It is not uncommon to have dark spots after treating acne. Dark and red acne marks usually appear after a pimple has been popped. To avoid these spots, it is best not to pop or pick at pimples. Many of these blemishes will fade or clear up on their own with time. For stubborn spots that will not clear up, home remedies and medical treatment may be effective.
Natural treatment for acne marks
Natural acne spot treatments can be used for minor scarring. Home remedies may not be as effective on severe scarring and may require the attention of a dermatologist. Aloe Vera juice and soap Aloe Vera juice can be applied to the skin using a cotton ball after the face or other body parts have been washed. Use the Aloe Vera soap to wash any body part with acne spots. Olive oil and lemon juice They can be combined and massaged into the skin fade spots. The mixture should be left on the face for at least 20 minutes and applied twice a day. Olive oil and lemon juice can be used alone to fade marks as well. Lemon juice can sting and may not be suitable for those with sensitive skin. Acne scar fading creams They can be applied to the skin to fade blemishes. These are available in many drug stores. All of these treatments have to be applied numerous times to achieve the desired results.
Medical treatment for acne marks
Medical treatments should be sought after other treatments have failed as these may be expensive and painful. Laser resurfacing It is a procedure that involves the use of a laser to remove layers of skin. The laser concentrates on the blemish and removes the skin layer by layer. The laser can be used on the face, back, shoulders and other areas of the body that may have acne scars. Chemical peel This involves the use of a chemical solution that is allowed to soak in the skin. The solution may be left on for a few days. As the chemical soaks in, the skin will begin to peel off and new skin will grow back. Dermabrasion (surgical skin planning) This sands layers of the skin away using an instrument such as a rough wire brush. Afterwards, the skin may be pink or red. The patient may feel some discomfort for the first few days.