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Your Trusted Acne Treatment Clinic in Bristol
There are many types of acne and we can treat them all. Whilst acne is a systemic condition, it manifests itself in different ways such as those below. Whichever type of acne you believe you’re suffering from, our treatments can help combat your symptoms. Visit our experts in Bristol to discuss the right treatment for your condition.
Over 20 years of
experience treating acne
including evenings & weekends
Frequently Asked Questions
What is acne?
Acne is caused when the pores of your skin become blocked with bacteria, oil or dead skin. Each pore on your skin leads to a hair follicle and sebaceous (oil) gland. Oil glands release sebum (oil) which travel up the hair through the pore and onto the surface of your skin. Poor hygiene doesn’t cause acne, however, cleansing your skin daily and exfoliating weekly can prevent pores from becoming blocked.
What are the causes of acne?
Puberty and hormonal changes the most common factors. Also, stress can be a cause, as can the skincare products you are using, or it could simply be down to genetics. Women are much more likely to suffer from acne due to hormones – this includes pregnancy, during your period, or if you suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Will acne be cured?
There is no definite cure for acne. Our aim is to improve and control your symptoms as best we can. It can sometimes take a long time to clear so we will work with you continually to find the best course of treatment. We also see some clients who see amazing results in just a few weeks.
How do you treat severe acne?
Your doctor will assess your skin during your initial consultation to recommend the right treatment. This could include a series of treatments such as salicylic, pyruvic, or isolaze peel. It could also include antibiotic tablets or hormonal therapies (the combined oral contraceptive pill for women can often be effective to treat severe acne).
What does severe acne look like?
This will appear as a large number of papules and pustules on your face and possibly your chest and/or back. The nodules and cysts will be painful and you will be at risk of scarring, therefore it is essential that you seek medical advice. Read more about acne scarring.
Will acne go away on its own?
During teenage years, it can often go away on its own. However adult acne is much less likely to clear. But this will always vary person to person and you should always be aware of the risk of scarring, so if you are concerned, always seek medical advice.
What Food Is Good To Eat To Prevent Acne?
Some skin-friendly food choices include: Whole grains, Legumes, Unprocessed fruits like apricots, blueberries, tomatoes and red grapes. Unprocessed vegetables like carrots, avocado, sweet potato, beetroot, spinach and other dark green and leafy vegetables, Food containing mineral zinc, vitamins A and E and chemicals called antioxidants. Quinoa, Turkey, Fish, Oat milk, Pumpkin seeds
How can I try to prevent acne?
Acne may not be preventable in many cases, but you can look after your skin as best you can. Think about your skincare regime at home and the right products for your skin type.
What home care products should I use to treat acne?
Our Acne Treatment Programme has been specifically designed by our experts and each product has been carefully selected from our range of high-quality skincare brands. As skin experts, we ensure your skin is perfectly prepared before your treatment and make sure you have the correct knowledge and home care products to care for your skin after your treatment. Your new skincare regime will ensure you see the best possible results from your professional treatments.
sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser (for all skin types) – A gentle exfoliating cleanser, containing glycolic acid and Glycerine to remove dead skin cells, clear pores, moisturise and rejuvenate the skin.
sk:n Hydrator for Oily/Blemish Prone Skin – With 24-hour hydration, this antibacterial lotion soothes and calms the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties will reduce redness and provide relief to dehydrated and tight skin.
sk:n Anti-Blemish Control Serum – This serum will reduce bacteria and inflammation, gently exfoliate the skin, dissolve oil and debris that clog the pores, slow down oil production and reduce enlarged pores.
The ultimate photo and antioxidant skin protection in a natural, breathable mineral formulation that leaves skin feeling luxuriously silky with a satin glow.
sk:n Pore Refining Lotion – Ideal for acne-prone skin, this lotion reduces spots and improves the texture of the skin, looking and feeling visibly smoother.
Your practitioner will advise you on the exact products and how and when to use them.
How can I remove my acne scars?
Acne scars can be stubborn and seemingly permanent, but there are proven effective treatments available to diminish the appearance of acne scarring (see ‘Treatments for acne scarring’ above). The best treatment for your skin will depend on the type of acne scarring you have. Before you undergo any treatment, a dermatologist or skin expert should assess your acne scars and select the most appropriate treatment for you.
Are acne scars red?
Some acne scars may be red, purple or pinkish in colour due to a buildup of melanin in the skin. If the area is red and is still inflamed and swollen, the acne is likely to still be active. A dermatologist will be able to advise you about effective treatments for active acne, which may help to minimise the risk of acne scarring.
Are Acne Scars Permanent?
Usually, your reddish or brownish acne marks that are left behind after pimples clear up, and will fade with no need for treatment. However, picking or squeezing acne can increase the risk for scarring.
Will acne scars heal over time?
Some scarring may heal, depending on the severity. There are three types of scarring, ice pick scars (small deep holes), rolling scars (uneven skin) and boxcar scars (craters in the skin). Find out more about our treatment of acne scarring. at sk:n we work with the highest grade lasers to offer effective treatment of acne scars and your doctor may recommend Microneedling, Fraxel®, C02RE, or Laser Resurfacing.
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2 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PD
Please allow extra time for city centre traffic. BRISTOL From M4 Junction 19 – Take the M32 into Bristol.
At the end of the M32 the road will split into two and you will need to head for signs for Clifton or the Bristol Royal Infirmary (hospital). Go past the Bristol Royal Infirmary which should be on your right hand side (B4051) and follow the road until the road splits into two, then stay in the right hand lane where the road will bend sharply around to the right and will bring you into Clifton Triangle. This road is one way only. As you go through the traffic lights you will see a grand looking building with a fountain outside the front. This is the Victoria Rooms. If you are facing the Victoria Rooms we are on the right hand side of this building. From M5 Junction 17 – Take the A4018 “Cribbs Causeway” towards The Mall Shopping Centre. Follow signs for Bristol Zoo (but do not turn off for the Zoo or Suspension Bridge) and take the A4018 “Westbury Road”. Stay on the A4018 to City Centre, to Blackboy Hill and the top of “Whiteladies Road”. The clinic shares it’s post code with a road at the back of the clinic called Sunderland place and can therefore cause confusion when using a sat nav.
From Bristol Temple Meads Station, we are approximately 15 minutes by taxi.
There are three pay and display parking bays outside the clinic. The first 30mins are free, though you will still need a ticket, thereafter the charge is £1 per hour for a maximum of three hours. There is additional parking available at the West End Multi storey car park signposted as you come off Queens Road.