Q. Other than laser, is there a way to treat acne marks?

Answered by
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Mar 29, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am having acne since one month. I am currently applying Epiduo gel at night. Now, my acne is calming down. I am using sunscreen at daytime. But, after clearing of pimples, my face becomes red. I am currently using Retino-A .025% on scars. Does Retino-A reduce red marks? Or should I go for Glycolic peels? Can I take peels at home? Or is there any other way than laser to treat red marks? Doctor please guide me on this. I have attached the pictures for your reference.

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • I can appreciate multiple scars on your face. You should continue with Epiduo gel (combination of Adapalene and Benzoyl peroxide) and sunscreen, so that the pimples are treated at the earliest and do not leave scars.
  • You should try to increase the concentration of Retino-A (Tretinoin) from 0.025 percent to 0.05 percent. So, it will become more effective in dealing with your problem. But, be cautious; increased concentration can lead to irritation as well.
  • Glycolic peels will not be much effective in removal of scars.
  • Apart from laser treatment you can consider going for microneedling sessions. Multiple sittings are required after every three to four weeks but it helps in reducing 60 to 70 percentage scars.

For further information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

Hello doctor,

Can moisturizer calm down my red pigmented skin? If so, which moisturizer can I use? I am having breakouts only in one area. How to get it treated? Can dermarollers be effective for scars, red marks and large pores? My pores are big around the cheeks. How to minimize it? How to fade my black marks? I have attached pictures for your reference. Kindly review it and guide me to get bright skin.

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • For breakouts, take tablet Azithromycin 500 mg once daily for three consecutive days in a week for six weeks along with application of Epiduo gel.
  • You can go for dermarollers for scars, pores and marks. But, it has to be used once your acne settles and no new pimples appear.
  • You can go for Salicylic acid peels now for reduction of pimples as well marks.

For further doubts consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

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