Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels for Acne Treatment

Many people suffer from acne on their face, neck, shoulders and back even into their 30s, but there is no one-size-fits-all acne treatment because everyone’s skin is different. It may take more than one type of treatment to rid you of acne and acne scars. However, doctors agree that there are solutions for every acne sufferer. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are two popular treatments for acne. Chemical peels can be stronger than microdermabrasion, but our specialists will be able to tell you what treatments may be the right procedures for your skin.


Microdermabrasion is also called micro resurfacing and is a method for rejuvenating your skin. It uses a small machine that exfoliates the outermost layer of dead skin cells and sucks them away. Sometimes called a mini sand-blaster, it blows tiny micro crystals on your skin that dislodge dead cells that are then vacuumed away. It is non-invasive and is performed in-office by our trained, professional technicians. It is an effective treatment for shallow acne scars, and will improve the appearance of brown spots that are left over from acne lesions. It removes surface blackheads completely but may not remove the deepest plugs. It exposes the new skin below that is thirsty for lubrication. Serums and masks are applied to the new skin leaving a greatly improved complexion.

Many people have several treatments, and the intensity level is increased for each treatment because the skin is strengthened and grows back thicker and stronger.

The best candidates for microdermabrasion are people suffering from:

  • Fine scars
  • Blotchy skin
  • Acne
  • Sun damage
  • Slight wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Keratosis
  • Non-inflamed whiteheads

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels help a wide range of skin conditions including acne and acne scars. First, your face is cleaned, and a gentle exfoliating peel using a glycolic or lactic peel is performed depending on your skin type.

Both chemical peels and microdermabrasion improve the discolorations left behind from acne lesions. When the upper layer of skin is removed, the younger cells underneath are exposed and need to multiply faster to replace the essential upper layer. However, for acne scars that have tissue loss and indentations in the skin, a chemical peel may have a better result because it goes deeper than microdermabrasion. It is important to consult with one of our treatment providers to determine the best treatment for your acne and skin type.

The type of acne treatment for you depends on your skin type and severity of acne. Many people combine chemical peels with microdermabrasion for deeper exfoliation. In any case, we give a series of treatments, usually from six to eight depending on your skin, to get the best results. Microdermabrasion is considered the best procedure to continue after you have achieved your desired results. Contact Rao Dermatology today to schedule your consultation. We can determine the safest and most effective treatment plan for your needs.

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