The Best Way to Treat Acne Scars, According to 3 Skincare Experts

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With so many people experiencing breakouts at different times of the year, but especially in summer, the concern around blemishes and the unwanted parting gifts – aka acne scars or marks – they leave behind has only grown. First, the bad news: once a pimple has scarred, the damage is done (which is why most dermatologists advise against picking).

Now for the good: what you might think is scarring is often just post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or erythema (brown or red spots), rather than a textual change of the skin. Plus, even if they are in fact scars, there are ways to minimise the appearance of acne marks. All it takes is using the right products and treatments in your skin-care routine.

That’s where we come in. We spoke with a handful of experts – including two board-certified dermatologists, Anna Guanche, MD, and Dendy Engelman, MD, and aesthetician Taylor Worden – to get their recommendations for treating, preventing, and minimising the appearance of acne scars and marks. Keep reading for more.

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