The dark spots are from what we call Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (or PIH). Hyperpigmentation is the skin's response to having been traumatized. It's the exact same mechanism as what happens when the sun damages your skin. In essence, the pores, having been irritated by infection and picking of blemishes and blackheads (who can help picking, I can't even help that :)), have created massive tans as part of the healing process. If left to go away by themselves, these dark marks would take as long to go away as a really dark tan. Sometimes, however, the damage to the cells pigmented by melanin can be bad enough for the pigmentation to be permanent.
So, there are three things that need to be done - one, non-scratchy exfoliation of the skin inside and around the pores in the form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid gel so that the skin can exchange cells darkened by pigment; two, use of broad-spectrum antioxidant serum to heal the damage that's been done and prevent new damage, and three, prevention of further damage by religiously using sunscreen AT ALL TIMES. Sunscreen has to be completely non-pore-clogging to make sure the breakouts don't happen again. But whatever you do or don't do, sun exposure without protection ***will make the scars darker than they already are***.
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