Acne treatment: My ultimate guide

Did you know June is Acne Awareness Month?

That’s right. The dreaded spots…..

I treat clients with acne on a daily basis. Acne is a skin condition that affects so many people. Both men and women, of all ages. You might associate acne with spotty teenagers and think it’s just a natural part of growing up that we all go through. But acne can have a really negative impact on not just your skin but your confidence too. I regularly treat men and women in their 40s and older who have either suffered from acne all their life or who have recently developed problems with acne. Many have tried so many different products and treatments over the years and just want to feel comfortable in their own skin.

First up, What causes acne?

Acne is caused by bacteria, stress, excess skin oil, diet, hormone changes such as pregnancy and menstruation and smoking. All these things can trigger acne. It can also be triggered by not washing your face with a cleanser.

The small holes in your skin are called pores and they can become blocked by bacteria, oil, dead skin cells and dirt. If this happens a spot may occur. If you continue to get spots that are often hot or painful to touch then you may have a type of acne. Acne is mainly found on the face however it can be found on the chest and back as well. Acne is known to run in families. If your mother and father had it, it’s likely that you will too.

So how can I treat my acne?

There are many ways to treat acne. Here I have collected together some of those which I have seen, first-hand, can make a real impact. In my experience, there is no one magic treatment. No wonder product. The biggest difference comes from a combined programme of the right treatments, correct skincare products and informed lifestyle choices that treat acne from the inside, out.

1. Wash your face with the right cleanserWoman washing her face

Let’s start with the basics. If you are currently layering up the foundation to try to cover your acne, remember to wash your face thoroughly with a good cleanser and warm water, twice a day. Also, I’d highly recommend a mineral foundation, this will allow your skin to breathe and not cause bacteria. Jane Iredale is a great makeup brand that is full of key vitamins (fully stocked at Christchurch Derma Spa).


Have you been prescribed Roaccutane? Many people with acne will understandably seek advice and acne medication from their doctor. Roaccutane works by decreasing sebum production in the skin which is blocking acne-causing chemicals. However, there is a risk of extreme side effects including dry, fragile skin, muscle ache and increased risk of liver inflammation.

2. Soothe your skin with a Pure Chemical PeelWoman having a chemical peel

Lots of people are put off by the word ‘Chemical’. But trust me, you shouldn’t be scared at all. This anti-inflammatory peel is a fantastic treatment that helps soothe irritated skin and massively reduces redness. It also helps to stop those annoying spots from forming. For severe acne, it can give you BIG results.

3. Rejuvenate your skin with Diamond MicrodermabrasionDiamond Microdermabrasion treatment for acne in Christchurch, Dorset

Depending on what stage of acne you have, I would recommend Diamond Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a simple yet effective method of rejuvenating and polishing your skin, with immediately visible results. This deeply exfoliating treatment removes any excess oil and clogged pores. It can help reduce acne scars, as well as stop acne spots from forming, by opening up pores and reducing oil on the skin.

4. Reduce acne scars with laser treatmentLaser treatment for acne scars

IPL technology allows us to treat your acne with specific wavelengths of light that target the bacteria in the skin, as well as inflamed sebaceous glands that contribute to breakouts. It can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Having laser treatment in conjunction with a Pure Chemical Peel can really achieve amazing, lasting results in a short period of time.

5. Use the right skincare products like the Clinicare Pure rangeClinicare Pure liquid moisturiser

To really treat acne, you need to be committed to using the correct skincare products. Skincare products to treat acne must have anti-inflammatory in. At Christchurch Derma Spa I stock the Clinicare Pure range which is intensely soothing. Specifically designed for acne-prone skin, the antibacterial and antimicrobial formulations combat hyperactive sebaceous glands and repress inflammation on a daily basis. The Cleansing Foam is a great place to start and every layer of skincare you add into your routine, from the Liquid Moisturiser to the Serum,, masks and more, will boost your skin further.

6. Take skincare supplements to boost your skin from the inside outPhoto Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Accumax and Skin Omegas supplements

There are two key supplements that I have seen make a real difference for acne sufferers, both from Advanced Nutrition Programme. Skin Accumax™ is an award-winning, patented skin supplement for problem skin, recognised by thousands worldwide. Using vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and phytonutrients, it works from the inside out to support problem skin and clarify your complexion.

SKIN OMEGAS+ are also brilliant as they act as an internal moisturiser for the skin, nourishing your skin and giving it a more luminous appearance.


So there you have it. My ultimate guide to treating acne.

It can be a real minefield but with the right steps, you really can make a difference and feel better in your skin. Even starting with just one of these steps will put your skin on a path to a healthier future.

Where can I go for a Chemical Peel, microdermabrasion or laser treatment near me? And where can I purchase skincare products for acne?

Christchurch Derma Spa is a skin clinic in Christchurch, Dorset offering bespoke skin treatments such as Deep Cleanse FacialsChemical PeelsMicrodermabrasion, Skin Tightening and Laser Treatment.

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