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The best solutions for post acne marks

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