How to Heal Red Scars on the Face

by Holly Smith

Avoid any oily or greasy products on your face when trying to reduce red marks.

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Red scarring on the face is a condition regularly caused by acne lesions, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sometimes acne may clear up without leaving scars, but certain types of acne regularly leave red marks after the lesions have healed. For example, cysts are a pus-filled, painful type of acne that can cause scarring. Though these red scars often fade over time, there are options that assist in a more speedy recovery from the scarring. Options range from home remedies that contain natural ingredients, to over-the-counter creams, to visiting a dermatologist for a more intense route of treatment.

Items you will need

  • Gentle face cleanser
  • Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Gel
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon

Diminish Red Facial Scars at Home

Step 1

Wash your face with a mild cleanser every morning and night. Red scars caused by acne will continue to crop up unless the underlying problem is addressed. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is an example of an inexpensive and gentle cleanser.

Step 2

Apply an egg white and lemon mask twice a week. After washing your face, whisk together one egg white and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Squeeze a few drops from a green tea bag into the mix for added benefits.

Step 3

Apply the mixture to your entire face. Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent, while egg whites help treat acne.

Step 4

Let the mixture dry on your skin for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the mask with a warm washcloth or by washing off with a gentle cleanser.

Step 6

Tackle the red marks by applying a product like Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Gel twice daily after washing your face. Salicylic acid and glycolic acid are the two key ingredients in this gel. The salicylic acid works to clear current acne and ward off future breakouts, while the glycolic acid reduces the appearance of red marks.


  • If you are not happy with the results of this at-home approach after a few weeks, consider visiting a dermatologist. He can prescribe stronger scar treatments or even perform cosmetic procedures, such as using a laser to remove the spots.


  • The egg-white mask may make your skin feel itchy or tight after it has been applied. The sensation usually subsides after you remove the mask. Do not use an egg-white mask if you are allergic to eggs.

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About the Author

Based out of Kansas, Holly Smith has been an active writer and reporter since 2003, working primarily in online news. She has written for "Kansas Liberty News" the "K-State Collegian" and worked as an on-air reporter for "Manhattan Matters" and the "Educational Communications Center." She holds Bachelors of Arts in print journalism and electronic journalism from Kansas State University.