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RX for Brown Skin: Skincare Solution for Hyper-pigmented Skin

brightandhealthy collection  rx for brown skinRegular readers know that I have very pale skin and when I do have a blemish breakout, that the after-blemish mark remains as a very deep, red and purple colored reminder of the breakout.  The deeply colored after-acne marks are tough to conceal, and at times it takes quite a bit of time to cover up and blend my makeup so that my face looks even-toned.

In all honesty, it sucks that my skin is still subjected to breakouts this late in life, but it sucks even more that after the blemish is healed that I’m left with a hyper-pigmentation mark that takes weeks and weeks to resolve.

I’ve tried Tri Luma and numerous other “lighteners” in the past to help with the hyper-pigmentation, and to some degree or another they all worked. However, they worked harsh. There I said it – I ended up with redder skin (and sometimes overly dry and flaky)  on my quest to cure the awful red spots.  So as my grandmother famously used to remind me, “The cure is worse than the disease”.

A few weeks a go I received a request to review a skin care line by Dr. Susan Taylor called “Rx for Brown Skin”, a skin care collection specifically designed for the needs of brown skinned women and  boasting three powerful skin boosting ingredients. Soy to help restore a more even skin tone. The anti-oxidant Pomegranate to reduce inflammation that leads to skin damage (aka post-acne red marks).  Hyaluronic Acid to super hydrate dull, dry skin.  I was told that it worked really well on hyper-pigmentation, blemish prone and sensitive skin – and that it was very gentle.  Of course, that got my attention.

The kind of hyper-pigmentation I was experiencing is technically called, Post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (PIH). According to Dr. Taylor:

When dark changes in your skin’s color remain after the underlying problem has gone away, you have PIH. The most common causes are injuries such as scratches, burns, cuts, or bruises. Rashes of any type can cause PIH (examples of which include eczema, psoriasis, pityriasis rosea, lichen planus, and fungal infections). Ordinary conditions such as acne or pimples are a very common cause of PIH in individuals with brown skin. PIH can also be caused by injury to the skin resulting from sunburns, surgery or cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, lasers and cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen treatments).

After reading several of Dr. Taylor’s articles on skincare and understanding how Dr. Taylor’s skin care line addresses the complex factors involved in PIH, I was ready to give the Rx for Brown Skin collection a go.

What I Liked:

An exquisitely, elegant creamy cleanser, “Rx for Brown Skin Bright and Healthy Ultra Gentle Cleanser”, that cleans deep, and leaves skin feeling smooth, supple and happy. By happy I mean not a single trace of irritation. After the first week I used the Bright and Healthy Ultra Gentle Cleanser with my Clarisonic Face Brush and would highly recommend the cleanser as an alternative cleanser to the Clarisonic cleanser.  The cleanser, as is true of all of the Rx for Brown Skin products, is formulated without known skin irritants and toxins such as fragrance, alcohol, dye, lanolin and propylene glycol.  The cleanser is formulated with a balanced blend of hyaluronic acid, soy and pomegranate.

The gentle and amazingly non-irritating “Rx for Brown Skin Bright and Clear Toner for Oil Prone Skin” does a good job of oil control but in my case I still needed to use facial oil blotters after a few hours, as my skin is constantly on oil production overdrive. The toner left my skin feeling refreshed and with daily use (over a four-week period) I noticed my skin getting clearer and clearer.  I find it refreshing that such a gentle product, though it has glycolic acid, can be effective without feeling like my face is being burned. The toner also contains Salicylic Acid which is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that is really effective on blemish-prone skin.

Rx for Brown Skin Absolute Radiance” is an intensive exfoliating serum, like the other Rx for Brown Skin”  products, that is very gentle and very effective. “Absolute Radiance” contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) which really help refine skin tone and very gently keeps skin cells turning over – so for those of us who are acne prone that’s a very good thing. Same goes for the glycolic based Bright and Clear Toner.

The hydroquinone-free botanical brightener, “Rx for Brown Skin Naturally Flawless” contains Kojic Acid, Green Tea, amongst an impressive list of anti-oxidants and natural brightener. The brightener absorbs quickly, is non-greasy and non-irritating.

How I used the “Rx for Brown Skin” skin care Regimen: I used the entire product line for four weeks (morning and night) – exclusively. For three of those four weeks I was under tremendous physical, emotional and mental stress due to a very serious family emergency. And as is typical with my skin – it mirrored whatever stresses were occurring internally, and it did so in  a big way – my skin erupted. Dr. Susan Taylor’s skin care products helped get my skin through the crisis.

