I know I have acne scars but my scars are red. Any suggestions? (photos)

I know I have deep acne scars box car scars. But the scars I have are red or pink. It's like the color is in my scars. How do I get rid of the color? What is this condition called? What creams do I need?

Doctor Answers 6

Laser for red acne scars

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I typically treat red acne scars with the pulsed dye laser.  This is non-invasive and usually helps quite a bit with red acne scars.  Examples of pulsed dye laser include the Cynergy and the V-Beam lasers.  I usually do more than one treatment session for best results, spaced about three weeks apart.

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Dr. Ort


Lone Tree Dermatologic Surgeon
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V Beam Perfecta for red acne scars is the best treatment

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Red acne scars do well with the Candela's VBeam perfecta Laser-- which is the "go to laser" for anything red. Do a search for the laser itself and find a physician in your area that has that particular laser.


Ritu Malhotra, MD
Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Acne scars, some are red, some PIH

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You have some red scars and some pigmented scars. Red scars respond to the Excel V or VBeam laser. The other scars require peels, hydroquinone, and Infini. Sometimes PRP, laser resurfacing, micropen is helpful too.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The best treatment for red scars is the V-Beam laser.  It will help get rid of the red acne scars. Please consult an expert. Best, Dr. Green

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