As if battling acne was not difficult enough on its own, many people are left with unsightly dark spots that can be left behind after acne heals. These dark spots, known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, are not uncommon. They are the result of an overage of melanin contained in the new skin cells that are sent to help restore the skin’s surface in the wake of acne. Melanin is what gives color to the skin, so when these new cells contain more melanin than others, a dark patch of skin is the result.
People who are looking for information on how to get rid of dark spots from acne may learn about home remedies and topical products that are rumored to help. At Harmony Healing, we offer proven dark spot removal treatments to our patients who are ready to reveal smoother, clearer skin. Your cosmetic team may recommend a combination of these treatments depending on your unique skin type:
HALO™ is a Hybrid Fractional Laser that treats dark spots from acne by inducing a wound healing response from your body, resulting in smoother, more even-toned skin. As the only hybrid fractional laser of its kind, it is extremely tunable to best treat dark spots, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and more because it delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths. This dual-wavelength approach to dark spot treatment means you are able to enjoy the dramatic results of a traditional fractional laser without the same amount of downtime. Many patients achieve their desired results in only one or two sessions.
BroadBand Light™ (BBL) Therapy
BBL is a high-intensity light therapy treatment that uses short blasts of light to produce smoother, firmer and healthier-looking skin. It can be completely customized to meet your specific needs, such as dark spot removal. BBL is an excellent choice to fade dark spots from acne because it reduces the unnecessary melanin that comprises dark spots by using photothermal energy to induce a change in gene expression patterns of the skin. Even though photothermal energy uses heat, the BBL machine features advanced cooling mechanisms for optimal patient comfort.
Dark spots from acne can gradually be removed through intense exfoliation from microdermabrasion treatments. A non-chemical and noninvasive procedure to naturally and evenly exfoliate the skin, microdermabrasion removes surface debris of the skin and promotes healthy, new collagen production. It is an excellent adjunct treatment for other dark spot reducing therapies and is also a smart choice for routine healthy skin maintenance.
MicroLaserPeels use unique laser technology to remove the uppermost layer of the skin to reveal healthy, fresh cells underneath. Since dark spots from acne typically reside in this layer of the skin, MicroLaserPeels are prime choices for their removal. The laser used in MicroLaserPeels can be used with extreme precision, meaning that healthy skin remains untouched. This benefit allows for minimized pain and downtime for patients.
Chemical peels are a tried-and-true way of removing the uppermost layer of skin to reveal clearer, smoother skin underneath. Harmony Healing uses the trusted and highly effective PCA SKIN® line of peels which includes TCA and lactic blended peels, retinoid peels and boosters and chemical peel alternatives. Your provider at Harmony Healing will help determine which peel is best for your skin type and to help fade dark spots.
Schedule your appointment at Harmony Healing to learn more about how to get rid of dark spots from acne. We understand how frustrating these acne remnants can be and are eager to help you unveil smoother, clearer skin as quickly as possible.