Award winning dermatology service, with over 20 years on experience

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Acne Treatments Include:

dermatologist advice for acne IN CANTERBURY

Acne is the most common skin condition in UK. It affects up to 80% of adolescents and 70% of people in their 20’s and 30’s. This stubborn condition is typically treated with oral and topical medications, which can produce good results but often with undesirable side effects.

Acne is caused by an excessive amount of oil production by the skin, blockage of the openings to the oil producing glands (resulting in tiny blackheads) and also due to a bacterium, Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) which causes inflammation in the blocked glands. These three factors seem to work together in order to produce the red and yellow spots so characteristic of acne. Occasionally these spots can develop into large cysts (so called nodular or cystic acne) which often results in scarring.

Acne can also leave scars which are permanent and are easier to prevent than to treat. Acne scarring can be improved by several methods, including fractional resurfacing laserdermal fillers, subscision, punch excision & medical skin needling. Prevention of scarring is achievable as long as the treatment is started at an early stage.

At the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we offer a range of treatments specifically for those who suffer from acne or acne scars. We pride ourselves on our successful and comprehensive range of treatments and our Dermatologists will advise on the most appropriate option for you.

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


What Are The Symptoms Of Acne?

The main symptom of acne is the appearance of a large volume of spots on the skin. Acne can develop on the face, back and chest and is a combination of blackheads, inflamed spots, cysts and pustules. In some severe instances, the scalp, armpits and groin can also be affected. More severe acne can leave scarring which can be pit-like, crater-like or bumpy. To avoid scarring, it is vital to treat acne before this stage.


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. This treatment might involve lotions or tablets such as topical retinoids, oral or topical antibiotics or hormone suppression in the form of a contraceptive pill (for females only). However, acne that is very disfiguring, scarring or long-standing, when it could be classed as more severe, can often require stronger treatment.

We offer a range of acne treatments specifically for those who suffer from acne, as well as treatments for acne scarring, but as it is a complex condition with varying levels of severity, our acne Dermatologists will advise you on the most appropriate treatment plan for you during your consultation.

We will often recommend a staged approach over a period of time where each stage will produce some improvement and together they will produce a worthwhile, sustained improvement. Your consultant will discuss with you the benefits and potential side effects of each treatment that might be suitable for you, enabling a joint decision about how to care for your skin is reached.

The AFT laser has been described as ‘the most significant advancement in acne treatment for over twenty years’ with the most impressive thing about it being its prolonged effect. Indeed, four out of five patients noticed a real improvement in their acne, and a quarter of the patients reported cure of the condition. A Laser is a high-energy beam of light that can transfer its energy into specific areas of the skin’s tissue to treat skin problems. The lasers work by killing the bacteria, and reduce the production of sebum from the sebaceous glands in the skin.

Dermalux Phototherapy is a multi award winning treatment with clinically proven results. It is a non-invasive and pain-free treatment option that is suitable for all skin types. It has proven results in the treatment of Acne, Rosacea, Pigmentation, skin rejuvenation and more. A course of treatment is advised.

Medical microdermabrasion helps to improve the texture and appearance of skin using state-of-the-art technology to exfoliate, enhance and smooth the skin. It gets rid of unwanted acne and scarring by using a stream of fine micro-particles to partially remove the outermost layer and stimulate new cell growth, resulting in a smoother and more youthful glow. Not only does it work well for acne and acne scars, but it also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, sun damaged skin and stretch marks – to name a few! It’s a safe and effective procedure that is suitable for men and women of all ages and skin types.

There are three types of chemical peels that you can choose from: a superficial peel, a medium depth peel and a deep peel. They remove the outer layers of the skin but to variable depths to benefit an array of skin conditions. The superficial peel is the mildest form of chemical peel treatment available. It’s helpful in reducing oiliness, unblocking pore, reducing blackheads and minimising acne breakouts. They are performed by our Aestheticians.

Medium chemical peels are performed by our qualified medical skin specialists, and are effective in reducing the appearance of superficial acne scars, age spots, pigmentation and fine wrinkles.
Deep Peels are rarely performed due to the availability of other treatment options such as resurfacing lasers, pigment specific lasers etc.

The Medical Skin Needling treatment we offer may be significantly more invasive than those offered in a beauty salon. DermaPen treatments can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars, as well as wrinkles, stretch marks, chicken pox scars and more. By using sterile micro-needles to make a multitude of tiny puncture wounds, derma roller treatment stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. This will result in smoother, plumper and more youthful looking skin after the treatment is finished – whatever your skin type.

Sufferers of acne scars can also turn to laser resurfacing to rejuvenate their skin and get their confidence back. For fractional laser resurfacing, we use a non-ablative laser that delivers small micro-beams to the skin. It has a positive effect on wrinkles, sun damage and other blemishes as well as acne scars. With a small penetration to the skin, the laser will target problem areas by creating tiny columns of treated tissue amongst the healthy tissue to promote all-round healthy looking skin.

IPL, or intense pulsed light, treats redness and thread veins which can often be associated with acne and acne rosacea. IPLs work by producing a powerful light that destroys the bacteria that causes acne, as well as removing blood vessels that cause redness or thread veins. It’s a safe and non invasive treatment that is well tolerated. Whilst the process can help to alleviate acne, however is not suitable to all acne/ rosacea sufferers which is why it’s important to have an initial consultation and clinical assessment by a fully-qualified doctor or dermatologist.


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.

Acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults. About 80% of the UK population between 11 and 30 are affected by acne. Acne is most common in girls from the ages of 14 to 17, and in boys from the ages of 16 to 19. Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older. Acne often disappears when a person is in their mid-20s. In some cases, acne can continue into adult life. About 3% of adults have acne over the age of 35.

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.


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Here at Kent’s leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.

Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.

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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