Beauty High: What’s the difference between an acne scar and an acne mark? Are there any treatments for reducing the appearance of acne scars?
Dr. Hevia: Marks can mean different things to many people. Scars, by definition, are permanent. In the case of acne scars, we’re talking about defects of the skin known as “pock marks,” or dents. These defects respond best to fillers.
What can we do to diminish the appearance of acne marks?
Acne marks are usually the discoloration of the skin after a blemish has subsided. They typically fade on their own within 2-3 months. Sometimes, chemical peels can speed up the removal of marks, and cortisone injections to the pimple, especially early on, can reduce or eliminate the mark that follows.
What treatment do you recommend for dark spots?
I love to talk about brown spots, also referred to as “dark spots.” That is a subject many people don’t understand. There tends to be a lot of myths and misinformation about dark spots and how to treat them. The treatment performed on dark spots will depend on how dark the spots actually are. For example, you might have someone who is very light in skin tone and has brown spots – it doesn’t look good. This is a classic example that a laser treatment would not work for. Often times, these patients will go through the laser treatment and by the end it appears the spots have become lighter, but after two weeks, the spots appear again. Therefor, for the lighter color dark spots, you would either do a chemical peel or use a bleaching regimen product to lighten the spots.
Face Care Routine
1. CLEANSING Women who wear makeup – see Uma Thurman – should carry out a routine of cleansing, toning and moisturing turn back the clock each evening, as well as washing the face in the morning. 5 Minute Makeover Cleansing will remove old make-up and the grime and grease that have been accumulated during the day.
- Remove mascara Lashes Unlimited with a cotton bud dipped in eye-dipped in eye-cleansing lotion. To make the job easier keep your hair off your face.
- Remove the eyeshadow – Artistic Palletes – by gently wiping it off with a pad of clean cotton wool moistened with eye-cleansing lotion.
- Pour a little face cleansing cream into the palm of one hand and dab it generously over the nose, chin, forehead and cheeks — using two fingers of the other hand.
- Massage the cream into the skin, starting under the throat, using a gentle upward motion.
- Continue massaging the cream up to the forehead, using the fingertips.
- Gently massage the cream from the eyes to the nose.
- Massage cream back over the chin, which is particularly prone to blackheads. Use the index finger.
- Remove the cream from the face with tissue pads in each hand. Start under the chin and work over the cheeks and on to the forehead
2. TONING Toners remove all traces of dirt, make-up or cleanser that remain after cleansing.
- Immediately after cleansing apply toner to the forehead and cheeks on a pad of corron wool
- Apply the toner to the crevices around the nose.
- Apply the toner to the crevices around the chin.
3. MOISTURIZING Without moisture, the skin will not remain smooth and supple. The face is exposed to the drying effect of the weather, so moisturizers — which form a film over the skin — contain and augment the natural moisture.
- Using the tips of the fingers, dot moisturizing cream lightly all over the face.
- Press the fingers of both hands into the center of the forehead and work the cream slowly outwards. Pat the cream gently around the eyes.
- Work the cream around the jawline, chin and mouth with the middle fingers of both hands.
- Massage the cream over the throat with alternating hands, using upward strokes from collar-bone to chin.