HydraFacial is the latest treatment everyone is talking about. And it’s not just the A-listers who are opting for this wonder treatment. Sk:n has an increasing number of male clients are seeing the benefits and returning to us time and time again. So why is HydraFacial so popular amongst men?


  1. It’s not like any other facial

When you think of a facial, you probably think of a spa or salon with relaxing music, incense burning and a feeling of being pampered. Not that you won’t get a pampered feeling from HydraFacial, because you will. But HydraFacial is so much more than a facial. It’s an experience and a confidence booster focusing on the unique philosophy of ‘Skin Health for Life’. There are five treatments to choose from depending on your skin type which generally follow the same principles – a six-step process which gives many more benefits than just a facial. Steps include detox, cleansing and exfoliating, brightening agent, extraction, hydration and rejuvenation.

  1. Improves skin health

A recent Mintel study found that improving skin health is the number one driver for men, with 30% stating this was their primary focus.  HydraFacial will improve overall skin health and stage one kicks off with a skin detox – a lymphatic draining technique which helps increase circulation eliminating toxins.

  1. Consistent and immediate results

Our male clients like treatments which give consistent results, there is no downtime and you can see a difference instantly. A recent study carried out by Realself (2018) found that life events are the main influencers for adults in the UK to pursue aesthetic treatments with the top reason amongst men being starting a new job. HydraFacial will give your skin an instant glow. Step two will remove dead skin cells and gently lift impurities and step three includes a gentle glycolic and salicylic solution which will loosen debris from your pores, brightening your skin.

  1. HydraFacial can prevent spots

Spots were also found to be men’s greatest skincare issue. 46% of men said they feel self-conscious if they have a spot on their face, rising to 63% of men aged 16-24. At sk:n we find a lot of men prefer to invest in preventing spots rather than treating them. Step four of the process will remove blackheads and impurities in congested areas, extracted using honey extract and salicylic acid.

  1. Maximum hydration

Dehydrated skin can be caused by lack of water, diet, incorrect product use, the weather and so on. HydraFacial’s step five combines hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to replenish, plump up and hydrate your skin.

  1. Treats lines and wrinkles

The same study also found that 22% of males worry about wrinkles. Step six in the process is rejuvenation, where an LED light is used to stimulate collagen and also reduces redness, leaving you with instantly glowing skin.

  1. HydraFacial can treat acne

Acne is one of the most common skin problems we see at sk:n. In the UK 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne and 3 million people over the age of 30 are also affected. HydraFacial has two treatments specifically designed to treat acne which follow the same six-stage process as Skin Health for Life and include an additional step – a Glysal Peel which will regulate oil levels caused by excess sebum.

We can assure you our service will make you feel comfortable and at ease. Our service is discreet and confidential and our team of experts work with you to achieve your desired results. Find out more here.

How effective is lymecycline as a treatment for acne, and when is it the best solution? Here, sk:n explains the pros & cons of the drug and some alternatives to antibiotic treatment.

What is lymecycline?

Lymecycline is a type of oral antibiotic. It is most often prescribed for the treatment of acne.

How does lymecycline help acne?

Lymecycline helps alleviate the symptoms of acne by killing the bacteria which cause the infection and subsequent inflammation.

When should you take antibiotics for acne?

Antibiotics for acne are usually prescribed in combination with topical treatments, or when topical treatments are not proving effective. A dermatologist will be able to determine whether your skin would benefit from oral antibiotics.

What are the side effects of lymecycline?

Common, mild side effects (around 1 in 100 people) of lymecycline include:

More serious side effects of lymecycline are rare. If you experience any of the following side effects, seek medical attention immediately:

Is long-term use of antibiotics bad for me? 
Ultimately, although antibiotics can be helpful in treating acne, it’s usually a last resort and isn’t a long-term solution. Being on antibiotics for a long period of time isn’t always healthy and can lower the immune system, making you more susceptible to other infections. Finding an effective skin regime to manage the symptoms and help prevent breakouts, is the most sustainable solution. If you are suffering with acne, Sk;n have a range of Acne treatments to help

What other types of antibiotic can be prescribed for acne?

Other antibiotics prescribed for the treatment of acne include minocycline and oxytetracycline.

Alternative treatments to antibiotics for acne

There are a number of professional skin treatments designed to help manage acne by reducing congestion, excess oil and inflammation, and by targeting acne-causing bacteria present in the skin. These include:

More on alternative treatments for acne.

FAQs about lymecycline:

How long does lymecycline take to work?

Lymecycline is not a quick-fix treatment for acne and may need several weeks to take effect. However, some people see an improvement in their skin after about a week of taking the drug.

Can you drink alcohol with lymecycline?

Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol with lymecycline.

When should you not take lymecycline?

Lymecycline should not be taken by children under the age of 12 or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. This is because lymecycline can cause permanent staining in developing teeth.

Can I take lymecycline if I’m allergic to penicillin?

Lymecycline is an antibiotic but is not related to penicillin, so is safe for penicillin allergy sufferers.

Does lymecycline stain your teeth?

Lymecycline can permanently stain teeth that are still growing. This is why it’s not prescribed for younger children, or breastfeeding and pregnant women. It does not stain fully-developed adult teeth.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for acne. But there are easy ways to manage your symptoms so that your skin doesn’t dictate your quality of life, including using dedicated and effective skincare products.

Stevie Craig, Acne Specialist Practitioner from sk:n Middlesbrough, is passionate about helping acne sufferers achieve and maintain clear skin and has years of experience treating the condition.

We chatted to her about the best sk:n products to combat angry, oily, acne-prone skin. They’re all approved by dermatologists.

sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser

sk:n Anti-Blemish Control Serum

sk:n Intense Blemish Lotion

sk:n Skin Hydrator for oily/acne-prone skin

sk:n Pore Refining Lotion

Heliocare 360 Oil Free Gel SPF50

sk:n Vitamin Rich Cleanser For All Skin Types

For a limited time take advantage of 20% off ALL skincare products on our online shop. Use code ‘SKN20’ at check out and enjoy!

We recommend a course of acne treatment alongside products to get the best results for your skin. Please register your interest and we will contact you once our clinics reopen.

A cause for celebration; we’ve secured the highly coveted ‘Best Clinic Group UK & Ireland’ Award, at the 2016 Aesthetic Awards.

On Saturday 3rd December over 600 colleagues and peers from within the Aesthetics Industry gathered at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel to celebrate one of the biggest events in the Medical Aesthetics calendar: the 2016 Aesthetic Awards. During the evening guests were welcomed with a champagne reception followed by a delicious sit-down dinner. Comedian Hal Cruttenden treated guests to a comedy performance before hosting the highly anticipated awards, which recognised winners in 24 categories. The awards included; Aesthetic Medical Practitioner of the Year, Distributor of the year, Product of the Year and the highly coveted Best Clinic Group, to name but a few.

We’re thrilled that our continued commitment to providing safe, effective and ethical treatments to all of our clients has been recognised by our peers and colleagues. The award was open to any clinic group with more than 10 clinics in the UK and Ireland. A judging panel made up of industry professionals, decided that sk:n demonstrate an excellent level of commitment to providing outstanding customer service, patient care and patient safety and we were announced as the winners.

Tim Foster, COO of sk:n accepted the award on behalf of all sk:n employees and he commented “This is a wonderful achievement and something we should all be very proud of. Well done and thank you to every single practitioner, nurse, doctor,  clinic manager and all support staff who work tirelessly to ensure that we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients combined with unrivalled customer service. But mostly, we want to extend our gratitude to our hundreds of thousands of clients, who allow us to help them discover better skin every single day.”

This is an extremely exciting time for the sk:n brand and we look forward to continuing to expand our treatment and clinic portfolio.

Acne is caused when the pores in the face and upper body overproduce sebum, an oily substance used to lubricate the skin. Whilst using fake tan products such as lotions and sprays can’t cause the long term condition of acne in someone that doesn’t already suffer from it, they can cause your skin to break out by clogging the pores, making skin oilier and introducing bacteria to the skin. Using the right products in the right way can help acne sufferers use fake tan confidently.

