Acne Solutions

Clinically proven results for acne achieved every day

Acne is an extremely common skin condition that can have a real impact on a person's self-confidence. 

Many skin problems are associated with the external environment but for Acne it may also be the effect of hormones.

The Harley Medical Group is experienced in treating all acne problems, with a number of clinically proven acne skin treatments to consider.

Aesthera PPx/Isolaz Treatment for Acne

Why Choose The Harley Medical Group

  • We offer the highest standard of care and will ensure you will receive the right treatment for you
  • We only use the FDA approved PPx / Isolaz lasers
  • Most of our patients see noticeable results within five treatments
  • We are medically led with consultations conducted by a fully trained registered nurse
  • We treat acne clients in all clinics nationwide

 

PPx Laser Treatment for Acne

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PPx/Isolaz is the only laser treatment for acne which has been approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) for the treatment of the four different types of acne, which are otherwise difficult conditions to treat. Clinical studies have shown that most patients experience a visible improvement of skin clearing between 24-48 hours after treatment, with the majority experiencing a much greater clearance of acne compared to the use of other lasers, creams and pills.

A treatment course is recommended for optimum results, this is usually 4 - 6 treatments.

It does not require pre-treatment with local anaesthetics or numbing creams, it works by clearing pores and combining the proven therapeutic qualities of light to treat the following types of acne:

  • Mild to moderate acne,
  • Pustular acne,
  • Comedonal acne (blackheads & whiteheads),
  • Mild to moderate inflammatory acne.

The acne light therapy is gentle and virtually painless and because of its state of the art technology, is a lot faster than other lasers.

BENEFITS OF PPx Acne Laser Treatment

  • In a recent study 64% of people who did not respond to topical treatments, antibiotics or painful laser treatments had 75% clearance.
  • Patients are not required to take medication with The Harley Medical Group's treatments
  • Advancements in technology means you are able to carry on with your daily routine straight away with no down time.
  • The procedure is virtually painless
  • Acne treatments are carried out by our fully qualified Cosmetic Nurses and Aesthetic Practitioners who are specially trained and highly experienced in carrying out the procedure. There is no need to feel embarrassed The Harley Medical Group has helped patients with all types of acne.
  • Most patients see a very good result within five treatments at weekly to three weekly intervals
  • It is a deep pore cleansing acne treatment which leaves skin feeling cleaner, clearer and more radiant

 

Obagi Blue Skin Peel Treatment for acne

WHY CHOOSE THE HARLEY MEDICAL GROUP

  • We offer the highest standard of care and will ensure you will receive the right treatment for you
  • Our medical team will constantly review your prescription to ensure you are receiving the best treatment
  • All products and peels are administered by a Doctor
  • We are medically led with consultations conducted by a fully trained registered nurse
  • We treat acne clients in all clinics nationwide

obagi blue skin peel treatment for acne

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This leading skin peel treatment helps get rid of blemishes, acne scars and uneven pigmentation. The effective Non Surgical procedure improves the appearance and health of your skin.

Using a low concentration of chemical trichlororoacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base the Obagi Blue Peel allows the Doctor to regulate the depth of the peel and remove surface layers of aged and damaged skin. These dead cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin's own clarity and tightness to resurface. The procedure is performed by a Doctor, who has specialised training and experience with this highly effective peel.

The Obagi Blue Skin Peel can be applied to the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs and is FDA approved (Food and Drug Administration) to dramatically improve your complexion.

BENEFITS OF Obagi Acne Treatment

  • Introduced 27 years ago, Obagi is the only medical system that can provide total skin renewal based upon the gradual elimination of damaged skin.
  • Obagi is suitable for all skin types and can be used to treat face, dècolletage and back
  • Most of our patients see dramatic results the products prescribed by the doctor and do not require the Blue Peel.
  • After your nurse consultation you will see your doctor who will proscribe your treatment and then continue to assess you throughout.
  • Obagi is clinically proven to work on the deeper cells of the skin
  • All ingredients are FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approved

Dermaroller for Acne Scars

WHY CHOOSE THE HARLEY MEDICAL GROUP

  • We offer the highest standard of care and will ensure you will receive the right treatment for you
  • Our Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™ treatment is performed by highly trained and experienced professionals
  • Our clients notice visibly reduced scarring with lighter scars completely removed
  • We are medically led with consultations conducted by a fully trained registered nurse
  • We treat acne clients in all clinics nationwide

Dermaroller for Acne Scars

The Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™is a medical device which produces thousands of micro-medical needle-columns in the skin. Each column will penetrate into the dermis of the skin and will close rapidly enabling the skin to recover quickly - often in the same day. New collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced which works to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, providing you with a natural and long lasting enhancement.

BENEFITS OF DERMAROLLER Acne scarring TREATMENT 

  • The treatment requires no down time
  • It naturally stimulates the skin to repair itself creating a thicker and healthier appearance
  • It improves the appearance of acne scarring and chicken pox scars
  • The Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™ is carried out by our fully qualified Cosmetic Nurses and Aesthetic Practitioners who are specially trained and highly experienced in carrying out the treatment
  • The Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™ can be used on all skin tones and types

 

Click here to read Dermaroller Frequently Asked Questions

 

Problem Skin Skincare Package

The Harley Medical Group Skin Care Range

We have a range of specific skincare treatment products which have been scientifically proven to penetrate and stimulate the skin for rapid, visible results.

