The Sebacia Acne Treatment May be Right For You

A cutting edge treatment for acne is now available. Treat stubborn mild to moderate acne with Sebacia Microparticles, an innovative formulation of gold microparticles that are applied to the skin and treated with a standard dermatology laser. Using the laser to heat the microparticles has been clinically proven to reduce the number of acne lesions over time. A published European study showed a significant reduction in acne at 2 and 3 months with further improvement at 6 months.1,3 One complete treatment cycle includes 3 visits over a period of 2 weeks.

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What Are the Advantages of the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

  • Localized treatment of acne
  • No downtime from school or work
  • No anesthesia necessary

How Does The Sebacia Acne Treatment Work?

The Sebacia gold microparticle formulation is applied and massaged into your skin by a medical professional. The treatment delivers Sebacia Microparticles into the pores and glands that produce oil. A dermatology laser is then applied to the skin, heating the gold microparticles. This targeted heating results in less acne lesions and an improvement in the appearance of your skin over time.¹

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by 3 main factors:
  • 1 Excessive Oil Production
  • 2 Debris Clogged Pores
  • 3 Bacteria Proliferation




What Will I Experience?

The treatment appointment takes 30-45 minutes total
  • 1. Facial cleansing
  • 2. Massaging Sebacia Microparticles into your skin
  • 3. Cooling your skin
  • 4. Laser treatment

After the treatment, your skin will have some redness, but this typically resolves within a few hours. Patients typically have 3 treatment appointments over a 2 week period.

Improvement means the percentage reduction of inflammatory acne lesions. Individual results and risks may vary.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Am I a good candidate for the Sebacia Treatment?

Sebacia Microparticles are indicated for acne. Schedule an appointment with a Sebacia provider who can do a clinical assessment and determine if the treatment is suitable for you.

My acne is not inflamed right now, but returns frequently – am I a candidate?

Yes! The Sebacia Acne Treatment works by targeting the sebaceous glands that produce the oil and play a role in new acne lesions forming. You should contact your Sebacia provider to determine if the Sebacia procedure is right for you.

Can adults have acne as well?

Yes, adults may suffer from acne, but there are also other skin conditions that may appear to be acne. Please contact your Sebacia provider to schedule a consultation so that they can make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment appropriate for you.

How much does the Sebacia procedure cost?

Pricing for the Sebacia Treatment varies by location. Please click here to find a Sebacia provider near you.

Is the Sebacia Acne Treatment reimbursed by my health insurance?

The Sebacia treatment is not currently covered by health insurance.

If I am currently using a prescription medication for my acne, can I continue using it after my Sebacia Acne Treatment?

Sebacia Microparticles are not contraindicated for use in patients taking prescription medications. Please consult with your medical doctor regarding the use of any prescription drugs during or after Sebacia Acne Treament.

Currently, I am seeing my dermatologist/skin therapist/beautician because of my acne and things are improving; why should I still consider the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

The Sebacia Acne Treatment targets the sebaceous glands and may be complimentary to the approach you’re currently using. And because the Sebacia Treatment is performed in-office, there is no daily regimen to comply with. Please consult your Sebacia provider if the Sebacia Acne Treatment may be suitable for you.

Currently, I am taking an isotretinoin drug for my acne
  • Can I still get the Sebacia Acne Treatment?
    Please consult with your treating physician if and when the Sebacia Acne Treatment can be performed. Your Sebacia provider may provide you with informative letter about the Sebacia Acne Treatment if your physician and Sebacia provider are not the same.
  • Shall I discontinue the isotretinoin after my Sebacia Acne Treatment?
    Please consult with your treating physician regarding your isotretinoin prescription.
I recently had a facial treatment (laser, peeling, exfoliation). How long after the procedure can I start with my Sebacia Acne Treatment?

Every individual’s response to facial treatments such as these differs. Your treating physician will work with you to evaluate your response to the facial treatment you’ve had and will determine when it is appropriate to start the Sebacia Acne Treatment.

My acne gets better when I am in the sun – why should I stay away from the sun before/after my Sebacia Acne Treatment?

Suntanned skin prior to laser treatments and sun exposure immediately after laser treatments may be a contraindication to receiving treatments with laser systems. Physicians utilize different lasers with varying requirements and your provider will be able to assess your skin’s suitability for the procedure.

Are there any contraindications for the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

Sebacia Microparticles are contraindicated for use in patients who have a known or potential risk of allergy or sensitivity to elemental gold, ethanol, diisopropyl adipate, Polysorbate 80, or polyethylene glycol (PEG). You should also consult the laser label for any contraindications.

Product and Procedure

What should I expect during my Sebacia Acne Treatment?

