Acne Scarring
Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Are Acne Scars Permanent? Plus Icon

Usually, your reddish or brownish acne marks that are left behind after pimples clear up, and will fade with no need for treatment. However, picking or squeezing acne can increase the risk for scarring.

Are acne scars red? Plus Icon

Some acne scars may be red, purple or pinkish in colour due to a buildup of melanin in the skin. If the area is red and is still inflamed and swollen, the acne is likely to still be active. A dermatologist will be able to advise you about effective treatments for active acne, which may help to minimise the risk of acne scarring.

How can I remove my acne scars? Plus Icon

Acne scars can be stubborn and seemingly permanent, but there are proven effective treatments available to diminish the appearance of acne scarring (see ‘Treatments for acne scarring’ above). The best treatment for your skin will depend on the type of acne scarring you have. Before you undergo any treatment, a dermatologist or skin expert should assess your acne scars and select the most appropriate treatment for you.

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