Acne Clinic in Aberdeen
Leading acne treatment in Aberdeen from an ARA UK certified clinic.
Acne is a chronic life limiting disease that can be hard to get under control.
Temple Clinic is an ARA UK certified clinic. This means we have the knowledge and skills to treat and support you throughout your acne journey.
We treat each patient as an individual, one size does not fit all when it comes to acne.
At Temple Clinic we treat a wide range of acne conditions every day and are an ARA UK accredited treatment centre. Find out more below and send us a message to book an acne consultation today.
Can you still offer treatments during lockdown / COVID-19 restrictions?
While we cannot offer certain treatments in person during lockdown, we are still able to offer 1:1 virtual consultations via Zoom. Click here to arrange your free 15 minute discovery consultation.
WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is a skin condition, often exacerbated by hormones, and affects the sebaceous glands in the skin.
These sebaceous glands, which produce sebum, (a type of skin oil) are found in the follicles of the skin. Normal sebum secretion keeps the skin surface supple and soft, but these glands can become overactive meaning that they over-produce sebum.
The cells lining the follicle can also turnover more rapidly meaning that the entrance to the follicle becomes narrower. Eventually, the dead skin cells and the sebum form a plug which blocks the follicle. Bacteria that live on the skin – and which are usually completely harmless – get trapped within the plugged follicles.
The trapped sebum provides a rich food supply for the bacteria which then multiply rapidly. This will cause the surrounding skin to become inflamed and painful, and produce pus, leading to spots, nodules and cysts.
WHAT HAPPENS AT MY APPOINTMENT?
The first step in your Temple journey will comprise a series of questionnaires asking for details about your acne. These questions allow us to have a better understanding of which areas of your body are affected and how badly as well as considering the impact that acne has on your life. We repeat and review these questions every two months.
During your initial skin consultation with Dr Sam, she will take a detailed medical and lifestyle history so as to better understand how your skin problems have evolved and whether there are any contributing lifestyle factors that could be modified. She will need to know what products and treatments you have been using for your skin, so do take a photo or a note of the skincare products along to your appointment.
Using the latest in skin analysis technology, she will take pictures of your skin and run the analysis. This is useful for understanding the current condition of your skin and can be helpful in tracking your progress as well as helping us to tailor a treatment plan. We will repeat these pictures during your treatment course and also at your ‘skin reviews’. Please come to your appointment with clean, make up free skin.
Together, using all this information, we will create a treatment and product plan that suits you. You will receive detailed advice and suggestions along with samples of possible skincare products to trial.
WHERE ARE THE POTENTIAL TREATMENT AREAS?
WHAT TREATMENTS WILL I HAVE?
The first step in treating acne is to minimise the impact of the acne causing bacteria and also to reduce inflammation and calm your skin. We usually do this with a series of Omnilux light therapy treatments. Between 8-12 treatments are advised and having 1-2 treatments per week is the most effective.
Our next step will be using medical grade peeling systems. It is essential that your skin is properly prepared for this treatment, so we recommend acclimatising your skin with appropriate prescribed skincare products for 2-4 weeks before any peels. Our peeling protocols can kill 96% of acne bacteria, including all antibiotic-resistant bacteria, quickly and effectively. We usually suggest a minimum of four treatments, with peels at 2 weekly intervals to allow your skin to recover and be prepared for the next treatment. We include Omnilux light therapy at your peel appointments because this accelerates the healing process.
Our final step in acne management focuses on scar reduction. We use micro-needling combined with Platelet Rich Plasma to achieve the best results. This combination has been shown to help minimise the appearance of any scarring and re-texture the skin. Current recommendations suggest three treatments spaced over three months to achieve the fastest results. It is important to remain aware that the full benefit of the scar reduction treatments will occur over the 3-6 months after the course of treatment has been completed.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our skin consultations cost £50. If you decide to go ahead with treatments and products this can be redeemed against the cost. We offer packages of treatments at a reduced cost. Please see our pricelist or contact us for information.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
There is no quick fix to acne, and it is impossible to prevent spots from appearing in the future. Your treatment and product journey requires commitment and persistence, and our goal is for the breakouts to be less frequent, less severe and to resolve much more quickly. We expect to see real results appearing by the end of the peeling protocols. In the meantime, your skin should start to feel and look healthier after just a few weeks of using our products and having Omnilux light therapy treatments.
We may have to repeat some treatments because of the chronic nature of acne -and you may wish to consider further micro-needling in the future to enhance the results. The scar reduction treatment can be considered to result in a permanent improvement but new spots can create new scars – so ongoing commitment to looking after your skin with effective skincare products will help to minimise the risk of this.
WHO WILL I SEE?
Dr Sam Robson - Medical Director
Cherelle Welsh - Aesthetic Skincare Specialist