I’m doin’ a bunch of research on acne and ethnic skin–which basically includes everyone in the world. But still, there are differences in skin depending on where your ancestors are from. Most notably are the red spots or dark spots that are left behind after active acne lesions heal. These red spots or dark spots are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


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  • Anonymous

    “Help educate these doctors.” Right on Dan! About time someone did.

  • Elsewhere

    This is an aspect of acne treatment that I hadn’t even considered – you are the man, Dan, for thinking of covering ALL the bases!

  • D

    The biggest problem in medical research and education today is that there is no focus on doing comparison studies of different treatment options to see what works better. Medical Doctors use what pharm. sales person markets to them and so they don’t really know as to what option is better.

  • Realme2008

    Yeah, I’m mixed with a lot of things White, Black, and Indian. I noticed that my remarks and brown spots do last a long time, and are a lot more noticeable on my skin. They eventually fade, but because my skin is light (I would say caramel colored) they tend to last a lot longer for some reason. So annoying!!!

  • senshiminako

    omg thank you dan this is what i am suffering with now. My acne is finally gone, thank god!but now i have the marks all over my head so many i just want an even skin tone not a bunch of brown marks. If you have any suggestions to get rid of the brown marks it would be wonderful!

  • Andre

    Keep it going Dan =) Good job ^^

  • Jakub

    In my opinion the best way to get rid of spots is to stay on the regimen and at the same time use a fresh microdermabration towel. You can gently rub off any excess dry skin which helps control dry flakes and at the same time lightens your dark spots. They wont dissapear right away, but it deffinately sped up the process for me by at least double. I do not recomend this for people with moderate to severe acne, but it worked wonders for me and I have mild to moderate acne. As a male what I do is shave first (or for girls just wet your skin to the point where the top layer has been weakened, after a shower is perfect) and what I have noticed is a layer of wet flakes covering my face. I gently rub them away so as not to cause irritation and then I start the regimen. It seems like the BP can penetrate my skin easier without that layer of flakes and really get deep down to the source to oxygenate my skin.

  • Anonymous

    Glasses are a great look for you.

  • kal3idosc0pe

    Hey thanks Dan. I’ve been trying to get rid of my acne blemishes for about 5 years now, and I’ve been unsuccessful. I hoping to get a chemical peel, but it seems like I have to get a doctor’s approval first. Anyway, I’d be happy to tell you how my procedure’s going and help with your research. I know a lot of girls that slather on make-up to hide scaring, I’m one of them. I’d like to help get their confidence back.

  • dude

    Does AHA help with this?

  • Anonymous

    Hey Dan I think its great ur trying to help everyone stuggling with acne , I was wondering where the researches are now? Have you found the mystery beyong all this and what coudl finaly make those freaking brown spots not appear??? than you soooooooo much

  • Marilyn

    I am African American & have imflammatory Hyper Pigmentation – dark scars from acne. it was encourageing to see your video. I don’t have break out’s anymore, since I stopped using Proactiv & Mary Kay – now I use African black soap & it’s great on my skin, no more break outs. I use pure unrefined Coconut oil as a moisturizer in the winter. The problem now is how to get rid of these scars…I don’t want to use Obige or something smiliar for fear of breaking out..any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. You referenced a few peels, could you give the exact spelling for those peels? Thanks again, this website is great…

  • Beau

    I have used Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Concentrated Serum Night, and honestly it’s worked great for me. I have very fair skin (I am Hispanic) and I used this nightly on my dark spots (which were veryyyyy noticeable) and within two weeks they were dramatically faded. I continue to use this now and I would definitely recommend it! It’s a bit pricey, about $16-$21 depending on where you buy it at, but well worth it. Each 1oz. tube has lasted me roughly a 4-6 weeks.

  • S T A R

    Hi Dan,

    Thanks for looking into this area – you are doing a great job helping all of us with this website πŸ™‚ I am of South Asian descent and I have been struggling with these dark spots forever! They take aaages to fade and they make your face look terrible! I HAAAAATE them!!! My face is always discoloured and the spots are so hard to cover with make-up as well. So FRUSTRATING!! I have found that regular micro dermabrassion really helps, and so do some skin lightening creams that you just put on the spots – these creams are more readily available in Asia though. I hope they find an easier solution for this. This is the worst thing about having darker skin!!

  • Lynnessa

    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to let you know that I am white (French Canadian, Irish, and Cherokee Indian) but I have suffered from horrible skin since I was about ten and I am twenty five now. I have tried so many things from Proactive to Mary Kay, Neutrogena, Loreal, Burt’s Bees and the list goes on. BUT I have just discovered African Black Soap (I use the Nubian Heritage brand) and it really dries up pimples without over drying my skin. In conjunction I use raw, unrefined Shea butter as a moisturizer and that’s it! The Shea butter turned me off at first because it feels like oil on your skin but actually it has the same chemical properties as natural sebum (the oil from our pores) but unlike sebum, Shea butter does not cause breakouts! I have been using this method for about two weeks and have had great results! I usually wash my face 3 times a day and moisturize right afterwards and my skin looks awesome. Just wanted to share because African Black Soap and Shea butter is for all types of skin and has been used since Cleopatra’s time! I hope someone out there can find relief using these products just as I have! Oh and beware- if the Shea isn’t raw, it’s not going to work…the refined Shea has no odor and none of the same great properties as the raw form!

  • Andrea

    Hi Dan

    Thanks for doing this! I am black and have hyperpigmentation of the skin due to acne. I’ve tried so many things from glycolic peels, lactic acid peels. green peels, hydroquinone, microdermabrasion, meladerma, derma white etc. In the last two weeks i notice a significant improvment in the spots from doing a aspirin and honey maskonce a week and taking vit c 1000mg and vit e 800iu daily. Im not sure what is actually working but that was my new regime in the last two weeks. I can’t belive the results. i suffered from this for years. Today I also start my RX for brown skin regime and really hope this product will help speed up the process. But so far crushing about 6-7 aspirin tablets and mixing with honey is doing the trick. only downfall is my skin is really dry.

  • Someone

    Hi Dan,

    i am sorry but i really don’t believe that inflammatory Hyperpigmentation is a problem only for people of color. I am white ( i know pictures of my family until my greatgrandparents, all white!) and i have BAD inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, no one in my family has such thing and i do and no i am definetly not adopted πŸ˜› A friend of mine, who is a readhead and really very pale also hast the same problem.

  • Monica

    Hi everyone. After trying so many different products, I want to use a scar cream for my dark spots on my cheek bones. Is Invicible better than Mederma? Has anyone used either?

  • Dee

    To Someone, I don’t think Dan is saying that hyper-pigmentation only affects people of colour. He’s addressing the lack of effective options available to people of colour when dealing with hyper pigmentation

  • Melissa

    This is one of my biggest issues. I am 27 y/o and did not suffer from acne until a couple years ago. I have found the your AHA+ is the best product for the red spots, even though it does take some time. I have recommended it to all of my friends. It even helps control my breakouts. Love it and love the customer service here.

  • Diane

    I’ve searched this site up and down and can’t find the answer to my question ..I’ve been using ‘the regimen’ now for about 3 weeks and its doing very well; however, I also suffer from hyperpigmentation. I currently have hydroquinone 2%, but do not know exactly when to apply while using ‘the regimen’..should I wait 10-15 minutes (morning and night) after applying all the steps from the regimen and then use it? Should I cut out the step 3 (the moisturizer), then apply it? Please help.


  • Mel

    Please update the hyperpigmentation info and research Dan! Please and thanks!!!!!!!!

  • DS

    Yes, please update! What are people out there using for post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation on their backs? Thank you