Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Acne scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can both occur after a breakout, but the two are actually very different – and thus a different approach is required when it comes to fading them.
Acne scars occur when too much collagen forms in a particular spot when a wound is healing. The scar often develops within the dermis, where the original acne-caused inflammation formed. Unlike acne scarring, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is simply a form of skin pigmentation (like sun damage), which occurs as a result of trauma to the skin. As it doesn't damage the follicle, it isn't considered a ‘true’ form of scarring ⚡️
If you’re looking to diminish rolling, boxcar or ice-pick scarring, the solution likely lies in clinic and a thorough consultation is recommended to set out a plan of treatments and skincare. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will fade on its own over time, but there are several options – both in-clinic and at-home – that you can utilise to speed up the process ⏰
Don’t know where to start? Kickstart the healing process with one of my favourite IS Clinical products. Super Serum contains L-ascorbic Acid, Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor, Centella Asiatica and Arbutin & Mushroom Extract all of which are powerful antioxidants to help improve scarring and hyperpigmentation. You want to be applying daily - I encourage you to take a before photo and follow up with a 3 month photo so you can see the difference for yourself! 📸
Book a consultation to discuss how we can help you treat any scarring or hyperpigmentation that may be of concern. We will formulate a plan personalised just for you!