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The Cadogan Clinic will continue to offer patients medical dermatology appointments throughout the COVID crisis, as well as critical skin cancer screening and removal services.

General medical dermatology consultations will be booked remotely, with 'time critical' appointments still available in-clinic for suspected skin cancer cases.

'Same-visit' skin cancer excision will be possible for all cases indicating for immediate and urgent removal, under the care of one of our specialist surgeons.

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Acne is a very common condition caused by the inflammation of grease-producing glands in the skin.

This causes blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflamed red papules and pustules, otherwise known as spots. Acne predominantly occurs during adolescence and is most commonly experienced on the face, back and chest.

The correlation between acne and adolescence is due to the increase in testosterone occurring in both genders during puberty. Acne can also be prompted by psychological factors such as increased stress levels, genetics and dietary habits.

Dermatology at the Cadogan Clinic provides some of the most advanced and effective options for acne treatment in London. After you’ve been fully diagnosed at your consultation, one of the various treatment options will be recommended by a dermatologist to achieve the best results for you. These range from topical creams and gels at the less severe end of the scale, to antibiotics, hormonal treatments and Roaccutane in more severe cases. We also offer unique treatments such as Facial Peels and Skin Rejuvenation treatments which can help treat Acne, as well as Dermapen treatment for acne scarring.

Whatever your personal requirements, you can rest assured that we will provide the leading UK consultants, techniques and facilities for your treatment at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London clinic.

Why treat acne?

Acne treatment is necessary for several reasons. Not only does the appearance of acne temporarily affect your physical appearance with pink marks, but it can lead to permanent scarring if deeper cysts are left untreated. Moreover, acne is typically associated with elevated levels of stress, unhappiness and infection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne Clear laser treatment can be used to treat acne on any areas where acne outbreaks occur; the face, neck, chest and back being the most common.

The cost varies depending on the size of the area to be treated and how many treatments are likely to be required. We do offer bespoke laser package for patients depending on their requirements – prices per treatment for Acne Clear laser start from £100. The best way to find out pricing is to come in for a consultation at our clinic. 

The number of Acne Clear treatments you will need varies from person to person.  Most people require between 6 and 8 treatments over a four to eight-week period.  The results are cumulative and most patients generally start to see results after their very first treatment. You will notice that your skin starts to become much clearer with less redness and acne outbreaks after just a few treatments.

Acne Clear is an effective spot treatment as it can achieve quick results without the need for drugs. If you suffer from acne you have probably tried many methods or topical treatments to try to address the problem including creams, face washes, creams and lotions which have all let you down. You may feel like you have run out of options, or that no treatment will ever really work for you.
Acne Clear is a laser treatment which can provide a highly effective solution for eliminating persistent acne showing a reduction in inflammation as well as the number of pustules and papules in many individuals

Topical and antibiotic treatments provide popular and effective alternatives, but laser acne treatments (Acne Clear) can achieve quick results without the need for drugs though can be even more effective in combatting acne when used in conjunction with other acne treatments as recommended by your Cadogan Clinic Dermatologist or aesthetic practitioner.

Laser treatments target the porphyrins produced as part of the normal metabolism of acne bacteria, creating an organic ‘singlet oxygen’ molecule that rapidly destroys the bacteria without damaging the surrounding tissue on interaction. This naturally destroys the acne bacteria in just a fraction of the time it typically takes for antibiotics to work, with extraordinary results after eight brief treatments over a period of four weeks. This is three times faster than common antibiotics and topical treatments.

Acne Clear laser treatment can also be used to treat acne in any areas where acne outbreaks occur; the face, neck, chest and back being the most common.

The Acne Clear laser is an effective procedure and appears to be most effective in treating acne vulgaris in particular; showing a reduction in inflammation as well as the number of pustules and papules in many individuals.  It is even more effective in combatting acne when used in conjunction with other acne treatments as recommended by your Cadogan Clinic Dermatologist or aesthetic practitioner.

With regards to scarring, the Acne Clear will work to reduce swelling and improve skin tone and texture, however we have several treatments that can improve both the active acne and post-acne scarring. Depending on what your skin needs we will design a treatment package specifically for you. This could include a combination of chemical peels, microdermabrasion, targeted medical grade skincare or other laser options. It is important to get the acne under control first before tackling the scarring to get the very best results.  

Laser treatment for acne is an effective procedure and appears to improve acne vulgaris with a reduction in inflammation and the number of pustules and papules in some individuals.  It is even more effective in combatting acne when used with other acne treatments as recommended by your Cadogan Clinic aesthetic practitioner.

Acne Clear laser is a highly effective solution for eliminating persistent acne when topical and antibiotic treatments haven’t been successful. It achieves quick results without the need for drugs as it destroys the bacteria that sits on the skins surface.

When you arrive at the Cadogan Clinic for your acne treatment initial consultation, your aesthetic practitioner will explain the procedure to you, ensure you are comfortable and provide you with goggles to protect your eyes.  A cooling gel may be applied to the treatment area to soothe the skin before starting the laser treatment. It is not painful although a slight tingling sensation may be felt.

The Acne Clear laser uses a narrow-band, high-intensity blue light source that is readily absorbed by the ‘’porphyrins’’, the organic compounds released by the bacteria sitting on the surface of the skin causing breakouts. When these porphyrins absorb light of certain wavelengths, free radical damage occurs – this destroys the bacteria on the skin surface and helps to combat future acne breakouts.  

Yes, IPL treatments can be used to treat the appearance of acne. By undergoing a number of treatments, varying depending on the patient and the severity of the condition, IPL can help to destroy the bacteria that create acne, therefore reducing its appearance on the skin.

To discuss the different options of skin treatments for acne available at Cadogan Cosmetics and identify the best treatment for you, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our specialists.

Dermatology Gallery

Skin Lumps and Warts

Benign Dermatofibroma - Persisting asymptomatic nodule. Recommend excision on cosmetic grounds as will never go away spontaneously.

Benign vascular nodule - Developed at site of minimal trauma; needs surgical removal as bleeds easily.

Benign vascular nodule - On face of elderly lady, for surgical removal.

Warty benign basal cell papilloma (seborrhoeic keratosis) - Slowly growing on trunk of 70 year old man; removed by curettage.

Warty benign basal cell papilloma (seborrhoeic keratosis) - Flesh-coloured growth on trunk of 75 year old man

Seborrhoeic warts / keratoses - On a patient

Seborrhoeic warts / keratoses - On a patient

Solar keratoses - Extensive scalp solar keratoses suitable for PDT

Rapidly growing nodule - Below left eye in 70 year old man. Needs excision for cure and for histology to differentiate between a keratoacanthoma and a basal cell cancer

Hand warts - Can be treated with Cryotherapy

Plantar warts - Potentially suitable for cryotherapy

Melanomas

Lentigo maligna - Black discolouration on background brown lentigo on nasal bridge–needs excision to prevent spread.

Melanoma - Melanoma on a patient

Lentigo maligant melanoma - Slowly growing brown stain on cheek of elderly lady

Malignant melanoma - Well demarcated black plaque on sun damaged trunk of 35 year old

Malignant melanoma - Well demarcated black plaque on sun damaged skin

Melanoma - Change in the pigmentation of a previously brown mole

Nodular melanoma - A large pigmented nodule

A nodular melanoma - Enlarging pigmented plaque

Subungual melanoma - Persisting black toenail originally thought due to trauma

A nodular melanoma - Persisting oozing nodule with pigmentation

Amelanotic melanoma - Vascular nodule on the foot

Large malignant melanoma - On upper back of very sundamaged skin

Other Skin Cancers

Basal cell cancer - Slowly growing nodule on sun exposed skin of 68 year old man showing telangiectasia (blood vessels) diagnostic of a basal cell cancer

Multiple cancers - Multiple scaly patches consistent with multiple cancers on sun-exposed neck of elderly woman

Basal cell cancer - Scaly area which never heals on right side of forehead of 72 year old. Need excising to prevent further enlargement.

Basal cell cancer - Slowly growing area on sun damaged facial skin of 35 year old surfer. Basal cell cancer needing Mohs and reconstruction to prevent further growth.

Pigmented basal cell cancer - On sun exposed skin of 72 year old. Could be mistaken for a melanoma due to the black pigment.

Squamous Cell Cancer - Sore ear thought to be infection in 78 year old man but due to a squamous cell cancer

Bowen’s disease on the hand - An early skin cancer

Psoriasis

Psoriasis - Symmetrical well defined erythematous plaques on the knees

Psoriasis - Well demarcated scaly plaques on elbows of a 4 year old

Psoriasis - Scaly itchy scalp with well demarcated edge due to psoriasis

Psoriasis - Well demarcated scaly rash of psoriasis in a child on an unusual location

Small Plaque Psoriasis - Widespread rash with well demarcated pink scaly patches

Psoriasis - Psoriasis on the forehead and scalp

Moles

Large congenital mole - Atypical pigmentation in a child - needs monitoring

Protruding benign mole - Excise on cosmetic grounds

Hair bearing benign flesh coloured facial naevus -

Halo naevus - This is benign and occurs more frequently in patients with vitiligo

Large naevi with irregular pigmentation - Dysplastic naevi which need monitoring /excision to prevent progression

Unusual mole on sole of foot - For dermoscopic monitoring

Halo - Less intense pigmentation surrounding a normal mole

Benign Mole - Benign mole on a patient

Benign Mole - Benign mole on a patient

Acne

Acne Scarring - Acne Scarring

Acne - Acne on a male patient

Acne - Acne on the forehead, can be treated with Roaccutane.

Acne - Acne on the cheek, can be treated with Roaccutane.

Autoimmune

Alopecia - Alopeca areata

Allergies

Urticaria - Urticaria or hives

Pigmentation

Actinic Lentgines - On the patient's hand

Sun Damage - On the patient's chest

Actinic Lentgines - On the patient's hand

Extensive Actinic Lentigines - Forehead with extensive actinic lentigines sun freckling

Vitiligo - On a patient

Vascular

Vascular Papule - Vascular papule on patients face

Superficial Leg Vessels - Close up of superficial leg vessels amenable to sclerotherapy or laser.

Eczema

Dry Eczematous Skin - Dry eczematous skin on a patient

Flexural Eczema - Flexural eczema on a patients arm

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