Acne Clearance

Acne is an infection caused by bacteria in the skin and is common amongst both adults and adolescents, male and female. It can be caused by anything from hormones, stress, medication, pollutants or even oily-based makeup! The bacteria feeds on oil in the skin and begins to multiply irritating the sebaceous gland, causing a spot. There are many types of acne including; whiteheads, blackheads, papules (red and tender but non-squeezable), pustules (inflamed with a white or yellow centre), nodular (larger more painful spots which last for much longer), cysts and Rosacea.

  • About the treatment

    Treatment times range between 30-45mins and you are advised a course of 6 sessions with 4 weeks between each treatment.
    Top up treatments may be required in the future but this will all be discussed in your initial consultation once the area has been assessed.
    With no downtime, you walk out of the clinic feeling even better than when you walked in with smooth and spot-free skin.

    We recommend 6 sessions too successfully achieve your overall goal.

  • How the treatment works

    It is recommended to begin exfoliating the area which you wish to be treated, around one week before your treatments start. The machine targets light at the blood vessels, which usually supply the sebaceous glands. By heating up the capillaries surrounding these glands we can begin to decrease the over-production of oil under the skin.

    IPL is a means of treating active acne; this treatment destroys the acne bacteria which causes the infection leading to the break out of spots. The treatment also gently heats up the surrounding skin, which produces collagen stimulation, boosting the healing process and stimulating the natural mechanism for repairing of the skin.

  • Does it hurt?

    We use the latest generation laser hair removal device which has a built-in cooling element leading to a much more comfortable treatment. The sensation of the pulsed light is a very quick sting, both hot and cold at the same time. You will experience the sensation at your patch test.

    Erythema (redness) or some swelling to the skin can be a short term side effect following the treatment and this usually subsides within a few hours. If the skin is very sensitive, it may take a few days for the redness to disappear; we recommend plenty of aloe vera gel as this soothes and restores the skin cells.

  • How's the treatment carried out?

    With intense Pulsed light treatments a layer of gel is applied to the treatment area, the applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is respected until the entire area is treated. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

There are many types of Acne (Acne Vulgaris)

Whiteheads: when a pore is completely blocked, trapping sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells, resulting in a white spot to appear on the surface.

Blackheads: when a pore is only partially blocked, allowing some of the trapped sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells to slowly drain to the surface. The colour comes from the melanin in the skin reacting to oxygen in the air.

Papules: inflamed, red, tender bumps with no head which if squeezed may cause scarring

Pustules: an inflamed red circle with a white or yellow center, this is the standard spot you want to squeeze but shouldn’t really!

Nodular: large, hard bumps under the skin’s surface which can repeatedly flare up. The acne spots which are much larger, can be quite painful, and can sometimes last for months, scarring is common. They should not under any circumstances be squeezed as it may cause the nodule to last longer than it normally would. Nodules are a severe form of acne.
Cysts: Share characteristics with nodules but are filled with pus, scarring is common. They should not under any circumstances be squeezed as it may cause the cyst to become infected and more painful to last longer than it normally would. Cysts are a severe form of acne.

Acne Rosacea: Appears as a red rash with bumps and skin blemishes most commonly on the forehead, cheeks and nose.