What is Acne?
Acne is a common chronic or semi-chronic skin condition affecting an estimated 85% of people aged 12 to 25.
While the majority of acne breakouts in the younger population are hormonal and semi-permanent, acne may leave significant permanent scars that would require more costly and severe treatments to heal and may never be completely treated.
Unfortunately, a substantial percentage of young acne sufferers will continue to have symptoms or occasional acne breakouts throughout adulthood. Furthermore, there are a number of patients who develop acne at a later stage of their life leading to both visible skin damage and psychological side effects.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is caused by lipids, debris, and dead skin cells clogging the pores. Excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous gland can also cause acne. Sebum is a naturally occurring lipid that coats, moisturizes and protects the skin and hair. Hyperkeratinization and dead skin cell build up can also aggravate acne by clogging the pore through which sebum is normally excreted, creating the ideal environment for bacterial growth. When germs enter this greasy mixture of dead skin, the pore gets blocked, irritated and inflamed, and permanent scars develop.
You can book a consultation with one of our experts to find out more about our acne treatment options.
Treatments for Acne
Our team of Doctors at BLU Clinics have assembled a comprehensive list of acne treatments to target all forms of acne and acne scarring from every approach.
At BLU Clinics we believe in order to achieve the best possible results we must educate our patients on how to effectively treat acne, what to anticipate, and what potential triggers may aggravate their symptoms. To book your consultation please contact BLU Clinics London or book an appointment.
Acne Skincare Products
To alleviate acne we suggest that our patients begin treatment with medical-grade skincare. The reason we believe it is essential for every patient to be on the correct medical grade cosmetics is because in a lot of the cases this intervention alone is sufficient to improve symptoms and maintain the results.
The primary goal of successful acne treatment is not only to improve and reduce the acne as quickly as possible, but also to achieve long-term results and skin health. Many of the treatments available on the market, such as antibiotics, may provide a temporary cure, but once the medication is discontinued the acne will flare up again and in many circumstances, become more severe.
At BLU Clinics London we only choose brands that are extensively tested up to the highest medical standards. One of the below brands will be recommended by our Doctors according to your skin type and condition.
Obagi® is a highly regarded, one-of-a-kind, effective and powerful treatment solution for acne. The 3-step system Obagi® offer include Cleanser, Pore Therapy and Therapeutic Lotion. These are scientifically verified and include clinically proven ingredients to effectively manage acne and improve the skin barrier function, resulting in a healthier-looking skin.
The Benefits of Obagi® on Acne
- Normalised Desquamation
- Remove dead skin cells from the skin surface
- Sebum able to go to the Skin Surface and Protect Skin Barrier
- Reduce Sebum Production
- Unclogs and Shrinks the Pores
- Reduce Inflammatory Response
- Anti-microbial properties to stop p.Acne colonization
Epionce products combine potent botanical mixes with delicate technology to achieve younger-looking, shinier, and healthier-looking skin while treating problems like rosacea, eczema and acne.
The Epionce product range was developed based on years of study and experience to specifically treat acne. The skincare range employs unique methods for delivering the right ingredients into the deeper layer of the epidermis, bypassing the dead skin layer known as the stratum corneum.
The Benefits of Epionce on Acne
- Blocks the formation and activation of inflammatory factors in the skin
- Reduce active acne
- Prevent scar formation
- Repair and strengthen skin barrier
- Encourage cell turnover
- Remove dead skin
- Clear pores to allow the sebum to reach the skin surface and perform its function to moisturise and protect the skin
Please see our Epionce/Cosmetic Brands page for more information on the products, or book a consultation with one of our experts for more details.
ZO Skin Health
ZO Skin Health was created with the intention of treating and addressing dermatological conditions such as rosacea, acne, pigmentation, dry skin, and ageing issues. ZO Skin Health is excellent for managing acne as it has a specific line of highly effective products formulated to treat clogged pores, comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), as well as active acne (papules, pustules, nodules, cysts). Furthermore, it contains components to correct imperfections and repair general skin health, such as Vitamin A, C, and E.
The Benefits of ZO Skin Health on Acne
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Reduce sebum production
- Removes impurities
- Clear clogged pores
- Tighten pores
- Anti-microbial properties
Please see our ZO Skin Health/Cosmetic Brands page for more information, or book a consultation for more details.
Medical Acne Treatments
After 2-3 weeks of using medical skincare products, acne should have subsided and the patient should be ready for a further medical procedure.
The 5 best skin treatments to treat acne and acne scars at BLU Clinics are:
Using your own cells for rejuvenation and repair. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that stimulates skin recovery by using your body’s natural repairing abilities.
PRP has been proven to effectively improve and, in some cases, clear acne scars. In regards to acne, it reduced the length and frequency of the breakouts, resulting in a quicker healing period and much less visible scarring.
At BLU Clinic London, we advise all of our Acne patients to consider the LED light procedure as a post-treatment to minimise the risk of infection.
For deeper scars and quicker results, we advise our special combination treatment of PRP and dermapen/microneedling device.
A minimal course of 3 treatments is recommended for acne
A minimal course of 6 treatments is recommended for acne scars.
The Benefits of PRP on Acne
- Improves or eliminates acne scars / acne
- Stimulation of growth factors induce natural skin abilities to heal and improve acne scars
- Reduce Inflammation
- Reduce Clogged pores and therefore the ability of bacteria to colonize
- Improves General Skin Health
- Reduce acne severity
- Reduce Acne Breakouts frequency
Please book a consultation or visit our PRP page for more details.
