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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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We all have lots of small glands just below the surface of the skin called sebaceous glands. These glands produce a natural oil called sebum, which helps to keep the skin smooth and supple. When too much sebum is produced it causes a build up of oil in the hair follicles which creates the ideal environment for a bacterium called propionibacterium acnes to grow. This can occur all over the body including the face, neck, back (sometimes referred to as ‘bacne’) and chest. The Private Clinic has the solution to clearer skin.

We understand how much acne can affect your life and especially your self-confidence. We have over thirty five years of medical experience.

We are the UK’s leading non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic group of clinics and have some of the most experienced skin specialists in the industry that can advise on the best treatment for acne. We treat thousands of patients every year and pride ourselves on our knowledge and expertise. All of our Clinics are registered with the Care Quality Commission.

procedure time

Procedure Time

30 - 60 mins

number of treatments

No. of Treatments

1 Treatment



48 - 72 hours

how long do results last

Results Last

3 - 6 months

final results

Final Results

2 weeks

Who is affected by acne?

Acne is most common in teenagers but can appear for the first time in the mid-twenties, during menopause or even later. Propionibacterium acnes causes the skin to appear red and inflamed. It can be very difficult to treat successfully with topical creams and gels or antibiotics and can have devastating effects on confidence and self-esteem.

In severe cases cysts will develop beneath the surface of the skin, and if they rupture this can cause acne scarring.

Our leading UK dermatologists target the root cause of the bacteria, the underlying factor behind problem acne, and create bespoke plans for all skin types.

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Before & After

Take a look at the Before and After photos to see how we have helped change our patients’ lives.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

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Acne Treatments

N-Lite Acne Laser Treatment

Here at The Private Clinic, we aim to treat the root cause of the problem by targeting the bacteria that actually causes the infection. This non-invasive laser acne treatment is known as N-Lite and is suitable for all skin types.

The N-Lite acne laser treatment works in 3 ways: killing the bacteria, stimulating new collagen and reducing inflammation.

Before your first treatment you will need to have an initial consultation where you can discuss your problem areas with your practitioner, go through your medical history to make sure you are suitable for treatment and also look at your current skin care regime as they may suggest that you switch products to prep your skin ready for treatment.

On the day of procedure your skin will first be cleansed and then dried. Your eyes will then be covered with black out glasses or goggles to protect you from the light of the laser. Once all the areas have been treated with the laser your practitioner will apply appropriate skin care to your face which will include sun protection before running through your aftercare advice.

The N-lite laser treatment can be used to treat acne on the face, neck, back and chest and has been described as the most significant advancement in the treatment of acne in decades.

We can perform out n-lite laser acne treatment on patients aged 16 and above at our acne skin clinics but they will need to provide us with a GP referral and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at every visit.

Chemical Peel or Enzyme Treatments for Acne

There are a variety of chemical peels and enzyme treatments available for acne prone skin including; DermaFrost, Blue Peel Radiance, Oxygen Rx treatment and if you have darker skin then a MandeliClear Peel may be suggested.

Generally all chemical peels are applied in the same way, your face will first be cleansed and the peel applied to entire face or area to be treated. The peel will then be left for a certain amount of time decided by your practitioner this is usually determined by your skin type and sensitivity. A neutralizer is then applied and then peel is then removed before a serum/sun protection is applied to the face.

It is best to come in and discuss your treatment options with our experienced skin practitioners. Chemical peels and enzyme treatments are great acne facial treatments to help reduce and control the redness and inflammation of acne whilst regulating your oil production.

After Your Acne Treatment

For N-Lite the bacteria in the skin is targeted and destroyed, clearing the acne and leaving you with smooth, fresh, healthy looking skin. N-Lite also has a collagen replenishment application which helps reduce the risk of acne scars. The results seen by patients after N-Lite treatment have been so impressive we have even featured on UK TV programmes This Morning and Embarrassing Illnesses.

For acne skin peels you should notice results after your first peel but in some cases your acne may appear worse straight after treatment before it gets better which is very common. A course of treatment is always recommended for the best results and a regular treatment plan put in place to ensure you get the best results.

The best thing is to book a consultation to discuss what options are best for your skin type.

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There is no downtime associated with N-Lite laser treatment but you may experience redness and warmth to the skin after treatment which will calm down after a few hours. See our patient stories for more information.

Some peels can cause redness after treatment but this will calm down after a few hours. Depending on the strength of the peel you may notice some peeling or dryness in the following days after the treatment.

Acne Scars Treatment

Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing can help to reduce scars and the appearance of dark pigmentation. It is suitable for all skin types, including dark skin. We have three types of Laser Sin Resurfacing treatments Pearl, Pearl Fractional and Pearl Fusion. The variety of treatments allows us to treat the varying severity of acne scarring in a more effective way. Find out more about our Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment here.

IPL (Intensed Pulsed Light) Photorejuvenation
IPL is a great treatment who are troubled by red pigment scarring following acne. The intense pulsed light is able to target and lighten pigment that is darker than the surrounding skin colour resulting in a dramatic reduction in acne scarring
with minimal downtime. Find out more about our IPL Photorejuvenation treatment here.

Dermaroller / Dermapen
Our dermaroller treatment has been featured on Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4 * due to its efficacy in treating severe acne scars. Dermaroller treatment is also called micro needling and it involves using a medical roller with hundreds of micro-needles The roller is rolled across the skin to cause micro punctures on the skin surface which then encourages the skin to regenerate and repair itself. The results are smoother and brighter looking skin with a reduction in the appearance of acne scars. To find out more about our dermaroller treatment click here.

Chemical Peels
Chemical peels come in a variety of forms and strengths and can be very effective at reducing the appearance of acne scarring if regular treatment is carried out. A chemical peel is an intense form of exfoliating the skin, it uses chemical solutions to remove dead cells on the surface of the skin resulting in new smoother skin with a visible reduction in acne scarring. To find out more about chemical peels click here.

A medical microdermabrasion is a great way for helping to improve the appearance of mild and shallow acne scarring. The treatment is performed using a  hand piece that lets out a flow of medical grade crystals to remove the top layer of dry dead skin cells. There is also a vacuum function which is great for removing oil and congestion on the skin. The deep exfoliation results in new, soft and smooth skin cells which can help reduce the appearance of mild acne scarring. To find out more about microdermabrasion treatment click here.

Should you wish to see one of our Consultant Dermatologists, we can certainly arrange a consultation at a time convenient for you.

After Your Acne Scar Removal Treatment

You will notice the difference in terms of the texture and tone of your skin. The appearance of scars is dramatically reduced, as is the appearance of excessive skin pigmentation. We can also help reduce pore size and smooth out rough skin. We offer some of the most successful scar treatments available today and when combined with the skill of our practitioners, the results achieved are quite remarkable.

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  • Am I suitable for acne treatment?

    The majority of patients who are experiencing acne are suitable for at least one of our acne treatments. We are unable to treat patients under the age of 18 for any cosmetic skin treatments in clinic unless it is Acne. We can perform out n-lite laser acne treatment on patients aged 16 and above but they will need to provide us with a GP referral and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at every visit. Suitability for acne treatment will be assessed at consultation.

  • Do you offer combined acne treatments?

    Combined treatment is a common way to deal with acne and will often be recommended by our specialist skin practitioners. Acne can be treated in different ways with some treatments working to unblock your pores with others working to decrease oil production and bacteria in the skin.

  • How much does Acne treatment cost?

    Now that you are on the road to clear skin, checkout our competitive prices and start your journey today. N-Lite Acne treatment prices start from £250 for single treatments and £700 for a course of 3 treatments. Chemical Peel and Enzyme Treatment prices start from £75. However price may vary depending on the number of treatments needed. See our before and after photos. To book a no obligation consultation to discuss your skin concerns click here. Consultations with our expert skin practitioners are £25 however this cost is redeemable against the price of any skin treatment that you wish to book following your consultation. A consultation with a dermatologist is £200. Dermatology consultations are only available at our London Harley Street clinic.

  • How soon will I see the results?

