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Cosmetic Procedures Offer Hope for Acne Scars Bearers

Combination therapies using oral and topical antibiotics or topical retinoids in conjunction with a chemical peel have been found effective in managing acne.

But when the inflammation is gone, many people with acne-prone skin abandon procedures once helpful to their skin condition.

Chemical peel solutions with glycolic acid or salicylic acid are applied to the skin to exfoliate help to further unblock the pores, open the blackheads and whiteheads and stimulate new skin growth.

This promotes the penetration of topical medications and also may treat acne scars which result from breakouts.

Similar to chemical peeling, microdermabrasion results in superficial exfoliation of the skin and can improve irregularities in the skin's surface to help enhance the penetration of topical treatments.

"Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are minimally invasive, produce almost no discomfort and involve almost no recovery or down-time for the patient," stated Dr. Edna Roberts.

"These procedures are best used in combination with other acne treatments. And because these procedures help smooth the skin's surface, they can help diminish scars created by acne."