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What is Post-Acne Pigmentation?

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.

Causes

  • 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.

Other Pigmentation Types

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Solar Lentigines

Commonly known as sunspots, solar lentigines are usually brown in colour and they do not cause a change in skin texture. They are darker and more irregular in appearance as compared to freckles.

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Melasma / Chloasma

Characterised by a butterfly-shaped mark, melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation which is more prevalent among people with a darker skin tone

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Others

Uneven skin tone and computer radiation spots.

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Freckles

Found in the size of matchstick heads, freckles do not cause a change in skin texture. They are flat circular spots which are usually tan or light brown in colour.

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Age Spots

Usually tan, brown or black in colour, age spots are oval in shape and the size varies from freckle size to more than 13mm. It is also known as liver spots and they tend to develop on the face after the age of 40, indicating that the skin has entered its aging period.

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Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Developed through inflamed wounds, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is usually tan, brown or black in colour.

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