How to Remove Red Acne Scars

Red acne marks and brown acne marks are not the same.

Brown acne scars, also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is more common in people with olive to dark skin tones. When skin cells become infected and inflamed, they trigger melanocytes to produce more melanin, causing hyperpigmentation. Brown marks can last for many months or years.

Red acne scars, also known as post-inflammatory erythema or PIE, are more common in people with lighter skin tones. Red marks occur due to damaged blood vessels or the growth of new blood vessels during the inflammatory process. When left untreated, red acne marks can become brown acne marks and this process is accelerated with sun exposure.

Brown acne scars and red acne scars are not considered to be a true scar because they do not cause alterations to the underlying collagen fibres. Their long lasting effect leaves a similar impression to that of a scar and thus, are often referred to as a scar. Brown and red acne marks are usually flat and will fade over time - this can take months or years, depending on the severity. A true scar is never flat, can be raised or leave indents in the skin. See Figure 1 and Figure 2 for the different types of acne scars.

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How to Remove Red Acne Scars Naturally

Current treatments for red acne scars are the same as brown acne scars and this include Vitamin A such as Retinol or Retinaldehyde, Niacianmide or a chemical exfoliant such as Glycolic Acid or Salicylic Acid.

The best approach to naturally remove red acne scars is to focus on reducing the inflammation during the inflammatory process. Our solution to effectively treat red acne scars is the ellé derm Barrier Repair Advance Scar Therapy . The Barrier Repair Advance Scar Therapy Gel contains Alpha-linoleic Acid and Manuka Honey - two potent inhibitors of inflammation. Apply to the affected areas two to three times daily and especially before bed to rapidly reduce the appearance of red acne scars overnight. 



Author: Helen Huynh BPharm MPS


1. Connolly, D et al (2017). "Acne Scarring - Pathogenesis, Evaluation and Treatment Options." Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2017 Sep; 10(9): 12–23.

2. Fabrocinni, G et al (2010). "Acne Scars: Pathogenesis, Classification and Treatment." Journal of Dermatology Research and Practice. Published online 2010 Oct 14. Accessed June 4, 2023 at doi: 10.1155/2010/893080







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