Pros and Cons of Acne Laser Treatment

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.

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But what are the pros and cons of laser acne treatment?

Pros Cons
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
No downtime
Can help to reduce inflammation and irregularities in skin tone
Can improve the texture and smoothness of your skin
Reduces oil production

Chemical Peel

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.

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Pros and Cons of Chemical Peel treatment for acne

Pros Cons
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.

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Pros and Cons of LED Phototherapy treatment for acne

Pros Cons
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
No downtime
Pain-free treatment

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.

Acne treatments are available at our clinics nationwide in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

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