After I was finally rid of my adult acne, I was left with a face full of red spots where the active acne used to be. I had red spots everywhere! They were pretty noticeable, and when I’d wash my face with warm water, or scrub it with a gentle exfoliant, the spots would come out even more and it looked like I had chickenpox! When I was a teenager, I would have a red spot for about a week after a pimple went away. Well, as an adult, my red spots seemed to stay FOREVER. I had read that the spots would go away within a few months, so I started to freak out when six months had passed and they were still there! I kept reading that the red spots were not acne scars, but they started to feel like scars since they wouldn’t go away. Well, the red spots are now gone! It took about two years for them to fade completely! Two years! The good news is that they are gone, and they didn’t last forever, so they are indeed not scars. When I wash my face with warm water, I can still see faint red spots, but you can’t see them otherwise.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation is another term for these red spots. Since I have fair/medium skin, they show up red on me, but you may also see them as brown or purple, depending on your skin color. Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful in speeding up the fading process of them. I tried Mederma on them, but that didn’t do anything. I wore a strong sunscreen every day, which is important, because the sun can make the spots worse. I also tried Hydroquinone, a lightening agent, but I honestly don’t think it’s meant to lighten red spots – just brown sunspots. I also used Differin, a prescription retinoid, every day, which I think probably helped, but not a lot.
Recently, I did have three IPL Photo Facials, which may have helped with the red spots, but the spots were pretty much gone by the time I had the treatments. I am quite curious to know if Photo Facials do help to speed up the visibility of the red spots, but I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of this. There are also acne clearing lasers that work on active acne, but whether or not they work on the red spots, I don’t know. The Palomar LuxV is what we used at my Medical Spa.
The only way I have personally been able to avoid these spots recently is to prevent breakouts completely. If you have any advice that works, let me know!!!!!!!!!!!