n used products but the problem never got away completely…. now since two months i am applying water melon juice to sooth skin n i hav changed my food habits , as a result my acne, pimples hav gone but they hav left over marks and open pores…. i use clean and clear foaming face wash twice a day, clean n clear daily scrub thrice in a week and clean n clear fairness cream when stepping outside n lakme sunscreen sometimes …. shall i continue these products? i am thinking to switch to kaya skin clinic products ? Is kaya products too heavy in terms of budget ? I am ready to spend a good amount but cant afford a too heavy…. and pls suggest me a non oily cream for treating my marks and a sunscreen…. i dont want to use the products with harsh chemicals so pls help with some herbal produts…
    Regars :-)

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      Kaya Skin Clinic products are expensive, but you get superior quality and good quantity. For example, Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel costs Rs. 550 for 200 ml. This one bottle lasts anywhere from 4 to 6 months depending on how many times you wash your face. But you don’t need to switch if you are happy with the results your current skin care products are giving you.
      For your acne marks you can use AHAGlow face wash twice a day and Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Sunblock SPF 40 every morning. Lakme sunscreens commonly cause acne, but I’m not sure which one you are using, so you’ll have to decide if you want to continue with it or not. Read this article about herbal sunscreens and herbal products for acne prone skin to learn more about herbal options.

  6. priyanka k May 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    yeah I hav gone through ur article about herbal products .. it was really helpfull….. and thank you for ur suggestion … i’m gonna tel my friends to check ur site … thank u

  7. priyanka k May 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    hello,
    Can i use Glyco 6 for my scars without concerning dermatologist?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      Yes, as best as I know, Glyco 6 is not a prescription product.

  8. priyanka k May 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    thank you :-)

  9. kousik sen May 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Glyco 6 does any effect on pimples improving again or not.can i use together Glyso 6 & Benzac AC?

  10. rohit May 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi AcneMantra ,

    How much time does glyco A takes time to fade the dark spots of acne ? Well I am getting good results by using glyco 6 and A but I think it is taking long time. Should I be more patient . Also skin has become more even, I like that. As from next week my vacation will start so can I use it 2 times daily.Or should I try something else .

    Thanks

  11. rohit May 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Thanks , I will buy Kaya Skin Clinic Spot Reduction Cream but its in GEL base that I see on their website is that right .

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 23, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      They have only one spot reducing product, it must be the gel.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      its a transparent gel rohit..a good one without side effects of excessive dryness,oilness or white effect

    • rohit May 26, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks tejupriya and AcneMantra.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      There is one more reply to your zinc query by IM (in the same post.) :)

  12. /////////// May 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Can i use Glyco 6[night] and Benzac AC[morning] together for my ACNE skin?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      It should be fine. Watch out for skin irritation and if you see excessive redness or peeling of the skin, back off on Glyco 6 for day or two.

  13. vijay May 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    hi acne manthra,

    can i use glyco 6 for removing my present tan , pimples and blackspots?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      You could give it a try since you have the information above, but do not expect quick results. You might want to check out this post for tanned skin and black spots.

  14. vijay May 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    what should i use for fast and better results?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM May 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      See the example products in the post above.

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    nishat June 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    hi..
    i think i have APST2..normal to oily skin..
    i m 23 years old..i used to have mild acne earlier..which has increased since 1 year..
    i have started researching about it recently and i came across ur website..and found really good info on it..
    i have breakouts most around nose and cheeks which leaves a scar..i have a really bad habit of picking n poking around them..i have tried out several products..been using ducray keracnyl face wash since 6 months because it was recommended by my dermatologist..but along with i have also been using neutrogena oil free face wash,olay oil control men,vlcc oil control,lotus tea tree and cinnamon anti acne oil control face wash,amway attitude ..

    for Cleanser,Toner,Moisturizer i use amway attitude for oily skin…(been using since 3 months once every morning)

    for sunscreen i use amway attitude and lactocalamine oily skin..

    still i keep having breakouts frequently..leading to acne scars..which take a lot of time to fade away..
    i also use shahnaz husains shaclear skin clear lotion and flower power auyrvedic skin clear formula..for scarring

    for the scars,,i m going to try your How to Get Rid of Dark Spots & Marks from Acne Fast post..and for acne Simple 2-Step Daily Acne Regimen for Boys & Men post..
    i now realize i need to get rid of some of these products..need ur advise on that..

    another question..should i go for
    Kaya Skin Clinic Nourishing Night Cream with Anti-Oxidants Fairness OR
    Blemish Control formula..i m thinking of trying out any one and see the results..

  16. Avatar of TejuPriya
    TejuPriya June 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Oh wow seriously have u left any product in the market?knowing that u have acne u have unnecessarily damaged ur skin..most of the products are comedogenic..when ur skin is breaking out,its a clear indication for u to stop..there is a system,a routine with acne..starter regimen is required..use aha glow and sebamed cleansing foam,no other application or sunscreen until week 2..then week 2 u can add kaya pigmentation reducer for scars and avene triacneal at night for acne..dont be tempted to add more products until acne is under control then start cpp

  17. Avatar of nishat
    nishat June 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    thanx for ur prompt reply..

    the products you mentioned are from Starter Acne Regimen…
    can i go for Keracnyl Regimen because i already have Keracnyl Foaming Gel..just gotta add in Keracnyl Cream..

    because for the Starter Acne Regimen i will have to buy
    AHAGlow face wash
    Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam
    Avene Triacneal cream
    Kaya Skin Clinic Pigmentation Reducer

    i guess Keracnyl Foaming gel didn’t work too good for me because i was mixing it with a lot of other products..i will give it another try..
    looking for your opinion..thanx

  18. Avatar of TejuPriya
    TejuPriya June 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    yes nishat u choose what suits u better..but honestly dont mix too many products cause it confuses the skin and they will have a different reaction and reduces the efficacy too..
    keracynl as positives all over the world..keracynl as poly hydroxy acids that is salicylic acid,latic acid,glycolic acid,zinc salicylic ate which are very good for acne and scars.. its relatively safe..u can start keracynl regimen or starter regimen..with regimens like these u gradually eliminate acne causing products,acne breakouts decrease,skin will clear,marks will fade..i am happy with these regimen..hence i suggest u try too..difference is aha glow is 1% glycolic acid and keracynl face wash is 4% glycolic acid..and be sure be confident that this regimen will work..u see ur body reacts the way ur mind wants too..

