Acne is a common issue among teens and adults alike. It can greatly affect confidence and emotional well-being causing patients to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their skin.
There are many reasons why you may be experiencing acne and it is usually due to fluctuations in hormone levels which is why it is so common with teens during puberty. Adult acne however is just as common and often comes down to an excess in oil production and bacteria. Changes in your hormones encourage excess oil to be produced which is why puberty, stress, pregnancy and menstruation can all encourage acne to form.
At The Private Clinic we specialise in skin and our experienced skin practitioners will be able to help you decide on the best treatment plan for you to help you achieve clear and fresh looking skin.
Laser Acne Treatment
Laser Acne Treatment or n-lite as it is commonly referred to is a great way to help reduce the appearance of acne as it aims to treat the root cause of the problem by targeting the bacteria that is responsible for causing the flare ups and infections.
But what are the pros and cons of laser acne treatment?
|Quick procedure time||More than one treatment is required|
|Minimal pain||Price can pose a problem for some patients|
|Targets acne causing bacteria||It is currently not covered by insurance|
|Is effective against acne scarring||You may find that it get worse before it gets better – Read out patient stories here|
|High success rate with previous patients||Redness or swelling may be present after treatment but this will fade after a few hours in the majority of cases|
|Can help to reduce inflammation and irregularities in skin tone|
|Can improve the texture and smoothness of your skin|
|Reduces oil production|
Chemical peels are another great way to help reduce acne breakouts and there is a wide range of different variation of peel strengths to suit your skin. A chemical peel works by applying a chemical solution to the skin which penetrates deep into the skin and lifts dead and damaged skin off the surface of the skin.
Pros and Cons of Chemical Peel treatment for acne
|No need for a prescription||More than one treatment is required to achieve the best results|
|Quick treatment||It can cause skin sensitivity|
|Can also help with skin texture, wrinkles and other blemishes on the skin||You will be required to reduce exposure to sunlight and you will be required to wear sun cream|
|Different peels to suit all skin types||It can cause peeling|
|Can help to treat and control active acne||It can be expensive|
|Overall skin appearance improved including hyperpigmentation and discolouration left behind by spots||Depending on the strength used an uncomfortable stinging sensation may be felt|
|More effective and safer than ‘at-home’ chemical peels||It is currently not covered by insurance|
LED Phototherapy for Acne
LED Phototherapy for acne is often performed alongside another treatment such as a chemical peel. It is a relatively new treatment that uses different wavelengths of LED to target various skin conditions such as acne. Blue light therapy has powerful anti-bacterial properties that decongest and purify acne and problem skin whilst helping to stabilise oil production.
Pros and Cons of LED Phototherapy treatment for acne
|Quick treatment times lasting between 15-30 minutes||It requires regular weekly treatments|
|Suitable for all skin types||You will need to avoid sun exposure before and after treatment|
|Effective on mild to moderate acne||You may need to stop using certain skin care products|
|Exposure to LED light is said to improve stress levels, headaches and migraines too.||It is not suitable for patients with severe acne|
|You may need to take medication before treatment to make your skin more sensitive to the light||A longer course of treatment is often required (8-10 treatments)|
|Minimal side effects||It can take a while and multiple treatments to start seeing results|
|May improve acne scarring||It is currently not covered by insurance|
|More powerful than at-home LED treatments|
As you can see we have a wide range of treatments for acne available at The Private Clinic which all have their own pros and cons. Our skin specialists will work with you at your free consultation to decide on the best treatment plan for you looking at the overall condition of your skin, the severity of your acne and the amount of downtime you are able to have between treatments. Our skin specialists are highly experienced in achieving the best results for acne prone skin. Click here to take a look at our patient’s stories.
If you would like to find out more about acne treatments at The Private Clinic and to book your free consultation call 0333 920 2471 or click here.