shutterstock_83307373(This article is part of our new series – “A closer look at medical treatments for acne.”)

For some types of mild to moderate acne, facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion offer improvement by exfoliating the top layers of the skin.

These treatments compliment other treatments but do not work on the root causes of acne. Several sessions are usually required. Your skin type and colour will help determine treatment.

How these work:

Chemical peels, a highly concentrated acid such as glycolic or salicylic, is applied to the skin and causes peeling. This helps exfoliate the skin, get rid of dead skin cells, and unclog pores.

Facials, often done in conjunction with extraction, deeply cleanse and hydrate the skin which helps to unclog the pores.

Microdermabrasion, fine crystals brush against the top layer of the skin, helping to remove dead skin cells and oil.

Side effects: redness and peeling that may last a few days.

Dos and Don’ts: Use sunscreen and sun protection as your skin will be very sun sensitive.

Expect results: after a few days.