Most people call them acne spots. Estheticians refer to them as PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation), or "macule scars." Regardless of what you call them, how to get rid of acne spots is a very common question.
What is PIH and who is prone to it?
When you get a breakout, the skin's immune system responds to the bacteria and infection that is present in the skin, and produces melanin (the pigment that gives our skin, eyes and hair their color). Melanin has another purpose – to protect the skin when damage occurs. Since a breakout occurs in one "spot", this is where the pigment goes. The trouble is that this pigment can last for weeks, months or even longer.
Anyone who has acne can develop PIH. However, the darker the skin tone, the more likely this is to occur, and the darker the "spot" will be.
How to get rid of acne spots
If you have chronic acne breakouts or even the monthly breakout visitors when you are on your cycle, you can improve PIH and prevent new spots from forming in a few different ways:
If you have any questions about dark spots, acne spots or PIH, comment below or read about another cause of dark spots here.
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