Acne Treatment

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.


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. 

Salicylic and Jessner Skin Peels

The Harley Medical Group | Acne TreatmentsSkin peels to treat acne

We see everyone as a unique individual, which is why at The Harley Medical Group we offer a range of specialist skin peels to cater for our client's differing acne related needs. 


SALICYLIC acid RESURFACER

This resurfacer uses antibacterial Salicylic Acid to reduce and control inflammation associated with acne. Antimicrobial and effective at releasing hardened sebum, this treatment is ideal for both oily and sensitive skin. 

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SALICYLIC acid SKIN PEEL

This peel uses antibacterial Salicylic Acid to reduce and control inflammation associated with acne. Antimicrobial and effective at releasing hardened sebum, this treatment is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin.

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Modified Jessner Peel 

This peel was designed to comprehensively manage acne, preventing persistent breakouts and calming current blemishes with Salicylic Acid. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, our Modified Jessner’s peel also employs Lactic Acid to lift dark spots due to acne scarring, and resorcinol to exfoliate away dead skin cells, excess oil and debris to establish your clean and clear complexion.

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Benefits of Skin Peels for Acne

  • Prevents persistent breakouts and calms current blemishes
  • Effectively hampers stubborn breakouts, including cysts
  • Deeply cleanses the skin and follicles of dirt, debris and oil
  • Reduces redness and inflammation 
  • Diminishes pigmentation caused by acne and scarring
  • Increases the skin's ability to retain moisture
  • Gently exfoliates removing dead skin cells and exposing new ones, improving the brightness and condition of the skin.
  • Can be easily combined with Medical Microdermabrasion for increased results.

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 provide a comprehensive complementary skin care range for long-term maintenance
  • We treat acne clients in all clinics nationwide
  • 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.

 

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Isolaz Laser Treatment for Acne

Isolaz Laser Treatment for Acne

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.

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. The Isolaz treatment works by a vacuum suction device clearing the pores of skin debris, grime, dirt, oils and excess sebum. The hand-held device also efficiently and effectively removes acne-causing bacteria. Immediately after the vacuum process a pulse of light is emitted that kills and remaining bacteria leaving cleaner, clearer, more radiant skin. This process is repeated across the affected are. Isolaz laser for acne does not require pre-treatment with local anaesthetics or numbing creams, and has no downtime - though the face may appear a little flushed after treatment. 

At The Harley Medical Group we use Isolaz to treat the following types of acne:

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

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. Some of our clients experience a breakout directly after their treatment as the debris is brought to the skin's surface; these lessen throughout the course as the pores are cleared.  A treatment course is recommended for optimum results, this is usually 4 - 6 treatments.


BENEFITS OF Isolaz Acne Laser Treatment

  • Isolaz is a holistic treatment that cleanses and purifies the pores while replenishing the skin
  • Isolaz is a deep pore cleansing acne treatment
  • The treatment is virtually painless
  • Requires no downtime - you are able to carry on with your daily routine straight away
  • Does not require medication be taken in conjunction
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces pore size appearance
  • Helps remove blackheads, oil, and debris
  • Significant decrease in number of acne spots
  • In a recent study 64% of people who did not respond to topical treatments, antibiotics or painful laser treatments had 75% clearance.

WHY CHOOSE THE HARLEY MEDICAL GROUP

  • 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.
  • We offer the highest standard of care and will ensure you will receive the right treatment for you
  • We only use the FDA approved 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

 There is no need to feel embarrassed The Harley Medical Group has helped patients with all types of acne.

 

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Obagi Treatments for acne

obagi Nu-Derm Skin care for acne

The Obagi Nu-Derm System is specially formulated to treat skin conditions such as acne, and its side effects including pigmentation and uneven skin tone.

The system contains a non-drying toner that helps to adjust the pH of your skin and a lightweight lotion that helps exfoliate the top layer of the skin revealing new skin cells for a brighter complexion. It also includes effective prescription-strength hydroquinone which helps to create a more even skin tone. The seven step process comes with clear and simple instructions for each step, but if you have any questions our highly trained team will be able to answer them for you. 

While non prescription based products are available in our considerable experience we believe the best results are achieved with the prescription based products, due to the highly active ingredients. Our doctors and nurse prescribers will work with you to make certain you receive the right prescription for you, ensuring you get the best results possible.


OBAGI BLUE SKIN PEEL treatment for acne

The Obagi Blue Skin Peel is a deep, non-abrasive exfoliation treatment that helps clear blemishes, scars and uneven pigmentation caused by Acne.

During the treatment your doctor will apply a low concentration of trichlororoacetic acid (TCA) to the skin. This exfoliating solution, mixed with a special blue base which helps the doctor to regulate the depth of the peel, removes surface layers of damaged or dead skin cells.  This process reveals healthier, clearer skin beneath.

The Obagi Blue Skin Peel is a chemical peel that suitable for all skin types and can be applied to the face, neck, chest, back, arms, legs and hands.


BENEFITS OF Obagi Acne Treatments

  • Many clients see excellent results with the Obagi Nu Derm Skin Care and do not progress to the Blue Peel
  • Obagi is suitable for all skin types and can be used to treat face, d├Ęcolletage and back
  • We continue to assess you throughout to ensure you are using the products correctly to ensure you get the best results
  • You will only be prescribed a treatment by our highly trained Nurse Prescribers or Doctors
  • Obagi is clinically proven to work on the deeper cells of the skin
  • All ingredients are FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approved
  • Introduced 30 years years ago, Obagi is the only medical system that can provide total skin renewal based upon the gradual elimination of damaged skin.

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

 There is no need to feel embarrassed The Harley Medical Group has helped patients with all types of acne.

