We’ve all been there: your pimple has finally healed and you’re left with a little red mark on your skin, which you’d really like to be rid of ASAP!
Let me first explain what those little red marks are.
It’s called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. When you have a pimple or acne breakout on your face, there’s a lot of inflammation concentrated in that one area which often causes extra melanin production or sometimes a loss of collagen in the skin. This increase of pigment can results in redness or small dark marks on your skin while the loss of collagen can create small indentation scars which are more difficult to correct.
But what can you do about post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or commonly called acne scars?
The great thing about this type of scarring is that, provided it’s red in colour, it will always heal. The amount of time it takes to heal will depend on how fast your body regenerates itself. For some it may take a couple of weeks and for others it can take a couple of months to heal. The good news is you can definitely take some steps to speed up the healing process though!
Here are 4 tips to help reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, lighten those red or dark scars and regenerate your skin.
1. Use sun protection daily.
My number one tip is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen (preferably acne-safe) on your skin on a daily basis. The more you protect your skin from the sun, the faster it will heal and the lower your chance will be of any permanent scarring.
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2. Incorporate a regenerating serum into your skincare routine.
Incorporating a serum will help the healing process of the skin. I would suggest anything that has peptides in it such as the PoreInfusion Multi-Peptide Anti-Ageing Serum; Besides helping you to eliminate scars it will also provide great anti-ageing benefits to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Use a serum with retinaldehyde.
Retinaldehyde is a very gentle form of retinol that will help regenerate the collagen in the skin over time. Try incorporating Calm Serum by Osmosis into your routine to help regenerate the skin, speed up the healing process and reduce red marks on the skin.
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4. If your skin is not too sensitive, you can also try the Pore Infusion Mandelic Serum 5.
Mandelic acid has unique benefits for the skin including antibacterial, antifungal and also helping to lighten pigmentation, dark spots and scars on the skin. Since it is an exfoliating serum make sure to introduce it to your skin every other day for the first two weeks.
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