The leading acne and acne scarring experts in the UK
Bespoke treatment delivered by dermatologists, nurses and medical practitioners
Over 4500 clients treated every year
Your trusted acne experts in Harley Street
Acne is one of the most widespread and distressing chronic skin conditions, yet one of the least understood. As the leading acne experts in the UK, we successfully treat thousands of clients every year, managing and improving their acne and helping them to rediscover confidence in their skin.
The type of acne you have – and if it is mild, moderate or severe – determines whether you will be treated by a dermatologist, nurse or medical practitioner, and the treatment plan that’s best for you. Book a consultation with our experts to find a solution to your acne.
The expert medical team at sk:n in Harley Street
sk:n is the UK’s leading acne, skin, dermatology, aethestic and laser clinic, with over 30 years’ experience helping millions of clients rediscover confidence through better skin.
Proud to be home to more leading consultant dermatologists, doctors, plastic surgeons, nurses or therapists than any other dermatology service provider, sk:n has over 450 medical professionals helping our clients.
Your journey starts with you. Our team in Harley Street clinic will discuss the best acne treatment options to find a solution to your skin concerns.
Group Medical Director
Dr Meriem Martins
Dr Thierry Vidal
Group Medical Director
Dr Sharon Belmo
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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6 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PA
We are located at the southern end of Harley Street on the corner of Cavendish Square Gardens. Oxford Circus and Bond Street stations are approximately a 5 minute walk from the clinic. Access to the clinic is via the ground floor entrance and the clinic is located on the third floor, via stairs or a lift.