Specialist Acne Treatments
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Last Reviewed July 16th 2020
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.
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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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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