Dark marks from past acne red acne scarring, especially if left untreated, can be visible on your face for years after the active breakouts and blemishes are gone. Unfortunately post acne marks and scars are all too common for anyone who has suffered from acne. Do you have red marks on your face that won't go away? Whether you have red acne scarring, dark marks, or textured scars there are acne marks treatments to minimize the appearance and even completely diminish your post acne marks and scars. Keep reading to see the best solutions.
Preventing post acne marks and scars
Prevention is the best remedy for post acne marks, just as it is for most skin concerns. If you currently suffer from acne breakouts and blemishes, there are steps you can take to prevent lasting marks and scars. The absolute number one rule in preventing scars is to never pick at your skin.
Picking at your skin or popping your pimples can turn a temporary skin blemish into a permanent scar or acne dark spot, especially if you're prone to hyperpigmentation.
Try as hard as you can to resist touching, picking or popping any acne or blemishes that crop up. Instead, topically treat your blemishes with a spot treatment like Breakout Control. This lightweight lotion will quick clear pimples without the risk of scarring.
Other than spot treatments, the right daily agenda is necessary if you currently suffer from acne. The quicker you manage your acne, the less chance you have of scarring. Cleanse and tone your skin twice a day (no more, no less) with a salicylic acid formula, like Spotless Cleanser and Acne Toner. If your skin is dry, follow your toner with a moisturizer for acne-prone skin, like these.
Sometimes, even if you try your best to prevent it, you can still end up with acne marks. Are there different treatments to deal with acne marks vs. acne scars? Yes – see how to deal with the two different types of acne marks and scars:
Dark or red acne marks
For some, acne marks show up in the form of red or dark pigmented spots. This is caused by Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (known as PIH), which can occur when your skin experiences an inflammatory wound, such as acne.
"When you get a breakout, the skin's immune system responds to the bacteria and infection that is present in the skin, and produces melanin. Melanin has another purpose – to protect the skin when damage occurs. Since a breakout occurs in one 'spot', this is where the pigment goes. The trouble is that this pigment can last for weeks, months or even longer." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education
There are three different ways to get rid of PIH:
1) Always wear abroad spectrum sunscreen
Any UV exposure will make your acne spots darker and more difficult to treat. If you don't protect your skin every single day from the sun's harmful rays, all other treatments will be rendered completely useless.
2) Target the dark marks
LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector can help you pinpoint and obliterate stubborn dark spots, regardless of their cause. This is the best product for acne scars and dark spots of any kind. If you have age spots, discoloration or UV damage in addition to your acne marks, this will target those as well. Simply dab a small amount of the formula every morning and night until your dark spots disappear.
3) Boost overall brightness
Target all over discoloration along with pigmented acne spots with LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener. This gentle antioxidant skin brightening cream will even out overall skin tone and leave skin luminous and hydrated. Apply a thin layer to your entire face every morning and night.
Textured acne scars
Deep pitted or textured scars are common for those who have suffered from severe acne or picked vigorously at their skin. Estheticians sometimes refer to these scars as "ice pick" scars and agree that exfoliation combined with the proper daily skin care routine is the best way to tackle them.
Exfoliating at home is a crucial element of any skin routine, especially when acne scars are present. Opt to exfoliate 2-3 times per week to avoid over exfoliation. Quick Refiner is our go-to choice because it works in as little as one day to visibly smooth skin with powerful alpha hydroxy acids.
In the treatment room:
Did you know that chemical peels can help tame existing acne and diminish leftover scars? Traditional chemical peels have a bad reputation, but modern formulas are pain-free and have zero downtime.
There are many home remedies that claim to cure dark acne marks and scars – a quick Google search for 'how to get rid of red acne scars overnight' yields thousands of results. Here are just a few:
Most of these results claim to eradicate scars overnight, but in reality, there is no fast fix. These acne home 'remedies' are just a waste of money and time. Plus, they have potential to cause invisible inflammation, which can lead to more scars for those prone to PIH. Stick with tried and true professional methods to ease dark acne marks and scars – your skin will thank you.