Our expert says:
Thank you for the question and my apologies for answering in
English but my Afrikaans is not great.
From your description it seems you have developed
pigmentation marks as a result of the acne lesions and the break out you experienced.
This form of pigmentation is known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and
it can be difficult to treat. We may only be able to get some lightening and
not complete resolution.
Your best approach would be to see a dermatologist who can
examine the skin and decide on the best treatment options. This can include a skin care topical regime, IPL, laser, Dermapen MD, etc.
Generally speaking a good topical skin regime would include
Sunscreen: a SPF 30 or higher should be used daily
irrespective of the weather and it must contain zinc oxide and/or titanium
dioxide. Good options include the Heliocare 360 Oil Free Gel but there are
numerous other sunscreens that you can consider.
Depigmenting ingredients: here my 2 favourites are retinol
(or vitamin A) to be used at night and vitamin C to be used in the morning combined
with other depigmenting ingredients such as Kojic acid, arbutin, etc.
There are numerous brands that offer these ingredients but
typically my advice would be to look for the doctor prescribed cosmeceutical
I hope the above has helped
Dr Alek Nikolic
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