There are 2 types of dark acne scars. 1. flat, dark acne scars (i.e. hyperpigmentation) that are also referred to as dark spots and 2. depressed (atrophic) dark acne scars. Post-acne hyperpigmentation tends to fade over time and can be easily treated more quickly and effectively with a dark spot corrector. Depressed acne scars, however, are more difficult to treat and require physician services such as fractional microneedle RF (radio waves) or fractional lasers.
The best treatment for post-acne dark spots (i.e. hyperpigmentation)?
The best treatment for dark, post-acne hyperpigmentation is a medical-grade skin lightening compound, i.e.; hydroquinone (2%-4%). Hydroquinone 2% is very effective with minimal chance of skin irritation. To further increase the efficacy of skin lightening compounds, dermatologists add to hydroquinone other ingredients such as salicylic or retinoic acid that enhance the penetration of the hydroquinone to deeper layers of the skin (dermis) and significantly increase the skin lightening effect of the product. The gold standard of prescription dermatologists’ skin lightening formula, the Kligman formula includes also hydrocortisone, meant to reduce the irritation associated with higher percentages of hydroquinone.
What is the best treatment for dark acne scars available today (2019)?
There are multiple low efficacy skin lightening products on the markets. These usually include only plant-based lighteners. Unfortunately, these products have usually low efficacy and the results if any appear only after very many months. Only a handful of skin lightening creams are medical grade (FDA cleared). Dark spot corrector by MDacne is the world’s first medical grade skin lightening cream that is available for direct purchase without a prescription. Based on the Dermatologist gold standard, the Kligman’s formula, it contains the best available skin lightning compound hydroquinone, together with BHA (Beta hydroxy acids) and retinoids to enhance penetration and plant-based anti-inflammatory agents to minimalize irritation and side effects. Allowed for use for sensitive skin and all skin colors, it should be always combined with a morning sunscreen (SPF 30).