 

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Treatments for Acne Scars

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 

  • Improves over-all skin tone and texture
  • Can be used alone for shallow and diffused acne scars and in conjunction with fillers for deeper pits.
  • 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™ can be used on all skin tones and types
  • Our Dermaroller treatment is only performed by highly trained and experienced professionals

 

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TCA Skin Peel for acne scars

Our most comprehensive and potent peel, this treatment was formulated to treat several skin conditions including distended pores and acne scarring. Nicknamed a "Rescue operation in a bottle" the combination of Trichloroacetic Acid and Salicylic Acid penetrates the deepest epidermal layers providing substantial improved to the overall appearance of the skin. 

BENEFITS OF TCA SKIN PEEL ACNE SCARRING TREATMENT 

  • Provides substantial exfoliation
  • Speeds up the cell renewal process 
  • Reduces redness associated acne
  • Reduces thickened and damaged skin leaving a radiant complexion
  • Penetrates the deepest epidermal layers, ensuring every layer is treated 
  • Our TCA peels are only performed by highly trained and experienced professionals

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 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

 There is no need to feel embarrassed The Harley Medical Group has helped patients with all types of acne.

 

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Homecare

Acne Solutions Homecare

To ensure you get optimum results we highly recommend a good daily homecare routine. Your practitioner will a design bespoke skincare package tailored to your specific needs which may include some of the following products:


Dermaclear Cleanser

Specially formulated with Mandelic Acid, this cleanser is ideal for all stages of acne, yet is particularly beneficial for breakouts.

£29.00

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DERMACLEAR SERUM

Clear and control breakouts with our signature anti-acne serum without over drying. Prevents future breakouts by reducing dead skin buildup.

£59.00

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Dermaclear Pads

Our clarifying pads help remove impurities and excess oil from your skin.

£29.00

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DERMACLEAR Mask

A clay mask that cleans pores, relieves congestion and reduces redness

£44.00

Ask in your local clinic for details

DERMACLEAR Spot Treatment

A localised treatment that calms and dries out irritated areas suffering from a breakout.

£34.00

Ask in your local clinic for details

DERMACLEAR BHA Cleanser

A gentle and highly effective cleanser that actively reduces severe pustules and papules.

£34.00

Ask in your local clinic for details

Prices

Acne solution Pricing and packages

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

Salicylic and Jessner skin peel prices

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Single treatment£195
Course of 3 treatments£497.25
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Single treatment£99
Course of 3 treatments£252.45
Course of 6 treatments£445.50
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Single treatment£99
Course of 3 treatments£252.45
Course of 6 treatments£445.50

Isolaz for Acne Prices

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

 

Obagi for Acne prices

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Obagi Nu-Derm (Moderately Aggressive) Starter Kit£750
Blue Skin Peel£400

 

Dermaroller for Acne Scarring Prices

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Single Treatment for Half Face£230
Single Treatment for Full Face£245
Course of 3 Treatments for Half Face£600
Course of 3 Treatments for Full Face£660
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Single Treatment£120
Course of 3 Treatments£294
Post-Course Single Treatment£95

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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!  

Do you treat all types of acne?

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

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

Is face mapping a good indication for your health? e.g. someone who eats too much sugar may be prone to breakouts on their chin.

Face mapping is a process in which the location of facial or body acne is evaluated to assist in identifying possible contributing causes. Some believe this can be a sole indication into ones overall health however the danger with this is that acne can be unpredictable, especially when not fully managed, therefore face mapping is only part of a collective assessment and any symptoms of illness should never be ignored even when ones skin appears flawless.

This practice of linking the part of the body/face affected by acne and the possible meaning is popular amongst Chinese physicians. A careful background medical history check, lifestyle discussion and a physical skin assessment will determine most probable contributing cause/s on a case to case basis and some patients may require further additional tests.

Most acne sufferers know about the negative effects poor diet, reduced exercise and lymphatic drainage andq incorrect product use has on acne, particularly anything that upsets the skins natural protective barrier. However it is also well documented in the last decade about the significance hormone and stress levels has on aggravating acne. Stress alone should not trigger new acne but may contribute in someone already suffering from the skin disease. Stress can cause an inflammatory response in the body and can cause the walls of pores and hair follice to swell causing redness around the broken pore and an influx of pus.

In addition our adrenal gland goes into overdrive when stressed increasing our bodies’ production of androgens (males hormones) which can aggravate acne. Hormones- In particular mid-cycle progesterone increases sebum production and pore congestion. Higher testosterone levels around menstruation or in cases of unbalanced hormone levels may further worsen pimples. Although developing acne on specific facial areas can be a cause indicator for some, it is vital all other aspects of the patient’s lifestyle and medical history must be explored as to treat and manage holistically in the long term.  

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

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

Do patients with long-term acne opt for another round of treatment or do they top up with alternative treatments?

Over time, do patients with long-term acne opt for another round of treatment or do they find it greatly improves their skin and then tend to top up with alternative treatments?

Treatment for acne depends on how severe it is. It can take several months of treatment before acne symptoms significantly improve and for some with milder acne may see improvements in just 2 days after an effective treatment. Severe, life limiting acne may require combined therapies such as IPL, antibiotics, Contraceptives, Istretinoin, retinoids etc but it is important this is discussed and agreed by patient and practitioner. All in all it is important to persist with a recommended treatment and monitor its benefits, even if there is no immediate effect. Maintenance treatments as of when required can manage and control flare-ups. 

 

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.  

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

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.

What is acne?

What is acne isn't as simple as it initially appears. When talking about acne there are many interlinked subjects including

  • Types of acne
  • Causes of acne
  • Grades of acne

We cover these topics and more on our Adult Acne page