Acne - neck, back and chest

we can help reduce or remove the appearance of acne spots and blemishes

Acne breakouts on your neck, back and chest

If you

  • have spots and congestion on your neck, back and chest
  • have scars and marks left behind by acne
  • feel like you always have to cover them up so none will see

we have the solution.

At Skin Perfection, we can provide you with a range of treatments and products that effectively reduce or remove the appearance of acne spots and blemishes on your body.

See below for more information.

About acne

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people, to some extent, usually when they are in their teens and early twenties.

Sometimes, however, 'adult acne' can continue into later years causing distress to our everyday lives.

Acne can vary from relatively mild and superficial blackheads or whiteheads with oily skin, to more severe inflamed spots and cysts that may leave permanent scarring.

About 80% of us have been affected by acne at some time in our lives. Both teenagers and adults can suffer. Some only experience a few spots, others have more severe cases.   Acne usually affects the face, and sometimes the back and front of the chest, but can also appear on the lower back, buttocks and thighs.

What causes acne?

There have been many myths over the years about the causes of acne and how to treat it.

It’s mainly due to hormonal changes that cause an over-production of sebum (the oil that the skin produces naturally to keep itself from drying out). When the skin’s pores (openings for hair follicles) become blocked with excess sebum and dead skin cells, oily skin, blocked pores and acne are the result.

It is caused by a combination of hormone stimulus to the acne or sebaceous glands in the skin, which leads to an increased production of oil and a blockage at the opening of the duct which will then be seen as a whitehead or blackhead.  In the long term, acne also increases the breakdown of collagen and elastic tissue.

What Makes Acne Worse?

The Sun Exposing scars to the sun can cause them to darken and slow the healing process. Ultraviolet rays stimulate melanocytes (pigment-producing cells), leading to further discolouration. Before heading outdoors, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, with the physical blocker zinc oxide, and reapply every two hours. Did you know the difference between a physical sun block and a chemical sun cream? Physical instantly protects your skin without the need for waiting before it starts to work and doesn't contain chemicals that may increase sensitivity to your skin or block the skin with additives that are not healthy for you or your skin. At Skin Perfection we have physical blocks and sunscreens that do not do this, unlike the chemical sunscreens we are used to buying over the counter or in department stores, causing your acne and redness to worsen.

Picking and Squeezing Scars, which are made mainly of collagen (a protein fibre normally found in the skin's second layer), are the body's way of repairing itself. Acne scars are typically indented because of collagen loss from intense inflammation. Picking leads to further inflammation and injury of the skin, which adds to the skin’s discolouration and scarring. Squeezing or trying to pop a pimple causes pus and bacteria to filter deeper into the skin, resulting in more collagen damage and spread of bacteria causing more spots, then more scars.

Vitamin E You may have heard that applying topical vitamin E to a scar will help it heal faster. But according to a study from researchers at the University of Miami, applying the nutrient directly onto a scar can actually hinder its healing. In the study, vitamin E had no effect (or made matters worse) for 90% of the patients, and 33% who used topical vitamin E developed a contact dermatitis. Vitamin A or derivatives of Vitamin A, actually help better including Vitamin C, which calms any inflammation, protects your skin from free radical damage and helps to lighten any discolouration to the skin.

Getting help with acne

Whatever the cause, and whatever age we are, any signs of acne can have a big effect on how we feel about ourselves. Many sufferers have tried medication prescribed by their GP or dermatologist but if these treatments have been unsuccessful, there is little else the NHS can offer.

If you are self-conscious with having spots and scarring, however mild, please do call us at Skin Perfection. There are many prescription treatments for acne, but generally speaking, acne prone skin will respond well to a specifically-tailored combination of procedures. These include medical skin peels, photo laser treatment, LED light therapy and other rejuvenating skin treatments such as microneedling, which is also suitable for acne scaring once the breakouts have suppressed.

Acne scars

Even without picking, acne lesions, particularly cysts, can lead to scarring because of the intense, collagen-damaging skin inflammation with which they are associated.  Acne scarring can be an unsightly reminder of having to deal with that condition.  Acne scars develop in areas where former cystic blemish lesions have been present. Acne scars come in three varieties:

  • atrophic, which are mostly shallow
  • boxcar-shaped
  • ice pick-shaped, which are narrow and deeper.

People with deeper skin tones may also notice darkening (or hyperpigmentation) within the scars, while people with lighter skin tones may show redness (or erythema) within the scars.

It’s hard not to feel self-conscious if you’ve been left with visible scars but that can change with a little help: today’s cosmetic treatments can now reduce - or in many cases, completely remove - acne scars. See below for treatment options.

Treatments for acne

Laser photo-facial skin rejuvenation - improves skin tone and texture for a more youthful look, and is suitable for a range of conditions including sun damage, wide and localised areas of pigmentation (discolouration), rosacea, redness and inflammation, and visible (or broken) veins; with minimal downtime.

LED light therapy - uses blue light therapy to treat the causes and symptoms of acne and rosacea, by reducing inflammation, irritation and bacteria, with no downtime; can be carried out as part of a four-stage process or as a booster to any skin treatment.

Medical microdermabrasion - a fast and effective treatment for acne and keratosis pilaris that uses a non-surgical but deep-penetrating resurfacing procedure to clean blocked or congested pores; tailored to your skin condition and with little downtime. This is a more effective treatment than ordinary, salon-grade micro-dermabrasion (hence the word ‘medical’) as the crystals used are aluminium oxide and sapphire-shaped, which means they hit the skin at every angle. Unlike many clinics or medi-spas, we only use sterile disposable tips, one for each patient and we never use the same tip for anyone else.