The procedure will last about 30-45 minutes and be done by a qualified Sebacia Provider. The procedure involves the following steps:

  • Thorough face wash
  • Massaging of microparticles into your pores
  • Cleaning the surface of your skin
  • Cooling your skin with ice packs, chilled air, or chilled rollers
  • Applying the laser
How much can the interval (time) between my Sebacia Acne Treatment sessions vary?

Sebacia recommends three treatment sessions at an interval of one week.

My third appointment for the Sebacia Acne Treatment clashes with my vacation (e.g. business trip); can I have the interval be 2 weeks (or just 4 days)?

Please consult your Sebacia provider to determine the best schedule for your treatments.

What skin products shall I use in between my Sebacia Acne Treatment sessions?

Please consult with your Sebacia Provider what products might be ideal for your condition. Generally, it was recommended to continue a daily skin health regimen that may include: a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Why is the solution black (and not golden)?

The color that our eye perceives is due to the light that the surface reflects. White is perceived when all light is reflected and black is perceived when no light is reflected. The Sebacia microparticles are engineered to be highly effective at absorbing (not reflecting) light and converting it to heat. The microparticles solution appears black because most of the light is absorbed and very little light is reflected. The Sebacia Microparticles are actually made from real elemental gold, but their size and shape cause the solution to absorb light and appear black.

Will the Sebacia Microparticles stay in my skin/body?

No, pre-clinical studies have shown that the Sebacia Microparticles are not detectable in the skin (pores & glands) after about 4 weeks.

The Sebacia Acne Treatment seems more expensive than other options; why should I choose Sebacia Acne Treatment?

The Sebacia Treatment is selective and localized to your skin. The Sebacia Treatment does not require the daily application of a topical foam, gel, ointment nor the daily consumption of a pill. Studies have demonstrated Sebacia Microparticles to be safe and well tolerated. There are no government mandated safety programs (e.g. mandatory use of birth controls) with the Sebacia Acne Treatment. Please study carefully how alternative treatments work, what the total costs are, and what the related risks might be. Ultimately, you need to decide with your provider what treatment is best for you.

Treatment Results

Do you have evidence about the results from the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

Yes. Sebacia performed a controlled clinical trial to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the Sebacia Treatment. Based upon this study, the FDA has cleared Sebacia Microparticles to be commercially sold in the USA. Sebacia Microparticles also have the CE Mark allowing them to be sold in Europe. Additionally, Sebacia is running a post-approval clinical study combining a pre-conditioning regimen (which gives better access to the pores and glands) with the Sebacia Acne Treatment and acne pharmaceuticals if desired. Current data shows average improvement of about 65% at 3 months, 74% improvement at 6 months, and 85% improvement at 12 months (Haedersdal, et al. IMCAS 2019; data on file at Sebacia; January 2019).

How long do the results last?

Results vary. Patients in a controlled trial lasting 28 weeks saw 34% improvement at 3 months and 61% improvement at 6 months on average. (Paithankar et al. 2015. Acne Treatment Based on Selective Photothermolysis of Sebaceous Follicles with Topically Delivered Light-Absorbing Gold Microparticles. Journal of Investigational Dermatology. 135 (7): pgs. 1727-1734.)

Can I repeat the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

Sebacia recommends that repeated treatments occur not less than 30 days after the last known application to allow clearance of any residual Sebacia Microparticles and normal dermal dealing processes. Physician clinical judgement should guide retreatment decisions.

When would I expect to see results from the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

In clinical studies, patients noted improvement in their acne about 6 weeks after the last treatment.


What are the risks of the Sebacia Treatment?

It is expected the therapy may result in temporary effects, which should resolve within 30 days. These expected effects may include:

  • Mild to moderate redness, swelling, or bruising
  • Soreness, discomfort, or mild to moderate pain
  • Exudate (clear fluid), bleeding, crusting, or scabbing
  • Skin dryness or itching
  • Worsening of acne
  • Temporary hair loss in the treated area
  • Treatment site reaction such as pain or discomfort, burning or stinging sensation, skin rash, or hives

Other less likely side effects that could occur with treatment, and in particular as a result of laser treatment, include:

  • Skin coloration changes (lightening or darkening)
  • Permanent hair loss in the treated area
  • Superficial skin erosions (loss of outer skin layer) in the treated area
  • Crusting and rarely, blistering, which typically resolves within 48-72 hours
  • Increased hair growth in the treated area and around the treated area, especially the jaw, neck and sideburn areas
Are there any systemic side effects from the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

No. Pre-clinical testing has not detected microparticles systemically. Clinical studies investigating the safety of Sebacia Microparticles did not report systemic side effects definitely associated with the Sebacia Treatment.

The procedure involves a hair removal laser, is there a risk I will lose my facial hair?

