How to Get Rid of Red Marks From Acne

By Maggie Hira

Red marks from acne are areas of hyperpigmentation. When a person gets an acne blemish such as a pimple, the body sends its natural defense system (white blood cells) to target and destroy the bacteria and heal the lesion. After the white blood cells have done their job, they often leave behind "evidence" of their work in the form of red hyperpigmented spots where the pimples used to be. Thus, unsightly red marks remain as reminders of inflamed acne lesions. There are a number of ways to treat these red marks and make them disappear forever.

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How to Get Rid of Red Marks From Acne

Step 1

Rub a few drops of lemon or chamomile essential oil onto the red marks from acne on a daily basis. Lemon and chamomile are both naturally occurring lightening agents. With regular use, you will see the red marks begin to fade.

Step 2

Exfoliate the area with the red marks from acne with an invigorating scrub. Exfoliation is an important step because it sloughs off dead skin cells, removing the upper layers containing the red marks and revealing unblemished skin underneath.

Step 3

Apply vitamin E lotion or gel onto the red marks from acne. Massage the vitamin E deeply into the marks so the damaged skin cells have plenty to absorb. Vitamin E helps to heal skin cells and remove red marks.

Step 4

Rub hydroquinone lotion onto the red marks from acne. This is one of the most powerful skin-bleaching creams on the market. Apply about a pea-sized amount twice a day onto the red marks and massage in a circular motion to allow it to absorb. You will begin to see the marks fade away within a month or two. Hydroquinone in smaller concentrations is available over the counter, but higher concentrations must be prescribed by a doctor.

Step 5

Finally, undergo laser resurfacing for older or more stubborn red marks from acne. If the red marks are very old or if none of the above treatments yield any results, laser resurfacing may be your best option. In this process, lasers are used to remove the damaged or hyperpigmented layers of the skin to reveal clear and healthy skin below. A few treatments may be necessary before the red marks have completely gone away.