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    What do black marks on face indicate?

Posted on Wed, 4 Feb 2015 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hi Doctor. I have lots of black marks on my face. Which is the best medicine for removing those black spots caused by pimple ?
Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Kindly send pictures of the affected area.

Detailed Answer:

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.

I can understand your concern for the black marks on your face.

In view to help you best I request you to kindly upload few good resolution pictures of the affected areas so that I can analyze and can give you best solution. For the same you have a feature on the right side of the page. Or else you can send your pictures at


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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia 52 minutes later
I have uploaded the Pics...
Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Pimples with pigmentation and marks and scars

Detailed Answer:

Welcome again to the forum and thanks a lot for your swift response along with pictures.

I have gone through the pictures sent by you and after thoroughly analyzing the pictures I can make out that you have pimples with pigmentation and marks and scars.

The main cause of pimple formation is basically due to hormones (chemicals which are influencing one or other body functions) in addition to the influence of certain other factors causing its aggravation. The hormone plays the most important role in high oil secretion and increase the size of oil glands. As the pores or ducts of the glands are blocked so it leads to formation of pimples.

There are certain other factors such as application of oily or creamy products, over exposure to sunlight, heat and humidity or due to pinching, popping and squeezing of the pimples also leads to formation of pimples. Once these are healing they leave the most problematic thing which are either marks or scars.

There are certain best of suggestions which you can follow:

1. Do not pinch, pop or squeeze any area on face.

2. Do not apply any creamy or oily stuff or any other cosmetics over face.

3. Try to avoid any home remedies suggested by your friends or family members or otherwise self implicated therapies also. Most of the times any of the home remedies blocks more of the pores and it results in more aggravation of pimples.

4. Do not take steam or steam bath or massage on your face as these also aggravates the pimples.

5. Try avoiding situations of direct continuous exposure to sunlight or heat and humidity for long hours.

6. Kindly do not use any antibiotic as self medication.

7. Do not apply any hair oil on scalp or apply in very less amount. Wash your scalp daily with some good shampoo and let there be no dandruff in your scalp (because dandruff itself causes blockage of pores of oil glands and then pimples).

For the marks -In your kind of cases if I were your treating doctor then would prescribed you a combination of skin lightening creams.

I general prescribe Kojic acid cream with arbutin on one night and another cream with soy isoflavones, liquorice extract and Tetrahydro curcumin on the other night. I suggest my patients to apply it in such a thin layer that it should not be visible by naked eye. Do not try to rub it.

These are very safe creams and can be used for the reduction of pigmentation. I also suggest you to do best of sun protection to avoid any sun damage on face.

As marks and scars are quite deep so it requires great patience of minimum few weeks to see the results for marks.

I suggest you to meet a proper dermatologist and discuss all the points as suggested above.

Hope this information will help you. If you have any further query I will be happy to help.

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology)

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