The Problem

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.

Specialist Acne Treatments

We understand how much acne can affect your life and especially your self-confidence. We have over thirty five years of medical experience in treating a variety of skin problems.

We are the UK’s leading non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic group of clinics and have some of the most experienced 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 and The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services.

Acne treatment clinics are located in; London Harley Street, Birmingham, BuckinghamshireLeeds, Manchester and Northampton

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 root cause bacteria, the underlying factor behind problem acne, and create bespoke plans for all skin types.

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The Problem

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.

Here at The Private Clinic we have a variety of treatments available for acne.

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.

LED Phototherapy for Acne

LED Phototherapy is a gentle and heat free treatment that works alongside other treatments to help reduce the appearance of acne. Blue light therapy is most commonly used for acne as it has powerful anti-bacterial properties that decongest and purify acne and problem skin and help to normalize oil production.

LED Phototherapy is usually performed alongside another treatment such as a skin peel so this is usually performed first. You will then have a mask placed over your face and neck which the LED light is produced from. You will be required to have the LED light exposed to your skin for around 10-20 minutes before the mask is removed and your practitioner will apply a SPF to your face before you leave.

The Results

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 results of LED Phototherapy are best seen after 6-8 treatments. Your skin should appear healthier with a reduction in acne.

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.

There is no downtime after LED Phototherapy however it is recommended that you use sun protection and avoid sunbeds, steam/sauna rooms and swimming for 12 hours after treatment.

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Is adult acne common?

Acne outbreaks are common for both males and females between 20-40 years old but it is also not unusual to have patients outside this age range too, especially during hormonal changes caused during menopause. It is a myth that only teenagers suffer from acne and unfortunately some people are just more prone to acne outbreaks than others.

Can all types of acne be treated?

In the majority of cases we will be able to find a treatment that is suitable for the type of acne that you are suffering with. Sometimes you may need to make lifestyle changes to help clear up acne too if we find anything additional to be direct cause. This will all be discussed within your consultation.

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.

Can you treat all skin types?

Here at The Private Clinic we have treatments to suit all skin types.

What does the treatment involve?

The SmartPulse™ laser light is directed at the affected area, targeting the bacteria and stimulating the natural repair mechanism of the skin. By destroying the bacteria, this laser treatment quickly clears the acne – sometimes in just a few sessions. Because the N-Lite laser targets the cause of the acne and not just the symptoms it reduces the risk of new acne developing and also reduces the risk of acne scarring. N-Lite is one of the most effective laser acne treatments available today.

Chemical Peel
Your skin will be cleansed before the chemical peel or enzyme solution is applied to your skin. Different peel types will have different treatment times. Once the time is up a neutraliser will be applied to your face to stop the chemical peel from working before it is removed from the skin. You will then have SPF applied to your face before your leave.

LED Phototherapy
A mask will be applied to your face which exposes the light. You will need to wear the mask for 10-20 minutes before it is turned off and removed.

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.

To find out more about our acne treatments book in for a free consultation with our specialist skin practitioners at The Private Clinic by clicking here.

As part of Acne Awareness month we are offering a special skin care package which can save you over £300 when booked before the end of June. Click here to find out more.

Does the treatment hurt?

No, N-Lite is a pain-free treatment, though you may feel a slight tingling sensation as the laser light is absorbed by the skin.

Chemical Peels are not painful but you again, may feel a tingling or warmth as they are applied to your skin.

LED Phototherapy is a non-invasive treatment which is pain free. Many patients express a feeling of relaxation during their treatment.

How long does the treatment take?

Each N-Lite session lasts 30 minutes.

Chemical Peel treatments take less than half an hour.

LED Phototherapy treatments take 10-20 minutes.

How much does Acne 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.

The treatment cost for LED Phototherapy is £25 added onto any facial treatment.

See our before and after photos. To book a no obligation consultation to discuss your skin click here.

Why You Should Choose The Private Clinic

We are the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced Consultant Dermatologists and skin experts working with us. Our treatment packages have delivered significant results time and time again, and we’re proud of the difference we can make in people’s lives.

  • There are no hidden costs
  • We afford all our patients the right care well before, during and long after every procedure
  • You will have a Patient Coordinator, who you can call as much as you need, throughout your Private Clinic journey
  • Our nurses, technical assistants and therapists are all very experienced and well trained
  • Our aftercare promise – you can call, email and visit us to discuss how we tailor-make each procedure and offer ethical and professional aftercare for every patient
  • We are contactable 24/7, 365 days a year for patients
  • We are competitively priced for the expertise and professionalism we provide to every patient

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.

