Pimples and blemishes are bad enough when newly formed, but they have the added unfortunate effect of leaving behind scars that can last even longer than the original bout of acne.
To make matters even worse, risks of certain types of scars are five to 15 times higher in African Americans, and people of Asian descent are at a 3- to 5-fold increased chance of scarring from acne and blemishes, according to DermaNetwork.org. Individuals with ethnic skin are also more likely to experience post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, the source reported.
The good news is that these scars and conditions are treatable.
For raised scars, a dermatologist may recommend microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, chemical peels or other in-office treatments. Severe, recurring hypertrophic scars may require topical or injected steroids administered by a healthcare professional.
Individuals with scars that are mere discolorations may have an easier time helping the dark spots fade. Livestrong.com recommends regular use of over-the-counter products for African American skin that can help to even out discolored areas.
Since excess sun can worsen scars, individuals should always wear sunscreen, especially when spending time outdoors.