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

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.

Best regards,

Dr. Ort

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

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
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Acne scars, some are red, some PIH

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

More Than Cream, Combination Therapy Is Needed: Lasers (Fraxel, Co2/Erbium, VIVA, Intensif); Microneedling/PRP, Fillers

 An in-person evaluation is needed. Acne scarring requires a combination of treatments including: fractional laser resurfacing, fillers (Bellafill), subcision, and eclipse micropen. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 190 reviews

Red Scars

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

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Treating Acne Scarring

HI, we have found success with combining BellaFill Injections along with a dermapen/laser or Vivace procedure for treating acne scars. This is the best combination to fill in and smooth out the scarring. Good luck! 

Stephen J. Ronan, MD, FACS
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

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