I can smell the fall coming a few days away. The crisp air, orange leaves, and cozy vibes fill my cup. I love it. 


But, with this shift, there’s a change in our skin too. Have you noticed? 


As the summer glow fades you may notice a few more spots, breakouts, and darker melasma. 


It’s quite common to see more hyperpigmentation AKA dark spots, and breakouts this time of the year. 


The culprits? Hormonal fluctuations, stress, and… wait for it… sun exposure.


Hormonal Influences: Hormonal fluctuations play a pivotal role in the appearance of acne and hyperpigmentation. Pregnancy, postpartum changes, and menstrual cycles can trigger hormonal imbalances that lead to acne flare-ups. These hormonal shifts often cause an increase in sebum production, which can clog pores and create an ideal environment for acne-causing bacteria to thrive.

Stress and Anxiety: Another significant factor contributing to acne, particularly cystic acne, is heightened stress and anxiety levels. The connection between stress and skin health is well-established, with stress triggering the release of hormones that can stimulate sebum production and inflammation in the skin. This, in turn, can lead to the development of painful and deep-seated cystic acne.

Hyperpigmentation and Scarring: Unfortunately, acne doesn't just cause immediate physical discomfort; it can also leave lasting marks on the skin. Hyperpigmentation and scarring often follow the resolution of acne lesions. Hyperpigmentation occurs due to the overproduction of melanin, resulting in dark spots on the skin's surface. Scarring can develop when inflammation damages the deeper layers of the skin, leaving behind permanent indentations or raised areas.

Sun Exposure and Darkening of Pigment: Summer is a time of increased sun exposure, which can have both positive and negative effects on the skin. While some sunlight is essential for vitamin D production and overall well-being, excessive sun exposure can exacerbate skin issues. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to the darkening of existing pigment in the skin, making hyperpigmentation more noticeable. Moreover, UV rays can worsen inflammation and slow down the skin's natural healing process, increasing the risk of scarring.

So what should you do??


Here is a Post Summer Skincare Plan!


To mitigate the effects of post-summer acne and hyperpigmentation, it's important to establish a consistent skincare routine. Focus on gentle cleansing to remove excess oil and impurities without stripping the skin's natural moisture. Incorporate products containing Bakuchiol to increase skin cell renewal, brightening ingredients like strawberry and kiwi, and Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), which can help manage acne and promote even skin tone.


Remember that Bakuchiol will release clogged pores which results in a temporary purging effect.. once this is complete you will enjoy more clear, smooth skin.

Naturally, improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne with these two vital products:

Renewing Flower SerumClarifying Oat Cleanser

Shop the full routine here:


**Also Important is Sun Protection: A vital aspect of post-summer skin care is sun protection. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 can shield the skin from harmful UV rays, preventing further darkening of existing hyperpigmentation and minimizing the risk of scarring. If you are pregnant, make sure you look for a mineral sunscreen.


I hope this plan gives you some comfort and helps you feel incredible in your skin this fall season.

September 21, 2023 — Kyra Venable

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