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Acne Treatments

Acne is a common skin condition most commonly associated with teenagers and young adults of both sexes. However, at Halcyon Days Skin & Aesthetics Clinic our experience is that older age groups are increasingly affected too by the typical acne traits of congested skin, blocked pores and skin blemishes too.
Acne is often caused by:
  • Hormones – For the majority of those with acne, outbreaks begin at puberty when the body begins to produce ‘androgens’. These are hormones which cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge, which is a natural part of the body’s development but for acne sufferers these glands are over stimulated.
  • Oily Skin – When the sebaceous gland is stimulated by androgens, it produces extra sebum which mixes with common skin bacteria and dead skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the follicle. Excess sebum in the follicle increases clogging and can cause acne. Stress levels have also affected sebum production and can increase severity of acne.
  • Bacteria – The bacterium ‘Propionibacterium acnes’ is present on all skins and is part of the skin’s natural sebum maintenance system. Once a follicle is plugged, the bacteria multiplies causing a chemical reaction which inflames the follicle and surrounding skin.
  • Inflammation – When exposed to unwanted bacteria, the immune system sends in white blood cells to attack, often the cause of red, swollen and painful pimples.
At Halcyon Days Skin & Aesthetics Clinic acne can be effectively and quickly treated with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) without risk in just a few easy treatments.

The light emitted from the Intense Pulsed Light laser directly targets overactive sebaceous glands to reduce the total number and severity of active lesions. This lessens the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs.

The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and to reduce the red or brown areas of skin common to acne.

Having had a one-to-one consultation to assess your specific needs and tailor a course of treatments for you, your Halcyon Days Skin & Aesthetics Clinic skincare specialist will apply a layer of chilled gel to the skin to help guide the short pulse of light to the target area. The laser applicator is then passed over the skin several times 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 (30 minutes in most instances). The gel is removed and the skin is moisturised.


Examples of Halcyon Days Skin & Aesthetics Clinic Before and After’ Treatments




Single Treatment

£80 - £100

Your questions about Acne Treatments answered:

Is anyone suitable for an IPL Laser Acne Treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Roaccutane (an acne medication) we recommend not to undergo IPL or any other laser treatment.

Is an IPL Acne Treatment painful?

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.

Are there any side effects to an IPL Laser Acne Treatment?

Immediately post treatment, skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Your Halcyon Days Skin & Aesthetics Clinic specialist will cool the skin with a calming gel.
Skin redness usually disappears within a couple of hours of treatment. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.

How many IPL laser sessions are necessary to successfully treat acne ?
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but most Halcyon Days Skin & Aesthetics Clinic clients find that up to 6 IPL treatments will result in a significant improvement in their condition.

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