Have you ever had a breakout clear up, only to find that you have been left with skin texture irregularities and discolouration? You’re not alone. Acne affects up to 80% of 18-30-year-olds and 5% of those over 30, 95% of which experience some degree of scarring. But why do we get acne? Why does acne leave scars and discolouration? What’s the difference between acne scars vs acne marks? And, for the love of all that is good, how do we get rid of acne scars and acne marks? Fear not, for here is everything you need to know about acne scars, acne marks, and the difference between them.
So your latest acne breakout has just cleared up but you’re left with noticeable marks all over your face. If those marks are brown, then it’s likely that you’ve got yourself some post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. So what causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation? What are the treatment options for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation? Is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation permanent? Or does post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation go away?
We previously discussed the various different laser treatment options for Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE). However, laser treatments are often costly and come with downtime and side-effects. You will hear people claim that "you can't get rid of PIE with topical treatments, it will go away with time", but this is only partially true. There are a number of topical treatments for Post Inflammatory Erythema that can improve the appearance of PIE and fade it faster.
Post-inflammatory erythema (PIE) is a relatively new term used to describe the erythema (redness) that occurs after inflammatory acne. It is considered a form of acne scarring but is different from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), atrophic scars, and hypertrophic scars. Acne is caused by multiple overlapping factors and is primarily an inflammatory disease. When a hair follicle (pore) becomes clogged, oil accumulates inside which provides an ideal breeding ground for the p-acnes bacteria. This causes in an immune response and results in inflammation. Inflammation begins with the clogged pore, continues throughout the acne lesions life-cycle, and remains even after the acne lesion has cleared. Post-acne inflammation is visible in individuals with…