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Why does my skin look spotty after acne?

The type of skin discoloration following acne or skin trauma, like a wound, is called post-inflammation pigmentation. Skin discoloration following acne is caused by the skin’s natural response to inflammation when melanin-producing cells over-produce, L’Oreal Paris Consulting Dermatologist, Gervaise Gerstner, MD, told us.

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