Acne is one of the most common skin conditions seen in the United States which consists of clogged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), inflamed pimples (pustules), and deep lumps (nodules). Although there are many treatment options for the resolution of acne – there are some left over redness due to the inflammation of the acne. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, board-certified dermatologist, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats redness from acne for men and women living all over the world.
What is Redness from Acne?
The residual redness left after acne is called post inflammatory erythema (PIE). Post inflammatory erythema is characterized by red, pink, or sometimes purple appearing vascular lesions seen mainly in patients with lighter skin complexions after an inflammatory skin condition is resolved. PIE can reside on normal skin or within a scar, which differs when post-operative erythema (POE) that occurs after a surgical procedure.
What Causes Redness from Acne?
The case of post inflammatory erythema is a vascular condition that is caused by an inflammatory condition to the skin that has resolved.
How is Redness from Acne Treated?
Because your skin is irritated and inflamed, the best way to treat using a vascular laser such as the Pulsed Dye Laser to help alleviate and resolve the redness on face. Another recommendation is to use gentle moisturizers and a sunscreen with a physical block to help prevent additional redness throughout your skin.
What Should I Expect from Redness from Acne Treatment?
It may take some time for your skin to “calm down” once you start treatment. We encourage you to stay committed to the treatment that is outlined by Dr. Waibel. Skin is a complex structure, and each aspect must be addressed in order for the redness from acne to resolve.