  19. aru June 12, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    hi..i want to know that ….i am using keracnyl in evening..so glyco 6 can be used every third day..i have a sensitive skin..and only some times i get worst acne not all products suit me well/..and also redening of skin is an issue for me earlier…
    for that i used cuticalm lotion in eveing prescribed by my doctor…but these summer my acne problem again started nd now am at worst condition..i have visited my doctor also he prescribed me nadoxin gel+futop b+cuticalm mix all three nd spot treat …but skin started to pell and getting red…i dnt like that way..

    i want to give a try to keracnyl and gylco 6…

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 14, 2013 at 6:23 am #

      Hi Aru, Nadoxin and Futop-B (which is fusidic acid) are the best treatments for controlling acne. But I’m not authorized to change your doc’s prescription, so it is your call.

      How long have you been using Keracnyl face wash? Before adding a new product such as Glyco 6, you want to be sure that whatever you are using currently is indeed helping. Let me know.

  20. aru June 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    thanks for reply acne mantra..
    m using keracnyl cream from 3-4 days..but i feel tingling sensation…and just a day before yersterday i used glyco 6 after washing my face in evevning…but sadly i washed it off in just few minutes,,,because my skin started burning(redeing)..so i jus washed it off..

    i was my face with dermadew soap..nd no face washes suit me..i have used episoft,ethiglow,glomed…but none suits me…even once i used himmalya neem face wash…but it dried out my skin very much..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Hi Aru, is Derma Dew soap alone not able to keep your acne in check? What kind of pimples do you normally get?

  21. aru June 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    i get very bad pimples red ones…i get red pimples..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      So Derma Dew is not enough? Actually regimen related questions should posted in the Q&A section instead of creating a comment chain the post. Could you please create a new question in the Q&A section so we can discuss more?

  22. priyanka k June 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    helloo…….
    As you suggested i’m using AHAglow twice a day since 20days its working on my skin … And recently i have brought Kaya purifying cleanser , purifying toner and kaya nourishing night cream… so can i use both AHAglow ( morning & evening ) and kaya face wash(before bed ) together?…. i tried out n got small acne on my forehead n they gone away now… pls suggest … n my dad has brought amway attitude face wash ? so is it comedogenic ?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Experimenting so much with face washes is not a good idea. I have no clue about the Amway face wash, but if I were you, I’d stick with what already works. Both AHAGlow and Kaya Skin Clinic ones sound pretty good.

  23. priyanka k June 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    At first i refused attitude face wash but its fragrant caught me goiong crazy… but experimenting sounds bad idea.. i dont want to get pimples again so i wil stick to AHAglow n Kaya for a while… thanks :-)

    • Avatar of AM
      AM June 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Hi Priyanka, I know how you feel. There was a time when I used to feel “deprived” if I couldn’t use all the fancy skin care products like my friends were using. My skin would break out with pretty much anything. But now that I have clear skin, I like to keep it that way. It’s a great feeling to have when you achieve clear skin knowing that you fought off all stupid temptation. Ultimately, it is the ingredients, not the fragrance that’s going to help the skin. For fragrance, perfumes and body sprays work better, don’t you think. :) They last longer too.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

      priyanka do not buy into these temptations..what is the point of using products which will cause breakouts?the reason why u buy these products is for u to feel good..but they arent doing that..stick to what works for u..it is very difficult to repair the damage caused by these products..do not add more products..keep it simple a good facewash,oil free sunscreen,moisturiser..

  24. priyanka k June 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you guys AM n tejupriya… yeah u both r right … I am now stick to the products which works on my skin …. do u guys use sunscreen while staying indoors and if the weather is couldy ?

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 17, 2013 at 12:29 am #

      u are welcome priyanka..yes i use sunscreen even if im indoors and even cloudy..uv rays penetrate the clouds too,so sun damage is possible..its best to apply sunscreen especially when undergoing acne treatments..hope this helps..take care!!

  25. priyanka k June 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    And now a days after coming through this site i will first see ingredients list before buying any new skin care product …. n one thing is i still hav the problem of oily skin … if im at home i wash my face 5 times a day then im good… while out my skin becomes too oily within an hour or two :-( ….. we cant stay always in an air conditioned room ;( … may be i should check on my diet to see why my skin is producing excess oil …!!!!!!!!!

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 17, 2013 at 12:34 am #

      priyanka im so happy to hear to cross verify ur ingredients..thats a good practice..i actually took a printout of comedogenic ingredients and put my pin up board..
      if u face is still oily switch to facewashes like saslic,fash..they are few facewashes for very oily skin..there are few more suggestions on this link..
      http://acnemantra.com/face-wash-oily-skin/
      check it out..
      dont worry about ur diet..have a balanced diet..u should be fine..
      if u still worry one more suggestion is baidhyanath rakt shodak bati helps with acne and excess sebum production..

  26. priyanka k June 17, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Hey … teju… Thankhs for ur suggestion … I will reduce intake of fried and sweet dishes as i hav more sweets through out the week n i will check on other face washes if the problem still persists… OMG u have took print out of those ingredients !!!!!!!! great u r sincerely a true skin care taker :-D…. And first thing i m gonna do is get a sunscreen .. i think i should go for suncote or lotus matte look gel as AM has already suggested me … remaining old stock of sunscrren i can apply for other body parts… now we should play safe with our facial skin … no more experiment :-)

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

      hehe priyanka thank u..eat well but in moderation..yes sunscreen plays pivotal tole in acne treatments..both are good suggestions of sunscreen,,try and see what works out for u..and yes priyanka no more experiment,a good regime will make all the difference..hope ur skin clears soon..take care..
      by the way priyanka my name is priyanka too:)!!

