Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and can continue for a long time if untreated. Whilst it is primarily a skin disorder of the young, often clearing up spontaneously, it can affect up to 12% of women and 3% of men over 25.
Acne sufferers experience a range of emotions including loss of confidence, anxiety and impaired social contact.
There are effective treatments available from the GP, but it is important to prepare the skin and care for the skin properly to get the best results. This is known as ‘Getting Skin Ready.’ (Steps 1-3 of the infographic below).
Getting Skin Ready
How the clinic can help
The clinic offers alternative formulations to what is available from UK General Practice.
The approach of this clinic is to go on a journey with you, and it is very important that you keep in regular contact with the clinic. After the initial consultation you will be contacted after 2 weeks and then monthly initially to check on your progress and to make sure that the regime is being followed for your benefit.
This clinic will treat acne patients over the age of 16. However written parental consent is required for those under the age of 18, and it is required that there is a record of having seen their General Practitioner first.
The initial consultation will take around 30 minutes. It is detailed and in a few cases you may be recommended to see a GP or seek further blood tests.
The clinic treatment aims to improve the physical appearance and will work to improve pigment changes and scarring if treated early enough.
The clinic uses the ZO medical skin programme to tackle acne or the Obagi programme. The approach taken will depend on whether the acne is mild, moderate or severe.
In addition to these treatments which are used at home, periodic treatments in the form of chemical peels are also available
PRP treatment is available at the clinic for acne scarring.
Zo Skin Health
In normal to oily skin preparation of the skin is essential ‘Getting Skin Ready’.
The exfoliating cleanser helps to normalise the skin and remove surface debris.
The dual action scrub by exfoliation facilitates renewal of the outer layer of the skin, improves circulation and penetration of the other products.
The oil control pads help to slough away skin-clogging skin cells, dissolving and removing excess oils, destroying acne-causing bacteria, replenishing hydration, reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals.
After the skin has been prepared, the sulfur mask can be used in the morning for the occasional breakout, and the enzymatic peel can be used in the evening to enhance the results in mild acne.
The instant pore refiner is recommended in all protocols to provide additional pore refinement, oil control and texture improvement.
In moderately severe and severe acne the Acne Control product is alternated wth the Exfoliation Accelerator in the morning. In the evening the sulfur Masque can be used 2-3 times per week.
In severe acne, retinoic acid or wrinkle and texture repair are used in the evening.
The programme can be tailored.
The Clenziderm system is a 3 product system designed to work together as a clinically proven solution to being clearing acne in as little as one week.
It can be used in mild to moderate acne, and requires a commitment to use the 3 products. Some people will experience stinging at the outset. The system uses 5% solubilized benzoyl peroxide
Steps – these steps will be amended as discussed with the clinic doctor
- Wash face with the light foaming cleanser containing salicylic acid and menthol
- Apply a thin layer of Pore Therapy product (contains salicylic acid) on the face over the affected area 1-3 times daily, and allow the product to dry.
- Apply the therapeutic lotion over the affected area. The system uses 5% solubilized benzoyl peroxide.
- Avoid unncessary sun exposure. Use sunscreen.