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Red And Brown Acne Marks
Post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Can Laser Treatments Lighten Brown Acne Marks Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation in dark skin and Red Acne Marks in light skin?
The answer to this question that both dark spots after acne in dark skin and red marks after acne in light skin can both be treated with the Varilite Laser.
Brown coloration also called post inflammatory hyper pigmentation is more common in intermediate to darker skin types. In lighter skin, red marks may persist for a long period of time. Some may contain bacteria which can be treated with the laser.
At The Acne Scar Center, we treat the deep texture changes with the Rewind or Refine Procedures and not lasers. Multiple options exist and may be required to improve both color and texture. Fine texture issues may be treated with the CO2 ablative laser.
For redness, we recommend the Varilite 532 nm laser from Iridex. This laser beam specifically targets the red color due to increased blood flow in the inflamed healing acne marks. Response is rapid and few treatments are required. Such redness is of particular concern for lighter skin types. Color problems are not the same as texture issues but can be a real problem for those suffering the embarrassment of old acne.
Darker olive skin colors often develop a troubling brown color in old acne scars. Such patients had the increased pigmentation develop because the inflammation of acne infection also stimulates the cells which make melanin pigment. The VariLite laser generates an intense beam of light that selectively targets a treatment site. Laser light is then absorbed by the melanin, which is responsible for excess skin pigmentation. The laser causes decomposition by heat, destroying the unwanted pigment and leaving healthy cells intact.
While the Varilaite laser does not smooth out textural deformities, it does even out skin tone to create a more unified canvas and clear complexion. This is particularly true for brown marks after acne and Papulosis Nigra.
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