Reader Question: How do I fade acne marks?


Hi Jamie,

I have a few tiny acne marks (some old, and one or two new-ish ones) and they’re driving me crazy. I know they’re not that bad but is there any way to just get rid of them and be done with it?



Hi N,

Acne marks are the worst.  And, yes, there are definitely plenty of products that work on minor marks that aren’t too deep.  If you DO have deeper scars and marks, you should see a dermatologist and find out what treatments might be right for you.

As a general rule, fair-skinned girls (like myself) usually get red marks (SO fun!) and darker skin gets acne marks that tend to be more brown.

For light/fair skin: I’ve seen really great results from products that contain glycolic acid and salicylic acid—you probably already use products with these ingredients, maybe with a lower dose.

My favorites:

For olive skin/medium skin/darker skin: You can definitely use a product with up to 2% hydroquinone, which will lighten the marks, but there are also plenty of creams that don’t contain hydroquinone as well.

My favorites:




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