    You should start seeing visible improvements after your second N-Lite session with continued improvement over the following three months. Results after a chemical peel can take two to three weeks but the best results are not seen until you are near the end of a course of treatment. It is worth noting that sometimes after acne treatment your skin may get worse before it gets better. However patients undergoing acne treatment need to be prepared for the long term management of their acne. The nature of the problem means that things will change according to hormones, stressful events etc. This is something that we cannot control. However our range of treatments can control the outbreaks and keep them to a minimum therefore preventing the long term after effects such as pitted scarring and pigmentation.

  • Is there an acne treatment clinic near me?

    The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an acne clinic located near to you however treatment offerings may vary between clinics. Our clinics are in; London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ Manchester –  25 St John Street, M3 4DT Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands Glasgow – 11 Park Circus, Glasgow, G3 6AX – Scotland Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire Buckinghamshire – Stokenchurch Medical Center Oxford Road, HP14 3SX – South East England Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here. To book a no obligation consultation at our acne skin clinics to discuss your skin solution click here.

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    Patient Stories

    Outstanding care, patient satisfaction and results mean everything to The Private Clinic Team

    Our reputation for excellent care is second to none. See what some of our patients have had to say about our acne treatments.

    Marina. M
    Marina. M
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    Dr Fallhadar did an exceptional job, he made me feel comfortable from start to finish. Fiona his assistant was also incredibly helpful and supportive throughout. They are so natural and I would highly recommend him to anyone, particularly if you want a natural and problem free result
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    The derma pen training was very intensive in terms of the theory and both practical i learnt so many different techniques Dr Farah was amazing in her teaching skill and was able to Answer all my concerns
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    I work with Mr Riaz Agha, a Harley Street Plastic Consultant Surgeon at one of his private clinics. I am impressed with not only his standard and quality of work but also the care and kindness that he shows to all of his patients and team. I have worked with a huge variety of different consultants over the years but Mr Argha really stands out and I would highly recommend him to friends and family, and of course if ever I consider to have any procedures in the future. Marie
    Joy Townsend
    Joy Townsend
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    I had laser treatment on face by Emma, the results are amazing I can actually go foundation free. All the team were friendly and approachable.
    Lena Hayward
    Lena Hayward
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    I had a breast reduction performed by Mr Navid Jallali. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I have less backache and less neck ache. The size and shape are absolutely fabulous.The clinic was amazing. The nursing staff in the hospital were superb. I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic and Mr Jalalli to anyone wanting a breast reduction.
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    A really positive experience. Alex is a fantastic patient co-ordinator, so friendly and reassuring. After a few changes of plan due to Covid lockdown, I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Dr Fattah performing my procedure. Extremely thorough and precise from the first consultation, I really trusted him. My main aim was to restore my figure after children/breastfeeding, with a really natural look that would work with my lifestyle, gym etc. Dr Fattah really “got” this and I trusted his judgement on size of implant and placement completely. I’m absolutely delighted with the result and the aftercare support has been great – surgery follow up and then annual check ups for reassurance. Thank you team, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend ?
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    From the start to finish of my T-Lift procedure, I felt in good hands. The entire team at The Private Clinic were very caring and professional. Mr Falladah is an excellent surgeon, he explained everything clearly -before and during the procedure – and has a calm and reassuring manner. Because I was well-informed regarding what to expect after surgery, I was able to manage with minimal pain medication, but I’m glad I took a couple of days off work to recover. I’m really pleased with the results – a five star recommendation!
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    I had preservation rhinoplasty with Dr Rochira in December 2019. I couldn’t be happier with my results. The results are very natural-looking and I feel so much more confident with my side profile. Dr Rochira is an amazing surgeon and I instantly felt comfortable. He knew exactly what I wanted and was very realistic with the results in my consultation. Thank you!
    Lilly M A
    Lilly M A
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    Dr. Rochira performed a preservation rhinoplasty on me in December 2019. I trusted his suggestions for my nose and now, 9 months later, I couldn’t be happier with the results I’m seeing. I did not experience any bruising at all, only swelling around my eyes for the first couple of weeks — my nose itself took a few months to settle and I feel like it has really grown into the rest of my features. I entirely recommend this surgeon if you are looking for a natural result and an extremely pleasant experience.

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