How to Get Rid of Red Acne Marks

Posted 4 months ago by Prakhar Parihar in

As if acne themselves weren't annoying enough, they leave behind these red marks and scars which are probably even worse to deal with. They stay for much longer on the skin and have similar effects on people's lives as the acne would. They mar the appearance and make women self-conscious. This reduces their confidence and hinders them from living their lives to the fullest and with the conviction that they should have. Acne plague people of all ages and it is an issue that most people have to face at some point or other in their lives. And what's more, is that there have been studies which have shown that 95% of people with scars suffer some sort of scarring or inflammation which lead to the red marks. So, do not feel alone in this as almost everyone has to deal with them. This has also motivated people to figure out many remedies for treating this post-acne red marks and scars. These range from natural ingredients based remedies to chemical man-made products which help deal with skin' pigmentations issues. We have compiled this article for you in which we have provided you with all the information you are going to need to deal with these annoying acne red marks, scars, and other blemishes.

How to Get Rid of Red Acne Marks

How are Red Acne Marks Formed

Red marks which are left behind on the skin after acne are, luckily, temporary and go away on their own after 3 to 6 months. These marks are different than acne[1] scars which are permanent on the skin. Red acne marks are actually called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation[2]. Acne and pimples[3] are irritating to the skin and lead to its inflammation. Skin's inflammation sometimes causes the skin to release pigmentation which causes the red marks to form on the lighter skin types and brown spots in darker skin types. Remember that these are different than the acne scars[4] which will appear like a pit or raised indentation on the skin and are permanent. At least, you won't be able to get rid of them on your own using natural remedies or creams. You will have to go in for a professional medical skin treatment like laser treatment or chemical peel etc. However, here we are talking about the red marks formed due to acne and there are a variety of ways which you can utilize to speed up their healing process and get your skin back to its beautiful self much quicker than it would be by itself. 

Natural Remedies for Getting Rid of Red Acne Marks

If you do not want to put harsh chemicals on your skin, do not worry, there are tons of natural remedies which are great for the skin and really effective at getting rid of red and brown marks and spots left behind after stubborn acne. You can use any one of the following natural remedies which suit your needs to get a helping hand towards getting the great and clear skin that you want. Let us start with a classic ingredient for skin care:

  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Tea Tree Oil
  4. Lemon Juice
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar
  6. Potato
  7. Gram Flour
  8. Baking Soda
  9. Vitamin E Oil
  10. Turmeric

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an almost magical natural ingredient which is being used for centuries to treat various skin ailments and issues and to also keep the skin healthy and supple. This amazing natural oil can also help get rid of your red acne marks, It is packed with many nutrients which are great for the skin and promote its regeneration to clear up any marks or spots on there. It contains vitamins like E and K which are instrumental in this purpose. It also contains antioxidants which shield your skin from further damage. Moreover, it has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which curb the chances of any further acne which will obviously lead to fewer scars and red or brown marks and blemishes.

However, there is one thing which you should be aware of and that is the pore clogging nature of coconut oil. This will be more likely if you have naturally oily skin but excess coconut oil on your skin can clog up your pores and cause whiteheads or blackheads to form.

How to use it?:

Using coconut oil[5] on the skin is pretty simple and straightforward, you do it as any other oil or topical application. Just take about a tsp of coconut oil onto your palms and then massage it onto your skin where the red marks are. Leave the oil on your marks overnight and clean the skin on the morning. Follow this method every day or every other day and you will soon be done with any red scars or marks on your face.

You can also make an oil blend with coconut oil and lavender oil. Then massage it onto the red marks affected areas of the skin and then rinse it off after half an hour with warm water. You should also do this one daily if you want to see quick results.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera[6] is a miracle plant which seems to have all the answers for a variety of our skin issues. That is why it has sky-rocketed in popularity and demand as soon as people figured out its power. Now, it is everywhere and has become a staple in the cosmetic industry too which tout various slogans showing their use of aloe vera extract or whatever in their formula. However, using aloe vera is as easy as just breaking off a leaf of the plant, extracting the gel and just using it. It is highly nourishing for the skin and is packed with essential ingredients for the skin. Moreover, it hydrates skin fantastically. Hence, all this rejuvenates the skin and speeds up its healing process which leads to faster disappearance of red acne marks. Furthermore, aloe vera gel has potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help a lot in preventing future acne and consequently, preventing red acne marks or spots.