  27. priyanka k June 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Its good to know we share a same name… My skin is clearing out now…. now i will follow CPP… no more acne now except one or two in a month n that is common cant help with that kind of acne … t c ;-)

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      congrats priyanka..i am following cpp as well..take care!!

  28. priyanka k June 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Hey thanks tejupriya …. i have one more question … i was going through AM site n i came to know about parabens which are in almost all skin care products n it was threatening to know that they are carcinogenic… Do we have any good brand in India which supplies paraben free product … I think sebamed n cetaphil are paraben free as they hav mentioned in their official site..

  29. tejupriya June 18, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    priyanka most brands add parabens to enchance properties and preserve the product..when its comes to paraben free there is limited choice..methyl paraben,ethyl paraben are very common ingredients..true they are carcinogenic..what product are u looking for?yes sebamed and cetaphil are paraben free..

  30. priyanka k June 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    :( all products like body lotion, shamppo , conditioner ,scrub, lipsticks etc etc which we use everyday but i think there is no alternative… sebamed i can switch in case of face wash but its shampoo n o=sunscreens are bit heavy on my pocket so until i find a job to get such expensive daily products i have to adjust with kaya n other brands

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya June 20, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      sorry priyanka..i read some of the reputable companies are in process of making it paraben free..but it could take a lot of time..if u ask me parabens are present in one form or other,sort of unavoidable..most kaya products are paraben free..cosmetics are also bit difficult cause even brands like loreal maybelline etc use parabens..let me search and get back to u..

  31. priyanka k June 20, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    :-)

  32. khush June 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    i am using cutihyde cream for pigmentation can u recommend any other cream other than cutihyde.

  33. gogola July 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi AM, what do you think can be a good substitute for Kaya in the Prevent step ?

  34. gogola July 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    thanks a ton

  35. Lux July 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Hello A M ,

    I have PIM . From today i will use glyco 6 , and can i use any fairness cream ? For the prevent part . Thirdly i use lakme spf 30 . Is it okay if i use this . Also wanted to tell you that these spots are at the back of my thigh and at my upper back near shoulders . Please help i Ve a month to minimize these . Would it work .
    Thanks

    • Avatar of AM
      AM July 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Lux, do you mean PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)? If the thigh and shoulder areas are normally covered with clothes, they you may skip sunscreen. Lakme will be fine unless skin in these areas is acne prone. Carofit Ultra cream works well to minimize dark spots.

      Actually, it will be best to consult a doctor because someone needs to take a look at the skin and prescribe accordingly. Especially since you are working against a deadline of 1 month. A dermatologist will be most helpful here.

  36. Lux July 20, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Hello A M ,

    Thank you for your help . These spots do not appear often the acne is rare but leaves PIH.
    Also you did talk about CCP . And so i wanted to know if i could use any fairness cream . Could you also help me with the cost of Carofit ultra cream . Is it too expensive
    . Thanks for helping out so many of us with problems.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya July 20, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      hi lux ,carofit is from ajanta pharma which costs 120 rupees,easily available at all medical stores..it is pretty big tube with small nozzle,should last u for a good time..it is non oily and non comedogenic..

  37. Lux July 20, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Also A M how long does it normally take to get rid of these brown spots ?

  38. rsh July 24, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    can i use aha glow face wash +benzac ac 2.5%??for pimples nd acne scars

  39. Avatar of Anika H.
    Anika H. July 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    C – Lacticare – Lactic acid & sodium pyrroliodone carboxylate (5%+2.5%)

    P – Azelaic – Azelaic acid INN ( 0.2gm/gm)

    P – Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock

    i am going to start this. is this okay?

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya July 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      i replied your question Anika :)

  40. heyo...!! August 2, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Sir….i have ….dark acne spots…on my both cheeks…since 1yr…m having dis dark spots…plz…plz hlp me…to fade dis spots..i cnt tolerate dis spots anymore….i have used cipla facewash…bt its nt wrkng prprly….i think so….its suggested by a dermatoligst…nd…a kojivit gel…for day nd nyt cream….its…rlly nt wrkng…anymore…plz…suggst…a…gud…prduct ..i have only 1 mnth….for ma…tour in cllg…plz plz hlp…me…i want to live a acne free lyf….i also…wanna take pics….nd njoy…plz…hlp…me acme mantra…

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya August 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi..Look into the above CPP regimen for treatment for scars..It has all the instructions, product suggestions so check it out..
      I think you means saslic facewash by cipla..It contains salicylic acid which defintely helps acne..Kojivit is a de pigmentation cream which will lighten scars over time..
      You also need to know only one product cannot help acne or scars..You need a routine i.e a complete regimen which a set of products that will address all the acne related issues..Plus one month is too short to expect a miracle..There is no quick fix for acne..If you start a regimen now,you can definitely see improvement in one month..
      look into these links for more info
      http://acnemantra.com/tag/acne-regimen/
      http://acnemantra.com/rid-acne-marks-dark-spots/
      http://acnemantra.com/best-fairness-cream-india/

  41. heyo...!!! August 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Hmmm…thnks…tejupriya…for suggestion…ya…i used cipla facewash..dat. Saliylic acid…bt…by …using..dis facewash..it occurs…small..pimples …dat. ..irritates ..my skin…nd…kojivit…gel…i dnt..see…any..improvmnt…i used..1mnth…dis…both…prdct…bt..nt…improve…cn…u suggest me…d best facewash…..acne dark..spots fading cream…nd fairness cream…plz….i rlly…cnt..tolerate dis acne spots anymore…i am…confused..which…prduct…to used ..plz suggest me..d best…

