If you struggle with acne, then you know that the trouble does not end once the blemish goes away. Often, you are left with red or dark spots, and you might even have acne scars. Therefore, fighting acne is not just about stopping and treating breakouts. You must continue to treat your skin to fight the red marks and acne scars that linger. There are ways to prevent and treat red acne marks to get a clear complexion that looks as though you never even had a blemish.
What are Red Acne Marks?
Red acne marks are a byproduct of the skin’s natural healing process. The inflammation response that occurred due to the damage to the skin creates a lingering hyperpigmentation that can be red or brown in color. This differs from actual acne scars in that it is typically only the upper layers of skin affected. True scarring occurs when there is deeper damage to the skin surface, which can take longer and be more difficult to heal. Acne scars are not just discoloring – they typically include dips or pits in the skin as well.
How to Treat Red Acne Marks
The first action you should take to treat your red acne marks is to take care of the acne as it heals to reduce the amount of time that the skin will be red or discolored. Use gentle skin care products that are formulated for treating acne, both during breakouts and after. You do not want to use products that will irritate your skin, as this can lead to further breakouts and other problems. In addition to your skin care treatment, which should include washing, exfoliation, and moisturizer, you should always wear sunscreen. This protects the healing skin from further damage by UV rays.
What Not to Do When You Have Red Marks from Acne
You want to avoid using skin lightening treatments, as the red marks are not connected to melanin, which is often what those products treat. Additionally, some of the ingredients, such as kojic acid and hydroquinone, can be toxic and contribute to even more problems. Naturally soothing ingredients, such as licorice root extract, aloe and vitamin C, can promote the skin’s natural healing process and expedite the process until your skin tone is back to normal. Additionally, never pick at your blemishes, as this can contribute to scarring and other more dramatic problems.
Before you begin treating the red marks caused by acne, you should always treat the acne first. This will also help to prevent red marks from forming, as well as reduce the time it takes for them to disappear. If you have a bad problem with acne, then you should speak with a dermatologist to discover the best treatment possible to stop you from breaking out. A dermatologist can also help you to treat the red spots and acne scars that linger long after the blemishes. It may take time for your skin to properly heal, but you can expedite the process and have clear and bright skin that looks as though you have never had a blemish.
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