The Difference Between Acne Scars and Dark Spots
In this article I will address the difference between scarring and dark spots. When people call our clinic they will ask me about their acne “scarring”, but quite often what they really mean is the dark spots left over from an acne breakout. This is called hyper-pigmentation – also called post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (PIH).
Actual scarring is where the skin is pitted or depressed. These types of scars usually take a more aggressive medical modality to see results.
Dark spots develop when a wound, rash, pimple, or other stimuli like picking at your acne lesions causes skin inflammation, which triggers the skin to produce too much melanin. Melanin is the protein in the skin that gives the skin its color. The excess melanin darkens and discolors the wounded area. This discoloration remains even after the wound or rash has healed. PIH is very common among acne sufferers and can occur in all skin types, although it is more common in darker skin tones. It affects both men and women equally. Luckily, dark spots are not true scars and therefore can be treated in the clinic quite effectively.
Our client came in for a series of mild corrective peels and used Face Reality Acne Program home care regimen – it not only got rid of her acne but all of her post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as well.
Content provided courtesy of Face Reality Acne Clinic. Wendy Christman is a Face Reality Acne Specialist providing quality acne education and treatments in the Olympia, WA area.