How to use it?:

As mentioned, using aloe vera to treat such skin problems is quite simple and straightforward, once again. Take some ale vera gel, if you have a plant and can scoop out some fresh one then that would be the ideal option. Otherwise, you can also use any market variety of gel which you use. Apply the aloe vera gel onto your red mars by gently massaging it on. After that, leave the gel on the skin for about half an hour before washing it off. Do this remedy a couple of times every day and you will be rid of your red acne scars pretty soon.

Other than that, you can also make a basic topical application by combining the aloe vera gel with a skin healing essential oil. To do that, take a tbsp of aloe vera gel and combine it with a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Now, apply this mixture onto your red acne marks and leave it one there for about 15 minutes. After that, wash it off using cold water and you are done. Use this remedy every day and the red marks won't anywhere to be seen pretty soon.

Tea Tree Oil

Building off of the previous one, Tea tree oil[7] by itself can also be miraculous for the healing of the skin. It is known to be an effective natural remedy for helping with the issues of an acne prone skin. It promotes the healing and regeneration of skin tissues which is critical in healing blemishes and scars on the skin. Moreover, it is extremely anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory which makes it one of the best natural remedy for preventing and treating acne. Hence, it also reduces the chance of red marks forming on your skin that way. It is so effective that it is similar to the chemical acne remedy and scars remedy, Benzoyl Peroxide[8].

How to use it?:

You can make a blend of coconut oil and tea tree oil to help get rid of red acne marks as both ingredients are terrific for the healing of the skin and coconut oil makes for a brilliant carrier for the tea tree oil. You will have to take a tsp of coconut oil and add a few drops of tea tree oil to it. Mix the two oils together to form a blend and then apply it onto the red marks and blemishes using gentle massaging motions. Then, rinse it off after about a couple of hours. You can also leave it on overnight if you wish to do so. You will soon fade away all of your red marks if you follow this remedy every day.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice[9] is great for fading andy scars or blemishes on the skin and also to lighten the pigmentation of the skin as it has bleaching properties. It also helps clear off dead skin cells and impurities from the skin and makes the skin better by enhancing its elasticity and promoting skin cell and tissue regeneration.

How to use it?:

Lemon juice is a fantastic ingredient, not just for the skin but for the whole body and using it is a simple and straightforward process. You can just use it directly as a topical application to get rid of the red marks and other blemishes. To do it properly, take some freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it directly onto your marks and spots using a cotton ball or swab. Then, wash your skin after about 10 minutes. Follow this remedy one or two times in a day to get nice results.

Alternatively, since lemon juice can be harsh and drying on the skin, you can also combine the lemon juice with honey to make a simple mask. To do it, combine equal amounts of honey and lemon juice and apply it onto your red marks, spots, or blemishes and then rinse it off after about 15 minutes. Do this remedy once a day also and your marks will start fading away pretty soon.

Or, you can also make a blend of lemon juice and vitamin E oil to treat the red marks or any other blemishes. To do it, just take a tsp each of freshly squeezed lemon juice and vitamin E[10] oil and then applies the mixture onto your red marks. Leave it on overnight and then rinse it off the next morning and you are done. Follow this remedy daily to get rid of your acne scars and red marks and bumps etc quickly.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar[11] is a multipurpose remedy which is essential for any home. It boasts of so many uses for the health, skin, and around the house that it warrants its necessity as a home staple. It is also known to help people fade their red marks, dark spots and any other blemishes away. It is slightly acidic in nature and hence helps balance the pH levels of the skin. It also lightens the skin's pigmentation due to that property too. Moreover, it is really effective in cleansing the skin and removing any dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin. Consequently, it also stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells by promoting the production of collagen and helping repair skin cells and tissues.

How to use it?:

You can use apple cider vinegar directly as a spot treatment just after diluting it with some water. To perform this remedy, first, mix equal amounts of raw apple cider vinegar and water and then apply it directly onto the scars a spot treatment using a cotton swab or ball. Leave the solution on the skin for about 5 minutes before washing it off. Use this remedy daily to rapidly fade your red marks away.

