How to Cure Acne Scarring and Uneven Skin Tone on the Face

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Scars caused from acne can be removed or smoothed with surgery and treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Skin lighteners can reduce skin discoloration from dark spots. It is also helpful to stay out of the sun because sun exposure can make spots more discernible, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Washing your face correctly can minimize new acne from forming that may scar and avoid irritating your skin, which will increase the unevenness of your skin tone.

Step 1

Get a microdermabrasion to remove the top layer of skin. Your dermatologist will use a machine to aid in this procedure. Do several treatments to reduce discoloration, as advised by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Step 2

Get a minimum of four light chemical peels unless otherwise advised by your doctor to reduce skin discoloration, as recommended by the American Association of Dermatologists. Have your peels done by a medical esthetician under the supervision of a board-certified physician. Chemical peels range in depth of exfoliation, so check with your dermatologist as to what kind you should get.

Step 3

Apply sunscreen whenever you go outdoors. Put it on 20 minutes before you will be in the sun. Hats, visors, parasols and sunglasses can hide your skin from the sun and reduce sun damage.

Step 4

Clean your skin twice a day with a gentle, antibacterial soap. Start under your jaw and wash up all the way to your hairline. Wash your skin after doing an activity that causes you to sweat as well.

Step 5

Apply a bleaching cream daily with 2 percent hydroquinone, unless your dermatologist recommends a stronger version with 4 percent hydroquinone or a cream that combines hydroquinone, a corticosteroid and tretinoin. Bleaching creams will help fade spots, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild cleanser

  • Bleaching cream


As hard as it may be, try not to touch your skin, especially on places with existing acne. Squeezing, pinching or picking at blemishes may cause more of the dark spots and scars you are trying to eliminate.


Home microdermabrasion and chemical peel kits do exist, but they can be harsh and irritating to your skin. These in-home products can actually increase the number of dark spots on your face and make you look worse than you did before you tried them.

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