Active Acne and Acne Scarring

The science bit

Active Acne

Active acne is a common problem. It typically starts in adolescence but can also appear in the mid-twenties or even later. Regardless of your age, an acne break-out can have a very damaging effect on a person's self-esteem and self-confidence, especially when you're young.

Active acne, however serious or mild, makes a person feel very self-conscious. Luckily there's a multitude of different treatments available if you suffer with active acne, whether it is mild, moderate or severe.

Acne treatments include powerful prescription medications like Tretinoin (Retin-A) (link), Obagi Clenziderm (link), which is Liquid Benzyl Peroxide. There are also a number of non-prescription medical products designed for use at home. These are often combined with tailor-made peels to control the active acne and help prevent future flare-ups.

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What Causes Acne?

We all have a lot of small glands called sebaceous glands below the surface of our skin. These glands produce a natural oil called sebum, which help keep your skin supple. When your body creates too much sebum, your hair follicles and pores can become blocked, creating an ideal environment for bacteria, which cause the angry inflammation and redness associated with acne.

Acne Scarring Treatments

Acne scarring can sometimes develop as a complication of acne. Any type of acne spot can lead to scarring but scars most often develop if you pick the area when your acne is at its worst. These scars can be unsightly and have an effect on your self-esteem, even restricting your social life.

There's a variety of treatments available to reduce the appearance of acne scarring. They can all help restore the condition of your skin and improve your self-confidence. Much of the time we recommend a combination of therapies to give you the best results.

What Causes Acne Scarring?

Acne leads to inflammation of the skin, causing damage and leaving indentations and flat discolouration marks on the face thanks to darker pigmented areas. If you pick or squeeze acne spots when they're active the trauma you cause can leave scars that need to be covered up with make-up or camouflage products.

Our Most Popular Treatments For Active Acne

The Obagi Clenziderm programme

Obagi Clenzide is a prescription-strength programme designed specifically to treat teenage and adult acne. In fact Obagi Clenziderm is the only acne treatment that includes a powerful liquid form of benzoyl peroxide, clinically proven to provide visibly clearer skin in as little as 2 weeks.

Whereas other skin systems only treat the surface of the skin, Obagi Clenziderm works deep within the skin to unclog pores, eliminating the bacteria that irritate it and lead to acne outbreaks.

Skin peels for acne

Skin peels (link to skin peels page) are designed to remove dead skin cells, resulting in a renewed, healthier-looking complexion. When we combine it with ingredients that reduce inflammation, we get a highly effective treatment for reducing the appearance of rosacea.

Treatment is painless apart from some skin peeling and mild swelling of the treated area for a few days afterwards.

NeoStrata

Our NeoStrata treatment takes care of a wide range of skin issues including oily skin, large pores, acne, mottled pigmentation, dark spots, dark circles and visible signs of ageing.

NeoStrata delivers fantastic results thanks to combining powerful, clinically proven ingredients that work synergistically in every layer of the skin. It reverses troublesome skin conditions with potent formulations that stimulate cell renewal, evening-out your skin tone, boosting collagen, detoxing the skin and protecting it against oxidative damage.

LED Light

LED light is infra-red and completely harmless. Different coloured lights treat different conditions, and LED light is known as an effective treatment for active acne. We use a cool blue light that treats the bacteria in your skin, and red LED light to reduce inflammation.

Our Most Popular Treatments For Acne Scars

Dermal Roller/Dermapen

Dermal Roller / Dermapen is a popular micro-needling technique for stimulating the skin, forcing it to regenerate and repair itself. Post-treatment with a Derma Roller leaves the skin looking visibly brighter, firmer, smoother and clearer.

This treatment is pain-free and requires no down time. Your recovery time, as you can imagine, is a lot shorter than Laser treatments.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers can be used to lift depressions in the skin, which means it’s a highly effective treatment for reducing the appearance of stubborn and deeper scars. We use an injection procedure including collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite which fills out problem skin, wrinkled skin and creased skin.

For improved effectiveness, plenty of our clients combine Dermal Filler with Dermal Roller therapy.

Fractora (Micro-needling with Radio-Frequency)

We offer revolutionary Fractora Laser Resurfacing treatments, providing our clients with a brilliant non-invasive technique designed to stimulate the repair of damaged tissues like scars and stretch marks..

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP is a technique that uses  your own natural human platelets, re-targeting them to a specific area of concern and encouraging your skin to repair and regenerate itself.

Because the platelets we use come from your own blood, PRP therapy delivers long-lasting effects with minimal chance of an allergic reaction. This is a highly effective treatment for rejuvenating the skin and reducing signs of damage like stretch marks and scars.

Peels

Peels are designed to remove dead skin cells, resulting in a renewed, healthy-looking complexion. When we combine it with special ingredients designed to reduce inflammation, it becomes a highly effective treatment for reducing the appearance of rosacea.

All this is achieved without surgery, and without the side effects associated with surgery. It is completely painless although you might experience peeling skin and mild swelling on the area treated for a few days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Alternatives?
A surgical option using local anaesthetic is sometimes an alternative but is rarely used today. It will depend on the severity of the scars and the area to be treated as your suitability.
How Will I Feel?
Acne can be painful, and very uncomfortable. Acne itself and acne scars can make you feel so self-conscious you don't want to go outdoors. Once we've provided treatment to ease your condition and clear your skin, and help you stay that way, you'll be able to enjoy your life fully again.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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