Alternately, you can make a face mask using apple cider vinegar together with water and honey. First, take half a cup of water and add 2 tbsp each of raw apple cider vinegar and honey into it. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly by stirring them together. You should also use this remedy every day if you wish to fade your red marks away quickly.


This common and economical source of nourishment for people all over the globe also has properties which can help you get rid of your post acne red marks. The juice of the potato[12] has mild bleaching properties which can help in lightening the pigmentation of the skin and hence fading the red marks and similar blemishes away. These properties are present in the potatoes because of them being alkaline and the compounds present in it like starch. Starch can help fade the red marks, acne scars and other blemishes[13] from the skin.

How to use it?:

You just have to extract the juice from the potato and use it directly as a spot treatment on your red marks and other blemishes to fade them rapidly. To do this you can either crush or grate the potato and then strain it through a cloth to separate its juices. Now, take a cotton swab or ball and use it to apply the juice right onto your red marks and spots. Let the juice stay on the spots and marks for about half an hour before you rinse it off.

Alternatively, you can also just use a potato slice to massage your skin. Just cut a potato into thin slices and then take a slice and rub it on your skin affected by the red marks for a couple of minutes. Then, wash your skin after about 15 minutes and you are done. Follow this remedy once every day to fade your marks and blemishes away and make your skin lighter and brighter.

Gram Flour

Gram flour, or as it is known in India, Besan is another ingredient from the culinary world but which has noticeable effects in treating skin issues like blemishes and scars from acne and also acne itself. This is because gram flour[14] makes for an excellent exfoliator of the skin which helps cleanse it from dead skin cell and other impurities to stimulate the regeneration of the skin tissues. Moreover, it has skin lightening properties which also aids in the quest to get rid of red marks and spots caused due to acne.

How to use it?:

To use gram flour for this purpose, you just have to make a consistent and reasonably thick paste by mixing it with another liquid natural ingredient which can also be helpful in disappearing red marks from your skin. So, take a tbsp of gram flour and mix it with some rose water. Make sure you get a paste-like consistency. You can also use lemon juice in place of rose water. Now, apply this paste onto your skin where the red marks and blemishes are. Use this skin treatment once every two days and you will soon leave your red marks and blemishes behind.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another superstar of the culinary realm which is multitalented and holds a huge number of uses be it skin, hair or just around the house. It has mild bleaching properties which are great for fading away any blemishes like red marks, acne scars, etc from the skin. Its texture and stuff make it ideal to make face masks which help treat various skin problems including banishing red marks and similar blemishes from the skin. Furthermore, it is also slightly alkaline in nature which makes it effective in balancing the pH levels of the skin which promotes the skin's healing rate and also helps avoid future acne along with helping to heal red acne marks.

How to use it?:

To use baking soda[15] to fade the red spots, first, take 2 tsp of it in bowls and add in water until you can mix it into a thin and consistent paste. Now, apply the hence obtained paste all over your red marks, etc. Let it stay on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off using normal water. Follow this remedy once every day if you wish to get rid of your red acne marks quickly.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is essential for the skin. It is instrumental in facilitating the skin's growth and regeneration. It is also a potent anti-oxidant which helps protect the skin and hence prevent future acne and pimples. Hence, vitamin E is brilliant for the skin and helping to get rid of red acne marks and many other issues with the skin. It is extremely effective in helping to repair the skin and consequently getting rid of any red acne marks and other blemishes like dark spots and acne scars.

How to use it?:

You can get vitamin E capsule which contains the vitamin E oil inside it which you can use on the skin to help heal it and make various skin masks. So, to do it, take a vitamin E capsule and break it open to extract the vitamin E oil and then apply the obtained oil directly onto the marks and blemishes as a spot treatment. Follow this step a few time every day and soon your marks and spots will be healed.

Alternatively, you can also make a blend of vitamin E oil with some castor oil as red acne marks treatment. To do that, take a tsp castor oil and mix it with the vitamin E from a single capsule. Now, apply this blend onto your marks and blemishes as a spot treatment before going to sleep. Let it stay on your skin overnight and rinse it off in the morning using warm water. Follow this remedy every single day and you will soon stop seeing your red acne marks as they will disappear.


