What is Post-Acne Pigmentation?
Developed from healed acne wounds, there are two types of post-acne pigmentation. Marks which are reddish in colour are caused by broken blood capillaries that have yet to heal at the site of acne lesion. On the other hand, marks which are dark in colour result from an overproduction of melanin in reaction to skin inflammation at the affected area. Without proper treatment, post-acne pigmentation may take months or even years to fade off.
Where does it appear?
Post-acne pigmentation, as suggested by its name, typically appears on areas of the face that are prone to pimple outbreaks.
Squeezing of pimples: When extraction is not carried out professionally, instead of pushing the pus out, one may be pushing it further down. This can lead to more redness and swelling. The skin and the tissue beneath it may also get damaged in the process, increasing the chances of inflammation and the risk of scarring.
Usage of unsuitable skin care products: Acne may worsen with the usage of overdrying facial cleaners and alcohol-based products as they can be irritating to your skin. Besides that, skin care products for acne-prone skin could be harsh on the skin and when overused, the skin may become drier, causing the skin to produce even more sebum to keep our skin moisturised. This in turn, may cause even more pimples to form.