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya August 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      hi..you gotta be patient with acne..unfortunately there is no quick fix to acne..
      look into one of regimen and take your pick according to your convenience..
      you should always keep regimen simple and clean with minimum products..
      dont add all the products unnecessarily..
      for now just focus on bringing acne under control before you treat your scars..
      otherwise new pimples will come and leave more marks..
      all the recommendations on AM are the best ;)

  42. lilo August 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    hi firt of all standing ovation to start such a beautiful, informative site and for answering queries with the patience of a saint ;)
    i dont have acne anymore just rare breakouts.. but thanks a lot for information abt ahaglow fw…its smashing…
    i have used vedicline meladyne depigmentation cream for some old marks n general pigmentation and it hasnt broken me out n worked well…
    u shd add jovees moisturizer to ur comedogenic ones…its aweful n broke me out and does not have full ingredient list also…

  43. Lipika August 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    hey.
    m aint gettin kaya skin clinic pigmentation reducer over here.. what can be used insted of this?? as an altetnate
    dis is regimen:
    morning,evening n night i wash my face with ahaglow face wash.
    sunscreen:lotus herbals 3-in one matte sunblock.
    night: glyco6.
    is it ok? i dont havr any pimple problems nymore.. juz that the black spots from previous breakouts have left marks.! wana get rid of it soon

  44. Lipika August 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    hey.
    is there alternative for kaya skin clinic pigmentation reducer? cuz m aint gettin this.
    i have black spots left on my cheeks due to previous breakouts. i have only this problem!
    m following this right now:::
    facewash: i use ahaglow on morning,evening and night.
    sunscreen: lotus herbals3-in one matte sunblock
    n i use glyco6 . is this ok???

    • Avatar of AM
      AM August 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Lipika, Carofit Ultra cream mentioned in the Budget Regimen is an alternative to Kaya Pigmentation Reducer. But Carofit Ultra, although very effective, is not foolproof. It may cause breakouts if your skin is highly acne prone. Otherwise, you could use a face wash called Glycolite, which contains liquorice that will help you fade there dark spots faster. Check out more about Glycolite face wash here.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya August 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Lipika you buy Kaya gel from healthkart.com , medplusbeauty.com and more here
      http://acnemantra.com/online-shopping-websites-india/
      Look into CPP regimen for treatment of dark marks
      http://acnemantra.com/rid-acne-marks-dark-spots/
      It has all the info you need,so just check it out..

  45. Lipika August 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    pls reply :(

  46. Avatar of ashu6074
    ashu6074 August 24, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Hi Acnemantra and Teju,

    In the line, Correct: Glyco 6 (6% glycolic acid) or Keracnyl Cream

    Do we need to add avena Triacneal also ?

    Please correct me.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya August 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      Hi Ashu..Keracynl/Glyco/Triacneal are all exfoliants only..

  47. Sumanta August 25, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    how to remove white head from my fore head?? they are in huge amount.. i feel embarrassed when i go out with this huge white head .. i think they appear due to pimples. i use benzac AC 2.5% for pimple and glyco 6 to remove blackhead .please help me.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya August 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Hi Sumanta..You are apst 3..Go through starter regimen which will help you with your acne..Tons of people are following it including me and have benefited from it..
      http://acnemantra.com/get-rid-of-acne-weeks/
      Benzac sometimes tend to irritate the skin more..
      Tons of information available here ,do read up and educate and yourself and you can choose products wisely.. :)

  48. Avatar of suresh
    suresh August 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    And Sumanta…. download skingredient app to your PC or smartphone and keep verifying the ingredients before buying any products which you intend to use it on your face. Be sure that you are using all non-comedogenic products……http://acnemantra.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif

  49. angie August 26, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    hi,i have a severe acne issues,i suffer from scars and the problem doesnt seem to go away,m 32 and i still get acne,which is very humiliating leaving dark spots which i have been fighting with for long,at times my face gets dark and i mean really dark and sometimes i get this fair white face.d reasons y it happens m just not aware of.m diabetic and just a yr back was operated for fibroadenoma,i use skinlite on d scars and they fade away eventually but as i get acne all d time,so the issue is never resolved.i use demelan at night and kojivit during the day and using these creams for a while now,and nadoxin for acne and these were prescribed by my doc.my complexion keeps on changing,god knows wht are the reasons.i also suffer from dark legs,bum and back.i struggle with 2 complexions,the front side is wheatish and the back is much darker.the doc also couldnt find any solution for it.tried peels but nothing worked.pls help.i m too embarrassed to go out.it has been years and i have been living with it.

  50. shumaila August 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi,
    I relle intend to follow the cpp process…..could u plz tell me the sequence in which i shud use the three products recommended (glyco 6, Kaya Skin Clinic Pigmentation Reducer with Spot Reducing Agents and Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock)

    Also, should i use the sunblock evn if i dont happen to go out ?

    And cann i use glyco A instd of glyco 6?

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya August 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Hi ..Sunscreen has to be used irrespective of whether you indoors or outdoors..
      Specially compulsory when undergoing acne treatments..
      CPP Regimen can be followed when acne is under control..
      Glyco to be applied initially 2/3 nights in a week so that the skin can get adjusted to it..Add a oil free moisturizer if necessary.
      Kaya gel can be twice daily on dark marks..
      Glyco A is 12% glycolic acid and a high concentration..
      You should always start with lower concentration and dosage to minimize the side effects :)

  51. shumaila August 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you so much tejupriya

  52. Avatar of sowmya
    sowmya September 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Hey… my doctor suggested EGA cream for treating dark spots and scars after acne.. i am not really sure and haven’t heard much about it.. and she also suggested ISOACE for my cystic acne , which is isotretinoin and i am not interested in taking it…. So i am skeptical about EGA too…Any idea?