DermaPen is the optimal procedure for effectively tackling acne and acne scarring issues by minimising their visibility and healing any damage on the skin’s surface. The DermaPen needles’ depth may be adjusted to treat deeper layers of damaged skin.
For deeper scar and quicker results, we advise our special combination treatment of PRP and DermaPen.
A minimal course of 3 treatments is recommended for acne. A minimal course of 6 treatments is recommended for acne scars.
At BLU Clinic London, we recommend that all of our patients explore LED light therapy as a post-treatment to reduce the risk of infection.
Please book a consultation or visit our DermaPen page for more details.
The Benefits of Dermapen on Acne
- Promotes the natural healing ability of the skin to improve acne and acne scars
- Improves/ Eliminates Acne Scars
- Suitable for all skin types
- Improves General Skin Health
- Improves Inflammation
- Improve Clogged Pores reducing the capability of bacteria to multiply
Mesotherapy is a technique that uses needles to improve acne. The treatment punctures the skin’s surface, delivering a greater quantity of specific ingredients into the correct skin layer more effectively. Serums are often formulated with a variety of nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, and amino acids.
Mesotherapy aids in the reduction of oil production in the skin, ultimately decreasing acne. Additionally, it stimulates the growth of new cells, which reduces the number of dead skin cells, giving your skin a more glowing complexion.
A course of treatment is required for best results. Number of treatments depends on the indication and severity. Please book a consultation for more details.
At BLU Clinic London, we recommend that all of our patients choose LED light therapy as a post-treatment to reduce the risk of infection.
The Benefits of Mesotherapy on Acne
- Minimal downtime
- Ingredients reach the correct layer of skin
- Treat acne safely
- Less visibility of acne scars
- Minimises pores
- Reduced inflammation and itching
- Faster healing
- Improved clogged pores
Please see our Mesotherapy page for more information, or book a consultation for more details.
LED Light Therapy
LED lights contribute to the elimination of microorganisms and the healing of blemishes. Bacteria in the skin are very sensitive to Blue LED light. Whenever this light is exposed to your skin, it destroys the acne bacteria. Red light, on the other hand, helps target inflammation and redness.
LED light treatment for acne can help to decrease your skin’s oil glands over time. As a result, your skin will begin to generate minimal pore-clogging oil. Light of various wavelengths stimulates the skin’s healing process, allowing it to repair itself naturally.
A further benefit to using LED light for treating acne is that it can be utilised from the very beginning of your acne treatment journey alongside your medical grade cosmetics.
If you would like to implement LED light to improve acne then you will need a course of treatments to get the best results.
The Benefits of LED Light Therapy on Acne
- Any acne severity can be treated
- Ideal Initial Treatment alongside with Medical Grade Cosmetics
- Improves active acne
- Effective Procedure with No Downtime
- Ideal for Sensitive Skin
- Reduce bacterial burden in Active acne
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce redness
- Results can be seen after 4-12 courses
Please see our LED light page for more information, or book a consultation for more details.
This treatment can normally be introduced first after 1-2 weeks of use of medical-grade cosmetics. If the patient is already using the correct skincare and has an acne outbreak, a chemical peel can be used to improve the severity and the length of the flair. As the skin acne patient is already sensitive, it is important to use the correct peels therefore in BLU Clinic London we always offer a consultation where we advise on the best treatment approach.
The Benefits of Chemical Peeling on Acne
- Ingredients able to reach the correct layer of the skin
- Mild to Moderate Acne outbreaks
- Reduce acne scars
- Less visibility of acne scars
- Increase cell turnover
- Improves Clogged Pores
- Minimises pores
- Reduced inflammation and itching
- Faster healing
Please see our Chemical Peeling page for more information, or book a consultation for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer package treatments?
We offer Bespoke Packages at BLU Clinics, which are personalised treatment combinations that enable you to get the best and longest-lasting results based on your skin condition and type.
We approach each patient as an individual, developing a treatment plan that is as close to their lifestyle and budget as feasible.
To develop your own package, we recommend that our patients schedule a consultation with one of our specialists to discover the ideal strategy that would work wonders on their skin.
Why is combining DermaPen with PRP superior to Dermapen and PRP alone?
DermaPen and PRP work synergistically to provide a more intense treatment and better, quicker results. Both DermaPen and PRP work together in their unique ways to stimulate natural skin regeneration abilities. DermaPen induces skin growth factors and nutrients by creating superficial trauma, while PRP induces them by injecting your own serum in the treatment areas. Both have different growth factors making treatments far more effective.
What are the types of Acne?
1. Non-active acne
– Does not leave permanent scars
– Presents as Microcomedones or comedones
– Comedones are wither whitehead or blackhead
2. Active acne
– Most commonly preceded by non-inflammatory acne
– Leaves Scars
– Presents as papules, pustules, nodules or cysts
What are acne scars?
Acne scars are typically hard to cure and always need professional assistance to achieve significant progress. However, there are treatments that may enhance the appearance and texture of the skin. The majority of individuals have several types of scarring on their skin and may need multiple treatments to get the greatest outcomes.
Why is it important to Treat Acne Sooner rather than later?
Acne should be addressed as soon as possible
It is important to address it during the non- inflammatory stage if possible because:
- Responds quicker to treatments
- Easier to Control
- Less likely to leave permanent marks
- In most cases by addressing it early patient avoid stronger unpleasant ingredients or use of Antibiotics
What factors can trigger acne?
● Hormonal changes
● Certain foods
● Medical conditions
As a result, it is a condition that must be treated holistically, taking into account all of the above factors to develop a unique treatment strategy for each individual. We collect a thorough medical history during the consultation, and attempt to identify any particular triggers or causal factors for the current presentation.