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Acne Scar or Dark Mark? Know the Difference.

Breakouts are always a disappointment— but what makes them especially awful is the marks they can leave behind on our skin. Acne scars can keep us from going makeup-free with confidence or taking selfies with our friends and family. In researching solutions on how to remove these pesky pimple leftovers, you’ve probably come across these two terms: “acne scars” and “dark spots.” As far as skincare is concerned, these terms have entirely different meanings.

To help you understand the difference between acne scars and dark spots and how to treat them, the skincare experts at Desert Med Aesthetic in Indian Wells, CA, compiled some helpful information to help you rejuvenate and renew your skin.

What are Dark Spots?

When you hear “dark spots,” think pigmentation. Pigmentation is what happens when your body produces melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. When your skin becomes inflamed due to a pimple or some other irritation, your body responds by producing more melanin in a process known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH.

So, although dark spots can be caused by mild to moderate acne breakouts, the key difference is that acne isn’t the only cause of these spots. Pigmentation can also be due to sun exposure, stress, pregnancy, and even hormonal changes. Dark spots are usually flat, unlike acne scars which can be raised and uneven.

What are Acne Scars?

Unlike dark spots, acne scars can run deep into the skin. They tend to alter our skin texture because the factors that caused them have damaged our skin at a more critical level. There are several different types of acne scars, including:

Boxcar Scars: These scars are depressed, meaning they sink deeper into your skin and usually form a rectangular or boxy shape, hence the name. They occur as a result of collagen loss or collagen overproduction.

Ice pick scars: As the name suggests, these scars have the appearance that an ice pick has damaged the skin. They tend to be small but deep, like the holes left in the walls by a push pin, resulting from when a pimple is further infected by dirt or bacteria, causing tissue destruction.

Rolling scars: Rolling scars don’t have the same edges as boxcar or ice pick scars but rather look like cellulite or an orange peel. They occur when the epidermis (top layer of skin) has been damaged.

How To Treat Acne Scars and Dark Spots?

Fortunately, acne scars and dark spots are treatable with minimally invasive procedures. At Desert Med Aesthetics, we use state-of-the-art methods to help rejuvenate and renew your skin.

For acne scars, we offer:

  • Chemical Peels: Improve skin texture on the face, neck, and hands. The peel is applied as a gel to the skin during the procedure, exfoliating the dead and damaged layers of skin, revealing healthy new skin below the surface.
  • Laser Treatments: Minimize wrinkles and fine lines, removing skin lesions, or clearing acne with several cosmetic benefits.
  • Dermal Fillers: Soft tissue fillers are designed to be injected beneath the skin’s surface to add volume and fullness.

For dark spots, we offer:

  • IPL Laser Therapy: Reduces the effects of redness, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation that can occur due to age or sun exposure.
  • Chemical Peels: Improve the appearance of the skin by sloughing off the outer layers of the skin. They are effective facial treatments for improving blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin tone.
  • DermaSweep: Consists of multi-functional products containing powerful ingredients, enzymes, peptides, growth factors, and proteins.

Treat Your Acne Scars or Dark Spots at Desert Med Aesthetic

At Desert Med Aesthetics, we offer customized skincare consultations to our guests to thoroughly assess your skin and identify the best course of action to help you achieve your ultimate aesthetic goals. Whether it’s acne scars or dark spots you’re trying to target, we will suggest the best treatments that can help improve the appearance of your skin.

To learn more about our treatment options, don’t hesitate to call (760) 777-8772 or fill out an online form to schedule your consultation with us today!