How to remove pimple marks

Updated April 17, 2017

Once pimples clear up, they sometimes leave marks behind on the skin. These marks are actually scars and getting rid of acne acne scars isn't easy. When you have pimples, do not pick or squeeze them. If you do, they will be more likely to leave marks behind. If you already have pimple marks, there are steps you can take to get rid of them. With diligent treatment, you can effectively improve the appearance of pimple marks, and even wholly remove them.

Apply scar treatment cream to your pimple marks. You can find scar treatment creams in most holistic and drug stores. The creams utilise onion extract as an effective acne scar treatment that gradually reduces the appearance of scars. Use the cream daily for at least 12 weeks and you should see results.

Use alpha hydroxy acid on your pimple marks. This natural acid helps your body produce new skin cells more quickly, effectively helping your pimple marks to fade more quickly. You can find alpha hydroxy acid cleansers, serums and lotions in most cosmetic and drug stores, all of these products are effective for acne scar removal.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto your pimple marks, particularly if they are fresh marks. Lemon juice works as a natural bleaching agent, helping to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation. Since fresh pimple marks generally appear as red or pink, lemon juice can effectively lighten them so they better blend in with surrounding skin.

Consider laser treatment for acne. Your dermatologist likely offers acne laser treatment. During treatment, laser light targets scar tissue and hyperpigmentation, effectively breaking them up. The light also increases collagen production, helping to plump up any uneven pimple marks you have. In some instances, multiple sessions are needed to remove pimple marks.

Try microdermabrasion. Both dermatologists and skin care professionals generally offer microdermabrasion services. A small, sandblaster-type device is used to buff away the top layers of skin, effectively making pimple marks less noticeable. Generally, a series of sessions is needed to completely get rid of acne scars.


Wear sunscreen to prevent further damage to your scarred skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Scar treatment cream
  • Alpha hydroxy acid
  • Lemon juice
  • Laser treatment
  • Microdermabrasion
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