• Acne or Blemished Skin

    Acne is one of the most common conditions we see in our clinics. If your acne is making you feel self-conscious, or if breakouts are causing you pain, then our range of treatments can leave your skin feeling soothed and you feeling confident by tackling the acne at its source.

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Acne is the single-most common skin condition with nearly 85% of us experiencing it at some point in our lives. It’s not just a teenage condition either as it affects almost 20% of adults worldwide – it’s people like this this, who struggle with acne and the impact it can have on their day-to-day lives, that we aim to help at our clinics. From mild to severe acne, hormonal to long-lasting acne, facial to back acne, we only select treatments and products with proven results.

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What is acne?PlusMinus


There are two types of acne: inflammatory and non-inflammatory.

Non-inflammatory acne occurs when oil and dead cells clog the pores in your skin. This causes blackheads or whiteheads to develop, which tends to be painless, whereas inflammatory acne can be much more painful. Inflammatory breakouts tend to be red and, in some cases, will have a white “head” to them. Depending on the severity, they may become hard to touch and very tender.

Inflammatory acne can be sore and as we’ve heard from people we’ve treated, can make people feel self-conscious. It can also leave permanent scars behind in some cases. Inflammatory acne is caused by the imbalance of androgen and oestrogen hormones. Over-production of the male hormones (androgen) or a reduction in female hormones (oestrogen) causes a surge of production of sebum, which deposits itself into the follicle. Over-the-counter creams don’t usually work in this situation, so alternative treatments such as those that we offer are usually explored.

The severity of each type of acne can differ from person to person, as can the treatment options. Can you find your type using our acne skin checker? This could help you find the right treatment for you, but we will discuss exactly what could work for your acne at your first consultation with us, once we’ve had a chance to review your skin in person.

Acne appears differently for different people, not always breaking out on the face. Some cases might be on the back (bacne) and shoulders, and it may affect you in later life, even though you didn’t suffer as a teenager. Whatever your situation, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and we’re here to help you find the right solution.

What does acne look like?PlusMinus

What causes acne?PlusMinus

Acne is often associated with oily skin. Oil (sebum) is essential for protecting your skin and keeping it hydrated, but when it’s overproduced, your natural oil can clog your pores with dead skin cells. This creates an environment that allows the bacteria responsible for spots to multiply, therefore blackheads and whiteheads start to appear on your skin’s surface.

There are as many myths about the causes of acne as there are days in a year! So don’t believe everything you read and take the time to speak to a specialist to better understand the causes of your acne and how you can tackle it.

Acne can be brought on by a range of factors including stress, hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy, menopause and oral contraceptives, medication side effects, sweating, excessive oil production, sleep habits and hair and skincare products.

What conditions are related to acne?PlusMinus

  • Acne scarring
  • Oily Skin
  • Rosacea
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Thyroid conditions

How to manage acnePlusMinus

Getting rid of acne successfully – or even controlling it – will depend on your skin, your lifestyle and the treatment you choose. Generally speaking, you could say goodbye to acne through a combination of the following:

  • Visiting your nearest DestinationSkin clinic and talking to an expert
  • Washing your make-up brushes, pillowcases and bed sheets on a regular basis
  • Minimising the stresses and strains in your life
  • Eating a balanced diet and consuming plenty of water
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reviewing your beauty products, i.e. choose the right moisturiser for your skin type
  • For women, consider another form of contraception
  • Don’t squeeze your spots!

Acne treatmentsPlusMinus

At DestinationSkin, we have a range of acne treatments that can help address your acne and acne scarring, depending on the type of acne you have. Our range of acne management skin peels contain active ingredients such as Salicylic Acid designed to control excessive oil production, unblock pores and reduce bacterial inflammation.

We provide IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments that can help you to get fresher, clearer skin, designed to heal spots and scarring by flooding the skin with oxygen & destroying acne-causing bacteria within the pores. This treatment is ideal for congestion, blackheads and spots.

