How to Use Dry Ice for Acne


Dermatologists use dry ice to treat acne conditions. A treatment identified as slush therapy or dry-ice cryotherapy is performed by the dermatologist for the treatment of acne in the facial region only. The process is performed on an outpatient basis in the dermatologist’s office. Dry ice can help diminish the appearance of acne scars, can shrink your facial pores and can vastly improve the health, appearance and condition of your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Dermatological evaluation
  • Three-inch cube of dry ice
  • 1 large cheese cloth
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 bowl
  • 65 OP alcohol

The Process

Set up an appointment with a dermatologist and discuss the use of dry ice on acne vulgaris; ask questions about the treatment method, and question the doctor about potential complications and risks.

Start the preparatory phase for dry-ice treatment for acne one week before receiving treatment to diminish the oiliness of your skin. Couple your dry-ice acne treatment with a soap-less face washing regimen; use only lukewarm water on the face to freshen the skin two times daily. Soap has rough detergents and fragrances that can promote acne development and can increase the production of oil and sebum.

During the preparatory phase, eliminate the use of lotions, creams, oily cosmetics and powders. This will keep your pores from clogging up and from becoming obstructed by pore blockages, sebum production and oil.

Allow the dermatologist to perform the dry-ice treatment. She will use the Vavruska treatment dry-ice method by using a hammer to thoroughly pulverize a three inch block of dry ice placed inside a cheesecloth, which is later dipped into a bowl containing 65 OP alcohol to moisten the cloth.

Allow the dermatologist to gently apply the dry-ice treatment to the facial areas. The application will only be effective if it is it is applied for the appropriate amount of time based on the degree of your acne and your skin type.

Visit the dermatologist as recommended for follow-up dry-ice acne treatments. Take any antibiotics or probiotics prescribed by the dermatologist to speed up the healing process and to reduce the potential for infection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Complete the entire course of any medications prescribed to achieve rapid healing and optimal restoration of healthy skin. Some dry-ice treatments require the use of sulfur, too; the Vavruska dry-ice treatment for acne does not require the use of sulfur.
  • Never attempt to get rid of acne by scratching at the acne irritation, by picking at the inflamed area or by popping pustules and pimples. You might increase the intensity of the infection, deepen the infection and cause significant scarring. Do not attempt to make the dry-ice acne treatment yourself at home because this can prove extremely dangerous. The correct technique requires that the dry ice is correctly pulverized to avoid uneven freezing of the skin area, and the dry ice must be fresh for ideal skin coverage. In addition, the dermatologist will use 65 OP alcohol so that the procedure remains pain free, and the appropriate level of pressure must be used so that the skin does not burn, peel, blister or scar.

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