Even after acne is removed, the acne red marks often stick around for a while; these are a result of the infection and healing process. Technically speaking, this is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In the worst case, a bad infection may even result in red acne scars. Acne redness is often confused with acne rosacea, a chronic skin disease that looks like acne redness but occurs primarily in adults.
The amount of time red acne lasts depends on multiple factors, including how severe the acne was and how quickly the person heals, but is generally between four and twelve weeks. Even once the acne redness is gone, it may leave behind dark brown marks, particularly on darker skin.
While there are many expensive cures for acne redness, it makes more sense to first try out these cheap cures that can be made with items around the home; if none of them work, then move on to commercial solutions. You’ll probably want to choose one method at a time and try it for about a week to see if it helps, rather than doing several at once.
Cheap At-Home Remedies
Garlic: peel the garlic, cut it open, and rub it over your face where you have acne redness, once per day. This can make your face smelly if you don’t wash it off properly; if that happens, simply clean the area with lemon juice. This is generally the quickest way to get rid of acne redness.
Lemon juice and water: make up a half and half mixture and leave it on your face for about a half hour each day, then wash gently with cold water.
Visine red eyes can be used as well, because it contains an ingredient called tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, which constricts blood vessels. To try this method, apply the visine lightly to the affected areas using a cotton swab.
Toothpaste in another option: applying toothpaste to your face and leaving it on for an hour or two dries out your skin and makes the acne redness less noticeable. Note that this could be an irritant if you have sensitive skin. Some people recommend leaving it on overnight, but be sure to try a shorter period first; if it irritates your skin, you don’t want to leave it on for long periods!
Just need the redness to be less visible for a few minutes while someone takes a picture? Gently press an ice pack against the red marks for about ten minutes, which will temporarily reduce the swelling.
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