If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from the skin condition, fake tanning can sometimes help to hide a breakout. Using fake tan products can sometimes help you feel better about your appearance if your self-confidence is being dented by acne. If you find that fake tan helps you feel better about your appearance, then it’s worth testing on a small area of your skin to see how it reacts.

Some fake tanners contain harsh chemicals, which can have the effect of irritating skin, making it oilier and causing breakouts by blocking pores. If you suffer from acne, make sure you use self-tan products that say they are oil and alcohol-free. Also, look out for ones that promise they are non-comedogenic (sometimes this will be labelled as non-acnegenic). This just means that the product won’t block pores, and this will help prevent whiteheads and blackheads. Unfortunately, it’s often the more expensive, better quality fake tan that meets all these criteria.

Fake tan products work by reacting with dead skin cells. As you often find more dead cells around a pimple, fake tan can sometimes make acne look worse rather than help to hide it. You can help to prevent a patchy appearance caused by using fake tan on acne-covered skin by exfoliating before you apply it.

If your acne is just getting too much to handle, it’s worth looking for a treatment with long-term results rather than focusing on a short-term cover up. Talk to a dermatologist to discuss your options.

At the beginning of the year, we heard predictions that tattoo removal would continue to grow, as more and more clients opt to have theirs removed by laser.

Former rapper-turned-film star, Mark Wahlberg told the Today show that not only was he having his tattoos removed, but he was taking his children to the sessions to discourage them from ever getting tattooed themselves…

“(The tattoos) all have meaning to me, but you know it’s both personal and professional,” Mark Wahlberg said. “I don’t want to have my kids getting tattoos….

There are rumours that a tattoo removal cream is in production, to effectively, ‘melt’ away the tattoo; however given that the ink is in the lower layers of the dermis, we are not confident that that will even be around in time for Mark’s children!

In the meantime, the best method continues to be by laser, which is what Marks says he is booking…

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How does it work?

At sk:n clinics, our advanced Q-Switched Lasers produce extremely short pulses of high energy light, which are absorbed by the ink particles in your tattoo, causing them to break down into tiny fragments. The minute particles of tattoo ink are then disposed of naturally by the body’s own immune system, resulting in less tattoo pigment and gradual disappearance.

Is it safe?

Absolutely. The laser energy is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink only, meaning that surrounding tissues are not affected and there is no lasting damage to the skin.

Does it hurt?

In more sensitive areas, Tattoo Removal is described as feeling like the flick of an elastic band. The slight stinging sensation can be eased by applying a local anaesthetic cream. You many experience some redness in the area following treatment, but it quickly subsides.

Will I be left with any marks?

Some clients experience a slight lightening or darkening of the skin in the treated area, though in most cases this returns to normal after six months. Occasionally the tattoo fades dramatically, but a ghosting effect remains.

What results will I see?

During your consultation your therapist will discuss your particular tattoo and the results you can expect to see. We aim to remove your tattoo in its entirety, which can take several weeks as your body works to take away the broken down ink particles.  For this reason we usually recommend a course of 10 to 12 treatments, with a four to twelve week’s break in between. Occasionally a tattoo may not be completely removed, even with the most advanced laser technology. The reason for this resistance to laser treatment is not known, but it is thought that the ink has penetrated too deep into the layers of the skin for it to be reached by laser, or because we can’t know the components that make up that particular injected ink.

What to expect?

Number of sessions: minimum of 6-10 sessions  (this can vary depending on the colour and depth of the ink)

Time: 8-12 weeks apart (depending on the healing process)



The face of Britain is changing as Britain’s ethnic population increases – people of colour now represent 40% of London’s population. UK dermatologists and cosmetic treatment providers are beginning to recognise this and establish a new field of ‘Ethnic Dermatology’.

Skin and hair problems in different races may present differently and need specialised medical and cosmetic treatment options. There is no, ‘one size fits all’; darker skin may be mistaken for being more resilient but it can be more sensitive and easily damaged than lighter skins. For example, it may age better with fewer lines and wrinkles but it’s more prone to pigmentation problems and scarring.

Dermatologists in the USA are leading the field in Ethnic Dermatology, although through their proactive knowledge sharing we are able to offer the same range of high-quality treatments for black skin here at sk:n clinics, as the best available in the US.

