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Throughout life, acne has physically and emotionally scarred millions. It is the most common skin condition with an incidence of over 90% in adolescents.

Acne may however appear for the first time in the mid twenties, or even later, and persist in a significant number of people into their forties or even fifties. It can be very difficult to treat successfully with conventional topical preparations or oral antibiotics.

We understand how acne flare-ups can affect your life and damage your self-confidence. The connection between stress and spots often results in a worsening of acne symptoms at precisely the wrong times.

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Active Acne

We usually aim to get active acne under control using laser treatment and keep it controlled using as gentle a combination of treatments as possible. A full medical assessment is essential as your treatment plan for active acne may include prescription medication, either topical or oral, NLite laser or blue light IPL, medical grade cosmaceuticals, chemical peels or microdermabrasion.

Acne Scarring

The complex choice of which laser to use in the treatment of acne scarring is often taxing for the most experienced laser physician. It depends on numerous factors including the type and depth of scar, its location, and the patient’s underlying skin colour. It is important that intervention does not make matters worse.

At consultation we will assess your skin and advise a treatment plan tailored specifically to your individual needs.

Because we offer the entire range of acne treatments, we can truly recommend the option that is best suited to you. Whatever we recommend, you can be assured that we are not using it because it is all we have to offer but because it is the best choice for you.
Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

The exact cause of acne is unknown, but the following factors are considered important:

The sebaceous gland produces more oil resulting in a generally oily complexion.

The dead skin, near the pore through which the hairs emerge becomes sticky, partially or completely blocking the pore. The bacteria P.Acnes multiplies in the retained oil causing inflammation (seen as pimples, zits or cysts). Inflammation damages the cells that make collagen resulting in thinning of the skin and sunken scars. Occasionally collagen production increases, resulting in thickened raised scars.

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The treatment of active acne depends largely on the severity of the condition and often several treatments are recommended concurrently. A full medical assessment is essential as your treatment plan for active acne may include prescription medication, either topical or oral, NLite laser or blue light IPL, medical grade cosmaceuticals, chemical peels or microdermabrasion.

Because we offer the entire range of acne treatments we can truly recommend the most effective procedure for your skin. Whichever treatment we recommend, you can be assured we are not using it because it is all we have to offer but because it is the best choice for you.

The majority of clinics in the UK utilize IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to deliver acne treatment. This is often incorrectly termed as a laser treatment for acne (An IPL device is not a laser it is a light source) and described as the superior method of acne treatment.

In our opinion an IPL is as a rule far less effective at a given task than a laser dedicated to that purpose. A suitable analogy is that IPL is like throwing a grenade at a problem versus a sniper, which is a laser – very focused, precise and looking for a specific target.

Although IPL acne treatment is offered on almost every street corner, because Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic offers the entire range of acne treatments, we can truly recommend the option that is best suited to you. Whatever we recommend, you can be assured that we are not using it because it is all we have to offer but because it is the best choice for you. Hence, for the treatment of active acne, we will always recommend the Nlite 585nm Pulsed Dye Laser in preference to IPL. Nlite delivers superior results with less discomfort, fewer treatments and reduced risk of unwanted side effects.

What is Blue Light Treatment?

Lasers emit high energy at one specific wavelength (or colour) in a single beam of light. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is broadband light energy that delivers hundreds of wavelengths (or colours) in a single discharge. This light is passed through filters to produce blue light at wavelengths 420-950nm. The advantage of blue light IPL is it enables very large areas to be treated quickly, safely and effectively.

How does the treatment work?

  1. The blue light kills the acne bacteria (P.Acnes) that cause the infection leading to spots.
  2. The blue light gently heats up the skin around the spots, producing collagen that boosts the healing process causing the spots to disappear.

How many treatments are needed?

A series of 8 treatments is recommended over a 4-week period. Following this, it is envisaged that further ‘top up’ treatments may be required.

Are there any side effects?

