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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.