In addition to its immediate effects on the skin, acne can cause some long-term alterations which are unpleasant. One of the most common things we see at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands caused by acne is darkening in the skin—known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These acne dark spots are especially common in people with darker complexions. Though in most cases these darkened areas are not permanent, they can last for a very long time, mimicking scarring. The good news is there are dark spot correctors to help speed their clearance from the skin.
Acne Dark Spots Treatments
First, of utmost importance, it is critical to take steps to avoid certain things that can worsen these pigment acne marks. Sun exposure frequently can darken the spots and make these dark marks last longer. The same is true for exposure to ultraviolet light through a tanning bed. At Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands, we have extensive experience in Acne dark spots treatments. One thing we also frequently see is that picking at the areas, or aggressively scrubbing or scraping them can further increase the likelihood of darkening the areas.
Different Approach to Acne Dark Spots Treatment Options
Some medicated products and other interventions can also help lighten dark spots more quickly. We have a few different medications we prescribe which can help with treating dark spots. The most popular category of medicines can also help active acne spots as well. This category is known as the topical retinoid.
- Differin is the only one of these available over-the-counter but frequently is not potent enough to help fade the darker areas.
- Retin-A (tretinoin) is the most frequent medicine we prescribe to help fade these darkened spots.
- We also recommend and maintain over-the-counter retinols at our practice.
All of these acne dark sports treatments can take a lengthy period of time to fade spots. Sometimes a benefit will start in just a few weeks, but often takes months to fully work.
Final Critical Point
So dark spots left behind after acne spots fade are common—and can be minimized and treated. The final critical point to keep in mind is that if the acne condition itself is managed thoroughly; in most cases we can prevent these dark spots from continuing to develop.
Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands Omaha & Council Bluffs
In our practice we have a special focus on acne dark spots treatments, and have consolidated our overall:
- clinical approach
- patient education
- research into and entity known as the Acne Institute of Omaha
Hopefully this blog gives you some direction on your acne and acne treatment options. If you want more assistance, consider seeing one of our dermatology providers for an appointment in any of our clinical locations located in and around Omaha and Council Bluffs. All appointments for acne in any our Omaha and Council Bluffs locations are managed using our well-developed Acne Institute approach.
Our vision is to deliver the highest level of dermatological care, using the most advanced technology and evidenced-based medicine in a personalized and compassionate environment. For any information or to make an appointment please contact us today.