Award winning dermatology service, with over 20 years on experience

Short waiting lists, on some occasions offering same week appointments

Safe environment, in Care Quality Commission approved facilities

Acne Treatments Include:


Acne is a very common inflammatory skin condition, and is in fact it is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK, affecting most people at some point in their lives to varying severity and duration. Acne occurs in the vast majority of teenagers, but can continue into, or indeed start in adult life, particularly during hormonal changes such as pregnancy. Acne will usually go away on its own but if acne is still present in adulthood, treatment may be required. Acne is caused by overactive grease glands, bacterial overgrowth, pores becoming blocked and hormones. Acne can leave scarring so it is important to treat your acne professionally. Our Dermatologists have a huge amount of experience dealing with this condition and understand how much it can affect your life and self-confidence. We believe there is no need for anyone to put up with their acne and here at St Michael’s Clinic we will tailor a bespoke treatment regime that will be the most effective for you as an individual.

Acne typically develops on the face but it can also appear on the back and the chest. Painful, inflamed spots, blackheads, cysts and pustules are seen in acne and scarring can appear crater like or bumpy.

Alternative names: acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, nodulocystic acne, folliculitis, cysts, pimples, boils, furuncles, blemishes, spots, zits, blackheads, whiteheads, comedones.



Acne is a complex condition to treat as there is a wide variety of acne treatments available depending on the severity and location of your acne. As acne can get better on its own, we often recommend a stage approach of treatment with the first line of action to suppress the inflammation. Other acne treatments range from lotions to tablets (antibiotics or hormone suppression) and in more severe cases of acne, stronger medications can be prescribed.

Acne is a complex condition to treat as there is a wide variety of acne treatments available depending on the severity and location of your acne. Acne can get better on its own over time, but we will usually recommend a course of treatment which is appropriate to the severity of the acne and the amount of distress it is causing the patient. We work with the patient to create an individual treatment plan depending on their condition and their response to initial treatment.

Acne treatments come in many forms including, topical products, prescribed topical medication, clinic based skin peels, microdermabrasion treatment and tablets in the form of antibiotics or hormone suppression in females. In more severe cases of acne, a stronger medication may be prescribed.


Acne can result in scarring of the skin, even when the spots themselves have cleared up. There are a number of treatments which can improve the appearance of acne scars including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatments, fractional laser resurfacing and medical skin needling. These treatments work in varying ways to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in new, smoother skin growth.


There are a few things you can do yourself to help clear up your acne. These include washing your hair regularly and keeping it off your face, washing the face once or twice a day with a gentle soap and water or wash off cleanser (it is important not to overwash the face) and try to not wear too much make-up and make sure it is removed completely before going to bed. You shouldn’t squeeze your acne spots as this can result in long term scarring and it is not recommended to put toothpaste on your acne spots as it contains substances which can irritate the skin, making acne symptoms worse.

During a consultation with a consultant dermatologist, your acne will be assessed and the most suitable treatment option for you discussed.


Acne usually gets better over a year or two, so the first line of treatment is to simply suppress the inflammation until the acne disappears naturally. Treatment might involve lotions or tablets such as antibiotics or hormone suppression in the form of a contraceptive pill (for females only).

However, acne that is very disfiguring, scarring or long-standing is classed as severe, and requires stronger treatment. There are drugs that offer a good chance of a cure for acne.

Our Acne Dermatologists can offer effective, specialist acne treatment to patients to help cure or control their disease.

Consultant dermatologists have years of experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acne. An appointment with one of our trusted experts is likely to be the most effective way to treat your acne. Sadly, acne cannot yet be cured, but it can be controlled with treatment.

No. Poor hygiene doesn’t cause acne. Cleansing your skin daily and exfoliating weekly can help prevent pores from becoming clogged, this approach is useful for both people with and without acne.

Yes, acne is known to run in families, so if your mother and father suffered with acne, you are more likely to.


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WHY TREAT YOUR ACNE AT St Michael's Clinic?

At St Michael’s Clinic, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.

We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.

Acne Treatment Process:

Book Acne Assessment

Contact us to arrange a no-obligation consultation with our experienced acne specialist who will examine and discuss your stage of acne.

Appropriate Acne Treatment Identified

There are a wide range of acne treatment options available depending on the severity and location of your acne. Our experienced acne dermatologist will explain all of your treatment options and help you to decide the best programme for you.

Treatment Begins

Once an appropriate treatment has been agreed upon, the treatment programme begins, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier skin. Results will likely appear within the timeframe suggested by your acne specialist.


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