Laser Hair Removal

A few years ago Laser Hair Removal was not a safe option for darker skin. However, the introduction of the Nd Yag laser has reversed this situation. By by-passing the surface of the skin, it targets the melanin in the root hair and damages the root itself by heating up its blood supply. This results in finer, softer, and lower quantities of hair.

Due to its efficient skin cooling system, laser tends to be more comfortable and gentler on the skin than waxing or threading.

The Nd Yag also straightens the hair which is perfect for those people who suffer from ingrowing hairs and is becoming more popular with men who have this problem around the beard area.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal should never be classed as laser hair removal as it uses a completely different mechanism, beaming white light over a general area, rather than targeting a monochromatic (single colour) beam uniquely down the hair shaft. Since IPL targets melanin on the surface of the skin as well as down the hair shaft, it is not safe for darker skin and will lead to damage and skin pigmentation.


Since we know that black skin can be more sensitive and reactive, it is vital that any dermatology treatment or consultant be thoroughly researched for expertise and experience in treating ethnic skin. Treatments for darker skin tend to need to be specialised and often a gentler approach is needed in order to protect the skin’s pigment while giving maximum results.

At sk:n, we employ an entirely diverse workforce of nurses, practitioners and doctors. All are trained to understand the difference between all skin tones and to calibrate our highly advanced lasers to the appropriate setting for even small differences in skin shade.

With a growing network of 35 clinics, and nine in and around London, open seven days a week til late, we hope we can make your experience safe and convenient, whilst giving you the best results.

sk:n is the nation’s multi-award-winning, responsible and trusted skin care expert that has held a partnership with the NHS in a dermatology capacity for more than 25 years. With the largest network of clinics in the industry (35 nationwide), sk:n brings the reputation and prestige of ‘Harley Street to your local street’; only the most highly trained medical practitioners and some of the nation’s most respected consultant dermatologists, plastic surgeons and GPs with Special Interests are employed at every single UK clinic to ensure a reliably sound, professional approach and the highest consistency when administering high-grade, expert treatments. A medical director has responsibility for each clinic to guarantee strict regulatory compliance, which exceeds all mandatory and voluntary requirements. Offering over 250 treatments and using the most advanced lasers on the market, sk:n continually aims to raise the industry bar to discover better skin.

Shaving your legs for the first time a rite of passage for most women; but once you start, you can’t stop. As soon as you start shaving, you’re committing yourself to a world of thick, coarse stubble that’s with you until you the end.

Entering adolescence can be a difficult time; our hormones are all over the place, friendships are fuelled with petty drama and we are finding ourselves covered in unwanted body hair.


Laser hair removal has been a blessing for many women and men as it can eliminate the need for constant grooming. But what about the younger generation, should teenagers be introduced to such a procedure?

Is it safe?

There are obviously certain factors that can affect the effectiveness, and sometimes safety of the procedure, but age isn’t one of them. Laser hair removal is completely safe for teenagers provided it is carried out by an experienced, qualified professional.


One of the biggest benefits of laser hair removal is the fact it is permanent; however, as teenagers hair growth can be faster and hormonal changes can play an impact. Results tend to become permanent once these hormonal changes have regulated around the age of 18.

The fact that laser hair removal may be temporary for many teens makes this a rather expensive procedure. Although it could take up to 6 months for the hair to grow back it makes it a decision that should be carefully considered.

Another thing to consider is whether your teen has the emotional maturity to comply with the strict pre- and post-treatment requirements. If your teen is feeling particularly insecure about their body hair, you may be keen to agree to a solution without ensuring both you and your child understands the risks and limitations involved.

Any reputable clinic will be able to take you through whether laser hair removal is right for your teen and explain how many sessions will be required.

An individual’s weight can have a big impact on one’s overall health as well as skin management. The role weight can play on hormone levels and functions carried out throughout the body can make daily life an even bigger struggle.

Being overweight

Everyone knows that the kind of diet that contributes to an unhealthy weight can lead to bad break outs but there are more severe effects of being excessively overweight that can be extremely damaging to your skin. The amount of skin in general is increased when someone is overweight and this can contribute to a number of issues.

