IPL Treatment for dark spot leftover by a pimple?

About 2 months ago I had a really big pimple on my cheek and now its gone and the skin is completely smooth and flat; however there is dark spot blemish still there about less than half a centimeter in size but its still really annoying me. Ive tried acid peels and had no luck, will an IPL treatment help it go away? Thanks

Doctor Answers 3

Treating PIH

Thank you for your question richtosq1. Acne is a very common condition and PIH (post-inflammatory hyeperpigmentation) can occur after the pimples go away. This is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as an acne scar. PIH an happen with any type of inflammation such as sun exposure, cuts, burns, skin treatments, etc. PIH can be treated with topical products (hydroquinone, kojic acid, licorice extract, arbutin, vitamin C, hydroxyl acids), chemical peels, laser treatments (IPL, peels, fractional lasers), microdermabration, and microneedling. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!


Encino Physician
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IPL tx for dark spot

IPL could be used in your case, but PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) can result from the hormones you have causing the blemishes. I recommend seeing a board certified dermatologist in person to find out what will likely be best for you. If resurfacing peels haven't worked, you may be a better candidate for a bleaching creme regime. 


Thank you for your question and happy healing!

Melinda Lacerna, MD FACS

Facial Acne -- Clear + Brilliant, Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Venus Viva, IPL

I find that clear + brilliant, micro needling, peels and skin care are much better for acne than IPL. Please consult with an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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