Specialist Acne Treatments

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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 March 22nd 2022

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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
30 – 60 mins

48 – 72 hours

Final Results
2 weeks

No. of Treatments
1 Treatment

Results Last
3 – 6 months

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.

The Procedures

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 unfortunately unable to treat patients under the age of 18 for any cosmetic skin treatments in clinic including acne treatment.

Suitability for acne treatment at The Private Clinic will be assessed at your 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:

Acne treatment London

London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ

Acne treatment Manchester

Manchester – 25 St John Street, M3 4DT

Acne treatment Birmingham

Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands

Acne treatment Leeds

Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire

Acne treatment Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Surrey

Buckinghamshire 84 Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Slough, SL2 4LF – South East England

Acne treatment Northampton

Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

To find out more about booking a consultation at a clinic near you, contact us here.

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.

Why Choose The Private Clinic

  • Expert medical practitioners with years of experience.
  • State of the art medical facilities, all registered by the CQC (Care Quality Commission).
  • Our innovative treatment choice means you will be offered the most advanced minimally invasive treatment options.
  • When it comes to non-surgical treatments we always strive to give you little to no downtime, so you can get back to enjoying life.
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