How Can I Treat A White Spot Left After a Pimple?

Will this go away? Should I use a retinoid in that area to try and revive the pigment? Would this happen to be common? This pimple is probably a few weeks old so its below the skin but I can see some of the darker pigmented color of it inside/touching the white spot. The white spot is not super large but I would like for it to go away. Will the retinoid make it worse? Also if it doesn't go away in a while can a laser help? Anything, I mean it was not a really bad pimple.

Doctor Answers 3

White spots after blemish

The retinoid may help. It will not make it worse. Latisse, the eyelash product, has also been shown to repigment so you could also try that. Non ablative fraxtional laser is your best bet if the problem persists.

Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon
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White Spot after Pimple

White spots like this can come after a pimple, lesion, or other removal. They are hypo- (white) or hyper- (darkened) pigmentations. First of all, time can help, and I wouldn't do anything to it for 6 months. Retinoids can help lighten some of the surrounding skin which can make the lightened spot less obvious. Repigmenting the skin is very difficult, and I've really only seen permanent cosmetics help with this. Lasers, again, will help even out the rest of the skin tone making that white spot appear less obvious. But wait for a bit before you do anything.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
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Skin hypo-pigmentation after acne

Acne is an inflammatory condition and when an active lesion (papule, pustule -commonly referred as a pimple) resolves it might leave hyper- or hypo-pigmented area. This is called post-inflammatory pigmentation disorder associated with excess gain of pigment or loss of it. The former tends to be more persistent, whereas the latter tends to get better with time. No specific therapy is required, use sun blocking cream to avoid a white spot becoming too dark when pigment comes back.

Alexandra Chambers, MD, PhD
London Dermatologist
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