In rare cases redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a small risk of pigment change following treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising and blistering. This settles within a few days. We consider IPL unsafe for individuals with darker skin types.

Can all areas of the body be treated and does skin colour make a difference?

All areas of the body can be treated. Most skin types can be treated as skin colour makes little difference to the benefits of the procedure.

How soon will I see an improvement?

On average in 2-4 weeks the number of active acne lesions has usually reduced.

Is laser treatment safe?

There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that laser treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of skin cancer. Our blue light treatment is sold worldwide and is fully cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also has full CE clearance in Europe.

Who performs the treatment?

A high quality laser must be accompanied by a skilled operator for superior results Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners. To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworth.

What is NLite?

NLite is a pulsed dye laser (PDL) that emits yellow light at 585nm from a hand piece held close to your skin. Described as the most significant advancement in acne treatment for decades, NLite laser is safe, fast and effective. NLite is a virtually painless treatment without any side effects.

“The biggest breakthrough in the treatment of Acne Vulgaris in 20 years”
Tony Chu consultant dermatologist at Hammersmith Hospital in West London

“Over 92% of patients reviewed after a single treatment had a significant improvement. Over 50% of patients had a 50% reduction in lesions after a single treatment”
The Lancet Vol 362

How does NLite laser work?

Active Acne – NLite works in 3 ways: –

  1. The yellow laser light kills the bacteria, P.Acnes, that causes the infection leading to spots.
  2. The laser light gently heats up the skin around the spots, producing collagen that boosts the healing process causing the spots to disappear.
  3. Prevention of future acne by dampening down the skin’s reaction to P.Acnes reinfection.

Acne Scarring

The yellow laser light heats up the lower layers of the skin, producing collagen that stimulates a healing response. This acts as a new foundation for the skin, reducing scarring and improving skin tone.

What does the treatment involve?

The yellow laser light is delivered in very short pulses from a hand piece moved gently over the skin’s surface. Most patients describe the procedure as virtually painless although you may feel a warming sensation as the laser light is absorbed into the skin.

Are there any side effects?

Following treatment there is usually no visible after-effect so normal activities can be resumed immediately. In rare cases, redness and irritation of the treated area may occur (like sunburn). There is also a very small risk of pigment change following the treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising or blistering. This settles within a few days.

Do I have to do anything with my skin on the day of treatment?

Avoid swimming for two to three days following treatment. Do not use heavily perfumed skin creams and avoid using perfume for at least two days. If you wish to apply make-up to the treated area, you can do this straight away after the session. The following morning, cleanse as usual and apply make-up as normal. If you are using topical vitamin A preparations, these are best avoided for at least 2 days following treatment.

How many treatments are required?

Acne has been shown to significantly improve 2 to 4 weeks following a single session. A series of 3 treatments is usually recommended at monthly intervals.

How soon will I see an improvement?

On the day of treatment, most people experience a reduction in tenderness to the treated area. In the days following, you should experience a resolution of any existing break-outs and in 2-4 weeks the number of active acne lesions has usually significantly reduced. In the months following treatment, there should be an improvement in reddened areas and a reduction in the depth of any pitted sunken scarring.

How long do the benefits last?

Acne clearance has been shown to last over 9 months. Following this, it is envisaged that further ‘top up’ treatments may be required.

Is the treatment safe?

There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that laser treatment can lead to skin disorders or an increased risk of skin cancer. The NLite laser is sold worldwide and is fully cleared by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also has full CE clearance for Europe.

Who performs the treatment?

Our expert medical team has in excess of 20 years laser experience and have completed more than 100,000 successful treatments. Rest assured you are in safe hands. All procedures at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are performed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and practitioners.

To ensure the highest ethical standards are maintained at all times, staff at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic are never offered bonus incentives to sell treatments.

We are a CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered clinic that is regularly inspected and assessed by government. This is the best indicator available that the clinic is trustworthy.

The initial consultation is free of charge with no obligation to undergo treatment. Costs vary depending on the area treated.

