Our expert says:
Hi Sally and thank you for the extra information.
Your best approach would be to consult a dermatologist who can examine the areas of concern (especially the permanent red mark) and advise you on the appropriate treatment regime.
Following from your description the red mark is most probably a pigmented mark that may need a more aggressive approach to remove such as cryotherapy or skin rejuvenation technologies such as IPL or laser.
Furthermore it seems that your skin is prone to mild acne outbreaks and excess oil production. The following should treat the areas of concern:
Oil free moisturizers that contain glycolic acid and/or polyhydroxy acids
Oil free SPF that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide
I will suggest products from the NeoStrata range:
Clear Skin Solution
Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF
Oil Control Gel
Clarifying Facial Wash
Spot Control Gel
One can use the gentle exfoliator, however, this will not be necessary if you are considering using the Clarifying Face Wash.
By adding glycolic acid peels to the above one should get added benefits to both the acne outbreaks and the condition of the skin.
If you are not happy with the results from the above regime after 3 months one may consider adding other treatment regimes as a number of technologies on the market today will help with further enhancing the overall condition and health of the skin:
Omnilux: photo dynamic therapy (PDT) with the combination of the Revive and Plus lights.
Skin rejuvenation: Syneron emax or elight, Ellipse (IPL), Fraxel (laser), Lumenis Ultra FX (laser), etc.
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