Solve for Acne
This guide is helpful if...
You have a mild case of acne
Acne cream or medication is not your thing
At-home, over-the-counter treatments have not been effective
Acne scarring can use some love and improvement
**Always discuss any new treatment with your dermatologist first. Not every treatment may be right for you.
Given the principles and goals, the following procedures will be your best bet. Your board-certified dermatologist or aesthetic provider can help you create a treatment plan that works best for you.
The first step is to get a peel.
Chemical Peels can help exfoliate and remove the blackheads, whiteheads, and small bumps on the skin's surface.
It also peels away the top layer of damaged skin to alleviate pigmentation and scars from acne and stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin.
Combination peels (using a combination of acids) are said to be faster-acting than single peels.
This is the second step or to be used in between peels.
This is just to give your skin some love, extra unclogging, and hydration. If you opt for DiamondGlow, stick to the Pore Clarifying treatment only for the brush tip (the diamond tip is too coarse for acne-prone skin).
Other helpful procedures
Laser and light therapies can also help acne. There are laser technologies that target and suppress the sebaceous gland (for oil production), improve pigmentation, and stimulate collagen production. That said, we have seen cost-effective successes from the above three procedures in certain acne cases.
Shared by Charlie Yu from Cosmable and edited by dermatologist Dr. J. Trent, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Last updated in Jan 2023.
Starting with the principles
At the end of the day, we want to
Clear away the bad stuff (blackheads, whiteheads, and small bumps)
Make way for the good stuff (new & healthy skin, collagen)
Treat acne immediately to prevent hyperpigmentation and scarring
Improve pigmentation and/or scarring from the aftermath
The last step, Microneedling, is only to be done after you have no more active breakouts.
Peels are great for improving pigmentation from acne, while Microneedling is good for hyperpigmentation and acne scars that result in uneven texture. Microneedling encourages collagen production, which will help smooth out the skin’s appearance.