PRICE PER SESSION : Blue Light treatment
Full face £250
Small areas £150
Back £300
Chest £200

 

PRICE PER SESSION: NLite Treatment
Full face £250
Full Face and Neck £300
Small areas £100
Back £350
Chest £250

Please Note: Prices quoted are per session and are an approximate guide only. If you require a more accurate pricing prior to consultation, please contact us directly.

Although laser treatment may seem expensive, one must bear in mind the enormous acquisition and maintenance costs of the laser devices.

Before getting laser treatment for my acne, I felt like I had tried everything else. I had suffered from acne for 13 years and even though it wasn’t terrible, I found it very depressing. I was a bit sceptical about trying laser treatment, but decided to go ahead with it. After the first couple of treatments, thinks started to clear up and after six treatments my skin was considerably better. Now, although I still get the odd spot or two, I don’t consider myself to be a "spotty person" any more

Jane

Having suffered with acne for many years, the scarring on my back was very deep and unsightly. The psychological as well as the physical scarring has been very hard to deal with over the years. Dr Holt at Cambridge Skin & Laser Clinic has achieved excellent results with my skin; the clinic is warm and friendly and has a very relaxed atmosphere but at the same time is extremely professional. My confidence and total feeling of well-being have improved by 100%. Thank You Dr Holt.

MH

I have received a number of treatments to include a full session of acne laser treatments, IPL on my face for redness and three RF treatments on my stomach. The procedure did not require a lengthy amount of time and they are relatively painless, and easy to tolerate. I am very pleased with the results of the procedures. There are no miracles and it takes time, Dr Holt is a knowledgeable doctor who really works with his patients and he is someone I trust. He was able to determine the best treatment for my needs and recommended ways to approach the desired resolve. I extend my thanks to both Dr Holt and CSL who have helped me a tremendous amount.

NS

Having tried and tested many conventional and non-conventional methods of treatments for my persistent acne, I finally found that laser offered significant improvement and fast. After only two treatments my active spots were healed. Being of Asian skin origin, I also have the reassurance of being treated with lasers suitable for my skin. I highly recommend this treatment for anyone frustration and affected by recurrent outbreaks of acne.

SS

I am of south Asian origin and I had have suffered from varying degrees of acne for about 20 years. Although the acne had largely subsided over the last year or so, I had been left with a great many scars. I had read a great deal about the use of laser treatment for the reduction of acne scarring but I had many reservations about the effectiveness of the treatment as well as the possible side effects. Particularly worrying was the potential of changes in pigmentation after the treatment.

CSL offer a free consultation and assessment service which I found very helpful. I found the clinic to be clean and modern. All the staff I met were friendly, courteous and professional. During the assessment, my treatment options were explained to me very clearly and I was given the opportunity to ask as many questions as I wished. I was given a realistic appraisal of the benefits of the treatment as well as the level of improvement that I could expect to achieve. We also discussed the potential risks of changes to the pigmentation of my skin. In order to mitigate that risk, Dr Holt suggested a strategy of incremental increases in laser power. I should stress that at no point did I feel under any pressure or obligation to start the course of treatment.

After the first three sessions of treatment, I began tonotice improvements to my scarring. Friends (who did not know I was having treatment) began to comment on how fresher faced I was looking. By the end of the treatment (6 sessions) I found a definite improvement. Even those who knew I was undergoing this treatment and were initially sceptical agreed that there had been a significant improvement. I should mention that the treatment did not completely eliminate all the scarring as some of it was very deep. However, this was made clear to me during the initial consultation and helped manage my expectations.

It is now almost 8 months since my course of treatment was completed. The results are a significant and tangible improvement to my acne scarring. Furthermore, I have not suffered from any pigmentation changes at all, which I am sure is due to the level of care and attention shown by Dr Holt. I am very pleased with the results of the course of treatment I received at CSL. Many thanks.

Karim of London
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