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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, talk to a doctor. Your doctor might be able to suggest things you can do, especially if the marks have also left raised or indented scars.

In the future, try to avoid pimple popping, so that you don't have to worry about marks or scars.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

Reviewed by: Patrice Hyde, MD
Date reviewed: March 2013

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