Depending on the severity of your acne, you may be referred to a consultation with one of our clinical team for an Obagi programme. This is a prescription only three-step acne treatment with clinically proven ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to tackle acne at the root and control adult acne for a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

We also commonly treat scars left behind by acne. The right treatment will depend on how severe your scarring is, and will require a consultation with one of our experts. Click here to go through to our page dedicated to acne scarring treatments.

How much do acne treatments cost?PlusMinus

Our acne treatment prices vary depending on the nature of treatment you choose. Your expert practitioner can help you understand which treatment will work best for you in your initial consultation.

TREATMENTSingle treatment

Course of 3 treatments

A thorough cleanse of your skin using cosmeceutical grade products specifically tailored to treat your concerns.

A quick non-invasive exfoliating treatment that helps unclog pores, removes dead skin cells and clear blemishes. Great for encouraging an even skin tone and clear complexion.

Popular with celebrities, skin resurfacers & chemical skin peels, offer a far more effective solution to tackling acne concerns than high street products. Using active ingredients to help calm inflammation, control bacteria and clear surface oil, leaving you with clear blemish free skin.
MICRO-NEEDLING (Genuine Dermaroller and Electronic Dermastamp)

A highly effective treatment using a small handheld device that triggers a healing response in the deeper layers of the skin. This encourages the skin to shed damaged skin cells on the surface and replace with fresh, new, healthy cells, leaving a radiant complexion.

Using Intense Pulse light therapy, this proven technique is unrivalled at calming red, aggravated and inflamed skin. The light combats the lower levels of your skin, slowing down cell turnover and soothing from within.


Q: How quickly do acne treatments work?
A: Results depend on the type of acne you have, the treatment course chosen and how your skin reacts.

Q: Can changing my diet help my acne?
A: Dairy, sugar, coffee and nuts can cause an increase in sebum, which is thought to trigger or worsen acne, so reducing your intake of these food types may help your acne.

Q: Why do acne spots leave scars?
A: Dark spots that remain on your skin after a breakout are caused by inflammation during the skin’s healing process. When a spot is popped, the pore will open up, and then when it closes back together, abnormal pigmentation, texture and tone appears that looks different to the rest of your skin. Sometimes broken blood vessels that remain after acne fades can result in a mark that appears more red or purple than brown.

Sometimes particularly aggressive blemishes can leave permanent marks, called acne scars. Acne scars occur when normal tissue in the skin is destroyed and replaced with fibrous tissue. When acne is severe, it can act like a wound, so when the body heals the damage, it can produce too much or too little tissue to repair the area. The production of too much tissue forms a keloid or a hypertrophic scar, and too little tissue leads to a depression in the skin, or atrophic scar. The deeper and more inflamed the acne lesion, or the more that it is picked or squeezed, the more likely it is to scar.

Q: What is the best make-up to use if I have acne?
A: The best make-up to use if you suffer from acne is mineral based make-up as these don’t include parabens, fragrance, talc, preservatives, oil, or other harsh chemicals, so they are ideal for sensitive or breakout-prone skin types that often become irritated with heavier formulas. While traditional cosmetic products provide good coverage, they prevent the skin from breathing and prolong or worsen any redness, dryness and blemishes, whereas mineral make-up doesn’t sit on your skin, it works into it which allows your skin to breathe.

Q: Why shouldn’t I squeeze spots?
A: Squeezing spots, whether blackheads or whiteheads, can force the bacteria deeper and cause inflammation and scarring.

Q: Why do I have acne as an adult?
A: Almost all of us suffer from acne at some point, and while the scientific cause (hormonal-driven excess oil production) remains the same, break-outs can vary between the genders, particularly in adult life. Beyond teenage years, male acne can occur right into the 40s. Men tend to have thicker and oilier skin than women on the chest and back due to the presence of male hormone androgen. Women, on the other hand, will probably be used to the odd break-out – maybe it’s just one blemish – at their time of the month and can expect it through pregnancy. Female acne can also occur at other times, the result of hormone level fluctuations or through taking various contraceptives. Take heart in the fact that adult acne is common – in fact, it’s on the rise. Leading dermatologists blame poor diet, increased stress and choosing the wrong skincare regimes.

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Last edited: 28/05/2020