Is microdermabrasion good for acne?

I have a teenaged son who has very unfortunately been steadily developing facial acne over the past few years. It gets worse with each flare-up and my heart is aching but there is so little I can do besides tell him it'll go away and that it's never as bad as it seems. But I know he's traumatized by it. He has asked for Accutane and the family doctor would approve it but he's already a sensitive kid, I don't want to take chances that he'll be the one out of whatever that suffers the worst reactions while on that medication. I have heard mixed opinions on the procedure but the majority have been positive. So, from a professional standpoint, could microdermabrasion be effective with bad acne? I would love to be able to offer up that option to him. I don't think he knows anything about it so it would be a pleasant surprise. Even if it required multiple visits over many years, it could still spell the difference between my son being able to live his life without being compromised by an unfortunate skin condition. Any other suggestions would be welcome, too. Best regards.


F, 49, Pennsylvania

Tags:man age 45-54 acne teenager

I would not recommend microdermabrasion for active acne- it mat spread the acne.  For active acne we recommend the following procedures :Acne facials, Red/Blue LLLT (low level laser therapy), Forever clear BBL and Intracell RF microneedling.  Also medical prescriptions include Duac and adapalene topical and local acne injections in bigger lesions to prevent scarring.

Ken Oleszek, MD
La Fontaine Aesthetics
Denver, Colorado