Turmeric is a terrific and amazing ingredient for the skin. Its skin healing and lightening properties have been known for millennia in India and it is used extensively in traditional practices to help beautify the skin and impart a radiant golden glow to it. Consequently, it is also great to fade red acne marks and scars and similar blemishes. Turmeric contains an antioxidant compound called curcumin which provides it with highly effective skin healing and lightening properties. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties. All these properties make turmeric a brilliant ingredient for lightening any red marks or spots etc caused due to acne on the skin.

How to use it?:

Turmeric usually comes in powdered form, so using it to make skin masks and packs becomes really easy and convenient. For the first of turmeric home remedies, we are going to make a mask with turmeric powder and lemon juice. So, take a tbsp of turmeric powder and add in the appropriate amount of fresh lemon juice so that you get a smooth and consistent paste. Now, apply this paste onto your red marks and spots directly as a spot treatment. Leave it on the skin for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Alternatively, you can also make the following face mask which utilizes Yogurt and coconut oil along with turmeric. To make this mask, take a tsp of turmeric powder in a mixing bowl and add in 1 tbsp each of extra virgin coconut oil and plain yogurt. Mix the ingredients together well to form a smooth and consistent paste. Then, apply the paste directly onto your red acne marks and spots using gentle circular massaging motions. Wash it off using normal water a few minutes later. Use this remedy a few times in a week if you want to fade and get rid of your red acne marks and spots quickly.

Chemical Products for Getting Rid of Red Acne Marks

The remedies we have looked at so far in the previous section are made up from all natural ingredients most of which are found very simply and easily and most of them are probably already present in your kitchen or home. Now, in this section, we are going to learn about chemical compounds which are really effective in fading and lightening any blemishes caused due to acne and pimples. You should look for creams and products which contain any of the following chemical compounds in them as these are very efficient in fading acne marks and scars away. First up is a classic for acne and acne blemish removal:

Benzoyl Peroxide

You can use a product with benzoyl peroxide to help fade your acne marks away as it is really effective in getting rid of acne and the marks, spots, and any other blemishes which result from said acne. It helps cleanse the skin of any harmful bacterias, impurities and dead skin layers to promote the regeneration of the skin to heal any scars or blemishes while also reducing the chance of future acne and pimples significantly. It is a very common component in anti-acne creams and stuff and can be easily found over the counter in most parts of the world.

Salicylic Acid

This is another one of the popular and extremely common solutions for helping to treat acne and acne related issues. It is used to help cleanse the skin and remove the dead skin layer from the top of the skin. Hence, it is used to treat a variety of skin issues. It also helps fade any further scars and blemishes from the acne as it helps tighten the skin and calm inflammation etc. This is also quite common and easily available in over the counter acne and acne scar treatments. You can utilize any toner, cleanse, cream, etc which contains Salicylic acid to help remedy any marks or spots caused due to acne.


Hydroquinone is a chemical lightener which is used to help make the skin lighter and fade a variety of blemishes and spots and stuff from the skin. This is available in the pharmacies in differing strengths including over the counter and prescription ones. However, you should consult your doctor before using this cream as it can have unintended side effects on the skin like permanent discoloration and premature skin aging. So, it is of crucial importance that you seek relevant medical advice before going ahead with any chemical-based skin treatments.


Retinoid creams are another one of chemical based products which are used to help accelerate the skin's regeneration. Retinoids stimulate the skin cells natural ability of division. This process helps improve the skin's complexion by getting rid of discolored skin cells. However, there is one thing of note is that retinoids increase your skin's sensitivity towards the sunlight so, do not use it in the morning. This is true for others too so avoid applying such creams when you have to go out and at the very least apply tons of sunscreen over.

Tips and Tricks

So far, we have taught you about various remedies, both natural and chemical, which will help you lighten those annoying and unsightly red acne marks and spots. Now, it is time to furnish you with various preventative tips and tricks which will help you make your marks and blemishes treatments more effective and also aid you in preventing future acne and resultant blemishes in the first place. Without further ado, let us get on with it:

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 29/05/2019 

How to Get Rid of Red Acne Marks

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