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I know it sounds self explanatory, but what exactly are these red marks that everyone talks about? I mean, are they part of present acne? Or perhaps past acne that went away, but left red marks on the face? Or scars from picking? Could someone provide a picture that shows what they are or at least describe in detail? Thanks a ton!

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you're lucky you don't know what they are. the red marks are a hyperpigmentation left after the pimple goes away. it looks like chicken pox. the marks are the same size as the acne was, and they just remain after the pimples go away, usually. they are worse if you pick. they are not usually depressed marks. I have read that the hyperpigmentation is due to an excess of blood flow to the mark to heal it.

it goes: active pimple---> pimple goes away---> red pock spot remains

imagine it like this. your backyard has a small bumpy hill in the middle of the grass. it's a pain to mow over it and it's just out of place. So, you decide to dig it out. After you have removed the hill, there is a circle of dirt where the hill used to be. it will take time for the hole/blemish to heal and grow grass and fill in with the rest of the grass.

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imagine it like this. your backyard has a small bumpy hill in the middle of the grass. it's a pain to mow over it and it's just out of place. So, you decide to dig it out. After you have removed the hill, there is a circle of dirt where the hill used to be. it will take time for the hole/blemish to heal and grow grass and fill in with the rest of the grass.

i approve of this analogy!

Sidenote- As my dermatologist explained it, the redmarks don't really clear up until after your course. Looking forward to testing the validity of that statement in a couple of weeks, because i have accumulated my share of them.

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The red marks will go away. Use a mild glycolic acid lotion 1-2x daily and they will go away sooner. Neutrogena Healthy Skin is my favorite for the last 10 years. What doesn't go away are the indented scars and (usually) raised scars.

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yea

simply,

the red marks are like the grass story above,

or i'd say

you call me a [email protected]#$%

I slap you on the face twice

and you have a red mark

lol

just like the acne, acne pops up, you get angry about it and pop it etc,

acne dies angry, and leaves a 'I USED TO LIVE HERE' mark

:( i guess if we're kind to acne, they'll leave us with no marks...

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yea

simply,

the red marks are like the grass story above,

or i'd say

you call me a [email protected]#$%

I slap you on the face twice

and you have a red mark

lol

just like the acne, acne pops up, you get angry about it and pop it etc,

acne dies angry, and leaves a 'I USED TO LIVE HERE' mark

i guess if we're kind to acne, they'll leave us with no marks...

Lol, I've tried that approach (being nice to the acne)

But they're ruthless =[

I get hyperpigmentation no matter what

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