Ugh: My Breakout Is Gone, but the Redness Is Still There

Hallie Gould
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I’ve been really lucky when it comes to breakouts—I’ve written about them, I’ve had a few pop up from time to time, and I’ve recommended products to zap them, but I’ve really never suffered from the frustrating woes of teenage or adult acne. That being said, something recently changed. Perhaps it’s because I’ve recently ascended into my almost late 20s (I’m not complaining! I feel wise.), but now whenever I break out, no matter how small or inconsequential the actual pimple is, it leaves behind a red mark long after it clears up. It is so annoying. How are acne scars and discoloration problems that have only just started plaguing me now? Aren’t these years supposed to be zit-free?

I spoke with celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, as well as Seed to Serum’s Megan Schwarz and dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, for their expert opinions and advice on why this is happening and how to make it stop. Like, immediately.

Keep reading for their sage guidance.

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