Do you use retins or exfoliate? Sometimes overuse or long term use of a retin or even just over-exfoliation (chemically or otherwise) seems to exacerbate scarring in some people. If this is the case, maybe take a break from it and see if it helps. Whether it's because it thins your skin or removes the top layer that was covering up past damage i dunno...and no one else around here seems to know either. Also, there are some antibiotics that can make your skin more fragile too (tetracycline did it to me). Another thing is, people do age at different rates so maybe it's your age. Either way, you aren't 13 anymore, so it's time to stop picking at your face! Your skin is older and less elastic now and you just can't expect it to heal like it used to.
Also those "dark spots" aren't anything to worry about (very rarely permanent and they can easily be treated with otc remedies). True indentations on the other hand, are really distressing, I know! But it's true that they sometimes end up filling themselves in and diminishing over the span of several months (or even years) so take heart. Actually, one could assume that if you don't fuck with them, pretty much all scars will end up softening and diminishing over time... Just remember to moisturize and treat your skin gently when you've got open wounds from now on because you'll want to start helping it heal. And if you're not already seeing one, maybe start seeing a dermatologist for some more effective acne treatment so you can prevent new breakouts.
moisturizing on open wounds? Is that a good idea?
Only recently have I been exfoliating regularly and I don't know what a retin is so I don't think it's that. Also I'm not on antibiotics or any medication. And I moisturize daily
I've had the same dark spots for like, months to a year now and they aren't fading
Also I know I need to stop picking. It's ruining my face.
what type of exfoliation?