No, the blemishes did not resolve overnight, but the duration was shortened tremendously using this skin care collection and my trusty zit zapper, the Zeno Acne Clearing Device. And best of all instead of being left with angry, red hyper-pigmentation marks – the marks were pink and have almost resolved. I still have some hyper-pigmentation but it’s less marked and I’m confident that it will resolve soon with continued use. One note here, it was new marks that resolved fairly quickly. Older marks (pre-Rx for Brown Skin) are much slower in resolving but they are fading.  As for the melasma spots on my cheeks, I really can’t tell if it’s working well yet.

I also used the “Rx for Brown Skin “ sunscreen to protect my skin from the damaging UVA/UVB rays – which as we all know can aggravate and darken hyper-pigmentation and melasma. It bears repeating, and I probably sound like a broken record, but always, always use sunscreen.  Your skin will stay more even-toned and wrinkles will be kept at bay.

What I didn’t LikeToner Product Packaging – the Bright and Clear toner for oil prone skin is a treat but the delivery system is less than ideal. The toner comes in a spray bottle, quite pretty and elegant but in no way the method I’d prefer for dispensing toner to a cotton ball. I’d love to see the toner repackaged in an easier to use container.

Price-wise: The Rx for Brown Skin is well-priced ($18 to $38) making it an affordable skin care solution.

Recommendation: Would I recommend Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin? Absolutely. This is a wonderful product line for all women that suffer from hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone and blemish-prone skin.

I’ve been able to use less foundation and cover-up since the hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone are fading away. That’s a big deal for me since I rather not spend 10 minutes of my morning spot concealing those dark, red after-acne marks.

Where to Buy: Sephora and Dr. Susan Taylor’s Skincare website.

Skin Hyper-Pigmentation Resources: Dermatologist, Dr. Susan Taylor shares her expertise on achieving beautiful skin. I highly recommend this reading material for all women suffering with uneven-skin tone, hyper-pigmentation and blemishes.

Submitted by Ms. distressedDERMA on Wednesday, 6 May 2009

12 Responses to “RX for Brown Skin: Skincare Solution for Hyper-pigmented Skin”

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    Jason Says:

    My friend uses it. She says it works.

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    SkinCare Says:

    No doubt it sounds like a good product. Less foundation to cover up is allways good and feels less like you are wearing a mask. Also less time to get ready. Sounds like a winner.

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    Beyonce Says:

    My mother takes the cosmetics, and I can say that her skin has become much better than it was!

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    Beauty Tips Says:

    Hi, thanks for the article, I am looking forward to reading more from you.

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    how to get clear skin Says:

    That’s a pretty affordable product for helping to clear up blemishes after the fact…don’t know so much about preventing them

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    Toronto Spa Says:

    I just gave a try with “Rx for Brown Skin” and it is exceptionally better than other lighteners in the market. I would strongly recommend brown skinned women to use it.

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    Lanette Says:

    I would like to know how much is it.

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    Julie Eley Says:

    Hi there. It was good to see an article about this, because it’s overlooked a lot as opposed to standard acne and related blemishes. I’m sorry that you’ve had this issue. I haven’t, but I try to help others that do, and have written about pigmentation issues, too. I appreciate your honest reviews and how you set everything out. I like your site, too. Well put, well done :) Take care and good luck to you.

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    Brainwave Entrainment Says:

    Remember to still keep your whole body healthy and hydrated for a more beautiful skin! :) I’ve always been hesitant applying creams or lotions on my face but if I have acne or other skin problems, will sure try them all with caution. :)

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    Natural Eczema Treatment Says:

    I totaly understand. I have eczema and the rashes and red marks on my skin are sometimes embarrasing depending on where they are. I have been research on eczema and this is a little bit of what I learned.

    15 million people in the world today have some form of eczema , according to the National Institutes of Health. The most common places where the eczema skin irritation occur are the inner bend of the elbows, the inner bend of the knees and on and around the ankles.

    Eczema can occur in anybody, even children. 10 to 20 percent of all infants also have some form of eczema. Most children should lose their eczema by age 15. For others they will have to deal with it the rest of their lives.

    I would like to share more information with you about this sometimes painfull and embarrasing skin irritation. Please read more at http://freeofeczema.blogspot.com. Come see some natural eczema treatments that people have tried and had good results treating the skin irritaions.

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    Sara Says:

    I feel a bit dry skinned after the summer. Perhaps too much sun and sand ;-)