Acne Treatments: Medical Procedures May Help Clear Skin

As experienced dermatologists, we frequently work with patients who have unsuccessfully tried seemingly every topical product on the market to clear their skin of acne breakouts. If nothing has worked so far to provide your desired results, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us so you can learn more about the advanced acne treatment options listed below.

1. Skin Care Products

While there is no cure for acne, you can get it under control by sticking to a consistent skin care routine with products formulated for your unique skin type. In addition to fighting acne, medical-grade moisturizers, sunscreens, and specialty serums can improve your overall skin quality and help you look younger. At Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco, we carry high-quality products from lines including La Roche-Posay, SkinMedica®, and Epionce®.

2. Chemical Peels

Peels are ideal for improving your overall skin health and restoring a glowing complexion. We offer light, moderate, and deep peels tailored to your specific needs. A chemical peel treatment involves applying a solution of chemicals to your face, leaving it on for a specific period, then neutralizing it. The combination of ingredients will exfoliate the top layers of your skin for a refreshed appearance, while unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells, blackheads, and whiteheads.


Professional-grade chemical peels aren’t available for over-the-counter, at-home use. For best results, you should only get this treatment from an experienced dermatologist who knows which chemicals to use and how long to leave them on your skin.

3. Lasers

Laser skin resurfacing is an effective way to get a smoother, brighter, and healthier look. A registered nurse performs all our laser procedures under the close supervision of our board-certified physicians. These non-invasive treatments only require minimal recovery time and often provide excellent results, especially after a series of appointments.


The light and heat energy from lasers can kill acne bacteria and may also shrink sebaceous glands, thus decreasing oil production. Laser resurfacing also stimulates your body’s natural collagen regeneration process, which can gradually minimize scarring left over from past acne breakouts.

4. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is another exfoliation technique we may recommend to clear your skin and control acne. There’s no need for anesthesia or recovery time with microdermabrasion, making it an excellent option for our patients with busy schedules. You can also pair it with complementary medical procedures like chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing for even more comprehensive results.

Professional Acne Treatments in San Francisco

Acne and the scarring it leaves behind require experienced treatment to clear your skin and allow it to heal. If you want a smoother, healthier, and blemish-free complexion, schedule your consultation today. Our dermatologists take a collaborative approach to medical and cosmetic procedures, and we have thoroughly researched every treatment we provide to ensure we can deliver excellent results.