  53. Avatar of clearskin
    clearskin September 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Hi..could u pls help me zero in on a suitable facewash in my current CPP regimen-

    1- Morning – Himalaya neem facewash (This tube is going to get over. Should I buy any other facewash like Sebamed/Kaya etc for fading spots. Do you think using AHA Glow in the morn too will be good?)
    Apply suncote and then chambor sheer foundation (the recommended one). I dab my face with streetwear all day wear if skin gets very oily
    2- At home in evening – Himalaya neem facewash followed by AHA Glow
    3- I am not applying diacneal since past few days bcz there is no acne on my face now. I only apply Kaya spot reducer on the spots.

  54. Avatar of AM
    AM September 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    You could try Glomed face wash. It contains 5% glycolic acid plus liquorice extract, so you will be getting both step 1 and step 2 of the CPP Process in one face wash. Since it is 5% glycolic, do watch out for dryness or scaling and adjust frequency of use accordingly. If Glomed works for you, it could be a gentler alternative to Dianceal for you.

    You could get Glomed once your AHA Glow finishes. Himalaya face wash is probably fine, but if you see dryness, you could switch to Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel for your evening cleansing.

    In this case your morning face wash will be with Glomed and evening Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel. Use Glomed only once to avoid excessive dryness.

    If face washes alone do not give you the desired spot fading result, you could add Kaya Pigmentation Reducer Gel, but maybe try gentler and more economic options first.

    Keep us posted on how it goes. I’m excited for you!

  55. Avatar of clearskin
    clearskin September 11, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks AM..will place the order for Glomed and Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel then :D To combat the drying effect, I will buy Aloe Veda Moisturiser and keep it handy.

    I had bought Kaya Pigmentation Reducer Gel when I started with the starter regimen. The tube is there with me already..so I use it at night. But I will go with your suggestion and try to observe the results with the facewashes alone.

    Would like to share a goal with you. After 4 weeks of following this CPP regime (October 2nd week), I will click a picture of my face sans makeup and send it to you and our headgirl Teju. Or maybe I will upload a profile pic on AM :D Am excited like a teenager…silly me.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 11, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      That’s a great goal. Go girl! We’re all cheering for you. If you already have the Pigmentation Reducer Gel, then it’s fine. Once you are settled in your Glomed – Kaya Cleansing Gel routine, you could add back the Pigmentation Reducer. Together, all these should only hasten the fading of spots.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya September 11, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      Yay Clearskin you can do it baby :)
      Good Luck ;)

  56. Avatar of cherry
    cherry September 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    hey guys need ur help again.. !! **actually need ur patience** hhehehe.!! see .. this is my regimen .. which is mostly CPP.
    morning: himalaya neem face wash.. den apply lotus 3-in one matte sunblock n after 15mins dab kaya pigmentation reducer gel.

    evening: wash face with himalaya neem face wash.. apply a bit of sunscreen-lotus( actually m im love wd it) .. n apply amway persona loose powdr which is non comedogenic but has talc which is midly comedogenic n doesnt break me out.

    night.: wash face with AHAglow( hv reduced the frequencu since it cause dryness if used much) den after 15mins apply kaya pigmentatn reducer gel.. n after 2nights i apply glyco6. n alternate it.

    is it allright??? my right cheek is showing a bit of good results. but left cheek is kinda da same.. :(

  57. Avatar of AM
    AM September 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi Cherry, you could switch to Glomed as your morning face wash while keeping the rest of your regimen the same except AHAGlow.

    See my reply above to clearskin regarding the usage and precautions with Glomed. If you have been on your present regimen for less than a month, I’d say hang in there, suddenly one day you’ll notice a difference. Better yet, take a photo of both sides of your face near a window. And check with that every 2 weeks or so with a new photo. You’re getting there. :)

  58. Avatar of cherry
    cherry September 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    ok ok :)
    do i intend to replace glyco6 with carofit or any other cream?? need ur recommendations.
    nyways my ahaglow tube is goin to get over in a day or two.. so will replace it with glomed . :)

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Cherry, you might want to stop Glyco 6 until your skin gets used to Glomed since that has 5% glycolic acid itself. Carofit is for spot reduction, but you are already using a safer option – Kaya Pigmentation Reducer.

      As you stop Glyco 6, you could start using Kaya Pigmentation Reducer Gel at night as well.

  59. Avatar of cherry
    cherry September 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    ok ok AM.
    hope to see the results asap!! \m/

  60. Avatar of shikha
    shikha September 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi AM! Need your advice on my regimen. I am 24 and have suffered from occasional pimples since late teens. But suddenly of late my pimples have aggravated on cheeks and forehead and sometimes chin.
    I am currently using himalaya neem face wash once in the morning and once in the evening after i come back from work, clean and clear face wash gel once in office coz my face becomes very oily and dull during the day. And finally before going to bed i wash my face with AHA glow face wash. I use lotus gel sunscreen in the morning and baba ramdev aloe vera gel before bed.
    I bought clindac A gel today to take care of the pimples. I am planning to apply it on my pimples after aloe vera gel before bed. Please tell me if this regimen is ok. Also i have a lot of acne marks, suggest what product i could use(hopefully something that would suit my sensitive skin).
    Thanks

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      Hi Shikha, welcome to Acne Mantra! Clean & Clear face wash is comedogenic and it is what is most likely breaking you out. Cut it out from your skincare routine.

      Another thing, try using AHAGlow in the morning and see if you still need your mid-day facewash. Then use Himalaya at night. If these tweaks don’t stop new pimples even 2 weeks down the line, then you should consider using on the regimens listed on this website.

      Do not use too much of Clindac AC on your pimples otherwise you risk aggravating them with greater redness and irritation. Use a thin layer if at all. I’d suggest dabbing a bit of AHAGlow and washing it off after say 1/2 an hour or so. That will help you the redness and swelling.

      As for dark marks, it is important that you first zero in on the culprit that is causing your pimples. Then you could attack this problem next.

  61. Avatar of shikha
    shikha September 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi AM,

    Thanks I have started using AHA glow as my morning face wash as well. Evening I will use Himalaya neem face wash to remove dirt and clean up my face. At night I plan to wash my face with AHA glow before I apply alove vera gel and clindamycin.
    But I always feel the need to cleanse my face sometime in the day or before leaving work if I am going to meet a friend. What face wash could I use then? I am using the clean and clear foaming face wash as of now but u say it is comedogenic. :/
    Also instead of clindamycin should I use a different spot treatment product or is this ok for now? Should I include Sebamed facewash/Kaya facewash in my regimen now or should I wait?
    I am really frustrated at my sudden burst of pimples :(

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Himalaya neem face wash should be fine for mid-day cleansing. Clean & Clear face wash contains pore-clogging ingredients (research says that not me), it is most likely what is causing your pimples. Still, it is up to you to continue using it if you like.

      If your pimples subside after 2 weeks of discontinuing Clean & Clear, then you don’t need anything. If not, you might want to read up a bit instead of adding products randomly. I’d say start here: http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/

      You could continue with Clindamycin for the existing pimples, but if after 2 weeks you’re still seeing them, it will be best to follow a targeted regimen.

  62. Avatar of shikha
    shikha September 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks. I will switch to Himalaya neem face wash for mid day cleansing and continue with my current regimen.
    If I continue to see pimples after 2 weeks, I plan to switch to something similar to starter regimen. Sebamed in the morning, Himalaya in the evening, AHA glow at night. Lotus gel sunscreen in the morning, Triacneal/Keracnyl cream for spot treatment and kaya pigmentation reducer gel for marks. Does that sound ok?

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      Hi Shikha, Triacneal / Keracnyl are not spot treatments. That’s why I’m saying girl, you take your 2 weeks, and in the meantime, read the stuff here carefully, like really read it and then chalk out a solid regimen for yourself if needed.

  63. Avatar of shikha
    shikha September 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Oh I am confused now. What would be a good spot treatment with the above regimen? Anyhow I am not rushing into anything now. Will continue with my current regimen now. Thanks a ton.

  64. Avatar of shikha
    shikha September 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi AM. I have been using AHA glow face wash in the morning as well as you suggested. It has definitely helped in keeping me somewhat matte during the day. But i have noticed dry patches around the mouth and on the dried up pimples in the last few days. Some of these patches are dark and don’t look good at all. Please help.

  65. Avatar of shailee
    shailee September 22, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    hi AM, i m following the basic regimen morning-aha glow face wash, lotus 3 in 1 sunsscreen, night- aha glow face wash and clean n clear skin balancing moisturizer if required i use cetaphil wash in afternoon.
    i have oily to combination skin. i have many white and black heads on my cheeks n chin area. pits and marks of old pimples are also there. i dont have active pimples rite now. i want to start the cpp routine. can i continue it with basic regimen.
    if i go for glyco 6. ….can i even continue with aha glow as both contain glycolic acid.
    please guide…

  66. Avatar of Jain
    Jain September 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi…
    I am facing pimple & their ugly mark problem from last 4 month, i am totally fed with up vd this problem.

    I morning & night i wash my face with clean & clear face wash.
    After 1 month i have to attend some close marriage please help me out to fade this monster marks.

    • Avatar of AM
      AM September 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi, you’ve come to the right place. Although, setting yourself a deadline of 1 month is being a bit harsh on yourself, no matter whose wedding. The first thing is to not add any products to your routine out of panic just because the function is fast approaching. You are understandably fed up, but unfortunately, the problem will not go away anytime soon unless you spend some time learning how to systematically clear pimples.

      There are some changes you can make right away to curb new pimples. For that, go through this page carefully http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/ . Then if you have questions, please just post in the community area.

  67. Avatar of Priyan
    Priyan October 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Hi AM,
    Can I apply Kaya Pigmentation Reducer Gel all over the face ? I am on second week of starter regimen.

    • Avatar of TejuPriya
      TejuPriya October 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      Yes Priyan,You can use Kaya gel all over face or blemishes..

  68. Avatar of Miks
    Miks October 7, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    Hi Acne Mantra,
    To begin with my heartiest congratulations to you for being able to maintain a very informative sites. I have read thru a lot of responses and it seems you have really been able to make a lot of difference to people’s lives. Well done! I have a few myself, but some background. I am in my late 30′s (yes and (still) suffering from Acne Vulgaris. It was more severe in the earlier years than it is now. My father and uncles also had mild to severe Acne. Needless to say, i have tried a variety of treatments in the past, taken antibiotics en all in the past. I have also taken Sacylic, Glycolic and TCA peels on face, chest and back. My Current State – I have moderate acne and dark scars on the forehead. I used Clearz Ultra cream (morning, afternoon), Deriva cms gel (alternate night), Melalite forte cream and Cetaphil. Things improved marginally. I have also taken a few “peels” but none since the last 2 months. I have oily skin. What treatment would you advise so i can move to an acne scar free face. I can be patient and cost is not an issue. I saw some good articles on using makeup too, but never tried any of that in the past. Pls advise. Thanks a million!

  69. Avatar of suman saha
    suman saha October 7, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Hello…I am from Kolkata..my Age is 18..my skin type is very oily. There are a lot of dark spots and acnes in my whole face…and it increases day by day …but I am using clean & clear face wash and sun spot cream….but no result. What should I do?

  70. Avatar of Sarvadnya
    Sarvadnya October 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Hi,
    I have some black spots on my forehead and would like to go for cpp with Glyco 6 (6% glycolic acid), Kojivit Gel and Suncote Gel .
    But could you please suggest how should I use all these three as part of daily routine

    • Avatar of AM
      AM October 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Hi Sarvadnya, you could use Glyco 6 all over the face in a thin layer at night. On top of this, dot Kojivit only on the dark spots. During the day, use Suncote gel. Do check if your skin can tolerate Glyco 6 + Kojivit layering or not. Try this for 2-3 weeks to see a difference. Good luck!

  71. Avatar of Nitika Sharma
    Nitika Sharma November 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    HI, Can I use Ban A Tan for scars at night alongwith Eau Thermale Avene Triacneal cream….and what should I use in Morning after face wash..Thanks..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM November 18, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Nikita, from what I’ve heard, Ban a Tan is a cream base, which can cause breakouts. You should have better results with Kojivit Gel, which is in a gel base. As mentioned in this post, you will need to use a non-comedogenic sunscreen every day. Triacneal should be fine, but do go through the regimen posts to understand how these products work and how to use them properly: http://acnemantra.com/tag/acne-regimen/

  72. Avatar of Nups
    Nups December 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    For mainly scarring and some marks what can be done..??

  73. Avatar of Deepshika
    Deepshika December 10, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Hi AM,

    I have combinational skin and rarely have acne tat have white pus but some acne have left brown spots..i do hv visible open pores on cheeks..i hv been using himalaya neem facewash in d morning, dabur rose water as toner, ponds white beauty bb cream with spf 30..den in evening back frm wrk i wash my face wid neutrogena mild cleanser and apply dabur rose water and during night i simply use ramdev baba aloevera gel…
    I get few pimples with white pus and i want to get rid of dark spots..i hv read all regimen and cpp..but m confused hw and which one to follow..pls suggest..

    • Avatar of AM
      AM December 10, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Deepshika, I answered your q here, already. :) http://acnemantra.com/questions/reduce-brown-spotswhiteheads-and-lighten-skin/ I’ve made recommendations about CPP Process products there.
      Also, Dabur rose water, Ponds white beauty bb cream, Neutrogena mild cleanser and Ramdev baba aloevera gel are all comedogenic products. This is the reason you keep getting pimples with white pus (whiteheads). Do go through this post (http://acnemantra.com/how-cure-acne/) carefully, slowly, following every link in order to understand what kind of products to avoid from now to prevent new pimples. This is important otherwise you will keep getting new dark spots from new pimples.

  74. Avatar of Deepshika
    Deepshika December 10, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Thanks dear….are all bb creams comedogenic ?

  75. Avatar of melo
    melo December 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    hi AM

    i would like to know the min % (concentration) of chemical peel which i use safely at home.
    and which chemical peel (Salicylic Acid, TCA) is safe.
    i ve found this website wherein they sell the chemical peels which can be used at home with instructions. but i m very much doubtfull with the type and concentration to be choosen. kindly help me. :)
    http://www.makeupartistschoice.com/At-Home-Chemical-Peels_c_53.html

  76. Avatar of Deepshika
    Deepshika January 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi AM,

    I am using AHAGlow face wash, suncote(recently added), and kojivit for a month now.
    There is improvement in my skin tone and acne have cleared up :)

    Sad part is Dark spots :( they don’t seem to lighten a bit… I have been through ur discussions of adding gloomed face wash..wats ur take on dis ??

    My only concern is dese Brown spots..pls suggest.

  77. Avatar of Deepshika
    Deepshika January 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    I have been reading abt rejuglow face wash, 2% glycol and 1% salicylic , I have open pores as well. but I want to focus more on dark marks first..wat sud I use..??

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    Deepshika January 17, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    please reply….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      AM January 17, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Deepshikha, both Glomed and Rejuglow are good face wash options for dark spots and pores. You can use whichever you can find in medical stores. Rejuglow also has salicylic acid, which does not suit everyone. If your skin gets irritated easily, then saliyclic acid is not a good choice for you.

      You could consider switching from Suncote to Zoray Aquagel SPF 30 sunscreen since it provides better full spectrum protection than Suncote. So that should also help prevent re-darkening of spots.

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    Deepshika January 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Ok dear..firstly i will finsh up suncote den vl switch to zoray….Is dere any alternative to kojivit as i hv read it works slowly.. :-(

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      AM January 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Rejuglow gel is a faster working alternative to Kojivit But again, just like Rejuglow face wash, it also contains salicylic acid. If your skin is okay with salicylic acid, both Rejuglow face wash and gel can be good products for you.

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      AM January 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

      OK, slight correction. Rejuglow gel does not contain salicylic acid. It contains glycolic acid. So that is something you could try instead of Kojivit. You can read a review of Rejuglow gel here: http://acnemantra.com/reviews/rejuglow-gel/

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    rahul January 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Hiiiiii AM,
    you are doing a wonderful job out here helping everyone in their query.
    you also helped me earlier providing good suggestions. Thanks a lot.

    now i want to ask that i am using Depiwhite cream for around 2 years. this cream is very effective in diminishing my dark Melasma marks and lighting my skin complexion. but after few days it turned back. may be this was happening because i didn’t use a sunscreen and irregular use.(Depiwhite cream was recommended by a dermatologist).
    but for around 5 months i am using sunscreen (lotus herbals) and Glyco-6 with Depiwhite cream.
    but i don’t know darks marks reduce but after few days again it turned back like earlier.
    Now problem is that marks are also appearing on my face where earlier it wasn’t.
    For continue use of Depiwhite and Glyco-6 for 1 month. i dont see a significant change in marks on my face.
    tell me what should i do now ? suggest me also how to use both these creams.
    Is it safe for these creams to use simultaneously on face.
    provide some suggestion. i m really very depressed because of all these marks and new appearing.

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      AM January 20, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Rahul, your answer lies in today’s post: http://acnemantra.com/exfoliation-causing-skin-darkening/ It might be that the combination of Glyco 6 and Depiwhite is causing skin injury (it will become clearer when you read today’s post). Skin injury is a major reason for darkening.
      I personally would not advise long-term use of products containing hydroquinone (Depiwhite has it). Since it was prescribed by a dermatologist, it is best to make any changes in consultation with them. A good dermatologist will also be able to look at your skin and suggest any clinical procedures you may benefit from. Another thing you could try at your own risk is cut out Glyco 6 for some time and only use Depiwhite to see if things improve. But a doctor will be the best judge in this case.