To date, only transient (temporary) hair loss has been reported after Sebacia Acne Treatments.

Does the procedure hurt?

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, but most patients describe the sensation as tiny pin pricks or a small rubberband snap against the skin. The average pain score reported by patients is between 3-4 on a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the worst. Your provider will recommend safe ways to increase your comfort when necessary.

What is the recovery time?

Following your treatment, your skin can appear a little red. This lasts a few hours to a day or two. Patients can go right back to work immediately following the procedure.

Other Acne Therapies

How does the Sebacia Acne Treatment differ from Intense Pulsed Light (IPL, broadband light) or Laser (narrow band light) treatments?

Unlike light sources that heat the skin generally, Sebacia Microparticles are indicated for the heating of sebaceous follicles associated with acne. This selective thermal approach has been demonstrated to reduce acne lesions in clinical trials.

I tried IPL and laser treatments for my acne, but it didn’t work/last? Why would the Sebacia Acne Treatment be different?

By localizing Sebacia Microparticles in sebaceous follicles, the Sebacia Acne Treatment may provide thermal heating of the pores and sebaceous glands not possible with light sources alone or IPL’s general heating of the dermis.

Can I use an IPL to perform the Sebacia Acne Treatment?

No. Sebacia Microparticles are approved for use with laser systems that meet the following specifications:

  • Wavelength: 1064nm
  • Fluence: 20-35 J/cm²
  • Pulse duration: 30ms
  • Spot size: 5-15mm
  • Cooling: Active cooling from laser and/or Zimmer

Please consult your laser manual and rely on your laser training to determine the appropriate laser settings.

Provider List

  • The Dermatology & Skin Care Center of Birmingham
    Julie C. Harper, MD
    24710 Rocky Ridge
    Suite 100
    Birmingham, AL 35243
    Phone: 205-978-3336
  • Precision Skin Institute
    Lesley Clark-Loeser & Marianna Blyumin-Karasik
    3501 S. University Drive, Suite 5
    Davie, FL 33328
    Phone: 954-998-0345
    Web: ​precisionskininstitute.​com
  • Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute
    Jill S. Waibel, MD
    7800 SW 87th Avenue
    Suite B-200
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: 305-279-6060
  • Oak Dermatology
    Dr. Bhatia
    550 E. Devon
    Suite 200
    Itasca, IL 60143
    Phone: 864-625-3376
  • Pure Dermatology
    Katherine Z. Holcomb MD, FAAD
    3100 Galleria Drive
    Suite 302
    Metairie, LA 70119
    Phone: 504-226-7873
  • The Dermatology Institute of Boston
    Emmy Graber, M.D.
    185 Dartmouth St.
    Suite 404
    Boston, MA 02116
    Phone: 857-317-2057
  • Acne Treatment and Research Center
    Hilary Baldwin
    301 Madison Avenue
    Morristown, NJ 07960
    Phone: 973-571-2121
    Email: HBaldwin@​acnetrc.​com
  • Union Square Laser Dermatology
    Dr. Chapas
    19 Union Square West
    5th Floor
    New York, NY 10003
    Phone: 212-366-5400
  • Arielle N.B Kauvar, MD, PC
    Arielle N.B Kauvar, MD
    1044 Fifth Ave.
    New York, NY 10028
    Phone: 212-249-9440
  • The Cosmetic Vein and Laser Center
    Daniel A. Buscaglia, D.​O.​
    52 South Union Road
    Suite 203
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    Phone: 716-632-5200
    Web: cvlc.​com
  • Dr. Jenifer R. Lloyd LLC.
    Dr. Jenifer Lloyd
    8060 Manket Street
    Youngstown, OH 44512
    Phone: 330-758-9189
  • Sanova Dermatology
    Ted Lain, MD
    4300 N. Quinlan Park Road
    Suite 225
    Austin, TX 78732
    Phone: 512-266-0007
  • Sanova Dermatology
    Daniel Carrasco
    13830 Sawyer Ranch Road
    Suite 304
    Dripping Springs, TX 78620
    Phone: 512-829-0009
  • Dermatology & Surgery Laser Center
    Dr. Paul Friedman
    6400 Brannin Street
    Suite 2720
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: 713-900-3900
  • Sanova Dermatology-Pflugerville
    Ted Lain, MD, Jennifer Jordan, PA-C
    1601 E Pflugerville Pkwy
    Suite 1102
    Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Phone: 512-252-3700


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    1. “Acne Treatment Based on Selective Photothermolysis of Sebaceous Follicles with Topically Delivered Light-Absorbing Gold Microparticles”
    3. Sebacia Microparticles are indicated for use as an accessory to 1064 nm lasers to facilitate photothermal heating of sebaceous glands for the treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris.