Hyperpigmentation and Acne Scars

Hyperpigmentation and Acne Scars

Today I would be talking about hyperpigmentation and acne scars. How you can treat and prevent Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), and what ingredients to use to treat PIH acne scarring. I had to do this post at the last minute to build a foundation for the next one, which I will mention at the end. I also have a few tips to share with you and hope you enjoy your time here.☺


Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin in the form of patches or spots. These patches are formed by excess melanin, the brown pigment that results in brown spots.


Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

PIH is the red or brown marks or spots you get after your breakout. Your acne is an inflammatory wound. So your skin adds melanin over it as a natural occurrence to protect it.

PIH acne scars get darker for two reasons; either exposure to UV rays or deeper skin tones.


How to Prevent PIH

  • Use a gentle cleanser
  • Add retinol in your skincare routine
  • Use a mild moisturizer (fewer add-ons, no fragrance)
  • Use a good physical sunscreen

Prevention is better than treatment. You need to treat your active acne to prevent PIH.


How to Treat Hyperpigmentation and Acne Scars

  • Start treating your scars from the time you get them
  • Avoid UV rays
  • Use products specific to acne scars
  • Give your skin the time it needs

With the right products and time, you can lighten those dark spots. Use ingredients and products to prevent breakout and fade acne scars. Also, layer fewer products during your breakout to avoid further inflammation.


Eight Skincare Ingredients to Fade PIH Acne Scars

Use ingredients that target lightening and reducing the production of the skin pigment i.e. melanin. Below are the eight pigment inhibitors that fade PIH acne scars.

1.  Vitamin A (Retinol or Retinoids) – An active ingredient that increases skin cell turnover, evens out pigmentation, treats acne, and is anti-aging.

2.  Vitamin C – The most powerful antioxidant that fades hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and especially melasma. It also prevents the skin from UV damage and is anti-aging.

3.  Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) – Acids such as glycolic and lactic acids, exfoliate the outermost layer of skin and evens out pigmented skin tone.

4.   Arbutin – Prevents the production of melanin.

5.   Galactomyces (or fermented yeast) – A gentle brightener and hydrator.

6.   Snail mucin – Brightener, hydrator, and anti-aging. (more in the next post)

7.   Licorice – A gentle brightener, and anti-aging.

8.   Kojic acid – A gentle brightener.

As all skin types are different, it is recommended to always carry out a patch test, especially for stronger ingredients.


Hyperpigmentation and acne scars take time to go away. And that is why I cannot emphasize it enough that you need to treat it on time and stay patient. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, give it a thumbs up and share it with your social media friends. The next couple of posts are also centered on skincare but after that, I intend to give this niche a little break and do a few posts on lifestyle and shopping. So let me know your thoughts and what you would like to see in the upcoming posts. Don’t forget to subscribe to my email on the home page of my Blog for the latest informative reviews. Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Thank you so much for being here. Stay safe. Bye! ❤


Related Posts:

The Ordinary Bestsellers Review

Exfoliation

Isa A

Blogger's critic on the best in fashion and beauty.

48 comments:

  1. This is great. I have been using brightening creams and serums from Korean brands and have just started trying Differin's Scar Gel. I have been getting facials specific to brightening, too. I think it's also a mix of trial and error.

    S .x https://samsramblings91.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it's definitely a mix of trial and error. Great to hear about your skin care. I also love K-beauty! <3

      Delete
  2. I think 'give it time' is such an important tip! Sometimes we want things to be fixed NOW and try our best to try and do that and in the process make it worse!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yea! I second that. Glad you liked it! <3

      Delete
  3. i have a lot of redness and a few acne scars from my teen years. this post was very informative.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've suffered from acne for most of my life. Now that I treated it, I started using vitamin C. However, I still have some deep scars that I'm afraid to treat with lasers.. I hear that it is not always safe and efficient.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I also have a few pitted scars. And yes their treatment is fillers if not lasers. But the catch is that fillers also last a year or two so no point i think. Unless some dermatologist tells otherwise. But you could consult your case maybe. <3

    ReplyDelete
  6. Very informative, I don't think I have it but this has everything possible to deal with it. Thank you or sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe, thanks for going through the girly stuff. You are lucky being of the opposite gender so you can't relate to that much! :D

