Dr. Perricone Q&A – Microdermabrasion Treatments For Acne Scars


Q: What do you think about microdermabrasion treatments? Will they help me to get rid of my acne scars and even out the skin tone on my face?

A: I don’t think microdermabrasion will help much. The less you do with mechanical therapies the better. These are extreme forms of treatment and can leave you with more discolorations, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and other problems.

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11 thoughts on “Dr. Perricone Q&A – Microdermabrasion Treatments For Acne Scars

  1. I wear a liquid foundation. I currently use the age prevent cleanser, by Dr. Perricone to take off my makeup. My question is – I noticed in some of the cosmetic lines they are promoting “makeup removers” followed by your favorite cleanser. It just sounds like another step to add to your routine. Is this necessary?

  2. Dear Stephanie,

    Dr. Perricone’s Age Prevent cleanser is a thorough cleanser that removes makeup well, so you should not need a separate “makeup remover” product. You may simply cleanse with the Age Prevent Cleanser, then follow with your usual Perricone treatment products.

    I hope this helps.

  3. Im lost!I am health concious, and I want to find a way to clear up my complexion. Ive been off accutance for 2 months and see scars I didnt see before. I am clear but dont know what to do to get skin tone clear extreme oil, pores, black heads, and marks some pock marks. Please help! What products will help? Since your suggesting microderm doesnt?
    Im scared to try anything!!

  4. Is there a difference on how to treat cystic acne and mild acne. I have blackheads. Will the anti-inflammatory diet and supplements help?

  5. When I was in my 20′ I went through the windshield of a car. I was lucky enough to have an excellent plastic surgeou put me back together. Now that I am in my 60’s some of the scars and suture marks, mostly on my cheeks, are beginning to show. Would microdermabrasion help? If not is there anything that I could do.
    Thank you

    • Hi Louise. You are a very lucky woman! Dr. Perricone recommends applying topicals that gently exfoliate the skin instead of manual exfoliation treatments such as microdermabrasion since it thins the skin over time. For the appearance of scarring and general retexturizing of the skin, treatments rich in alpha lipoic acid such as our Advanced Face Firming Activator and High Potency Evening Repair work tremendously well.

  6. Hi,

    Can someone help, i have tried lots of lotions and potions on my pigmentation just around the cheeks, they seem to be less visible in winter but more in summer months. This problem only started last year and my gp has no real solution or explanation. I am of asian origin, pale skin tone and am 41 years old.. up until now i had perfect skin. i dont suffer from any other problems. please help, someone suggested microderbrasion but i have heard highly of your products can you sugguest something please…..many thanks

    • Hi Shemila. For persistent hyperpigmentation it is best to take a supplement along with a topical. Our Pigment Corrective topical treatment taken in conjunction with our Pigment Corrective supplement works well to safely erase the appearance of discoloration. Be cautious about microdermabrasion as it can actually worsen the appearance of discoloration and thin skin over time. Good luck and please check back in with us.

  7. If your acne scars don’t fade away on their own, it may be time to consider booking an appointment with your dermatologist. Within one to three sessions, laser skin resurfacing using fractionated laser technology can even out the skin surface and increase new collagen formation to help fill in acne scars.`”^`


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