Red scars from acne

Aside from the presence of unattractive  pimples and pustules, one of the biggest concerns about acne is the scarring it can leave behind.  Fortunately, most acne sufferers are not left with marks, but some are.  One of the types of acne marks that can be left are flat, red spots.  These usually occur on the cheeks and can be very distressing.

Technically, this type of red spot left behind after acne is not actually scarring.  It is a condition known as post-inflammatory hyperemia (PIE).  PIE is basically lingering inflammation in the skin that keeps the skin looking red instead of returning to normal even after the original acne lesion disappears.

Fortunately, there is an effective treatment for PIE.  It is the Vbeam laser.  The Vbeam is a laser that targets redness in the skin.  It is great for treating broken blood vessels, and, in my experience, it is excellent for treating red marks from acne.  Usually, one or two treatments clears these spots easily.

The Vbeam laser works by pulsing the red spots with a beam of energy that triggers a healing cascade.  Once that cascade is triggered, the body works to remove the red spots.  After a few weeks, the cascade is complete, and the red marks lessen or go away completely.  There is no downtime with the Vbeam laser because it does not damage the skin.

As a bonus, if you have a few active pimples, the Vbeam also helps clear those lesions, too.

Sometimes, PIE occurs with other types of acne scars.  Fortunately, we have treatments available for those lesions, too.

If you would like to learn, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We would be happy to see you in consultation.

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Lawrence Osman, MD

Lawrence Osman, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and liposuction surgeon in Los Angeles specializing in minimally invasive techniques such as liposuction using local anesthesia. He has offices in the Los Angeles area in both Northridge and Calabasas. Visit to learn more.

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