Black marks of acne are caused due to a sluggish healing mechanism of the skin. Normally it may take anywhere between 10-14 days for acne marks to heal. However in a few cases, the acne marks seem to stay forever. This is found in cases where acne is also associated with a condition called Post Inflammatory Hyper Pigmentation. In this condition, although the acne heals, it leaves behind a dark purplish or black mark. While it is true that most acne leave black marks only when they are tampered with or suppressed by a quick fix ointment, for many it happens even otherwise. They seem to have a tendency for every eruption, injury or even a simple mosquito bite to leave behind a black mark. The tendency is known to run in families and is more common in people with darker skin. Apart from heredity, excessive exposure to sun and polluted environment can also cause acne to leave long lasting marks. Other factors like using a maze of products like day creams, night creams, foundations, sunscreens, cleansers, scrubs, toners etc can confuse the skin and delay the healing process. Most acne patients tell me that their skin looks flawless after a good nights sleep, and then gets progressively worse throughout the day. A well organized life style with good sleep, healthy food and a stress free mind can make healing of any skin disorder faster. However when it comes to acne specific precautions are necessary. The tendency to pigmentation may need appropriate internal medication. Skin Lightening face packs can be used as soon as acne appears to prevent them from leaving any black marks. Parlor treatments especially those which involve scrubbing and scooping out acne and black heads are to be strictly avoided.
Dr. Pranjal Shamsher is the first Skin Doctor in Bangalore to offer natural, non-surgical and non-invasive treatments for skin disorders. With over 25 years of experience in the field Dermatology, she has devised a unique Multi-Therapy approach to treat the most stubborn, obstinate and long-standing skin disorders with a skin-friendly and 100% side-effect free results. Her integrated and Multi-Therapy approach has helped many chronic disease sufferers to recover safely without any side-effects.