Acne affects 80% of us at some point in our lives. It is the commonest skin condition that people see their doctors about. Approximately 20% of people have acne that is so severe that they will require medical treatment to avoid the risk of secondary scarring. Most types of acne, even mild acne, will not respond to over the counter acne preparations.
There are many medical treatments available for acne, most of which are well tolerated, safe and effective. Our Medical Director Dr Ward has a special interest in the treatment of acne and acne scarring and has written a dissertation and published many articles on the subject.
At The Skin Clinic we understand how even mild acne can affect a person’s self esteem. Our acne treatment programmes are effective and intensive. Our medical staff will carefully design an acne treatment programme for you and will advise you on everything from skincare, makeup, topical treatments, oral medical treatments and other newer treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radiofrequency. Our aim is to treat your acne quickly and intensely to avoid any risk of secondary scarring and to swiftly restore your confidence.
A new at home acne treatment device called Lustre Purelight is available now at The Skin Clinic. Lustre is a device that uses blue light at a wavelength of 420nm to destroy the bacteria that causes acne. It is a home treatment device that is completely safe to use and has shown great results in clinical trails when used daily for 8-12 weeks alone or in conjunction with other acne treatments. ITV and GMTV’s Dr Hilary Jones and Dr Chris Steele have recently been involved in promoting Lustre Purelight for the treatment of acne (www.lustrepurelight.com). It is only available from dedicated medical skin clinics and we are delighted to be a stockist. For more information call us for a free consultation.
Acne is thought to be due to a combination of follicle plugging, excess oil production, colonisation of the follicles by a bacteria called Propionibacterium Acnes and subsequent inflammation. Any treatment programme that is going to be effective for acne needs to target all of these 4 processes.
Treatments for acne at The Skin Clinic are tailor made for each client and include daily skin care advice (eg. cleansers, toners, moisturisers specifically for acne prone skin), topical medications (eg. Vitamin A, benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics), oral medications (eg. antibiotics, hormone pills) and more specialised treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radiofrequency.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be very helpful for stubborn or resistant acne. The pulsed light treatment kills the bacteria Propionibacterium Acnes that resides in the skin and causes acne whilst also acting to reduce sebum (oil) production in the skin. Newer treatments like Radiofrequency use heat energy to help reduce excess sebum in the skin which improves acne and helps maintain acne remission.
Lustre Purelight is a new ambulatory home treatment for acne that has been shown to be very effective in clinical trials. It works by using safe blue light at a wave length of 420nm to kill the bacteria Propionibacterium Acnes that causes acne. Clinical trials have shown that used daily for 8-12 weeks it can significantly reduce acne. For more information please call us and speak to one of our Doctors or Nurses about the Lustre Purelight medical device.
Treatments for acne scarring have dramatically improved over the last few years as new techniques and advances in cosmetic dermatology have evolved. Dermaroller treatments or medical micro-needling are relatively new treatments that can help reduce the appearance of acne scarring by stimulating new collagen formation. Treatments should be done every 6 weeks for optimum results and a course of 3-5 will normally be advised. Our clinicians often combine dermaroller treatments with topical prescription strength skin creams to help improve scarring. Treatments can be done in as little as 30 minutes, have little down time and excellent clinical results.
Dr Ward always gets it just right with my treatments and ensures that they look subtle and natural, just the way i like. I started on the Obagi skin care programme and since then there has been no looking back.. Obagi is the best kept secret in anti-ageing!![Jennifer, Kent ]
I often model on Dr Jo’s Botox and fillers course and its great to see her pass on her knowledge and enthusiasm to other professionals. She is clearly highly respected in this industry but what is wonderful is that she hasnt lost that lovely personal and warm touch. This is what sets her apart..Its always a pleasure to be involved”[Kate, Surrey ]
Dr Ward was the first person to really take my son’s acne seriously.. it was like a breath of fresh air..Thank you for listening and for understanding how acne can affect so much in a young person’s life. I highly recommend Doctor Jo Ward to anyone who has struggled in silence with a skin problem”[Jane, Surrey ]
I first met Dr Ward in her Harley Street clinic. Since then I have followed her to every clinic she has ever worked in!! Such is my faith in her… When you find a reliable and excellent cosmetic physician, travelling a few extra miles is worth it..”[Alex, London ]
The new Skin Clinic in Sevenoaks is wonderful. I have no doubt Dr Ward will soon have a queue at her clinic door..Not only is she the best injector in town but she is so warm and so passionate about what she does its infectious.. I leave every consultation with a renewed interest in my skin”[Rose, Kent ]