Ask your dermatologist about new in-office procedures for acne, such as DermaSweep MD, a multi-step crystal-free microdermabrasion system that painlessly exfoliates, extracts whiteheads and blackheads and then infuses your skin with acne-fighting salicylic and glycolic acid. I find that DermaSweep MD treatment is much more effective for acne and scarring than traditional microdermabrasion. It also has the advantage of being aluminum-free.
Acne lasers such as the Palomar Lux V target and kill the bacteria whose overgrowth causes acne. Another option is the Vitalize chemical peel, an effective combination of fruit acids that improves acne and scarring. Facials are not just for girls any more; both teenage boys and girls can benefit from steaming and extractions performed in a medical setting by a licensed aesthetician.