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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?

Quick procedure timeMore than one treatment is required
Minimal painPrice can pose a problem for some patients
Targets acne causing bacteriaIt is currently not covered by insurance
Is effective against acne scarringYou may find that it get worse before it gets better – Read our patient stories here
High success rate with previous patientsRedness 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

No need for a prescriptionMore than one treatment is required to achieve the best results
Quick treatmentIt can cause skin sensitivity
Can also help with skin texture, wrinkles and other blemishes on the skinYou will be required to reduce exposure to sunlight and you will be required to wear sun cream
Different peels to suit all skin typesIt can cause peeling
Can help to treat and control active acneIt can be expensive
Overall skin appearance improved including hyperpigmentation and discolouration left behind by spotsDepending on the strength used an uncomfortable stinging sensation may be felt
More effective and safer than ‘at-home’ chemical peelsIt is currently not covered by insurance

Obagi Clenziderm for Acne

Obagi Clenziderm System is a prescription based series of acne products that we are able to offer our patients in our clinics. The  The Clenziderm system includes includes 3 products for use in the morning and evening to help clear up your acne and prevent future breakouts.

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Pros and Cons of Obagi Clenziderm treatment for acne

Contains two clinically proven acne-fighting ingredients—salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxideMay cause your skin to become dry or flaky
Improves exfoliation of the skinYou will need to stop using other skin care products
Promotes healthy bacteria concentrations on the skinMay cause temporary tingling/burning sensation during the first week of usage
Reduces inflammationLike any acne product it may not cure your acne
Clinically proven to provide visibly clearer skin as early as 2 weeks.Continued usage required to maintain results
Continues to reduce acne lesions through 12 weeks of useIt can be expensive
Proven effective in treating mild to moderate acneIt is currently not covered by insurance
Comes in two different variations for Normal – Oily skin and Normal – Dry skin
Helps prevent future breakouts

Acne Treatment at The Private Clinic

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 use our acne online contact form.

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

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