Sebacia Microparticles:  Finally Something New to Treat Acne

Are you looking for a new option to combat your acne?

We are excited to be one of the first centers in the U.S. to offer Sebacia Microparticles – a breakthrough treatment for acne that represents the most exciting innovation in acne therapy in nearly two decades.  Sebacia Microparticles is a treatment for mild to moderate acne that recently received FDA clearance in the U.S., and we are proud to now offer at Sanova Dermatology.

Treatment of Acne

Acne affects approximately 85% of people during their lives, typically beginning in adolescence and sometimes lasting into adulthood.  Acne affects not only your appearance but can also impact your self-confidence and social relationships.  In some patients, their skin will develop permanent scars caused by acne.  Luckily, there are several treatment options available for acne.  Most commonly, physicians prescribe either topical or oral medications that are taken daily.  These medications target one or more of the underlying causes of acne:  1) debris clogging pores, 2) bacteria proliferation and 3) excessive oil production, but must be taken regularly in order to effectively treat acne.

What is the Sebacia Treatment and How Does it Work?

The Sebacia treatment is different from traditional acne medications because it is done in your dermatologist’s office and reduces or eliminates the need for daily medication.  The treatment is comfortable, convenient, and consists of three short 30-45-minute treatment sessions one week apart.  After each treatment session, there is no downtime and you can return to work or school.

The Sebacia treatment works by delivering a formulation of gold microparticles to your skin which is then heated with a common dermatology laser.  This selected heating of your skin targets an underlying cause of acne.  Each treatment session starts with a thorough facial cleansing with mild soap.  Then, the gold microparticles are gently massaged into your skin by your Sebacia provider. Next, a common dermatology laser is applied to the skin to heat the gold microparticles, which heats the pores and glands that produce oil. This selective heating results in fewer acne lesions and an improvement in the appearance of your skin over time. The following video shows the clinical procedure:



Benefits of Sebacia Acne Treatment

The Sebacia treatment offers several important benefits for patients like you:

  • Targets a root cause of acne
  • No downtime from school or work
  • Comfortable and convenient – each appointment takes about 30-45 minutes
  • No anesthesia necessary
  • May reduce the need for daily medications
  • Non-invasive
  • Suitable for adolescents and adults with mild to moderate acne

What to expect with Sebacia Microparticles

Sebacia Microparticles have demonstrated improvement in acne in multiple clinical studies[1].  A published European study showed improvement in acne at 2, 3, and 6 months1.  In a recent real-world study from Europe[2], Sebacia Microparticles demonstrated an average 74% improvement in facial acne at 6 months and an improvement of 85% out to 12 months[3].  Individual results may vary.


3 Months






6 Months

Immediately after the treatment session, your skin may appear a little red.  This is a normal response to the treatment and lasts a few hours in most patients.  You can return to work or school immediately following each procedure.  Most of the side effects reported during clinical trials were not related to the Sebacia treatment.  For those that were related, they are similar to laser hair removal.  Your Sebacia Provider will provide you with guidance about your specific situation.

How much does Sebacia cost?

During an acne consultation, our clinical team will be able to evaluate your suitability for the Sebacia treatment and provide you with pricing information.

Contact Sanova Dermatology

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

Related Sebacia information
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[1] Paithankar, et al. 2015 JID; data on file at Sebacia

[2] Recently presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (Kauvar et al. 2019)

[3] A minority of patients used acne medications at some point during the follow-up period (Kauvar et al. 2019 AAD).


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