How Can I Get Rid of My Acne Marks?

I have lots of red marks on my face from squeezing pimples. Is there anything I can do to make them fade?
– Chris*

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

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