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Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that frequently affects teenagers and young adults of both sexes. However, adults of all ages from mid twenties through to mid fifties are increasingly affected and troubled by congested skin, blocked pores and skin blemishes. You don’t have to let acne spoil your life. The Laser Clinic offers a range of successful acne treatments to leave your skin clear and blemish free.

What Causes Acne?

The presence of acne is often influenced by the following factors:

Influence #1: Hormones

  • For the majority of acne sufferers, outbreaks begin at puberty because the body begins to produce hormones called androgens. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body’s development but for acne sufferers these glands are over stimulated.  Androgens are also responsible for acne flare-ups associated with the menstrual cycle and, on occasion, pregnancy.

Influence #2: Oily Skin

  • When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum (oil). Sebum mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. While this process is normal, the presence of extra sebum in the follicle increases the chances of clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.

Influence 3: Bacteria

  • The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, (P. acnes for short) is present on all skins and is part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system.  Once a follicle is plugged, P. acnes bacteria multiply rapidly, creating the chemical reaction we know as inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.

Influence 4: Inflammation

  • When you are exposed to unwanted bacteria your immune system sends in an army of white blood cells to attack.  This is why pimples can be red, swollen and painful. The inflammatory response is different for everyone, but studies have shown that it is especially strong in adult women. Fortunately, you have options!  There are many kinds of acne treatments available. Like you, acne is highly individual and response to treatments does vary from person to person. Often several treatments are recommended in combination.  We offer an extensive range of acne treatments and will advise on the most suitable procedure for you and your skin.

Before and After Images

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“The right side of my face has stayed clear and the left side has shown a definite improvement after 3 treatments.”

“After a course of 6 Intense Pulsed Light and chemical peel treatments, my skin is better than ever.”

“Not only have I seen a decrease in the number of spots, my skin tone seems to be much more uniform too!”

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Common Questions

How is the treatment carried out?

A layer of chilled gel is applied to the skin to help guide the light. The light guide is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is passed over the skin several times before moving onto the neighbouring area, and the process is repeated until the whole area is treated. Each pulse of light treats a large area of skin and so the duration of the treatment is very short. The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically three to four treatments are needed for maximum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session.  For general redness and rosacea five or more treatments may be required. Repeat sessions are spaced every four to six weeks.

Am I suitable for treatment?

Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment.

How does the treatment feel?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort and a calming gel is applied.

Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.

How long does treatment take?
A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes. Intense Pulsed Light treatment may be combined with glycolic acid facial peels or cool peels for maximum results.

How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 Intense Pulsed Light and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement. Intense Pulsed Light treatments should take place fortnightly with a glycolic acid peel or cool peel treatment in between Intense Pulsed Light sessions.

How much will it cost?

Consultation & Test Patch £26

IPL ONLY treatment 25 minutes £65 RECOMMENDED MONTHLY until symptoms clear

IPL combined with cool peel treatment 1 hour £112 Recommended for at least 6, monthly treatments.

Consultation Procedure
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a patch test. Phone 0114 2500 648 to book your consultation now.

Why choose The Laser Clinic?

The Laser Clinic has high calibre equipment to complete the task.  More importantly we really understand how laser light works and interacts with the skin. Our Lumina system is from Lynton Lasers who have been manufacturing lasers and IPL’s for over 15 years and their knowledge and expertise is passed onto us.