Laser vs Time
Yes, you have the cheapest option available and it works- TIME and sunscreen. Over time most of the redness will fade, however lasers such a V Beam or Excel V can quicken recovery.
As a guide, laser will fade the marks over 3 months, whilst leaving them alone ... marks will fade within 6-12 months.
Video as a guide below explaining the treatments.
All the best,
Dr Davin Lim
Red Marks from Acne
The redness that you are describing can happen after acne. Typically patients with acne either heal red or brown depending on their skin type. The lighter complexions typically heal with redness, PIE, and the darker complexions typically heal darker with PIH. The marks eventually go away but it can take many months to go away. The V-Beam Laser will remove these red marks quickly and heal those areas up quickly. In the meanwhile Dermablend makeup is a very good makeup to help hide acne scars.
Discoloration is Normal After Acne
is normal to experience discoloration on the skin after active acne subsides.
There are topical treatments that may help. There are also laser treatments
that we offer that can be helpful in diminishing the appearance of PIH. I would recommend that you make an appointment
for a consultation with your dermatologist to determine if you are a
PIH and Erythema
It does sound like erythema, but erythema will evolve to PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) in some people. I would suggest for an in-office treatment, IPL works great for the redness of acne. Another few at home options are to apply a non-steroidal topical anti-inflammatory like aloe vera, bromelain, cucumber, chamomile, calendula. When trying a new herbal skin product, do a test spot on one small area of the face to make sure you are tolerating it. There are some over-the-counter redness reducing skin creams that can be purchased online or in cosmetic offices such as SkinMedica Redness Relief Calmplex, and also some prescription skin creams designed for reducing redness in rosacea that may help too such as prescription Mirvaso or Metrogel. See a dermatologist for these.