The use of microdermabrasion for acne: a pilot study

Dermatol Surg. 2001 Apr;27(4):329-31. doi: 10.1046/j.1524-4725.2001.00313.x.


Background: Microdermabrasion is a superficial peeling modality that has become quite popular with our patients and the media.

Objective: To evaluate the use of microdermabrasion in patients with acne.

Methods: Twenty-five patients with grade II-III acne were enrolled into this pilot study. All patients were under dermatologic care and were maintained on their acne medications throughout the study. Patients received eight microdermabrasion treatments at weekly intervals. The results were documented with before and after photographs and evaluated for clinical improvement.

Results: Twenty-four patients completed the study with 38% (9/24) having excellent results, 34% (8/24) with good results, 17% (4/24) with fair results, and 12% (3/24) with poor results. Ninety-six percent (23/24) of patients were pleased with their peel results and would recommend this procedure to others.

Conclusion: The use of microdermabrasion in this pilot study appeared to produce a positive effect on the improvement of acne.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / pathology
  • Acne Vulgaris / surgery*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Dermabrasion*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects