An Innovative Adult Acne Treatment That Works: Sk:n Clinics ‘Isolaz’

Living with adult acne can be emotionally exhausting. Not only does it have a significant impact on our confidence and the way we perceive ourselves, but it can have an even greater impact on our relationships with others. Although it can be embarrassing tackling
pimples and pustles when we’re way out of our teenage years and starting families of our own, it’s nothing to be ashamed of: it effects one in
five women aged 25-40. However, there’s a difference between an unsightly spot every so often and a serious issue that needs slightly more care and attention. One of my best friends has suffered with severe acne since she was a child; having now had two of her own, the skin condition that left her feeling more than a little low didn’t seem to be improving. In an attempt to get to the root of the issue and give her a serious helping hand, we’ve been undertaking a series of Isolaz Acne Treatments at Sk:n Clinics’ Harley Street surgery. Here’s her story, in her own words, of how she’s lived with adult acne to the age of 31 and now how the treatments have made an incredible difference in just over a month. 

“From the age of 12 I started to suffer from small patches of
dermatitis, which later developed into full blown acne and raging spots. I’ve always had oily and
greasy skin that was hard to control. I relied heavily on concealer
and blemish sticks, but because I didn’t really know how to take care of
my skin they never did what I wanted them to. It had a huge impact on my
confidence – I never had a boyfriend until I left school – as pimples and breakouts make you
feel dirty and unclean, no matter how much you clean your skin or how often you’re told acne has nothing to do with washing. The breakouts became more
frequent the older I got, so I started to use heavy foundations and makeup in an attempt to hide the blemishes. It
didn’t help – the cycle got worse. I wouldn’t go out or even do the
school run without applying a huge amount of makeup; it became so embarrassing that I just didn’t feel like myself anymore.”

“I’ve tried numerous different products and formulas in an attempt to control my acne, but nothing seemed to help other than offering temporary relief. I’ve tried everything from Clearasil to Proactiv, to simple cleansers and spot treatments. Although they would often help to smooth my skin and reduce inflammation initially, nothing stopped the spots altogether; as soon as I stopped using a product the spots would come back just as aggressive as before. In the last six months it became a real
emotional problem and I started to reach for any products that I thought
would help – tea tree oil, blemish busters, cleansing balms, exfoliators,
pore refiners. The Isolaz Acne Treatment was the last resort; I’d gotten to the end
of my tether and become so depressed and disheartened that I was ready
for some drastic measure.”

The Isolaz Acne Treatment procedure is administered using a vacuum suction device, which extracts skin debris, grime, dirt, oils and excess sebum from pores.
Acne lesions (whiteheads) are also drawn into the vacuum, efficiently
and effectively removing any acne-causing bacteria. Immediately after,
the Isolaz laser emits a blue pulse of light that kills any bacteria
remaining in the pores, leaving skin cleaner, clearer and
infection-free. This process is then repeated all over the face up to
four times, leaving skin clear and free from bacteria – offering not
only an immediate effect, but a long-term one too.

Gemma
says: “It’s
not painful or uncomfortable; it just feels like a teeny tiny bite as
the light flashes onto skin.
Only on the third or fourth time around the face does it start to get a
little
uncomfortable and sore, because the process is being repeated. The only
part that was painful was when the
device passed over big spots or scar tissue and removed all of the
build-up. By the third treatment I was happily relaxed and enjoying the
time
out from everyday life – there was no pain at all!” The treatment is
incredibly quick too, ensuring you can pop in and out in your lunch
break: “It took only ten minutes to
pass the device over three times, with another couple of minutes to
apply cooling spray and serum to my skin afterwards. I was amazed it was
so quick.”

So, did Gemma see any positive results
following the acne treatment? “There’s an amazing
difference to my skin after three treatments and around four weeks.
After the
first treatment I noticed a slight change, but the real difference came
after three. My skin is much smoother and softer, my pores have reduced
in
size, my complexion looks fresher and I’ve got my confidence back. You
can see from the pictures the difference it’s made. I’ve noticed I’m
really pale now without the redness and inflammation – I’m using bronzer
and blusher for the first time in my life to add a touch of colour! I’m

constantly smiling, much happier and more confident – even when I do get
a small blemish or spot it’s not the end
of the world, because my skin looks so much better overall. I’m so
pleased with the results that I may go back for some more treatments in a
couple of months.”

Although the treatment itself is pretty straightfoward and quick, there are a few things to take into consideration: “The
aftercare prevented me from applying makeup for 24hrs,
using only mineral makeup afterwards to prevent blocked pores or too
much pressure on my skin. I also had to ensure I was avoiding
the sun and using the prescribed Sk:n Clinics products to ensure the
results were as good as possible. I’ve
been using the foaming cleanser morning and night (which is really
light and creamy without stripping my skin or leaving it feeling
irritated,) a skin hydrator which helps soothe and hydrate without being
heavy, a
pore refining lotion which helps to improve the
appearance of my skin overall, and a spot gel which provides
targeted treatment for spots that do pop up – it really stings on open
spots, but helps to soothe the area and reduce
inflammation really quickly.”

Gemma has finally been able to find a solution to her acne after a search for a resolution for nearly twenty years. I’ve been able to see somewhat of a transformation in her over the last month, both physically and emotionally, the smile on her face telling me more than her skin ever could. Even without any makeup her skin looks incredible, radiant and clear – the Isolaz treatment has been able to kick-start a new routine and enable her to keep spots and blemishes at bay. The real test will be how long she can keep her skin looking this great, but for now it’s the ‘best thing she’s ever done.’ Are you as impressed with the results as me?

Isolaz treatments are available at Sk:n Clinics around the country, priced £600 for a course of six treatments (or £130 for individual sessions.)

Disclaimer: Gemma was provided with three treatments of Isolaz free of charge, as well as the products to use after each session. It’s been around two weeks since her last treatment in the final photos, where she is wearing no makeup on her skin. No editing has taken place on any of the images featured.

7 Comments

  1. Stacey K
    July 3, 2014 / 9:49 am

    what amazing results, she looks fantastic and must feel it too after finally sorting out a problem that's bothered her for so long x

  2. Jess | Just Jesss
    July 3, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Wow, what amazing results! Gemma is looking fantastic in the last photo.Jess xo

  3. Lauren
    July 3, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    Wow! Your skin looks fantastic! I've never heard of a treatment like this. I never had acne as a teen, but now that I'm 30 my skin seems to be going crazy. I wonder if this is an option in the states as well!Lauren | http://www.livelovelauren.com

  4. Jade
    July 7, 2014 / 2:10 am

    This is awesome! I've suffered enough of these acne and I have acne scars on my face. I think this treatment would best suit me. I hope it works for me.

  5. Sarah
    July 7, 2014 / 11:20 am

    After image showing amazing result. Does it permanent? If permanent I would like to do it 🙂

    • Hayley Carr
      July 7, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      Nothing is permanent – if you don't look after your skin it could become troublesome again – but it helps you start from scratch. You would need ongoing care and good products, possibly treatments every few months to keep the result the same.

  6. Rachael Lucy
    July 13, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Wow the results are amazing. If I had the money I'd jump at the chance to have this done. In the past I've tried antibiotics, topical creams, accutane, blue light lasers but nothing has worked. The accutane worked for 6 months but inevitably it came back.

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