Oxybrasion for Treating Acne Vulgaris


eMediNexus    24 February 2023

Many cosmetic methods have proven efficacious in reducing skin eruptions in people with acne vulgaris. Since oxybrasion is a safe method of the exfoliating dead epidermis, the present study investigated its effectiveness in young women with acne vulgaris. It used the Global Acne Grading System (GAGS) and Derma Unit SSC 3 device (Sebumeter SM 815, Corneometer CM 825) to assess acne vulgaris and skin properties. The study enrolled 24 women aged 19 to 21 years with diagnosed mild acne vulgaris and a high level of sebum (>100 μg/cm2) while excluding women on any dermatological treatment within the last 12 months and/or hormonal contraception. 


It randomly assigned Probands to two equal groups. Group A (experimental) received oxybrasion with 0.9% sodium chloride solution simultaneously with compressed oxygen, while Group B (placebo) received noncarbonated mineral water and oxygen from the device (not pure). It performed a series of five treatments at 10-day intervals and measured skin parameters before and 30 days after the end of treatment. 


The study found:


  • Improvement in Group A (experimental) regarding skin hydration and GAGS, while a reduction in sebum on the epidermis with no side effects. 


The study shows that oxybrasion is effective in women with acne and safe, as it improves skin parameters; however, further research is needed.


Source: Chilicka K, Rogowska AM, Szyguła R, et al. Efficacy of oxybrasion in the treatment of acne vulgaris: a preliminary report. J Clin Med. 2022;11(13):3824. 

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