Micro-needling - used as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a four-stage process to help reduce lines, wrinkles, open pores and acne scarring, and treat dry and dehydrated skin - leaving your skin looking fresher and smoother. With two treatment options: our state-of-the-art Dermafrac machine (minimal downtime) or a Dermaroller (slightly longer downtime).

Skin peels or resurfacers - help to improve skin texture and redefine pores, and suitable for a range of conditions including pigmentation (discolouration), scars left by ingrown hairs, lines and wrinkles, redness or rosacea and acne; available in different strengths and with different downtimes, according to your skin condition as well as time, financial or social commitments.

A combination of any of the above treatments may be suitable - after your consultation, your Skin Perfection specialist may discuss combining some of these treatment options to maximize your results.

To find out which of these treatments is most suitable for you, and to receive your free skin health check, please call us today to book your free consultation.

Products for acne

Our skincare products are classed as ‘cosmeceutical’ grade or medical grade, as they have active ingredients that penetrate under the skin.

We avoid using the kind of non-cosmeceutical products that can be bought from some department stores or salons; these may look nice in fancy bottles but are a waste of money. Because these products contain ingredients that are not active enough, they simply sit on top of your skin and have no affect on the root of the problem.

We make sure that, as a patient embarking on a skin care treatment plan in clinic, you have the correct products selected by your skin specialist, to maintain and maximise your results.

Following a thorough consultation and skin-health check, we may suggest one or more of these products as part of the treatment plan to help you manage oily skin, blocked pores or acne:

Benzyl peroxide. For mild acne, you may try, or your doctor may recommend, treatment with a non-prescription medication that contains benzyl peroxide.

Medical grade home care to use on a daily basis morning and night to help manage and maintain your breakouts and heathy skin- prescribed by your skin specialist

Medical grade mineral make up, so you are not spending out on great treatments and products then applying the incorrect make up that may be the cause of you going round in circles and blocking the skin causing new breakouts and scars.

Please contact us for more advice about how these products can help you maintain the beautiful, healthy skin you deserve.

Treatment prices


Laser photo-facial rejuvenation
Area Single treatment
(pay as you go)
Course of 4 treatments (recommended for new patients)
Buy 3, get 1 free
Top-up of 2 treatments (if you have completed the recommended course of 4 treatments)
Full face £215 £645 £320
Half face £164 £492 £250
Neck £109 £327 £165
Chest / décolleté £215 £645 £320
Lower arms £215 £645 £320
Hands £164 £492 £250
Single lesions £109 £327 £165
Full face, neck and chest £358 £1074 £530
Notes One session every 2 to 4 weeks. Suitable for skin types 1 to very light 4, to treat redness (flushing / blushing) and rosacea, acne, sun-damage, freckles and mottled skin, broken veins. Can be combined with skin peels to boost the results. If combining, the laser treatment is carried out first, then the peel: interval period of 4 weeks between treatments.


LED light therapy
Light Single treatment Course of 3 treatments: buy 2 get 1 free Course of 6 treatments: buy 4 get 2 free
Red
(anti-inflammatory)
£33 £66 £132
Yellow
(anti-ageing, collagen stimulation)
£33 £66 £132
Blue
(reduces breakouts, clears bacteria under the skin)
£33 £66 £132


Medical micro-dermabrasion
Area Single treatment Course of 6 treatments Top-up of 3 treatments
Full face £87 £435 £217.50
Notes Deep exfoliation treatment using (medical grade) DermaGenesis microderm machine. One treatment every 7 to 14 days.


DermaFrac micro-needling
4 treatments in 1 for instant plumping and rejuvenating of the skin: microdermabrasion; micro needling: peptide infusion: LED light therapy.
Area / type of treatment Single treatment Course of 6 treatments (recommended)
Buy 4, get 2 free
Maintenance of 3 treatments for the price of 2 (after the recommended course of 6 treatments)
Full face (lightening, hydrating, anti-ageing peptides) £192 Full face £770 £385
Stem cell peptide infusion £192 Full face £770 £385
Vitamin C infusion £192 Full face £770 £385
Notes Suitable for all skin types but not active acne. One treatment every 2 to 4 weeks.


Dermapure roller micro-needling
Area Single treatment Course of 3 treatments (recommended)
Buy 2 get 1 free
Full face £325 £650
Full face and neck £435 £870
Chest £435 £870
Full face, neck and chest £759 £1518
Notes Suitable for all skin types. Anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin before the procedure; mask and product infusion after treatment. One treatment to be carried out every 4 weeks.


Dermastamp micro-needling
Area Single treatment Course of 6 treatments (recommended) Top-up of 3 treatments (if you have completed the recommended course of 6 treatments)
Large area £275 £825 £625
Small area £109 £545 £272.50
Notes Suitable for deeper, localised treatment of scarring or stretch marks. Most effective when used with (as follow-up to) Dermaroller. One treatment every 4 to 6 weeks.


Epionce skin peels
Type Description Single treatment Course of 6 treatments (recommended)
Epionce Lite Refresh Entry-level skin peel, and for very red and inflamed skin, acne and rosacea. Also suitable for general skin health, with minimal or no other concerns. £95 £475
Epionce Correctives Next-level, medium-strength skin peel, for mild to moderate acne, sun damage or skin ageing. £105 £315
Notes If starting with Epionce Correctives, your skin will need preparation for between 2 and 4 weeks using Epionce Renewal cream or lotion depending on your skin type.


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