Acne Treatment

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Acne Treatment

ClearSkin acne laser treatment

Acne is a very common skin condition that usually first occurs with the onset of puberty, but can continue or recur throughout adulthood, particularly in times of stress or hormonal change. Trying to manage acne can have a negative impact on your self-confidence in everyday life.

Our mission at Azthetics is to find the best treatment that will fully restore your skin, and most importantly, make you feel happy and confident again. If you are suffering from acne and feel that none of the tried products seem not to have any positive results, then Azthetics recommends the award-winning acne laser treatment – ClearSkin.

What is acne and what causes it?

Acne is a skin condition which commonly happens during the development of female or male germ cells with puberty. At this time the skin starts to produce more oil and sweat which alongside with dead skin cells, clog the hair follicles under the skin. This causes plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions, which are commonly known as whiteheads, pimples, and zits. The majority of outbreaks occur on the areas of face and neck, but they can also appear on the back, shoulders and chest. For most people, acne reduce or completely go away by the time they reach their thirties, but for some, women or man – acne can continue, even in their fifties.

Acne formation

Types of acne associated lesions

Knowing or consulting with a skin specialist which type of acne you are experiencing is key to successful acne treatment. Acne are categorised into two groups: inflammatory or noninflammatory. Then we have subtypes of acne within these two categories:

  • Whiteheads

Are small, white bumps raised on the skin. They appear on the skin due to oil (sebum) and dead skin cells clogged in the pores. They often appear on the face, neck, chest and back.

  • Blackheads

Are small bumps that are caused by clogged hair follicles. They are called blackheads as their surface looks either black or dark. Blackheads are mild type of acne and they usually appear on the face, but also can form on the back.

  • Pustules

Are small bumps that are typically caused by hormonal imbalances or during hormonal changes in the body. Pustules usually appear as white bumps that are surrounded by red skin, and unlike pimples, they can grow bigger and develop in clusters on the same area of the body like face, neck, chest and back.

  • Papules

Are a raised small area of skin tissue that can form in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. Papules are skin lesions, that are often caused by an allergic reaction, skin irritation, or bug bites. Papules are usually less than a centimetre in size and can cluster together, forming rush. Papules can appear on any area of the body. It’s not a disease and it can be permanently treated.

  • Nodules

Are slightly raised lumps on or below the skin. They also can develop in deeper layers or skin or internal organs. They are commonly caused by infection, thyroid hormones, Iodine deficiency or other allergic reactions. Nodules are usually bigger, and they feels like a hard lump in the skin. They can be removed and treated permanently.

It is possible to have more than one type of acne at once. It is important to identify the type, and what cause them, in order to plan and tailor the most suitable acne treatment that will be effective and preventive.

Can you treat all types of acne?

All types of acne can be treated. We had a number of clients coming for skin consultations, concerned and confused about their skin condition. No matter the severity of the acne, or how long it has been occurring – our skin specialists will be able to recommend highly effective acne treatments to help your skin get its healthy glow back. One of the most effective acne treatments that we offer to our clients at Azthetics clinic, is ClearSkin laser acne treatment.

What is ClearSkin acne laser treatment?

It is a non-ablative skin resurfacing and rejuvenating laser that will not only remove acne but will also help to reduce the appearance of some superficial scarring and blemishes.

The laser light goes deep into the skin with the heat generated destroying the bacteria responsible for causing the acne, the P.acnes. It is also targeting the sebaceous glands, which helps to reduce the overproduction of sebum or oil.

As well as targeting active acne, we can also use ClearSkin to target acne scarring as it stimulates the production of new collagen where the laser is targeted.

Please see the video to learn more about the treatment process.

What can you treat?

  • All types of active acne
  • Scarring,  including acne scarring
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots (also known as liver spots)
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Loss of collagen in the face, neck and decollete

Treatment summary

  • Procedure time: 30 mins to an hour (depending on the size of treated skin)
  • Anaesthetics: No anaesthetic is required due to simultaneous contact cooling
  • Full recovery: 3 days
  • Minimal downtime
  • Sensitivity period: Up to 14 days
  • Risks & complications: Redness, swelling, skin irritation
  • Duration of results: Long-lasting

Your consultation with Azthetics clinic

Before your ClearSkin acne laser treatment at our Bristol clinic, we will discuss your skin concerns and examine your skin. A patch test will also be performed at the initial consultation in order to assess your skins tolerability to the laser. This will allow us to create your personal acne treatment plan which is tailored to you and your skin. We will also document your skin progress by taking some regular images throughout the treatment course.

 How many treatments will you need?

While many clients respond really well to just a single laser acne treatment, to achieve the best and long-lasting results, our doctors recommend a course of 4-6 sessions, with 3 weeks in between. This will allow your skin time to fully regenerate. You will also be advised of any additional skincare products that may complement the treatments during your course.

ClearSkin acne laser treatment is an effective method to reduce the appearing of your acne permanently, as well as to improve acne scarring, especially when the scarring is mild. For the full effects of the treatment, it can take some time to be fully noticeable, but once your skin is fully regenerated, the effects will be long lasting. In some cases, further maintain-treatment sessions may be needed in the future.

After treatment care

After each ClearSkin laser acne treatment, you will be given information from your doctor on how to look after your healing skin, from day-to-day factors to skincare.

It is advised that you should avoid sun exposure for the first 24 hours, avoid exercising, water sports or any other hot spa treatments (e.g. sauna). Please avoid picking your skin, this can damage rebuilding the new skin tissue. You will be able to contact us at any time, or if necessary come for the check-up.

Before and after the treatment

Treatment before and after

Acne treatment summary

ClearSkin acne laser treatment can transform the look of your skin. Our team of medical professionals will provide you with the best care to treat and reduce the appearance of your acne. You will be able to see amazing results, of clearer, healthier skin.

It is possible that in severe or long-standing cases of acne, that you can be left with scarring once the active breakouts have settled. If this is the case, and scarring remains once the acne has been managed effectively it may be that other treatment modalities are required to remodel your skin surface and give you back a smooth texture. In this instance, we would recommend discussing a treatment course of the iPixel laser skin resurfacing treatment. More information about this treatment and what it entails can be found on our iPixel treatment page.

We pride ourselves on providing bespoke cosmetic treatments and promote the overall health and well-being of our clients.

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We offer complimentary consultations and patch tests at both our Bristol and Weston Super Mare clinics.

After a thorough consultation your Doctor or therapist will advise you what Is best for your skin as all treatments are bespoke.