Acne scar or dark mark? Know the difference.
- Mild to moderate acne can leave dark marks which can last a long time.
- Moderate to severe acne damages the skin’s inner layers, resulting in a deep scar that’s visible on the surface of your skin.
- Picking pimples can cause deep acne scars.
It’s a common point of confusion for everyone with acne. Sometimes, what we think are deep acne scars are really superficial dark marks which heal over time.
Those light or dark brown marks on your skin? They’re Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) marks left by mild to moderate acne breakouts. PIH can result in epidermal melanin which will appear as your body heals and eventually fade with time. They’re not scars at all. So you’re in luck if these are the dark marks you see on your skin. You can take steps to speed up the healing and get back to clear, even-toned skin.However, dark marks can last for quite a while if caused by inflammatory acne (cystic lesions and nodules). This is because your skin treats inflammatory acne like an infection, sending immune signals to the affected area. Thus, PIH can result in dermal melanin when deposited inside the deeper layers of skin and it can take more than just one monthly epidermal cell-renewal process for these dark marks to disappear outside, on your skin’s surface.
Acne scars usually run deeper as a result of damage that breaks down the support structure in the skin’s deeper layers— that is, the layer beneath the surface of your skin.
As it turns out, we should’ve listened to Mom about not popping zits— it can injure your skin and turn a mild breakout into a permanent scar. Moderate to severe acne can break down collagen and elastin in the deeper layers of skin. This leaves an indented scar that needs special treatment from a dermatologist.
Some of the types of permanent acne scars are:
Deeper than they are wide, with jagged edges, they can sometimes resemble large, scooped-out pores.
Broad, rectangular depressions on your skin with steep, defined edges.
Broad depressions with rounded, sloping edges that reflect the name.
Well, now you know the difference between scars and marks. So what next? Let the experts from The Pond’s Institute show you how Pond’s Acne Clear White can reduce the appearance of dark marks so you’ll regain a clear, flawless complexion. Or, read more about the causes of acne.