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Acne Scars and Acne Induced Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation – discoloration of the skin, can be pink purple or brown but are FLAT – comes from skin producing too much melanin as it heals

Acne scars – damage to the skin’s tissue that results in either a loss or overgrowth of tissue causing craters, dents, or raised marks formed in the skin post acne where the skin could not heal

Both are post inflammatory responses of the skin from acne but completely different ant not interchangeable terms. Hyperpigmentation is not always permanent, where as acne scars are.

Your skin cells renew every 30 days, which is why most hyperpigmentation spots can fade during that time period. However, depending on how severe the discoloration is, it can take longer. Although your skin cells are