We always attempt to heal our acne breakouts quick and early through various home remedies but they always leave behind blemishes on the skin in the form of dark brown or black spots, which are all the more frustrating!
When a pimple pops up on your skin, it’s technically a form of inflammation due to clogged pores with dead skin cells and sebum. As your skin heals and new skin cells form, it’s possible that the cells sent to help restore your smooth skin surface may contain too much melanin.
Melanin is what gives your skin its colour, and when certain cells that have more melanin than others, give rise to darker patch of skin. This is called as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This can be further worsened with prolonged sun exposure.
Acne spots are very common. Whenever the skin inflammation is prolonged, like because of popping or squeezing the acne, using an irritant product for skin care, the chances of developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation increase.
People who have naturally darker skin tones are more prone to this condition.
Dark spots developed due to acne lesions is different from acne scars. These are different types of acne problems.
Scars are the irregularities in the layers of skin surface seen as holes and depressions. Sometimes, scar tissue can be elevated as well. Scars require tissue to be damaged or overgrown. Treating Acne Scars are difficult, and while they may fade over time, they usually remain visible.
On the other hand, Acne marks are flat lesions. They don’t indicate any long-term damage to your skin cells, pores, or follicles. Dark spots tend to become lighter over time, and eventually go away completely. It can take anywhere from 3 months to 2 years for them to disappear on its own.
Topical products containing active ingredients stop the synthesis of melanin in dark spots while peeling off old skin and encouraging new cell formation.
More effective and quicker way to get rid of acne spots is through use of physical treatment modalities in addition to the products as per medical advice.
These therapies include:
A combination of one or more of the above mentioned therapeutic options can remove the acne spots in few months.
The best way to prevent dark spots is to seek treatment for your acne early. You should avoid breaking your acne. Avoid applying any products that cause skin irritation and inflammation.
Use of a broad spectrum sunscreen regularly should be practiced.
All advice from the Dermatologist should be followed in order to help prevent acne spots.
If you do not seek any active treatment for acne spots, they tend to fade away on their own over a period of 3 months to 2 years.
If you use any topical products, healing time can be reduced to 6-9 months, and with added treatment, dark spots can vanish in as less as 3 months period.
The following are the home remedies to get rid of acne spots:
Coconut Oil : Due to its anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, it can be used on the spots and left overnight for best results.
Lemon Juice : Applying a small amount of fresh lemon juice on the spots for 10-15 minutes and wash your face later with lukewarm water.
Turmeric : Its an ancient medical way of treating acne spots. 1 teaspoon of turmeric is mixed with small amount of lemon juice to form a paste. This paste is applied over the spots as mask for over 30 minutes. Due to its anti inflammatory action it helps in lightening the spots.
Castor Oil : It helps in new cell growth on the skin. It is applied overnight on the spots and washed off using lukewarm water.
Aloe Vera : Aloe Vera is an anti inflammatory substance and due to this property its widely used to treat acne blemishes and spots. It is applied overnight daily for better results.
Orange Powder : Orange Peel is formed by mixing orange powder with honey. This orange peel powder is applied on the spots for 15-20 minutes and later washed with lukewarm water.
Are the repeated dark spots are causing an anxiety and psychological distress?
Is it affecting both your personal and professional life?
Do you feel less confident than before?
Are you are not able to perform simple daily routine?
Do you think you are socially withdrawn?
If answer to all these questions are yes, then you may want to consult a Dermatologist.
A Dermatologist with whom you can bond well enough to discuss your psychological and physical distress in greater depth.
A dermatologist helps you through your problem and advices you the USA FDA Approved treatments as per medical guidelines. With them you can be fully sure of assured results and support.
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