Often when our clients talk about their acne “scarring”, what they really mean is the dark spots left over from an acne breakout. This is not “scarring”, but actually “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation”. PIH develops 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 (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. It can occur in all skin types, although it is more common in darker skin tones. Luckily, PIH is not a true scar and therefore can be treated in the Spa quite effectively.
The homecare that we give our acne clients not only addresses acne, but starts the process of lifting the unwanted hyperpigmentation left from acne lesions. Some of the active ingredients we use include mandelic acid, lactic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid, vitamin c and azelaic.
We use chemical peel solutions in our acne treatments that are in various strengths and ingredients to not only help with acne clearing, but lift the dark spots as well. These corrective peel ingredients include trichloracetic acid (TCA), mandelic acid, lactic acid, kojic and azaleic acid. Used in conjunction with a consistent home-care regimen, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation will significantly decrease over time.
The acne usually goes away first before the redness or the darker spots go away. It usually takes another few months for the dark spots or redness to minimize.