Is dermaplaning okay for acne prone skin??

Hi Dr. I, I have oily acne prone skin. back in May, i was prescribed ziana and fiancea to treat my moderate hormonal acne. There was a ton of purging for a while, but 3 months later, It seemed to really calm down with no clogged pores. The facialist at the dermatologist recommended I go through dermaplaning to help w/the red spots left from the acne. Afterwards, I found my pores started to get clogged again, and now i'm going through what i feel like i went through during the first 3 months of purging pores. Is dermaplaning not good for acne prone skin? I'm now using atralin and fiancea. I feel like the atralin is helping to purge the clogged pore, but they seem to become hardened just beneath my skin (blackheads maybe?) Will the atralin help to get rid of the blackheads by dissolving them? Thanks!

Okay –  so a couple of things here  –   I’m glad you are waiting for several months after a regimen change to decide if it’s helping or doing nothing.  It really does take a few months partly because acne IS so hormonal.   As women, our hormones fluctuate a lot even month to month, so sometimes a change, or lack of  change, is just our hormones bouncing around.  Something to always consider with acne.

I would vote no on the dermaplaning.  I love dermaplaning for women/men who have a lot of that very fine facial hair (who don’t like waxing) or for a freshener but for acne, most dermatologists will recommend microdermabrasion.  The microdermabrasion has a mildly abrasive tip (ours uses a diamond fraise), combined with suction and a tool that allows using topicals at the same time.  You can get that dead skin layer off, really clean out the pores, and have a gentle salicylic acid treatment all at the same time, for example. Also, you might consider buying the Clarisonic Mia to use for cleansing.   

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

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