Superficial chemical peels and microdermabrasion for acne vulgaris

Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2008 Sep;27(3):212-20. doi: 10.1016/j.sder.2008.06.003.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy*
  • Dermabrasion
  • Glycolates / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Keratolytic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Salicylic Acid / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Glycolates
  • Keratolytic Agents
  • glycolic acid
  • Salicylic Acid