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Dermabrasion for Acne

Dermabrasion is a highly effective method of treating scars resulting from acne. The treatment works by gently removing the outer layers of skin through the use of an abrasive tool equipped with a diamond-studded tip. Our dermatologists often recommend dermabrasion for acne scarring since it gets rid of damaged skin cells and stimulates the growth of cells. This process can create significant improvement, giving patients a boost in their self-confidence.


Dermabrasion provides best results when used for rolling scars and hyperpigmentation, and it can also show improvement for boxcar scars. Unlike microdermabrasion, this procedure removes layers of skin and underlying scar with precision. When performed by an experienced dermatologist, dermabrasion can offer the following benefits:

  • Smoother skin texture
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation
  • Faded scar appearance
  • Improved self-esteem
Dermabrasion for Acne

During your consultation, one of our dermatologists will perform a physical exam and listen to what you hope to achieve through treatment. Based on this information, they will create a personalized treatment plan. The best candidates for dermabrasion are those who have fairer skin, as there is less risk of discoloration.

Procedure and Recovery

Before the dermabrasion process begins, you will be given local anesthesia since the top layers of skin will be removed. This allows you to remain comfortable as your dermatologist begins the procedure. Once this has taken effect, a special dermatological device will be slowly guided around your face to remove the skin by abrasion. Your doctor will choose from various sizes of diamond-studded tips to match the size of the area being treated.

Healing will depend on how large and deep your treatment area is. In general, it takes about seven to ten days to complete the healing process, during which time the skin will regrow. For the first several weeks, your skin may be sensitive and appear pink, but this gradually fades as the skin returns to its natural pigment.

The specific details of your dermabrasion session will be discussed with you prior to treatment. Instructions for post-treatment care will be provided to promote proper healing as your skin recovers. Your recovery following dermabrasion is an important time that can affect your final results. In addition to following the specific instructions provided by your doctor, you should limit sun and wind exposure, wearing sunscreen whenever outdoors.

If you would like more information about dermabrasion for acne scarring, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists, please contact us today.