Hyper-pigmentation caused by acne

Posted on 26 Sep, 2011

Acne is a common skin condition for people of all skin colours, but people with black skin face particular problem post-active acne: hyperpigmentation. Black people do not tend to suffer from the more severe forms of acne and are less likely to develop nodules or cysts, but they are more likely to suffer from keloid scarring.

Keloid scars are those that follow injury to the skin with an over-production of collagen. This results in a raised scar that can grow beyond the limits of the original lesion. This, combined with darker skin’s tendency to develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can lead to the aftermath of an acne breakout being worse than the spots themselves.

The most important step, then, is to treat active acne as soon as possible. Once this is under control, you can start to address the problems caused by hyperpigmentation. The Laser Treatment Clinic offers specially developed laser treatment for black skin, which has been designed to rejuvenate the skin and eliminate imperfections.

A combination of treatments is available: Advanced Intense Pulsed Light treatment and microdermabrasion, laser and ultrasound therapy. AIPL is absorbed by the excess pigments in the skin. This causes them to heat up and then dissolve. Microdermabrasion gently removes the superficial layers of skin and encourages skin cell renewal.