Problem Skin Treatment Package

  • The Harley Medical Group | Problem SkinGentle Cleanser,

For use morning and evening (*free with package)

A mild, gentle and effective non-irritant cleanser that helps to balance and maintain moisture levels in the skin, preparing the skin for other treatments. 

 

  • The Harley Medical Group | Problem SkinAnti Microbial Cell Renewal Cream

Applied on to affected area

Anti-microbial Cell Renewal Cream is a hard working blend of active ingredients containing a botanical seed extract that increases blood flow and helps to recover skin cell turnover.

Natural willow Bark plant extract provides anti-microbial and exfoliating activity whilst smoothing the skin's surface.

This cream will stimulate blood flow to the area which is very important in keeping the skin healthy and well nourished 

 

  • The Harley Medical Group | Problem SkinUltra Anti-Bac Cream 

Applied all over area after Anti Microbial Cell Renewal Cream

Ultra Anti-Bac Cream incorporates a combination of natural ingredients formulated to help reduce skin breakouts and the appearance of pimples, pustules and comedones for oily skin types.

It has also shown to have a potent regulating effect on elevated sebum production, with strong anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties resulting in improved complexion and skin tone. 

 

  • The Harley Medical Group | Problem SkinAnti Oxidant Oil Free Moisturiser

For use morning and evening

An anti-oxidant oil free moisturiser that helps promotes a smooth, matte complexion.

Incorporating patented anti-ageing ingredients clinically shown to penetrate the skin and help reduce visible signs of ageing while stimulating collagen production.

With the added benefit of Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant that will help improve the overall texture of the skin.

 

  • The Harley Medical Group | Problem SkinEnhanced Performance SPF25

Morning only

High performance broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection SPF 25, provides an effective protective barrier against the elements whilst rejuvenating the skin.

Incorporating Shea Butter rich in Vitamin A, E and F, especially designed to nourish the skin and help prevent premature ageing.  

 

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Package Price £135

Normally Costs £161 saving £26*

 

before and after images

We know when it comes to acne it's all about the results, and our clients see excellent outcomes after their recommended treatment course. 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER FOR PPX LASER TREATMENT

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Before and after for Obagi Blue Peel treatment

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Before and after for Dermaroller Scar Treatment

 

Packages

Acne solution Pricing and packages

The price will depend on the area being treated, the treatment required and the amount of treatments needed.

Prices start from

PPx for Acne Prices

Single Laser Treatment £260
Course of 5 Treatments for Half Face £325
Course of 5 Treatments for Full Face £599

Obagi for Acne prices

Obagi Nu-Derm Starter Kit  £595
Obagi Blue Skin Peel Treatment +1 Starter Pack  £950

 

Dermaroller for Acne Scarring Prices

Single Dermastamp £120
Single Treatment £245
Course of 3 Treatments for Half Face £600
Course of 3 Treatments for Full Face £660

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is acne?

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

What causes acne?

Time to stop a myth here, acne is not the result of someone not washing, on the contrary it could be because they wash too much! Acne is also not contagious!

There are many causes for acne including:

  • Hormonal acne is a result of overstimulation of the sebaceous glands, the sebum oil which is produced mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin's surface and blocks the pores. Within the blocked pore the bacteria multiplies and causes an inflammation which leads to the spots and pustules associated with acne.
  • Stress acne is a result of an increased production of hormones, i.e. cortisol, being produced and aggravating the skin.The body also takes longer to heal when under stress which aids in the development of acne.
  • Genetic predisposition does play a part in susceptibility to acne. Our genetic blueprint influences thickness of skin, oily tendencies of the skin and basic hormone responses, this does not mean however that you will get acne because your parents did.
  • Bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes or P-Acne Bacteria) is a bacteria that feeds on fatty acids in sebum, found in the sebaceous glands, thriving in the low oxygen environment deep in the follicle. The bacteria itself does not cause the acne, rather the inflammation is a result of the immune system over-reacting and sending out large amounts of white blood cells, the response can even be triggered by dead bacteria.
  • Medication is a common cause of acne. The birth control pill, for example, utilises hormones that are synthetically made to mimic pregnancy, these hormones may have strong  Androgenic (male hormone) responses which affect the creation of sebum.
  • Pollutants from every day living are also a cause of acne. Dirt gets trapped in the pores and causes an inflammation which is why it's good practice to wash the dirt of the day off your face when you get home.
  • Chemicals and oil-based make-up on the skin can encourage the skin to create more sebum - rather than less as expected - to compensate which can cause greater inflammation.  The Harley Medical Group recommends using skin care products suitable to problem and sensitive skin.

What are the common reasons for treating acne?

We encounter many reasons why people want to treat their acne, each as individual as the patient but we have found some that keep coming up including the emergence of adult acne, their acne is causing physical, psychological or emotional stress, an aim just to reduce acne flare-ups or treatment in the appearance in acne scarring with the Dermaroller.  

