When it comes to targeting acne, we have a range of treatments that enable us to treat every skin type, severity and sensitivity. Our collection of anti-acne skin treatments work to alleviate, and manage, current breakouts and prevent future ones for beautifully clearer skin in no time!
What is acne?
Acne is a chronic skin condition that causes oily skin, spots and sometimes causes the skin to feel sensitive, hot and painful to touch. Acne occurs when the hair follicles become blocked and can be a hereditary condition, or be triggered by hormonal changes (like puberty and pregnancy). One common characteristic among acne sufferers is having overactive sebaceous glands, which results in over oily skin that clogs the pores and contributes to outbreaks. Our treatments aim to help reduce inflamed spots, relieve congested skin and help restore the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands to prevent future angry episodes. At DestinationSkin, we believe glowing, clear skin is essential and we always offer a place to achieve this seamlessly in. All you need to do is book a consultation with us to begin your journey to clearer skin!
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Our acne treatments
We offer the following acne treatments to help diminish blemishes, spots and scars:
Intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) – Light based therapy has a high efficacy in reducing multiple symptoms of acne in just one session! This treatment works by using long and short pulses of broad-spectrum light to penetrate the deepest layers of skin and kill acne-causing bacteria, repair damaged skin tissue and correct uneven pigmentation. Broad-spectrum light treatments have a plethora of other benefits too, like being able to restore pores to their normal size, reduce redness and re-establish the healthy functioning of the sebaceous glands.
Skin peels – We have a range of advanced facials formulated by amazing skincare brands, like Medik8®, Epionce®, and Obagi™, that help combat acne. Skin peels, or chemical peels, are named after their use of powerful active ingredients and natural enzymes – rather than actual chemicals – that work wonders to exfoliate, and renew, the epidermis. Each peel encourages a healthier, clearer complexion – but the biggest benefit of skin peels is that they can be completely customisable, where the active ingredients can be adjusted for stronger, or more sensitive, peels. This is a non-invasive treatment, where an initial cleansing solution is first applied, followed by the actual peel which will be brushed across the face, left to work its magic and removed by your expert clinician. They will then apply a neutraliser, followed by hydrating serums and antioxidants to replenish your skin and equip it to fight acne-causing bacteria in the future.
The skin peels we offer are:
- Obagi Radiance Peel® – Obagi Medical have over 30 years of experience developing transformational skincare products. Their Radiance Peel® is made of salicylic acid – an essential natural exfoliator – which works to intensely decongest and unclog pores, reduce redness and smooth rough skin. This skin peel can even help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too.
- Medik8 Sensitive PHA – Medik8 are working tirelessly to become the most sustainable medical-led skincare brand and have developed six unique skin peels. Sensitive PHA is one of them. This is the perfect peel for extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin and contains polyhydroxy acids rather than alpha hydroxy (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) – like glycolic acid – that sensitive skin cannot tolerate as well. Polyhydroxy acids exfoliate the skin similarly to its AHA and BHA counterparts, but works on an epidermal level that will not cause any irritation in the deeper layers of skin.
- Medik8 Clarity peel –A clarifying peel to prevent acne formation and future breakouts. This peel is perfect for blemished skin as it works rapidly to reinstate a clearer, even appearance by gently resurfacing the skin and removing impurities.
- Epionce Lite Refresh peel – Epionce is a sensitive skincare brand, rooted in science and clinical research, that strives to unleash the natural potential of your skin. Their Lite Refresh peel is a great introductory peel and is formulated of a powerful blend of botanical ingredients that are not harsh on acne-prone skin. It is a type of malic, salicylic and glycolic acid peel that works to gently exfoliate, refine and encourage skin cell regeneration. It is suitable for acne, inflamed, dry and easily reddened skin.
Microdermabrasion and microneedling – These methods are more abrasive than skin peels, but work effectively in correcting pigmentation issues and acne scarring. Microdermabrasion is a crystallised exfoliating treatment that lifts away dead skin cells and gives you a fresher appearance. As dead skin cells, oil and debris build-up is a big contributor to acne formation, this treatment uses microcrystals (made of aluminium or magnesium oxide) to revive congested skin for a brighter complexion. This is not the best treatment for darker skin tones as it may cause pigmentation issues. Microneedling is suitable for darker skin tones, works to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars, blemishes and wrinkles. This treatment involves going over the skin using ultra-fine needles that unnoticeably puncture the epidermis to activate the body’s natural healing response. Once this response has been activated, the skin will begin producing collagen to heal damaged tissue, fade dark patches caused by previous breakouts and restore an even texture. The microneedles can be administered through an electronic pen – which emits a blend of vitamins, hyaluronic acid and peptides simultaneously to improve skin elasticity and health – or the stainless steel rolling device (dermaroller). The pen is more suitable for treating smaller areas of concern, whereas, the dermaroller can treat your whole complexion.