There may be some immediate visible changes in the skin after LED Phototherapy treatment but most changes occur naturally over a series of treatments. Results may continue to improve up to 4 to 6 weeks after a course as the effects of LED phototherapy continue to rejuvenate and improve the quality of the skin.

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.

How long will the results last?

Most clients will enjoy clear, healthy skin for up to 10 months after N-lite treatment. After this you may need to come back to us for maintenance treatments to make sure your skin stays free of bacteria

Results from LED Phototherapy treatment can last for several months following a course but maintenance treatments will be required to ensure your results last.

The results from a chemical skin peel or enzyme treatment will be long lasting if you continue to have regular courses of treatments every few months. The best results are seen when the recommended cosmeceutical products are applied following your treatment too.

Are the treatments safe?

N-lite acne treatment is painless and totally safe as long as it is carried out by skilled and experienced practitioners.

LED Phototherapy has been clinically proven to be safe for all skin types. The treatment does not contain harmful UV wavelengths and does not damage skin tissue or create photosensitivity.

Adverse reactions following a chemical skin peel or enzyme treatment are rare. Chemical peel treatments are only performed by trained and experienced practitioners and all potential side effects will be discussed during your consultation.

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    We are the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group and have some of the most experienced skin specialists and Consultant Dermatologists working with us. The Team here at The Private Clinic was involved in the development of this unique technology and following clinical trials by consultant dermatologist Dr. Chu, N-Lite gained full FDA approval for the treatment of inflammatory active acne. Our nurses and practitioners have performed more N-Lite treatments to date than any other clinic in the country. Our Consultant Dermatologist Dr. Rishika Sinha, is able to consult on the condition at our London Harley Street clinic, while our skin specialists are available at all of our acne treatment clinics in UK – Birmingham, Bristol, BuckinghamshireLeeds, Manchester, Northampton and Glasgow.

    Comments from patients

    “I am so pleased that I went to the Private Clinic to ask for help with my acne. To be quite honest, I felt like it was my last chance where I could get help. I had a very bad problem with my acne – they were very severe. First, I had to use special products for my face to bring out all the acne and calm them down before starting more intense skin treatments. I was warned that I will get more acne when I first start using the products which was scaring me as I already had severe acne. When I first started using the products, I did get a lot more acne but they weren’t as bad as I thought. Finally, I underwent the clinic’s N-Lite acne skin treatment which I was so pleased with. It’s been a long time but I am so happy that I didn’t give up and carried on doing everything as I was told. I don’t know how to thank Lisa Scannell for what she did to me as she completely changed my life. I’ve become a lot more confident and I am so happy with the results!!” *

    Nika, London

    ‘Great friendly staff, my results with n-lite and peels have been life-changing and an amazing confidence booster.’  *

    A.L., Leeds

    “Excellent treatment, both doctor and nurse were superb. Wonderful patient treatment and aftercare” *


    ‘Firstly the assistance over the phone pre-booking was excellent, everything about the booking was clearly articulated and she even gave me her own advice on what she recommends with procedures to reduce the acne I have on my back. I went ahead and booked the appointment and upon arrival I met with the consultant’


    “I want to say thank you to The Private Clinic who have looked after me really well during my Acne skin treatment.

    I contacted the clinic as a last resort. I had always had clear skin until I hit my thirties when all of a sudden I started suffering with severe acne which seemed to be getting worse and worse, and the treatments from the doctor weren’t having any effect.

    I was sceptical at first, but decided I had nothing to lose, so booked the treatment. I also used the Jan Marini face wash in conjunction with the monthly treatments.

    After two months my skin was a little better and I was feeling a bit despondent because I had expected more, but they reassured me to stick with it. And I’m glad I did! After my third and final treatment, the results were amazing. Sometimes, it’s difficult to see, because you look at yourself in the mirror every day, but the before and after photographs were quite startling.

    My skin is almost completely clear now and I am happy to leave the house without the layers of primer, cover-up, foundation and powder that had become essential kit for me! My husband is very pleased as we can leave the house in a fraction of the time!

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this treatment, and this clinic, to anyone who is unhappy with their skin – I don’t think it overstates the fact to say it is life-changing. Thanks again.”  *

    Kathryn, Bristol

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