Does Microdermabrasion Work for Acne?

wonderig if the exfoliation would take away the acne on my cheeks

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Microdermabrasion for acne


Microdermabrasion is a light machine to help exfoliate the skins outer layer of the skin.  This may help with current bacteria formulation, and possibly smooth out current active acne.  As far as acne scars, profractional laser is the best for scarring.  Microdermabrasion is best when repeated a multiple of 3 to 6 treatments along with laser, and chemical peels following afterwards.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion and Acne


Microdermabrasion helps with mild acne usually resulting from clogged pores. There are much better treatments such as PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) with ALA. You also may need an antibiotic and an everyday regimen.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion for Acne


Microdermabrasion is not good for treating active acne. Once your acne has healed, the microdermabrasion may be useful for treating any resultant scars and for smoothing the skin. Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Microdermbrasion helpful for acne only as part of a customized skin care routine


Microdermabrasion can be helpful to minimize plugging of pores which can then prevent additional comedones, i.e. blackheads and whiteheads. When comedones are inflamed, they can lead to angry tender cysts. However, microdermabrasion should be used as part of a customized skin care routine that should include combination of topical and/or oral prescription-strength medications, supervised by a board-certified dermatologist.

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Microdermabrasion for acne


Microdermabrasion can be helpful for mild comedonal acne (blackheads & whiteheads), although there are very effective creams and sometimes pills used for acne which can be just as effective, and often more effective at less of an expense. I personally prefer chemical peels to microdermabrasion. See your dermatologist to discuss your best treatment options.

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Microdermabrasion not very effective for acne


Microdermabrasion can work for acne stage one, which involves clogged pores/ comedones. It involves several ongoing treatments to achieve results. There are other better acne treatments available, like chemical peels or IPL treatments combined with specific topicals. For acne, see your dermatologist or plastic surgeon so you don't waste your time or money trying ineffective therapies.

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