HydraFacials – HydraFacial are a brand dedicated to revolutionising the cosmetic industry with patented technology and unique philosophies. Their HydraFacials employ six steps to help target a range of skin concerns – for elevated results. For acne, they help alleviate the symptoms non-invasively and relaxingly. The distinctive six steps used are: Detox, Cleanse and Exfoliate, Brighten and Refresh, Extract, Hydrate and Stimulate. There are many types of HydraFacial and some have been specifically designed to reduce the appearance of acne. These are:
- Acne GlySal Boost HydraFacial – This follows the six steps outlined above but also includes an additional GlySal peel. The GlySal peel can be applied at different strengths and works to reduce the build-up of excess oils and improve scarring using salicylic acid to deeply exfoliate the skin.
- Acne Pro HydraFacial – This treatment extracts, brightens and clarifies the skin using the patented six steps above, but uses an Isolaz laser to kill acne-causing bacteria. Isolaz works painlessly to treat mild to moderate acne, inflammation, pustules and comedonal spots, so it is the perfect treatment for more severe cases of acne that cannot easily be diminished.
- HydraFacial with ZO Rozatrol® Booster – As part of our exclusive HydraFacial Platinum range, there are a range of boosters and add-ons that help to refine, calm, restore and firm, hydrate and brighten the face. One booster treatment for acne is developed by ZO® Skin Health, who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible for medical-grade skincare. They have developed the Rozatrol® booster serum that is a multi-redness complex containing key anti-acne ingredients, like glycerine, Rosa Canina extract and lactic acid, that helps to soothe the skin, improve hydration and reduce the appearance of distressed blood vessels on the skin. This is suitable for red and easily irritated skin.
Depending on the severity of your acne, a course of treatments is recommended. If you suffer from severe acne, we also recommend a combination of treatments to help alleviate, and elevate, your final outcome.
Combination approaches can be done with any of the above treatments, but for the best results, combining IPL, microdermabrasion or microneedling with a skin rejuvenation treatment, like skin peels or HydraFacial, would be most effective as it covers the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. However, this is completely up to you! As you know your skin better than anyone else, you can choose which treatments would work best for you – we will just help you along the way!
Book your consultation to have an expert-led chat with one of our dermatological professionals to begin creating the ideal acne treatment for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Acne affects around 95% of people to some extent and can be caused by a blend of biology, hormones and genetics.
Acne can run in families and is easily triggered by hormone changes (mainly the group of hormones called androgens) as the sebaceous glands are very sensitive to fluctuations. This is known as hormonal acne. Men often get hormonal acne as they have higher levels of androgens – like testosterone – than women.
Sometimes, medical conditions can cause acne, or acne can appear alongside other conditions. Rosacea (known as acne rosacea), thyroid changes or hyperthyroidism, menopause, pregnancy and polycystic ovary syndrome, are all some of the conditions that can all be prevalent among women suffering with acne.
Other times, external aggressors can cause acne. Acne cosmetica is acne that is induced by the application of cosmetics, like hair and skincare products. For this type of acne, it is best to avoid any harsh products and switch to emollient or mineral-based moisturisers, creams and makeup. Acne mechanica is another type of acne triggered by heat and sweat build-up (which is very common in athletes) and occurs when persistent friction against the skin causes trapped debris and outbreaks. This is not a chronic form of acne and should decrease once the skin no longer gets rubbed against.
Some medications, like steroids, lithium (used to treat mood disorders) and epilepsy drugs may also increase your likelihood of developing spouts of acne.
Acne can also be exacerbated by lack of sleep, stress, touching the face frequently and even diet. If you notice a change in your skin and have been stressed, not sleeping or eating well, living as healthily as you can may improve your skin’s condition. In relation to diet, avoiding high amounts of dairy, alcohol, coffee and refined sugar may also help.
This will be confirmed in your consultation as it can depend on your severity. We usually recommend a minimum course of 3 treatments to see noticeable, longer lasting results.
Acne treatments can vary in price and single sessions start from £59 – £129. We usually recommend a course of 3. This means skin peels start from £209, microdermabrasion is £189 and IPL starts from £259. Microneedling is £299 and HydraFacial Platinum are priced from £104 for 3 facials.
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