How to treat PIH (acne marks) and scars?

Breakouts can come and go, but the scars and marks they leave behind would last for a long time.

Especially if left untreated, they are likely to be visible permanently

How to treat PIH (acne marks) and scars

People with oily skin tend to have acne and large pores.

There are many reasons why people get acne. Read: Why do I Get Acne as an Adult?

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation are the brown marks or discoloured spots left behind from acne.

Although PIH from acne is a very common condition and usually self-resolving, it may take months to years to resolve.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) 2

How to treat PIH?

Topical creams containing retinoids and hydroxyquinone can be prescribed to hasten the lightening of the marks.

Use of sunblock is also very important as sunlight exposure can darken the spots. It is important to choose sun block which is non comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

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More aesthetic treatments to treat PIH, superficial Scars and Enlarged Pores

Chemical peels , laser photo-rejuvenation (e.g. using Q-switched laser)  and Broadband Light (BBL) treatment can be used to improve the appearance of your scars.

How to treat PIH?

Chemical peels

Peels are not as scary as they sound.

Most peels contain exfoliating ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid. It is a simple treatment that help to remove the outer layer of old skin.

The new skin that replaces it is usually smoother and less irregular in appearance.


Lasers for skin rejuvenation & resurfacing 

Lasers such as the Fotona and Revlite stimulates collagen growth, thereby plumping up and reducing dept of scars.

They also have the additional beneficial effect of improving appearance of PIH.

Fractional CO2 Laser skin resurfacing is also an ideal treatment that is minimally invasive to restore the skin back to its healthy and smooth state.

Forever Young BBL

Forever Young BBL

Forever Young BBL is another great option for post-acne skin or acne-prone skin.

It works to reduce post-acne pigmentation, lighten acne scars, even skin tone and smooths skin texture.

It is also suitable for patients who are still getting active acne – it helps to reduce oil production in the skin and kills acne-causing bacteria.

Several sessions of treatments of lasers and BBL are usually needed for optimal results.

Radio Frequency Treatments

Treatments like Infini  stimulate collagen production, which fills out the scars from beneath. PDRN is often combined with INFINI.

This vital ingredient and registered drug that aids tissue repairing, anti-ischemic, and anti-inflammatory.

Topical Creams

Lastly, it is important to prevent further acne outbreaks as they can cause further scarring and PIH. Fortunately, topical retinoids that you may be using for your acne scars will also help prevent further outbreaks.

Which Treatment Should I Go For?

It is best to discuss treatment options with your treating physician. Individual preferences and costs also play a part in determining the best treatment plan for you.

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