Superficial Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion for Acne Vulgaris

In this article, we focus on 2 commonly used nonlaser therapeutic options for superficial exfoliation: superficial chemical peels and microdermabrasion.


Stephan John Kempiak, MD, PhD, and Nathan Uebelhoer, DO

Superficial chemical peels and microdermabrasion are used for many dermatologic conditions. A common condition treated with these modalities is acne vulgaris. In this review, we discuss the theory behind the technique of these procedures and describe the application and complications of each of these procedures in the office setting. The evaluation of patients before proceeding with the procedure and discuss pre- and postpeel regimens used for patients is discussed. We also analyze studies on both of these in-office procedures and comparative studies between the 2 most commonly used superficial chemical peeling agents, glycolic and salicylic acid.

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