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    Arpita January 20, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    Hi Acnemantra,
    Earlier i had a sudden breakouts on my face, I started using kaya skin clinic acne fee cleanser+toner+moisturizer. The breakouts stopped immediately. But after few weeks i noticed I had red/brown spots where pimples were there. After reading your blogs I bought ahaglow face wash. Please suggest me if I can follow this skin regimen and will it cause any side effects by using these combination of products.
    Morning : ahaglow face wash + kaya acne free toner + sun screen
    Night : ahaglow face wash + kaya acne free toner + dr reddy’s clearz ultra for spots.
    Thanks !

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      AM January 20, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Hi Arpita,

      Dr. Reddy’s Clearz Ultra is comedogenic, that is, it clogs pores and causes pimples. Some community members have reported breakouts from it. Kaya Acne Free products are not entirely non-comedogenic. They are salicylic acid based, which in some people can cause darkening of spots if used too much.

      Be sure to check the products you are using with the Skingredients tool (link is in the top bar of the website) for the presence of any comedogenic ingredients. You could replace Clearz with Kojivit Gel. AHAglow is fine. Rest of the products you will need to check against Skingredients, or post them as questions in the community area.

      Also, definitely go through this post http://acnemantra.com/comedogenic-noncomedogenic-difference/ to understand what kind of products to avoid from now on.

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    Arpita January 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Thanks AM ! I will keep updating the progress of my skin regimen !

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    sumann January 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Hi..i have acne prone skin with clogged pores.Now many many big holes are visible on my face.Plz suggest some thing which i use and get smooth and plain skin without any holes. Can we remove these holes parmantly.which creame i use to remove these holes.i use retino a for 1 month but i feel that these holes are looking more bigger.

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    smartypvn January 23, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    hiii AM,
    m so impressed from this site, i have acne prone oily skin, nd pimple marks, black spots on my face, used lot of products.. but not found any result..
    now b’coz of CPP process i bought some products –
    Garnier pure active neem face wash + Glyco 6 + kojivit gel + Zoray aquagel sunscreen
    nd for spot tretment of acne – Retino a.
    suggest me is this right??
    nd 1 confusion here – can i use kojivit gel or zoray sunscreen over glyco 6, or after washing it??
    nd when i found result??

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      AM January 23, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Smartypvn, many of these products are not even mentioned in the CPP Process, so it’s mostly by your own choice that you have bought these products. Just so you know.

      Starting with too many new products can cause a lot of confusion if any one or more of them start causing pimples. Garnier Pure Active Neem could make up for step 1 but there are better options once you use up this tube. Kojivit Gel and Zoray Aquagel sunscreen correspond to the steps 2 and 3 of the CPP Process.
      Tread carefully with Glyco 6 and check first if it might be causing you pimples. Retino-A is best used under a doctor’s care because of the risk of side effects including lighter coloured skin patches. Anyway, since you have bought these products, go slow and step up your regimen week by week, say.

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    smartypvn January 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    thnks a lot for reply AM..

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    smartypvn January 24, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    can i aplly kojivit gel on all over face??

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    RG January 27, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Hi everyone,

    I am starting the CPP process today..have bought Keracnyl cream and wash,kojivit gel and zoray aquagel.Now i am confused about when to use kojivit and how to use it?morning i will be using zoray aqua gel and nite keracnyl cream so when and how do i use kojivit?is it ok to use it in the morning over zoray or nite over keracnyl…and also does it needs to be applied all over face or just the spots..(but i have pigmentation and acne scars almost on entire face)

    Anyboby who has tried this routine kindly help

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    Fahad March 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    @acnemantra I planning to buy glomed facewash and Zoray Aqua gel but my doubt is regarding chosing PREVENTION cream
    1. KOJIVIT (seems good)
    2. REJUGLOW – It contains glycolic acid and glomed also contain 5% GA so I am little dubious of using both GLOMED + REjuglow ???
    3. Cosglo Gel (DOnt know any thing)

    SO KINDLY HELP ME OUT IN RESOLVING this issue = GLOMED + ? + Zoray. Thanks in advance

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      AM March 3, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Hiya Fahad, for now, Glomed + Zoray + Kojivit sounds like a safe trio to start with. Depending on how your skin responds to this, you could graduate to Rejuglow. Cosglo Gel contains pretty much the same ingredients except it also has niacinamide which helps with both acne and dark spots. So either Kojivit or Cosglog would be good for now.

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    Abhishek April 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Hi AM :) been spending some time on this site and i think it really helps improve knowledge about your skin works. Wish i had visited this site earlier. I am 17 year old guy with oily skin pretty bad acne(but not as bad as it used to be a year ago). Now my acne is reduced to a certain extent (i do get a few pimples though) but there are a lot of scars (hyperpigmented) . i used to try rubbing slices of potato for a week but didnt see much results . So i read about glycolic acid(for exfoliation) here and Glyco 6 wasnt available close by but the other 12% one was available .but i thought i should first try starting with 6% . So the pharmacist gave me this cream “brite nite” by wallace which contains “”glycolic acid -5% (as solution) and kojic acid dipalmitate -2% (in a cream base)”. I started using this cream at night 4 days ago and it didnt feel comfortable at all . And now my skin is very oily. Im not sure if it is because of the summer or because of the cream but it looks oily like an hour after i shower . It used to be like that a year ago but that was because i used to wash my face tooo much .Now it is starting to look like that again . I wash my face only twice(or thrice) with dove(i started using dove 2 days ago since it doesnt dry too much) .I dont expose my skin to the sun much either. If it gets too oily i just put some water and dab with a towel . Im not under any regimen too . Please can u suggest me a good regimen and what products i can use to help my skin from its marks and oil ? Thank you very very much . :)

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