This excess skin can contribute to large areas of irritation and blisters, rashes, excess moisture and breaks in the skin that can lead to nasty infections. Even if the weight is lost, there is still the extra skin to deal with and this can cause delays in psychological recovery. Only by discussing the problem with a skilled and experienced surgeon can you know you’ll be in the best hands.

Being underweight

Often less well known are the side effects of being underweight. The affects on your skin from being underweight can vary based on the individual. It can cause the skin to become very dry and even develop an orange tinge.

Maintaining a healthy weight is not only important for your skin but for your health in general. Any medical conditions or questions should always be discussed with experienced professionals. Dermatologists, as well as doctors are nurses can ensure you not only get the results you want but you’re taken care of emotionally and physically.

We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but many smokers do not realise the impact they are having on their skin, both in the short-term and the long-term. For a beautiful, glowing complexion the best advice you will be given is to stop smoking.

The skin is a complex organ which is made up of three layers; the epidermis, dermis and subcutis. Did you know that tobacco smoke can penetrate into all three of these layers, either from the surface (around the fingers and face) or through the blood supply; reducing the skin’s elasticity and leading to a number of skin problems.

Here at sk:n, we know first-hand the effects that smoking can have on a person’s skin and looks, and we want to help! So to embrace Stoptober we have decided to provide you with an in-depth medical insight on the effects smoking can have on your skin, and hopefully this will help to keep you motivated to kick the nicotine.

Smoking ages your skin

Smoking can affect the appearance of your skin in many ways. Some of them are more widely known than others. For example I am sure that all smokers know that their habit is making the skin on their fingers turn a yellow colour, and that they are at risk of developing stained teeth; but those that are less known still play an equally important part in the skin attributes of a smoker.

The smoke from a cigarette will make the skin turn a dull, greyish colour which is how a smoker’s natural glow disappears. As well as the discolouration, smoking can thin the skin as well as dry it out due to reducing vitamin A levels and moisture. It also contributes to those pesky dark circles underneath the eyes. However, don’t worry, this is not permanent; these signs can be reversible following giving up smoking for good.

The nicotine in cigarettes adds years to your appearance; as well as taking away your natural glow it is known to give those that can’t kick the habit a smoker’s face. Smoking plays a major part in the development of lines and wrinkles around your lips, eyes and cheeks; and some research suggests that this is down to the puckering of the mouth when drawing a cigarette as well as the squinting in response to the smoke.

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 toxins and when you smoke these toxins are absorbed in to the bloodstreams; and thus restricts blood vessels. The knock on effect is that it reduces the amount of blood flowing to the skin, depleting the skin of oxygen and essential nutrients which depletes the collagen.

Smoking and skin cancer

If you smoke you are have twice the risk of developing skin cancer, and oral cancer. Sun exposure is no longer the most common risk for skin cancer, now new studies show that smoking is too. Studies are uncertain but the majority have found 50% greater risk of developing cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, not basal cell carcinoma or melanoma (these are different types of skin cancer). Whilst they couldn’t conclude why this was it is believed to be because smoking damages DNA in the skin tissue, leading to errant cell growth.

Smoking and acne

There is debated medical research that has shown that smokers are more likely to develop non-inflammatory acne as a result of smoking; this will include blocked pores and large blackheads. However, this medical research is not conclusive so whilst we can’t say that it definitely will cause acne we can say that smoking definitely won’t be helping.

Our expert medical advice

Lisa Mason, Medical Support Manager at sk:n says

“Smoking is one of the major causes of advanced ageing – tobacco smoke can penetrate into the skin through the surface and the skins blood supply. Therefore it is practically impossible to protect the skin from premature ageing. Once you stop smoking you will notice a difference in your skin within days – the grey, dull appearance will improve as the blood circulation increases and your risk of wrinkle development will improve as the natural moisture levels of the skin will not be affected by the exhaled smoke.”

Look after your skin and stop smoking! If you can already notice the effects of smoking on your skin then we may be able to help. Once stopped completely there is a higher increase that aesthetic procedures, such as anti-ageing injectables, will work better and be effective for longer. We also offer a range of chemical peels and skin rejuvenation treatments to get back your natural glow.