A Date with the Dermatologist: Four In-Office Acne Procedures Worth Knowing Before Your Visit

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Rachel Duran

woman getting a laser acne treatment

Rachel DuranAs acne affects more people and becomes increasingly difficult to treat, it may make  sense to make an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss a professional in-office treatment. Although none are a sure-fix for adult acne, in-office procedures may help where other treatments haven't.

In office procedures may be recommended alone—or to supplement an existing treatment plan that includes topical products like our Acne Control Complex. Here’s a brief explanation of in-office procedures you should know before setting a date to see your doctor.

Laser and Light Therapies

Light therapy uses light at a specific wavelength to target the strain of bacteria that plays a pivotal role in the cause of acne. It's best for those with mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Pain-free, no downtime, and no mess—the most common side effect is excessive dryness, sun sensitivity, and an impressive bill to follow.

Chemical Peels

This procedure uses repeated applications of a chemical solution, such as salicylic acid. Peels resurface the skin, even out pigmentation, and can be beneficial treatment for blackheads and papules. Sensitive skin beware: chemical peels may cause temporary, severe redness, blistering, and irritation.


Acne “removal” drains and extracts to remove large cysts. Dermatologists can also use special tools to remove whiteheads and blackheads that haven’t cleared. This process may cause scarring.


An intense form of exfoliation that sprays tiny crystals on the skin to remove the topmost layer and reveal the fresh young skin beneath. Pores are unclogged and baby smooth, making this process popular with those who suffer from regular breakouts. Also a plus for those with dark spots but the treatment isn’t quite strong enough to tackle acne scars or wrinkles. Dermabrasion is the more involved version of the treatment that actually removes full layers of the skin and requires a longer recovery time.


  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin

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