How to clear dark spots left by pimples?


I’ve very dry skin. Almost the kind that peels if i dont make it a point to  use a moisturiser everyday. As a moisturiser I use Neutrogena moisturiser and Biotique honey gel facewash. Apart from the above mentioned I also use Lotus Matte gel sunscreen.

My problem skin that’s mostly peeling also has the issue of pimples. Unsightly, yellow and pus filled pimples that sometimes pop when I wash my face. They leave black marks behind too. I’ve been using Benzac AC on them with sometimes helps.

Please suggest some remedies to remove these black marks fast and doesn’t dry out my skin more. If it helps in any way,  I have dusky to dark  skin. I’ve numerous interviews lined up ahead for me and I really can’t look like a connect the dot puzzle.

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Hi, the pimples are because of using pore-clogging products in the form of Lotus Matte Sunscreen and Biotique Honey Gel. You have not mentioned your face wash, I suspect that might be comedogenic too. You see, comedogenic ingredients in products block your skin’s pores and cause pimples. So the first thing even before tackling the issue of dry skin or dark spots is to stop new pimples from coming.  Try this basic routine for 2 weeks and see if there is a reduction in pimples:

morning: Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin + Neurogena Moisturizer for Combination Skin + Zoray Aquagel sunscreen SPF 30

evening: Himalaya Herbals Deep Cleansing Apricot Face Wash. This will remove sunscreen well and also take care of the skin flakes through its mild scrub action. Don’t scrub hard, just gently glide it on your skin. If skin feels dry, use moisturizer afterwards.

Black marks are in part due to using a strong treatment like Benzac. Stop using it for now along with the Lotus sunscreen and Biotique gel. Just use the products I mentioned for now and let me know. If pimples don’t completely go away you could add some more products, but these may be all you need. You won’t need an acne cream like Benzac etc. if you stop getting new pimples with this routine.


Hi AM,

Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I have been using Biotique Honey gel cleanser for around a year without much issues  and neutrogena moisturiser as well. The sunscreen is Lotus Matte gel. I got the moisturiser and sunscreen name from this website and they have  been working well for me. These days however my face has erupted which I believe is due to hormonal changes but anyway, my problem is that my face is now full of marks, mostly because i can’t resist the urge to pick at them and sometimes they leave a mark either way. I’ve no space on my face without a mark.. 🙁 Please do advise me on a good product  to remove my marks; anything that  won’t clog my pores or peel the skin off my face.



Hi dryskinandacne, even if the cause of acne is hormonal, continuing to use pore-clogging products can add fuel to fire. Just like eating sugar doesn’t cause Diabetes, but eating sugar can worsen Diabetes, it is the same with comedogenic products.

Yes, products that were working just fine until recently can now start clogging pores since the hormonal changes are changing the chemistry of the skin and its pores, making the sebum more sticky and prone to infection. So you need to suspect every single product that goes on your face, no matter how long you have used them before.

I do think that the bigger problem in your case is not marks, but the new pimples that are still coming. So my suggestion is exactly the same as I posted in my previous reply. To combat dark spots, you could dab Kojivit gel on them at night before going to bed. Keep us posted on how it goes. Also, perhaps take the time to go over this post and it will help clear many doubts.

Lotus Matte Gel works for people who don’t break out easily, but since you are in the midst of a breakout, it may not be the best product to use at this time.


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