Cryotherapy for Acne

Cryotherapy for acne is usually performed as a topical step of our acne treatment procedures and its is not done on its own. Some side effects of this treatment could include stinging and redness of the skin, some pain for a short period of time that may be reduced by the application of a steroid to the affected area immediately after the treatment. In very rare cases, a patient with extremely sensitive skin may experience some swelling and blistering after a Cryotherapy session.

On its own, Cryotherapy is the use of low temperatures in medical therapy or the removal of heat from a body part. Sometimes referred to as “Cryosurgery” and it is, in fact, a form of surgery where a layer of skin is removed along with the acne blemishes. This effective method of acne treatment has been available for over 40 years and has proven to be very effective as an acne treatment option. Liquid nitrogen or solid carbon dioxide is applied to an area of skin to freeze it. Light freezing produces peeling of the skin, moderate freezing causes blistering and hard freezing causes scabbing. This method could be used as a treatment for acne as well as a way to remove scars, growths and some skin cancers. The freezing agent may be sprayed on to the skin or swabbed on with same results and it is done by a licensed medical professional.