Acne scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria.
The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall.
If your skin has brown or red discoloration, an acid-based serum can help with the spots.
Acne can cause scarring and discoloration that may fade naturally, but sometimes extra help is needed.
The skin attempts to repair these lesions by forming new collagen fibers.
These repairs usually aren't as smooth and flawless as the original skin.
Picking or squeezing acne can increase the risk for scarring, though.
Scars from acne can seem like double punishment — first you had to deal with the pimples, now you have marks as a reminder.
In some cases, a doctor or dermatologist may suggest a chemical peel or microdermabrasion to help improve the appearance of scarred areas.
As if having acne isn’t bad enough, after the blemishes fade, skin can be left with discolored and pitted scars that are hard to hide.
Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is usually the result of nodular acne lesions.
These lesions often leave behind an inflamed darkened mark after the original acne lesion has resolved.