Hypopigmentation appears as white or light spots on the skin. The marks may start out brown or pink but fade to white over time. After your acne goes down, hypopigmentation can fade within a few weeks or months.
Are white scars permanent?
White scars, or “hypopigmented” scars, are due to a loss of melanocytes that manufacture pigment. This loss is usually permanent, but can sometimes be improved by fractional laser resurfacing, which allows some of the pigment cells to migrate back into the lighter-colored skin areas.
Why are my scars so white?
Scars that appear white in color are called hypopigmented scars. Hypopigmented scarring is a common complication, particularly in patients who have undergone surgical procedures, deep or medium-depth resurfacing procedures, or have a prior history of traumatic wounds or burns.
What color can acne scars be?
“Lighter-color skin tones or skin that sunburns more easily will often produce red marks after acne, whereas darker-color skin tones or skin that tans more easily will often produce brown marks after acne,” explains Wesley.
Do white scars fade?
After a lot of research, many dermatologists believe that white scars (especially old white scars) cannot be removed permanently, but some medical treatments can help in marginally dissolving these scars, such as collagen, steroid injections and laser surgeries, that help in resurfacing the skin.
How long do white scars last?
In time, some collagen breaks down at the site of the wound and the blood supply reduces. The scar gradually becomes smoother and softer. Although scars are permanent, they can fade over a period of up to 2 years. It’s unlikely they’ll fade any more after this time.
How long does a scar take to turn white?
Your scar may be reddened at first and then settle down to become smoother and paler in colour. It can take up to 12-18 months after your injury or operation for a scar to heal. A normal scar will become darker initially and after a period of time this will start to fade.