Adult Acne & Acne-Scarring Treatment

Adult acne is one of the most common skin conditions we treat at Discover Laser. We fully understand the personal distress acne and post-acne scarring can cause. Our experienced Aesthetic Doctors use the very best clinically proven treatments to control and improve the appearance of acne and acne-scarring.

At your free and confidential consultation one of our Doctors will suggest a personal treatment plan. Advising you on which combination of treatments will offer you the result you are looking for.

Adult Acne

LaserClear (PDL/IPL)
Our PDL laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) technology targets sebaceous glands (from where oil is secreted) and redness and pigmentation (which are present during and after breakouts). The light energy destroys some of the sebaceous glands, removes the redness and pigmentation and stimulates the production of collagen (the skin’s support structure) A course of 6 quick and pain-free treatments (once every 2 weeks) quickly controls symptoms, reduces sebum production, lessens redness, pigmentation and scars, leaving your skin smoother, clearer and less prone to breakouts.

Plexr® treatment uses plasma energy to vaporise pustules and acne causing bacteria. It delivers its energy only on the superficial skin cells, without affecting deeper tissues and carries no risk of scarring.

Skin Peels
A course of peels break down oil and surface debris in acneic skin, control inflammation, bacteria, production of oil and slow down skin cell production. Together with Aknicare® this provides a fantastic clinical treatment programme for acne.

HydraFacial MD

HydraFacial MD® is a non-invasive, multistep treatment that combines the benefits of next-level hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions (no pinching!) and a special delivery of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. It does all of this in one quick treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation. It successfully helps acne conditions such as enlarged and congested pores.

Obagi Clenziderm®
The Obagi Clenziderm® system is prescription strength, topical skincare that penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin to transform and correct the damage from within. The clinically proven skincare system is designed to clear acne and prevent future breakouts, and is the preferred choice of skincare professionals.

Lustre Pro KitLustre Pure Light Pro – Home Acne Treatment
Lustre Pure Light Pro is a clinical-strength light technology to treat spots at home. When used with topical products, it provides effective treatment for active acne whilst reducing the risk of future breakouts.

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Acne Scarring

A course of 3-6 treatments (depending on scar depth and complexity) results in smoother softer skin, improved clarity and more even skin tone.

The appearance of acne scars can be greatly reduced by 6-8 laser treatments.

NeoGen Plasma
NeoGen uses plasma, a modern energy source that gives birth to new skin. This deep tissue treatment has been clinically proven to regenerate the skin and significantly improves facial acne scars.

Plexr® treatment uses plasma energy to vaporise pin-prick size areas of scar tissue. It delivers its energy only on the superficial skin cells, without affecting deeper tissues and is very low risk and has minimal side effects.

The ResurFX™ fractional laser is a state-of-the-art, non-ablative, skin resurfacing technology. ResurFX™ fractional laser stimulates the production of new collagen and elastic fibers in the deeper layers of the skin.

Dermatology Consultation

  • Skin analysis, medical diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
    Your consultation fee is redeemable against treatment.

Acne Treatment Prices

LaserClear (PDL/IPL)

  • 4 treatments

HydraFacial MD from

  • Course of 6

Obagi Cleanziderm from

  • Home
    treatment programme

Acne Scarring Treatment Prices

Combination of treatments

  • Number required on consultation

Acne is a very common skin condition characterised by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules). It usually starts at puberty and varies in severity from a few spots on the face, back and chest, which most adolescents will have at some time, to a more serious problem that may be embarrassing, sap self-confidence and cause scarring. For the majority it tends to resolve by the late teens or early twenties but can persist for longer in some people. Acne can develop for the first time in people in their late twenties or even the thirties.

The sebaceous (oil-producing) glands of people who get acne are particularly sensitive to normal blood levels of a hormone called testosterone, which is present in both men and women. This causes the glands to produce an excess of oil. At the same time, the dead skin cells lining the pores are not shed properly and clog up the follicles. These two effects result in a build-up of oil producing blackheads (where a darkened plug of oil is visible) and whiteheads.

The acne bacterium (known as Propionibacterium acnes) lives on everyone’s skin, usually causing no problems, but, in those prone to acne, the build up of oil creates an ideal environment in which these bacteria can multiply. This triggers inflammation and the formation of red or pus-filled spots.

Acne can run in families, but this does not necessarily mean that if your parents had acne you will get it too.

The typical appearance of acne is a mixture of the following: an oily skin, blackheads and whiteheads, red spots and yellow pus-filled pimples, and scars. Occasionally, large, tender spots or cysts may develop which can either eventually burst and discharge their contents or may heal up without bursting.

Acne is easily recognised by the appearance of the spots and by their distribution on the face, neck, chest or back. However there are several varieties of acne and your doctor will be able to tell you which type you have after examining your skin. The most common type is “acne vulgaris”.

At present there is no ‘cure’ for acne, although the available treatments can be very effective in preventing the formation of new spots and scarring.

Try not to pick or squeeze your spots as this usually aggravates them and may cause scarring.

Take prompt action
However your acne affects you it is important to take action as soon as it appears. This helps to avoid permanent scarring and reduces embarrassment. If your acne is mild it is worth trying over the counter preparations in the first instance. We recommend and stock Aknicare range of products which are clinically  proven to help reduce breakouts and inflammation. Expect to use your acne skincare products for at least two months before you see much improvement. Make sure that you understand how to use them correctly so you get the maximum benefit. Some topical treatments may dry or irritate the skin when you start using them. An oil-free moisturiser should help, but you may also have to cut down on the frequency with which you apply the treatments.

Use the right make up
Wear oil-free, water-based make-up and choose products that are labelled as being ‘non-comedogenic’ (should not cause blackheads or whiteheads) or non-acnegenic (should not cause acne). Remove them at night with soap free cleanser and water. Scrubbing too hard can irritate the skin and make your acne worse. For best results, we recommend and stock a high quality  100% mineral powder make up, because even the above mentioned products which are supposed to be better for your skin, can contribute to more irritation and breakouts.

Watch your diet
There is some evidence that Western style diet (high in carbohydrates, high Glycaemic index foods) aggravate acne and it may be sensible for you to avoid foods that you think make your acne worse. A diet high in refined sugars and starches tends to increase quantities of insulin in your body. This may in turn increase the sensitivity to testosterone. Cutting back on refined carbohydrates may help, although there is little evidence to support a consistent link between diet and acne. A good balanced diet will improve your general well-being and this will be reflected in the condition of your skin.

If you have acne but have had no success with over-the-counter products then it is probably time for you to visit your doctor. In general, most treatments  take two to four months to produce their maximum effect. It’s a good idea to try to get an understanding of your acne and how severe it is. This will help you to select the most appropriate treatment.

Conventional acne treatments fall into the following categories:

Topical treatments that are applied directly to the skin. These are usually the first choice for those with mild to moderate acne

Oral antibiotics (tablets taken by mouth). Your doctor may recommend a course of antibiotic tablets that should be taken in combination with suitable topical treatments. Suitable for moderate to severe acne. The antibacterial effect seems to be less important than a mild anti-inflammatory effect in controlling acne.

Oral contraceptive pills. Some types of oral contraceptive pills help women who have acne. The most effective contain a hormone blocker (for example cyproterone), which reduces the amount of oil the skin produces.

Isotretinoin capsules (Roaccutane). This powerful treatment has the potential to cause a number of serious side effects and can be prescribed only by a medical practitioner or dermatologist.  Suitable for moderate to severe acne.

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At your appointment one of our Doctors will assess your skin health and check your suitability for treatment. Together you can talk about what you would like to achieve, treatment options, expected outcomes, and your questions can be answered.