Pimples are the worst. They pop up exactly when you don’t want them, take a week or longer to heal and then leave you with dark spots. Dark spots which take months to go away, sometimes even longer. You’ve barely gotten rid of one dark spot when another active pimple causes more.
Do nothing and your dark spots will fade slowly. Take action and you can get rid of dark spots faster.
What Are Dark Spots Caused by Pimples?
When you get pimples your skin’s reacting to something it doesn’t like. Usually this is a growth of bacteria inside your pores caused by dead skin cells trapped in oil/sebum. As your skin senses danger your skin’s immune function is activated – you see this as inflammation i.e. a raised pink spot, sometimes filled with pus.
What you see as a pimple is your skin trying to destroy bacteria.
Your skin uses inflammation to do this… and when inflammation dies down something called post inflammatory hyper pigmentation can set in.
You might see post inflammatory hyper pigmentation abbreviated to PIH.
Dark marks caused by pimples are PIH.
PIH is your skins way of trying to protect itself so it can heal well. Scientists believe PIH helps protect skin by providing an additional layer of UV protection.
The more inflamed your pimples are, the worse your dark spots will be. This means cystic spots, blind headed spots and pustules will cause your skin larger and darker spots.
How to Remove Dark Spots Caused by Pimples
Although PIH is caused for a different reason than general skin pigmentation, skincare which lightens and brightens is effective in treating both. When you have dark spots caused by pimples areas of your skin have been activated to make more melanin i.e. the pigment which colors your skin. To help your dark spots fade faster aka your acne scars you’ll want to start using lightening skincare as soon as possible.
Lightening skincare works to turn down your skins expression of melanin. The less melanin your skin makes, the quicker your dark spots will fade.
Learning: Dark spots caused by pimples are a type of acne scar and can be removed with lightening and brightening skincare.
How to Remove Dark Spots Caused by Pimples at Home
Don’t worry, dark spots can be easily faded with at home skincare. There’s no need to buy expensive dermatology skincare or to see a doctor or dermatologist. There are many at home skincare options which have very effective amounts of lightening and brightening actives. Ingredients which work by turning down your skin’s melanin production.
- Kojic acid
- Vitamin C
Using lightening skincare in both your AM and PM skincare routine will help you remove dark spots caused by pimples faster.
For example, you could use our Kojic Acid & Vitamin C Skin Lightening Soap to cleanse with, followed by our Kojic Acid & Papaya Skin Lightening Body Lotion for AM skin lightening with sun protection and our Kojic Acid Skin Lightening Body Lotion for PM moisturizing.
Bottom line: You can make dark spots caused by pimples fade faster with the right skincare.