How Do I Know if It is a Minor Acne Scar or Still Healing?

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Healing scar

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Any damage to the skin will cause a scar. Usually, as the skin heals the scar may not be noticeable. Time will answer your question. Gentle massaging, about 5 minutes twice a day, of the concerned area may help fade the scar quicker. Scars in general take a full year to mature and during this time the scar will change in appearance.

Long Island City Plastic Surgeon

Acne pimples take time to heal

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Acne that has resolved frequently can leave brown/red discoloration an indentation or a bump. The discoloration usually fades over 4-6 months (sometimes longer) while the indentation or bump may be permanent/persistent. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between a pimple and a hypertrophic scar, although a "pimple" that lasts longer than 1-2 months is likely to be scar tissue.

Good luck.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist

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