I have adult acne, is that common?

Another myth is that only teenagers get acne, nearly everyone has had acne at some point in their life, every spot that appears on the skin is a form of acne, it's just that some people are more prone to acne outbreaks. These outbreaks are very common for both males and females from their 20s to their 40s, we have seen patients outside of this age range, it really is not uncommon. If you have adult acne you are not alone!  

How long does an acne treatment last? Is it permanent?

Acne can be treated, it cannot be cured. Treatments for acne prone skin must be maintained or there is a risk that the acne will return.  

What should I expect during the PPx Treatment?

PPx/Isolaz is a gentle and virtually painless light therapy administered by state of the art technology, is a lot faster than other lasers, which works by clearing pores and combining the proven therapeutic qualities of light.

During treatment you will feel a gentle and warm sensation as your skin is drawn into the treatment tip of the PPx device. A very gentle light energy will be applied to the treatment area, immediately after which you will feel your skin being gently released back into normal position. Patients describe the sensation as being similar to that of a warm massage.

When will I see the results from PPx treatment?

Some patients report noticeable improvement in the skin within 48 hours of having their first treatment, other patients report their skin worsening after the first treatment but saw considerable improvement after the second, third and fourth treatments.

The speed at which you see results will depend on the type of acne you have and your skin type. We strongly recommend that you have your treatments between 1-3 weeks apart for optimum results so even if it did take your skin four treatments that might still only one month.

Does Laser Acne Treatment hurt?

During treatment you will feel a gentle and warm sensation as your skin is drawn into the treatment tip of the PPx device. A very gentle light energy will be applied to the treatment area, immediately after which you will feel your skin being gently released back into normal position. Patients describe the sensation as being similar to that of a warm massage.

How many PPx treatments will I need?

We strongly recommend patients to undergo a full course of 5 treatments, many of our patients have reported that their skin appeared 'worse' after the first treatment, but considerable improvement after the second and third. This out-break can occur because the impurities are being drawn to the surface and flushed out, it's a sign that the treatment is working, but we do understand it can be disheartening, which is why we recommend the course so encourage you to stick with it. Other patients have reported a noticeable improvement within 48hours, the overall reaction is dependent on the type of acne you have your skin type. As with most things, seeing the course through is the way to get the best results for you.

After your course is finished we recommend on-going treatments of either PPx, Medical Microdermabrasion or Skin Peels every 3-6 weeks to maintain the skin's condition, over time you will notice longer periods between outbreaks and will be over more quickly, and the likelihood of developing cystic acne or scarring is vastly reduced.

 

What if happens if I finish the PPx course but still have acne?

For more severe cases you may require a second course of PPx Isolaz or Medical Microdermabrasion, you may also want to consider skin peels to boost the skin's integrity. It is not possible to treat the cause of acne and on-going treatments will be required  every 3-6 weeks to maintain the skin's condition. Over time you will notice longer periods between outbreaks and will be over more quickly.

What should I expect during the Obagi Skin Peels?

Obagi Blue Skin Peel is an effective non surgical procedure improves the appearance and health of your skin. Using a low concentration of chemical trichlororoacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base the Obagi Blue Peel allows the Doctor to regulate the depth of the peel and remove surface layers of aged and damaged skin. These dead cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin's own clarity and tightness to resurface. The procedure is performed by a Doctor, who has specialised training and experience with this highly effective peel.

The Obagi Blue Skin Peel can be applied to the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs and is FDA approved (Food and Drug Administration) to dramatically improve your complexion.

When will I see the results from Obagi Skin Peels?

Obagi works in two stages, between 1-6 weeks you can expect the pigmentation in your cells to become more regulated and the appearance of the acne reduce though you may have some drynes and redness. Between 7-12 weeks your skin will be noticeably clearer, softer and smoother as normal healthy cell production begins

Do you treat all types of acne?

At The Harley Medical Group we are able to treat the symptoms of all types of acne

I have Rosacea with my acne, can you treat this?

We can successfully treat Acne Rosacea with the Aesthera PPx/Isolaz.  

Does Obagi hurt?

The first stages to the Obagi treatment is a prescribed course of Nuderm products, these may cause a little or redness of flaky skin but will not cause pain. The products are used to prepare your skin for the Blue Peel that will be administered by your Doctor, this preparation will ensure that you will not feel undue discomfort during your treatment.

Is this the same as the Obagi I can buy online?

The Obagi Nuderm system needs to be prescribed and regulated by your prescribing doctor, this is to ensure the safe administration of the products. Products purchased online are either unsafe as they will not be regulated by your doctor or will not be the exact same product and will not work as effectively.

How long will I need to use the Obagi products? How frequently will I need the Blue Peels?

There is a process of preparing the skin for the Blue Peel with prescription Obagi products, your doctor, at your consultation, will taking you through your skin-care routine and recommend if and how frequently you need a Blue Peel. Many of our patients find that the Obagi products work so well for them that they continue to use them as their everyday cleanser, toner and moisturiser.

Can you treat all skin types including Asian / Afro Caribbean / Dark skin?

At The Harley Medical Group we are able to treat skin types, darker skins may require a test patch before treatment