      Delete
  7. This is great info! I have very fair skin with freckles so every little spot shows. I knew about Vitamins A & C, but not the others. I will have to look more closely at ingredients next time. I'm actually terrible about cleansing and moisturizing daily so I need to get better at that too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Heidi sweetheart, anytime you wanna directly ask me about products/ingredients etc you can, would help happily <3

      Delete
  8. Those are great tips - I used to have a bit of acné when I was young but it wasn't that bad :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Its actually great when someone doesn't. skin life gets easier, lol. Glad you liked it! <3

      Delete
  9. Love this article! I only got acne in my late 20s and have no idea how to deal with the scars so this has been really useful, thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I thank God I don't have acne and haven't experienced since. But for hyperpigmentation, I have this especially on my under eyes. It's so annoying since I don't know how to make them look lighter. Now I know after reading this article! Gotta use a better cleanser and take more vitamins. THanks for sharing!


    www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Woah woah! That's lucky thank God. Try picking up eye cream also with any of the above ingredients. that could also help. <3

      Delete
  11. This post is really informative, thank you. Hopefully with these tips and some patience, I'll be able to see some improvement!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you do. Glad you found it helpful! <3

      Delete
  12. This is such a helpful post! I didn't know retinol was good to use for acne!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Depends on how brands market them. Sometimes they want more focus on another key ingredient. But technically its a game changer, it will clear up acne, white spots, black spots, even pigmentation. <3

      Delete
  13. I've dealt with hyperpigmentation and acne for most of my life, so I've definitely run the gamut when it comes to trying to heal my skin. I've found that a combo of hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and lavender/frankincense essential oils are really beneficial (obviously not ALL at once, most times). I also use less acne-targeted products because they can be too harsh. Instead, I use soothing products with lots of moisture! This post is full of great suggestions.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yea every skin type is different and works differently. Thanks for the love! <3

      Delete
  14. Great post! I have a few acne scars, so this was post was really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  15. The list of active ingredients is very useful, as it is first important to focus on active agents and than on brands.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. there is only one active ingredient i.e. vit a, the rest are not to worry about. :) thanks for reading <3

      Delete
  16. This was such an interesting read! I have had acne scars and found that retinol cleared out the most evident one a lot. i really want to try vitamin C as I know it's a great product for your skin. Thank you for sharing x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks a lot for being here Christina! appreciate all the support! <3

      Delete
  17. Thank you for sharing this information and recommendations. I don't have a lot of acne, but lately with the constant wearing of the mask I've been getting acne breakouts. Now I have black spots on my face. I'm in the process of looking for solutions. I knew about Vitamin C and Retinol. I have to make a choice because it is not recommended to use Retinol with Vitamin C. I have heard a lot about the virtues of Retinol so I will probably choose this solution. Thanks again.

    Corinne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks a lot for being here Corinne. I can suggest you that you can use both. Retinol is a PM product and Vitamin C is a AM product. You can use vitamin c during the day and retinol before going to sleep. Vitamin c would be a great addition to remove early scarring. I did details on both in my previous post which i have linked under this post too with the name "the ordinary review". Hope that further helps. <3

      Delete
  18. I definitely deal with hyperpigmentation and struggle with treating it. I use vitamin C but will have to try retinol!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. it always take time. I had a bad acne case. It took me 2 to 3 years to fix my skin. Thanks for being here <3

      Delete
  19. I currently have not added retinol to my regime but I am definitely going to. I struggle with acne scars also during and after breakouts.

    xo Erica

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yea do what you fin dsuitable. thanks for being here <3

      Delete
  20. This is such a helpful post, I have acne scars and I find it so hard to find products that help get rid of it so this was really helpful! X

    ReplyDelete
  21. Very interesting! I'm going through a retinol acne treatment right now so this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing xx

    www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. Really great post that I know will help a lot of people who suffer with hyperpigmentation xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. glad you liked it! thanks for reading <3

      Delete
  23. I've been wearing SPF to help protect my skin a little during the day :) thank you for sharing these recommendations x

    ReplyDelete
  24. I suffer with scaring from my spots and it is so upsetting to see sometimes. Thank you for sharing this information.

    Lauren

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i hope it helps Lauren. Can you give me your blog link so i can check? <3

      Delete
  25. This is a great post. I've been thinking about adding retinol into my routine, but I'm so worried about whether I'll purge and how bad it might be. I think it would probably be beneficial in the long run, though.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    ReplyDelete
  26. thanks Irene I hope it helps! <3

    ReplyDelete

Please do not enter any spam link in the comment box.