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What is drainage and extraction treatment for acne?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Drainage and extraction is a type of acne surgery performed by a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in treating skin, hair, and nail conditions). Drainage and extraction of an acne comedo (a medical term describing a pimple) or skin cyst is done at the doctor's office under sterile conditions. Having a dermatologist perform drainage and extraction of acne can prevent worsening of the condition, scarring, and spreading skin bacteria such as staphylococci and streptococci.

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