First thing – How do they form?

After an acne lesion has healed, it can leave a red or hyperpigmented mark on the skin. This is actually not a scar, but rather a post-inflammatory change. The redness or hyperpigmentation is seen as the skin goes through its healing and remodeling process, which takes approximately 6-12 months. If no more acne lesions develop in that area, the skin can heal normally.  Any color change or skin defect still present after 1 year is considered to be a permanent defect or scar.

Second thing – Treatment

The post-inflammatory changes caused by acne are part of the skin’s natural healing process. There are certain practices and medications that can help facilitate this healing process.  Unprotected exposure to the sun causes more skin damage and delays healing, therefore wearing a good sunscreen is important. Using a retinol based product speeds up the skin’s remodeling process and helps heal post-inflammatory changes. CoralActives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser would help.

Third thing – Picking at scabs should be avoided at all costs

Scabs form to protect the healing process that is going on underneath them. Pulling a scab off before it is ready interferes with the healing and remodeling process, prolonging the time that post-inflammatory changes will be visible.

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