Some skin types are prone to hyperpigmentation. Breakouts and sun exposure leaves the skin with dark marks and uneven skin tone. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation happens as part of the skin’s natural healing process from an infection, such as acne. 

Of course, prevention comes first. This applies to those who are sensitive from post-acne pigmentation and those who don’t have any hyperpigmentation, yet. 

What is Post-Acne Pigmentation?

Post-Acne Pigmentation is a kind of Post-Inflammation Hyperpigmentation or PIH that occurs on the skin. When acne is not treated well, there is a high possibility that it will leave a dark or discoloured spot on your skin. Hence, the development of PIH. Acne scars happen because of loss of tissue or an overgrowth of tissue, both in which leaves a scar. The more acne is inflamed, the more obvious the scar can be, both in terms of its size and colour. 

This kind of severe skin condition requires treatments that also targets the deep skin layers. Learn more about hyperpigmentation and what treatments help get rid of them.

Ways to prevent Post-Acne Pigmentation

Avoid picking, scratching, squeezing or other skin manipulation.

Squeezing your pimple can be very tempting, but doing this won't do you any good. As much as possible, do not touch your pimple as this transfers bacteria from your hand to your pimple, leading to more infection. By squeezing your pimple, you are pushing the infected material deeper into the skin, which makes it more infected and inflaming the acne.

Use Sunscreen

Are you one who tends to go out daily, especially during the day time? If yes, you should know that applying sunscreen is vital for your skin. One thing it can do is it will prevent you from damaging your skin and protects your skin from UV light. The UV light is one of the main cause of your acne scars.

It is best to avoid activating your melanin production system by using sunscreen daily. But, it's best to know that applying sunscreen once in the morning won't completely protect you from the sun. You will need to re-apply it to keep the effect going for the whole day, especially if you are out to go for a swim at the beach. It is ideal to use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher daily for that complete protection.

Have a skincare routine

Experts would advise that you should come up with a daily skincare routine. There are a lot of skincare routines for different types of skin issues. In this case, it is best to use gentle skincare products so it won't further irritate your skin. 

Moisturizers are one of the most important skincare product that you should apply for it hydrates your skin, makes your skin look smoother and healthier. If you're still young, you won't have to think of having any other treatments to get rid of acne scars, you will just have to do your skincare routine regularly, and those scars will go away in no time.


Published by Johanne Cosihan