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How do you get rid of acne marks?

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To get rid of acne marks, apply hydrocortisone cream and a fading lotion, cover the skin with sunscreen, and then apply concealer. Repeat this 10-minute process daily. You need hydrocortisone cream, fading lotion, broad-spectrum sunscreen, concealer and a sun hat.

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  1. Apply hydrocortisone cream

    Gently dab an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream over the acne.

  2. Lighten the dark spots

    Apply fading lotion to scars and dark spots. Choose a product that contains arbutin, kojic acid or vitamin C. If you have sensitive skin, avoid fading lotions that include the bleaching agent hydroquinone.

  3. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen

    Apply sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher. Choose a product that blocks long-wave and short-wave ultraviolet rays. Put on the sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.

  4. Conceal the marks

    Once your skin absorbs the sunscreen, cover the acne marks with concealer. To hide bright red marks, use a thin brush to paint green concealer over the redness, and cover the green paint with a concealer that matches your skin tone. Lighter marks do not require green concealer.

  5. Put on a sun hat

    Wear a sun hat outdoors, especially during the early afternoon. A sun hat helps prevent the darkening of acne marks due to sun exposure.

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