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The most common skin issue that everyone deals with is acne and blemishes. A pimple can last for about 5-7 days. But even after the pimple disappears, dark marks or acne scars on the face remain and may last for about many weeks. Getting rid of these dark spots and reducing acne scars on your skin is very necessary. But first we will see what causes these acne blemishes.
When a pimple appears on your skin, it is an occurrence of inflammation. As new skin cells grow and skin heals, it may be possible that cells delivered to restore the skin’s surface contain too much melanin. This forms a dark patch or acne dark spots on the face and is termed as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
In this blog, we will discuss the ways how to reduce acne scars and what are the essential products used for the same.

Dark spots vs. scars

What distinguishes a dark spot from an acne scar? This is the most common query and a misconception about post-acne blemishes. Acne scars on the face are the blemishes when the tissue gets harmed. Scars may lessen with time, but they typically stay evident. They may not heal by themselves and may require consulting a dermatologist for further treatment.
On the other hand, acne-related dark spots are the discolourations in your skin. When breakout occurs, skin overproduces melanin that leads to dark spots. Also, the sun plays a crucial role in causing your skin to produce excess melanin. This will also worsen the condition of dark spots. Acne dark spots on the face become lighter over time and eventually fade away within 2-3 months. Acne products make the process faster!

How to get rid of pimple marks

There are three main types of pimple scars: flat and black scars and are the simplest to remove; white heads that grow deeper into the skin; and, cystic acne that leaves brown marks. Below are the ways to address acne blemishes:

Medical treatments

Acne scars are treated using medicated creams that contain salicylic acid, azelaic acid, niacinamide, and kojic acid. Any over-the-counter medications for dark marks contain active ingredients that stop the synthesis of melanin. Salicylic acid for acne scars lessens the swelling caused due to inflammation. Alpha hydroxy acids like azelaic and glycolic acid for acne scars help in exfoliating the skin while removing the pimple marks. They speed up the cell turnover of the skin, and bring more even-toned cells to the surface. Topical retinoids is another acne treatment medication that speeds up the cell regeneration and improves skin’s texture.
There are other acne treatments that are performed by the dermatologists. Dermabrasion is the most effective treatment for pimple scars. Chemical peel is another treatment that is used to remove the top layer of skin to reduce deeper scars. Fillers are also used to fill the acne scars and even out the skin tone. These fillers are made with collagen and are injected under the surface of skin.

Pimple marks removal at home

You can take orange peel powder and honey. Mix it well and apply this paste on affected areas of your face. Orange is full of citric acid that will help in lightening the acne marks and brightening the skin tone.
Coconut oil is another home remedy that is used to grow healthy skin cells and removes pimple marks. It is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and has anti-bacterial properties. This prevents the blemishes and acne scars without causing any side effects to your skin.
Aloe vera is a perfect remedy for a glowing and flawless skin. It helps to remove pimples and dark spots by healing faster without leaving marks. You can apply a thick paste on the affected area and leave it on your face overnight.
Baking soda at your home can be used for exfoliation and bleaching of your skin. It helps in getting rid of clogged pores and thus combating acne scars. You can mix water and baking soda to make a paste. Apply this on pimple marks and let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
Lemon juice is another bleaching agent that has lightening properties. It helps in fading away pimple marks easily. You can use cotton balls to apply lemon juice on pimple marks. Wash after 10-15 minutes.

How to avoid pimple marks

Here are some strategies which can help minimise your chances of developing acne scars:

Say no to harsh chemicals

Avoid applying products containing harsh ingredients on your skin while treating acne. It is advised not to exfoliate the area for a few days. Also, do use a medicated face wash recommended by a dermatologist.
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Avoid popping, squeezing, or picking pimples

Avoid the urge to squeeze or pick a pimple. By doing so, you push dirt further into the dermis, causing irritation and spreading an infection to nearby tissues. This would worsen the acne and leave a permanent scar that prolongs the healing process.

Treat breakouts

In order to prevent scarring, it’s important to get acne under control. Products containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide will target the acne and prevent future breakouts.

Products to treat acne scars

You can use products that can help to treat acne scars and prevent future breakouts. These products are dermatologically formulated and are suitable for all the skin types. The products include:

Kosmoderma Dermabrite Cream

An all-in-one skin-brightening cream that lightens pigmentation and diminishes dark spots. It contains kojic acid and glutathione as the active ingredient. They lighten the visible spots, reduce blemishes and even out the skin tone. This cream also contains natural ingredients like bearberry extract, aloe vera and gooseberry extract that removes dead skin cells from your skin. These substances hydrate your skin and provide a soothing effect.
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Kosmoderma Acne & Blemish Control Serum

Niacinamide, one of the active constituents in Kosmoderma Acne & Blemish Control Serum, aids in preventing breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads. Ginger root in the serum functions as an antioxidant that stimulates the formation of melanin to even out skin tone. Turmeric shows anti-inflammatory properties that enhance the brightness of skin. Aloe vera and shea butter soothes the irritation caused due to acne.
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Preventing acne in the first place is the best strategy to deal with acne scars. Your body occasionally creates cells with too much melanin to repair the damaged skin while a pimple heals. As a result, dark patches or scars occur. Always stay hydrated, make some lifestyle changes and use skincare products to help prevent acne development.

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