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Acne Facials

Sunnyvale Dermatology

603 S. Knickerbocker Dr.

Sunnyvale,  CA   94087

(408) 736-0441

Diseases and Surgery of the Skin

Cosmetic Dermatology

Dr. Bernard Recht


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Acne is the term for pimples and complexion problems which commonly occur in teenagers and can frequently continue into adulthood. Pimples usually occur on the face, but may involve the neck, chest, back and upper arms. Acne is only a skin problem, and does not affect your general health. Acne surgery is the term which refers to several surgical approaches for removing certain acne lesions. These include opening up comedones and pimples by using a needle or small pointed blade and expressing the lesions with an extractor.

Therapeutic Acne Facial

Removal of non-red or non-inflamed acne lesions, also called comedones, differs from that of red or inflamed lesions. Open comedones (blackheads) and closed comedones (whiteheads) are non-inflamed lesions. They usually cause little distress. These can be removed mechanically with comedone extractors and a fine needle or a pointed blade to open closed comedones. Such maneuvers are temporary, and new comedones may form to replace the ones removed. Removal of comedones is usually done by our estheticians. To keep these comedones from recurring, topical medications, such as Retin-A, can help prevent the formation of new comedones and is available from the dermatologist.

Acne Facial and Insurance

Acne surgery is usually covered by most insurances if medically indicated. An initial visit to the dermatologist is necessary to first evaluate the patient for this treatment and to start the patient on medications if needed.