The vast majority of people at some point in their lives have dealt with some acne or pimple problem and although perhaps we have overcome it many times the marks remain to remind us of that bad moment. When we have pimples, the skin can become discolored once it starts to heal, and in its place is a lingering dark spot in the area long after the pimple disappears, it's most annoying!

When skin tissue is damaged as a result of pimples and acne, an excessive amount of melanin accumulates in that area. This excess melanin remains after the stain has healed and leaves a mark on the skin.

A humble grain is a hotbed of inflammation. The skin reacts by increasing blood flow in the area, sending white cells like soldiers to fight bacteria and repair damage. Unfortunately, this intense reaction can persist even after the pimple has disappeared, leaving a red mark (more common on pale complexions).

Can these stains remove themselves?

The best way to avoid blemishes is to treat acne with a careful routine; that is to say: do not touch, chop or burst anything. And although the best we can do is prevent these dark spots with our skincare routine, if they have already appeared, fortunately, there is a range of treatments available that help to reduce or reduce pigmentation marks, and in some cases, eliminate them completely.

Topical treatments containing skin lighteners such as soy, licorice extract, or vitamin C have been shown to disperse excess melanin, making the skin appear more toned.

Removing stains will depend on how pigmented the skin is, if it is very slight, it is likely that with your correct skin care routine and time, they will disappear. But if your spots are very dark, we recommend you go to your dermatologist for an assessment and to indicate an appropriate treatment.