How can I get rid of a black spot from acne?

I have a dark spot on my face resulting from acne. How can I treat it?

Answers from doctors (3)


My assumption is that you have darker skin. Usually the best option is time. Most of these dark spots from acne come from post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation which basically means the skin gets darker in areas where there has been inflammation. The good news is that it usually goes away on its own within 3 to 6 months. Some may become permanent.

The first option is to just give it time and hope that it will go away on its own. The next option would be to use a topical that contains hydroquinone or kojic acid. I would recommend that you see a physician that deals with skin care and they can help direct you. the last option would be to use a laser but lasers have the possibility of making things worse.

Answered by LazaDerm Skincare Centre - Sioux Falls (View Profile)

My assumption is that you have darker skin. Usually the best option is time. Most of these dark spots from acne come from post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation which basically means the skin gets darker in areas where there has been inflammation. The good news is that it usually goes away on its own within 3 to 6 months. Some may become permanent.

The first option is to just give it time and hope that it will go away on its own. The next option would be to use a topical that contains hydroquinone or kojic acid. I would recommend that you see a physician that deals with skin care and they can help direct you. the last option would be to use a laser but lasers have the possibility of making things worse.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Esta Kronberg, M.D.

Published on Oct 03, 2009

It depends on your skin color. If you are not dark skinned you might possibly respond to a Photofacial (IPL) type laser. Otherwise you could respond to topical treatments with alpha hydroxyl acid (Glycolic acid) or hydroquinone in it. If you are dark skinned, I would also go cautiously with hydroquinone. I would recommend you see a Dermatologist to help make the
best decision for your skin situation. You don't want to try something too aggressive and then make it worse.

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Answered by Esta Kronberg, M.D.

It depends on your skin color. If you are not dark skinned you might possibly respond to a Photofacial (IPL) type laser. Otherwise you could respond to topical treatments with alpha hydroxyl acid (Glycolic acid) or hydroquinone in it. If you are dark skinned, I would also go cautiously with hydroquinone. I would recommend you see a Dermatologist to help make the
best decision for your skin situation. You don't want to try something too aggressive and then make it worse.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Forever Young MedSpa

Published on Oct 02, 2009

Without seeing the dark spot it's hard to provide a good answer. Much depends on your skin type (how light or dark your complexion is), what was the cause of the dark spot (did you squeeze, is there a scar, did you use a topical and if so what was it). Treatments could include skin lighteners, lasers, or peels but again without seeing the problem it's hard to know.

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Answered by Forever Young MedSpa

Without seeing the dark spot it's hard to provide a good answer. Much depends on your skin type (how light or dark your complexion is), what was the cause of the dark spot (did you squeeze, is there a scar, did you use a topical and if so what was it). Treatments could include skin lighteners, lasers, or peels but again without seeing the problem it's hard to know.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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