If you've got pimple scars, there’s reason to be optimistic, though: Not all scarring is actually permanent. With the correct product and doctor-endorsed prescriptions, you'll be able to reduce the discoloration and appearance of those scars on your face. Dermatologist David Lortscher, CEO and founder of Curology skincare, has some useful advice for us.

1.Use a spot treatment once the potential scar appears

If you’re prone to scarring or have a particular dangerous one-off acne, apply a targeted healer like Clean and Clear Mark Treatment to the spot. It uses salicylic acid to prevent more breakouts or damage to the skin. “However, sometimes salicylic acid will temporarily worsen inflamed pimple,” Lortscher warns. So, use it sparingly, and discontinue if you experience any further inflammation.

2. Get a prescription for azelaic acid

Azelaic acid is an FDA-approved topical cream and gel, offered only by prescription. “It works by lightening any dark spots left by pimple scarring or sun exposure,” Lortscher says. “It slows the production of melanin, and blocks abnormal melanocytes, which are the pigment-producing cells that have gone haywire at the spot of scarring.”

3. Suppress hyperpigmentation with niacinamide

“Niacinamide could be a potent agent in minimizing dark spots and hyperpigmentation,” Lortscher says of the ingredient’s ability to stop discoloration. “It blocks the pigment from surfacing on the outer layer of skin.” With daily application, dark spots fade as a result of their pigment provide runs low. Your doctor will tell you if you need a prescription-strength product, however you'll be able to additionally get lower-strength product over the counter. Lortscher recommends Paula’s choice 100 pc Niacinamide Booster.

4.Boost collagen and elastin with microneedling at home

To try microneedling, you’ll would like something known as a dermaroller, which punctures the skin with little, acupuncture-like needles. “Microneedling creates a bunch of little ‘injuries’ to the skin, which successively will increase collagen and elastin production as they heal,” Lortscher says. “This improves scars and fine wrinkles, and reduces hyperpigmentation.” He strongly advises asking your doctor for a suggested product, since she or he can take into account factors like sterility and regulation. (Do not get a product that isn’t FDA-approved.) It’s additionally simple to over-treat oneself with a dermaroller, thus it’s imperative to get your doctor’s recommendation for your particular case. (It’s also why we won’t suggest any one device here.)