For many people, struggling with acne can seem like a battle. It often crops up during our teenage years and accompanies us well into adulthood. Particularly in skin of color, it can leave behind hyperpigmentation, which is often more challenging to treat than the acne itself!
The good news? There are a variety of over the counter treatments and cosmetic procedures available to you if you’re struggling with acne on a darker complexion. Here are our top tips for getting the clear skin of your dreams without scarring, hyperpigmentation or light spots:
- Treat the acne AND the hyperpigmentation. Often, in skin of color, the hyperpigmentation caused by acne can last significantly longer than the acne itself. This often prompts patients to treat the hyperpigmentation before fully healing the acne. When you treat the acne along with the hyperpigmentation, you prevent the hyperpigmentation from getting any worse in the future.
- In skin of color, we recommend treating acne using benzoyl peroxide and retinoids. This combination works wonders both for clearing acne and resolving hyperpigmentation!
- Don’t pop your pimples! Don’t get us wrong – NO ONE should be popping their pimples – but because skin of color is more prone to hyperpigmentation, it’s more likely to scar from the irritation caused by skin picking.
- If you opt to conceal your acne or hyperpigmentation using makeup, try opting for a mineral foundation or concealer to avoid clogging your pores and causing more breakouts.
See a board certified dermatologist to address your skin concerns if they’re not resolving with at home treatment. Virtually all cases of acne and hyperpigmentation are treatable if you see a reputable provider! Our team is happy to meet with you about your skin care needs and come up with a treatment plan.
Savannah River Dermatology is committed to helping patients of all skin colors achieve healthy, glowing skin. Want to learn more about how we can care for you and your skin? Give us a call. Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Ga. For appointments and other questions our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.