Beauty Q&A: What Should I Do My Zit Has Turned My Skin Red?

The battle isn't over even when the zit is gone.
by Janelle Yau   |  Jul 17, 2016
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One of the biggest skin problems a lot of girls of all ages face is acne. As soon as you feel it growing out of your skin you can't stop praying for it to go away, stat! Unfortunately even if the zit is gone sometimes it leaves your skin red for days maybe even weeks. Ack! We know acne season can be stressful so we went ahead and asked Dr. Raissa what you can do if your zit has caused your skin to go red.

Q: What should I do when my zit is gone but my skin is still red?

Dr. Raissa: Dermatologists call this remaining redness "post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation." For most people this will go away and fade on its own after a few weeks. It is best to not touch the area, and just apply sunscreen on it so it doesn't darken further with sun exposure. However, if you have multiple pimple marks and it bothers you, go see a board-certified dermatologist. He or she can perform an in-office peel and prescribe effective skin lighteners to combat the redness the pimple has left. 

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Janelle Yau
Fashion and Beauty Assistant
The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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