Acne Treatment

Successful acne treatment can leave your skin clear and blemish free without the need for antibiotics or topical creams and lotions.  All acne treatments offered at our Porthill clinic in Staffordshire can be carried out as stand-alone therapies or in combination with other acne treatments for maximum benefit.  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!

How does Intense Pulsed Light Work?

The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light system directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, greatly reducing the total number and severity of active lesions, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts. Treatment can be combined or carried out in connection with Chemical Peels, Profacial or Dermalux LED Light Therapy.

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. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.

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. 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.

How long does treatment take?

A typical treatment session is approximately 30 minutes. Typically a course of 6 Intense Pulsed Light treatments will result in a significant improvement with one treatment every 2 weeks.