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 non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of micro crystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. Microdermbrasion can be an effective treatment for acne depending on the severity of the condition. It  helps with mild acne usually resulting from clogged pores. It is not useful for deep acne scars or deep wrinkles. Once your acne has healed, the Microdermabrasion may be useful for treating any resultant scars and for smoothing the skin.

Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Microdermabrasion and Acne

Patients seeking a non-surgical method to rejuvenate and refresh their facial skin need look no further than microdermabrasion. It is also a great technique for deep pore cleaning so often a great treatment for acne.
Microdermabrasion is a less aggressive technique than dermabrasion. It is effective for treating:
  • light scarring
  • discoloration
  • sun damage
  • stretch marks

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County 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.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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Acne and Microdermabrasion


If you acne is active I wouldn't reccomend this treatment as it could result in the spread of bacteria.

For resurfacing and improving the texture of the skin after having acne this treatment works well.

Kind regards

Chien C. Kat, FRCS
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion for Acne

Microdermbrasion can be an effective treatment for acne depending on the severity of the condition. It provides a safe, non-invasive method that of exfoliation that removes and vacuums dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin revealing fresh, healthy skin. Those who have mild to moderate acne can benefit from microdermabrasion treatments but microdermbrasion can be too abrasive for those with severe acne or open lesions. It is best to rely on the expertise of your aesthetician to determine if you are the right candidate for microdermabrasion. If you do decide to move forward with microdermabrasion be sure that the provider is utilizing the latest technology, DiamondTome™ skin resurfacing. This crystal free treatment provides an unparalleled approach to microdermabrasion that yields superior results. This resurfacing method reduces signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. A smoother and more vibrant skin is uncovered when the outer layer of the skin is gently polished away. This procedure promotes new cell growth and vascular circulation under the skin resulting in healthier and firmer skin. A series of microdermbrasion treatments can significantly help keep your acne under control and improve the appearance of acne scars.

Scott Chapin, MD, FACS
Philadelphia 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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Microdermabrasion and Acne

The truth is that there are only a few studies in the literature that have looked at the effect of microdermabrasion on acne although most dermatologists do think it is beneficial. What we do know is that microdermabrasion removes the outer layers of the skin and probably helps acne medications penetrate more efficiently. Microdermabrasion also seems to help lighten pigmentation that occurs after acne and so for those reasons we often use it as part of a comprehensive acne regimen. I suggest you see your dermatologist and see if they think microdermabrasion is an appropriate treatment for you.

Patricia Farris, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon

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.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
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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.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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