In most cases, the discoloration you see from your dark spots will disappear over time. However, if you want to speed up this process, there are a number of things you can do:
Fading acne dark spots with sunscreen
Scarring may be more pronounced if you expose your skin to the sun. If your skin is not adequately protected, stains and scars can be darkened by UVA and UVB rays. And because sunlight can penetrate your clothing, it’s important to be careful when using sunscreen that you apply it generously to your entire body, even when it’s not exposed.
And yes, we hear you, sunscreen can clog your pores, which will aggravate your acne, but luckily there are some special solutions that are incredibly skin-friendly. Look for innovative formulas that are labeled as non-comedogenic, as this means they will not clog your pores. You should also look for niacinamide-containing sunscreens as it is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that also reduces the redness of your skin.
Fading acne dark spots with topical vitamin C serum and retinoids
Vitamin C is great for promoting healing and also helps your skin build collagen. Some formulas are designed to penetrate deep into the skin for a long time after use.
In contrast, retinoids are a superficial treatment. Retin-A causes the cells of your skin to divide quickly and produce more cells that displace the cells with the discolored pigment. Although this helps to reduce these dark spots, it makes your skin incredibly sensitive to the sun. So, make sure you are wearing SPF, but that you thoroughly moisturize your skin before going to bed.
Fading acne dark spots with chemical peels
A chemical peel uses a range of mild solutions to promote the regeneration and refinement of the skin. The products used contain glycolic acid, which promotes cell turnover – this is the process whereby your skin forms new cells and thus ensures an even skin tone.
There are chemical peels at home that you can try. Or you want to talk to your dermatologist, as he can often prescribe something stronger for you based on your goals and your skin type.
Fading acne dark spots with skin whitening
If your acne marks have turned a tan color, the discoloration may be treated with ingredients that brighten up your pigment – including licorice, kojic acid, vitamin C, and retinol. However, if you have a deeper skin tone, you should be careful when using products that contain hydroquinone. This can leave a ring of light around the dark mark you want to get rid of.
Unfortunately, when it comes to red or pink acne marks that are not associated with the skin melanin or pigment, skin lightening ingredients will not work so well. Instead, you should treat them with sunscreen, possibly even with a pulse dye laser. This targets the red pigment (hemoglobin) in your skin that can lighten the area significantly. It takes about three treatments for them to completely disappear, but even after a treatment, you should notice a significant improvement.
No improvement after three months of treatment? Then you may need to seek a stronger prescription from your dermatologist, or you may need to consider laser treatment as your next step.