How to Remove Red Scars on Your Face

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Face washes and moisturizers specifically for acne help reduce scarring and redness.
Face washes and moisturizers specifically for acne help reduce scarring and redness. (Image: woman washing her face image by Jarek Miarka from Fotolia.com)

Those raised red bumps on your skin are scars due to acne, which form on the skin when a pimple is squeezed and the area becomes irritated. While popping pimples may seem like a solution to your acne problems, the pressure from squeezing in combination with bacteria leaves a mark on your skin and can take up to 12 months to completely heal, according to Teen's Health. Your best tools for combating problematic skin without invasive treatment are acne lotion, which helps heal the skin, and a mild face wash to reduce oil and redness.

Things You'll Need

  • Salicylic acid face lotion
  • Mild face wash
  • Nonabrasive washcloth

Wash your hands with hot, soapy water for 30 seconds to remove bacteria prior to touching your face.

Wet your face with warm water, and pour a nickel-sized amount of face wash into your palms. Rub your palms together and gently rub your hands over your face in a circular motion.

Rinse off the face wash with a clean, nonabrasive cloth and pat the area dry.

Dispense a pea-sized amount of acne face lotion onto the tip of your finger, and dab the lotion onto the red scar.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid touching your face with your hands. Your hands are covered with bacteria, and will only worsen the irritation if you touch the red scar.
  • Visit your dermatologist to discuss the possibility of laser resurfacing, which removes from your face a thin layer of skin that contains the scar. Laser resurfacing is not recommended for people with dark complexions, as hyperpigmentation, a condition that causes discolored spots on the skin, can occur.
  • Do not use exfoliating face scrubs, as they can irritate your skin and increase redness. According to the Mayo Clinic, astringents and face masks can also irritate the skin and the affected area as they can cause excessive dryness.

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