Can Dermabrasion Cure Acne Scars?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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I don't know if "dermabrasion" is the actual name of the procedure, but is there a cosmetic procedure that can smooth scarred skin after adolescent/teen acne?

Doctor's response

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that involves the controlled abrasion (wearing away) of the upper layers of the skin with sandpaper or other mechanical means.

The purpose of dermabrasion is to smoothen the skin and, in the process, remove small scars (as from acne), moles (nevi), tattoos or fine wrinkles.

Dermabrasion is potentially dangerous and should not be done indiscriminately.

The term "dermabrasion" comes from the Greek "derma", skin + the Latin " abrasio", wearing away = wearing away the skin.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018