I have lots of red marks on my face from squeezing pimples. Is there anything I can do to make them fade?
Most red or brown marks left after a pimple is popped will eventually fade or disappear, but it may take up to a year for this to happen. If your acne marks or scars are severe or you're upset about them, you may want to talk to a doctor. He or she might suggest techniques like laser resurfacing and dermabrasion — which remove the top layer of skin, leaving a smooth new layer. In the future, try to avoid pimple popping, so that you don't have to worry about marks or scars!
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: May 2009
Have a question? Ask the experts.
Although we can't reply personally, you may see your question posted to this page in the future. If you're looking for medical advice, a diagnosis, or treatment, consult your doctor or other qualified medical professional. If this is an emergency, contact emergency services in your area.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2013 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.