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Recommended Energy Treatments For Acne
Name Description Cost
IPL laser (photofacial) Pulsed light therapy can be an effective treatment for acne because it may reduce oil production in the skin, making it harder for acne bacteria to grow. Pulsed light therapy is moderately...more Acne treatment with IPL can cost between $200 and $400 per session. Treatment of very severe...more
Blue light therapy / red light therapy Blue and red light therapy are noninvasive methods for killing off P. acnes. The UV free lamp emits blue or red light that kills bacteria without injuring the outer layer of your skin. ...more About eight sessions are usually recommended, which can add up to about $800 - $1,600.
Diode Laser Vein Treatment A long-wave diode laser is useful for acne treatment. The laser can kill or injure sebaceous glands in the skin, which manufacture oil, without touching the top layer of skin. Treatments are...more A single diode laser treatment can cost between $500 and $900.

Chemical Peels Recommended For Acne
Name Description Cost
BHA peel One way to reduce acne is to reduce the amount of free oil in the skin. Skin peels are a good way to do this, and one of the best peels for oily skin is the BHA peel. The BHA peel treats...more Treatment of facial acne with BHA peels costs $100 to $450 per session. A series of six BHA...more
AHA peel Another way to reduce acne is to clear pores so they won’t get clogged by oil (thus providing a breeding spot for acne bacteria.) An AHA peel, which gently exfoliates the skin, is a good...more Mild acne may clear up after two or three AHA treatments, a regimen which costs...more

Facials For Acne
Name Description Cost
Facials Extractions are especially useful for removing the dirt and oil that cause acne. Facials can exfoliate dead cells that cause breakouts, while masks can help to reduce oil and soothe the skin....more Standard European facials cost around $80, which may or may not include extractions. Some...more

Topical Prescription Products For Acne
Name Description Cost
Accutane Accutane is a powerful drug for treating severe nodular acne - those large, oftentimes painful acne lumps that scar the skin. Accutane is a highly effective drug when used properly. It has...more Accutane tablets are available in 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40 mg tablets. The cost of Accutane is...more
Retin-A Retin-A is a good acne treatment for skin that's plagued by mild to moderate acne. Because Retin-A is known to dry the skin, it is best for patients who have oily or combination skin. Retin-A is packaged in 20 to 50 g tubes priced $100 to $200 each. Depending on size, one...more

Treatments Not Recommended
Name Description
Jessners peel Mild peels are best for acne. Stronger peels, like the Jessners peel, are generally used to treat acne scarring – not acne itself.
TCA peel Mild peels are best for acne. The TCA peel is generally used to treat acne scarring, not acne itself.
Phenol peel A very strong peel, the phenol peel should not be used to treat acne.