How can I treat these red marks to make them disappear? (photo)
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Acne Resolves With PIE (Post Inflammatory Erythema) & PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
First, that it is best to deal with any residual red and brown spots AFTER active acne is brought under strict control.
Second, as part of the resolution and healing process of acne (or other inflammatory skin conditions, resulting from trauma, surgery, infection, etc.) there is an expected period of skin discoloration, first redness, known medically as postinflammatory erythema, then skin darkening, known as postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.
The red spots usually go through stages from bright reds, purples, etc. and the hyperpigmented spots typically go from really dark browns to fawn colored to eventually fading.
This entire process of fading may take anywhere from six weeks to six months (sometimes even a year), during which coversticks may be required or bleaching creams may be helpful.
Now, it is difficult to say from a two-dimensional photo, but there does not appear to be any significant scarring, and besides any superficial depressed regions usually fill in over time without any need for intervention.
You would do well to seek evaluation by a board certified dermatologist who can prescribe an appropriate anti-acne regimen, and will also be able to tell you if you in fact have any permanent scarring at this time.
Red Acne Scars
The V-Beam laser would be the best laser for your acne scars. It will take a few treatments but it is the best laser with no down time and with minimal discomfort. The V-Beam laser is the gold standard of lasers. Best, Dr. Green
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