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Medical-Grade Cosmetic Procedures to Treat Acne

Medical-Grade Cosmetic Procedures to Treat Acne


Acne is a disease that does not discriminate between genders or ages. Acne occurs when bacteria in the skin produces plugged pores, resulting in pimples, and deep lumps that can appear on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and even the upper arms. While not a life threatening condition, acne can be upsetting and disfiguring and can lead to serious and permanent scarring.

The following two medical-grade cosmetic procedures are commonly used to treat acne and have proven very effective.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels work by removing the surface layers of the skin in order to expose fresh and unaffected layers below. Chemicals, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid, remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, remove whiteheads and blackheads, and can generate new skin growth. Chemical peels are often used with acne creams or gels for better penetration of the medication.

A surgeon considers a patient's skin color, extent of sun damage, oiliness of the skin, and current acne condition in order to determine if a chemical peel procedure is a good option.

The best candidates for chemical peels are those patients who have superficial acne or acne scars alone. Patients who have severe and very active acne may not be good candidates. In addition to a treatment for acne, chemical peels can also improve skin pigmentation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Microdermabrasion is a treatment that smoothes the skin and unclogs pores using a hand-held device that blows crystals onto the skin. These crystals gently polish the surface of the skin. Then, a vacuum tube removes the crystals and skin cells, exfoliating and unclogging pores. Finally, the skin is sprayed with an aluminum oxide to eliminate the outer layer of dead skin cells.

Similar to chemical peels, microdermabrasion is often used with other acne treatments to increase its effectiveness.

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