Treating Acne Scars Versus Dark Marks

None of us have had the privilege of living without some sort of acne attacking our skin (and it doesn’t go away as you get older, though it might get better). Dealing with the aftermath of acne scars and dark marks can be difficult.

What’s the difference between acne scars and dark marks? 

Dark marks are often mistaken for acne scars, but they’re really very different! You know those red, purple, or brown blemish marks that stay after a pimple or blemish has said goodbye? Those are dark marks and they tend to stay around for 3-6 months. Acne scars are permanent indentations in your skin that occur from collagen damage. They can be thick and raised, overhealed, or an indentation in the skin. They’re also not very easy to treat.

So what’s the best way to treat these?

Dark marks and acne scars need to be treated differently, since they affect your skin in different ways.

  • Dark Marks
    • Sunscreen – Avoid being in the sun too much and exposing your skin to the sun’s rays. They can make scarring more prominent (yikes!). Slather on that SPF 30 to protect your skin.
    • Vitamin C Serum – Vitamin C’s benefits to our skin is no breaking news, but it’s important to stress the feel good & do good that it provides you. Not only does it help you in building collagen, but it promotes the healing to help those marks fade. I have a overnight mask with build in Vitamin C serum that always makes my skin look super glowy and better-toned the next day. Find one that works for you!
    • Skin Brighteners – These are also really good for helping attack those dark spots on your face because of all the great ingredients in them to help fight discoloration. Just know that it doesn’t mix well with pink or red acne marks and probably won’t help too much with those!
    • Chemical Treatments – There are a ton of products out there to help with acne dark marks. Go to your local beauty store and ask for advice on what types of products would work best with your skin type.
  • Acne Scars – Besides laser treatments, fillers, and other treatments that require seeing your dermatologist, there are a few ways you can combat acne scarring at home.
    • Aloe Vera – This gooey goodness has a ton of vitamins in it that help with healing skin and fading scars. While it won’t get rid of it completely, it will make it looks a little better.
    • Retinoid Skin Products – Retinoids really help in boosting collagen production (yay!) and speeds up cell turnover in your skin. This means that it is awesome at working with acne scars.
    • Cortisone Cream – This helps reduce inflammation in your skin and promotes healing as well.

Remember to keep up with you skin care every day – protect your skin from the sun, moisturize, exfoliate regularly, and avoid picking at spots and scars (this makes them worse!).

Do you have problems with acne scars or dark spots, dear readers? Let us know what treatments you’ve found the most helpful!


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