Acne scars or hyperpigmentation?
Ugh!!! Dealing with acne scarring and hyperpigmentation can become so frustrating. While they both are a pain to have, and both come after breakouts, they both actually are different - and even their treatment methods.
Acne Scars are the multitudes of scars left behind after a breakout. It is the healing of skin through the production of fibrous tissue that’s different from the structure of your normal skin tissue. It usually occurs when the specific area is touched and or squeezed, which can damage the surrounding tissue of that spot.
Although scarring can come in many different forms such as; Keloid scarring, ice pick scarring, rolling scarring, etc. it is best to contact your dermatologist or doctor to better help you determine the correct type so you are able to properly treat it.
Hyperpigmentation is usually a harmless and common condition where there are darker patches in the skin compared to the surrounding skin. This usually occurs when trauma of some sort happens to the skin, so the melanin cells create more melanin to defend and protect that area. Darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation because of the increased levels of melanin in the skin. If you have active acne, you are also more likely to get dark spots/hyperpigmentation.
How to treat & Prevent
- To prevent scars, always look to treat acne FIRST and prevent new ones from forming.
- Micro-needling : YN&P’s 6 in 1 derma rolling kit is a great at home addition for your battle with acne scars & hyperpigmentation. Please read our blog for more information.
- Vitamin C serum is a great way to brighten skin for a more even glowing skin tone. YN&P night serum two main ingredients are vitamin c & turmeric -which both brightens uneven skin tones.
- Spot treating, such as leaving a face cleanser or a cotton pad with witch hazel, tea tree and or lavender oil sitting on that area longer to absorb and break down the acne. DO NOT squeeze/pop or touch the area with unsanitized tools and wash hands before treating.
- Drink more water: some breakouts can be caused from lack of the water intake on a daily basis which make it hard to flush out germs, bodily waste and toxins
- Consume more fruit & vegetables/diet change: Acne outbreaks and skin issues can be caused by some things that we consume and our bodies have hard times flushing those things out, so our bodies react through sickness, breakouts and other things.
- Clean hands, tools and material at ALL times
- Chemical peels
- Sunscreen: is great for those who burn more easily and faster than others, this will help with the dark spots/hyperpigmentation. (There are alot of butters and creams that have natural spf such as Shea butter spf 6-10, Cocoa butter spf 15). Both, YN&P’s day serum and body whip both consume natural spfs.
- Get more rest: Acne can flare up when you aren’t getting the proper amount of rest.
If your scarring is more severe and these tips don't help you, you may need more spa or medical treatment. As always please consult your dermatologist for proper diagnostic and treatment.
Now, Go combat your acne scarring and Hyperpigmentation.