What Can Be Done About Raised Red Marks from Acne?

I have little raised red marks where I had acne. Now they have been there for about six months and have barely faded. Will they ever go away? What could I do?

Doctor Answers 4

Treating the red scars from acne

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Glad to hear your acne is gone. You may want to go see your dermatologist regarding the scarring. There are a series of options for you but again evaluation by your dermatologist is definitely recommended.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Treatment for raised red acne scars

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Hi Supergirl,

For raised red acne scars, we would probably try one of the three treatments below (or a combination).

Laser Resurfacing. This is for textured (bumpy) acne scarring, but is usually not used for hypertrophic scarring (raised). Rather it is more commonly used for atrophic scarring (pitted or depressed scars).

Kenalog injections. These steroid injections help to reduce inflammation and can help to get rid of bumpy cystic scars.

Pulse Dye Lasers. These lasers are used to remove redness. They are effective for red acne scars, red stretch marks, red surgical scars, Rosacea and port wine stains (red birthmarks).

Good luck and hope this helps.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser and injections improve scars

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Raised red scar typically respond very well to a series of pulsed dye laser treatments and injections of steroid and 5-fluoruracil into the scars. Other laser options include ablative and fractional lasers (such as CO2 resurfacing and fraxel repair or restore) but these are more expensive technologies with greater downtime and often the pulsed dye laser (such as the Vbeam) is all that you need.

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Raised acne scar treatment options

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There are a variety of treatment options for acne scars. For raised red marks, laser may be quite helpful, and in some cases injection of a small dose of cortisone into the lesions. Have your dermatologist assess your skin and go over all the options and their respective risks and costs.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

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