Acne Treatment Procedures Overview


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What is acne?

Acne is a long-term skin condition that occurs when the sebaceous glands (oil-bearing glands) in the skin, due to reasons such as hormonal changes, start producing more sebum (oil), or gets clogged due to the accumulation of dead skin cells and oil.

The areas most affected in the body by acne are the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.

The different types of acne are blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. 

Depending on the severity of the condition, there are various acne treatments available:

Can I get acne procedures done?

  • Adults (>18 years)- While it is safe to use natural remedies for treating acne at any age, it is advisable to opt for medical procedures and treatments only if you are of 18 years and above.
  • You should not be prone to keloids or suffer from, diabetes, herpes, active pus-filled acne, immune system disorder, active skin infections, allergies, connective tissue disorder, or any other serious medical issue.
  • If you have consumed any medicines for acne, you need to wait for one year before undergoing any of these treatments.
  • These treatments are not advisable for pregnant women.

Home Remedies for Acne

Solutions to treating acne effectively are most of the time right in our kitchen cabinets. Ingredients such as tea tree oil, green tea, mint leaves, lemon juice, if applied on the affected parts and left for a period of 10 minutes to half an hour can completely eradicate acne. These are time-tested home remedies and therefore well trusted. Regular intake of a healthy diet, rich in fiber, with plenty of green leaves and vegetables, and consuming citrus fruits daily, too helps to keep pimples at bay.

These treatments are considered very safe and can be undertaken at almost any age and there are no known side effects. 

What is the cost and the eligibility criteria of each acne treatment procedure? 

To know the cost of and eligibility criteria for each acne treatment procedure, please refer to the table below :

What is the time taken to perform and recovery time for each acne treatment procedure? 

To know the time taken to perform, and recovery time related to each acne treatment procedure please refer to the table below :

What are the type of side effects of undergoing each acne treatment procedure? 

To know the different side effects of undergoing acne treatment procedures, and the intensity of each please refer to the table below: 

More Topics Related to Acne Treatment

People interested in this topic also read: 


1. Fabbrocini G, Annunziata M, D'Arco V et al. Acne Scars: Pathogenesis, Classification and Treatment. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

2. Gozali MV, Zhou B, Luo D, Effective Treatments of Atrophic Acne Scars. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

3. Aronsson A, Eriksson T, Jacobsson S, Salemark L. Effects of dermabrasion on acne scarring. A review and a study of 25 cases. Europepmcorg. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

4. Lloyd J. The Use of Microdermabrasion for Acne: A Pilot Study. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

5. Spandau D, Loesch M, Somani A, Kingsley M, Travers J. Skin resurfacing procedures: new and emerging options. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

6. Tsoukas M, Adya K, Inamadar A, Pei S. Light-based therapies in acne treatment. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

7. Itoh Y, Ninomiya Y, Tajima S, Ishibashi A. Photodynamic therapy of acne vulgaris with topical δ-aminolaevulinic acid and incoherent light in Japanese patients. 2018. Available at: Accessed March 2, 2018.

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Questions answered by trusted doctors

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I've been suffering from acne . so give me the solution for acne problem.i hope you will cure my acne problem
Dr. Manoj Agarwala
Dermatologist, Raipur
Skin care needs to be customized based on the presenting complaints. There are different ways to achieve a flawless skin after acne and it needs medical interventions and commitment on part of the patient. Acne treatment has multiple stages - to control new breakouts, to clear the sequelae (pigmentation and scars) and to prevent a relapse. An attempt to find out the root cause of acne should be made in every patient or else it keeps recurring. Each phase takes a couple of weeks before we move to the next phase of treatment. If you have active acne lesions, it should be controlled on priority basis. Acne scar and pores can be treated with subcisions, dermaroller, fractional CO2 lasers, chemical peels and likewise. Remember combining treatment modalities help to achieve desired results earlier. Your dermatologist will decide a treatment plan for you after a consultation. Apart from active pharmaceutical medicines, a healthy diet and lifestyle is mandatory to achieve results.
Verified User
I've had the serious (mostly cystic) acne problems since June 2017. I consulted a dermatologist. I've been on acne treatment since then but it didn't subside. Later on, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome in Oct 2017. Treatment for both is going on and my acne has almost gone. But I still have scarred face which is reducing day by day but not completely. My doctor told me to go for chemical peeling. I have oily face. Please tell me the risks and benefits of it and should I do it?
Dr. Sandeep Gupta
Dermatologist, Delhi
Side effects include redness, Dryness,crusting, pigment change, reactivation of  herpes,keloid,infection etc.

Your dermatologist will take care of most but some are unpredictable.
Level of peel decide for some complications.

In Asian skin usually superficial peel are done.

Verified User
I have acne scars and marks how can I get rid of those scars Scars are not that deep
Dr. Pavan Murdeshwar
General Physician, Bangalore
  Hello. The scars and the pigmentation on the face are treatable. It's better to get it examined first so that we can identify the type of skin, scars and if they are hyper pigmented, atrophic or ice pick scars. The treatment are of various kind like ranging from simple scrubs and mild peels for the face to the major interventions such as laser therapy, dermaroller, subcision or peeling. These depend on the type of the scars and which kind you opt for. You can consult me online or text me with pictures for further details.
Dr. Ruchi Agrawal
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Hi..acne scars can be reduced with the right choice of treatment.a combination of dermaroller and laser can give upto 80%reduction in scars,depending of many factors like how old are your scars and what type of scars you consult a dermatologist for the same
For the marks glycolic peels and creams are effective
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Did you know?

Foods do not cause breakouts

Chocolates do not cause pimples or acne, neither does pizza or fries. In fact, there's little evidence that specific foods actually do cause acne. Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet, though, can help definitely result in a clear, glowing skin.

Sun exposure can minimize breakouts

Spending small amounts of time (10 to 20 minutes) in the sun can be beneficial for healing acne. Too much sun exposure though can be harmful. It can cause more breakouts and darken existing acne scars.

Do not overclean

Over exfoliating and over cleansing can actually aggravate your acne problems. It can irritate and dry your skin out, and make it produce more oil and then cause breakouts. Overdoing acne treatments can have the same effect. Therefore, stick to a morning and night regimen — cleanse, medicate, and moisturize.

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