Acne & scars


Live a life free from acne and acne scarring 

Struggling with Acne? Fret not, The Women’s Clinic has a 3-Step Process to remove Acne and Scarring

Our 3 step process…


First, we take a skin scan, apply an anti-bacterial intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment and add an anaesthetic cream.


Next, we perform our CO2RE fractional laser treatment.


Finally, to prevent further skin issues, it is vital to implement the correct homecare plan (aka acne treatment products and fash wash).


Seborrheic hyperplasia

Symptoms & causes

  • Increased Sebum
  • Bacteria
  • Heredity
  • Hormones
  • Puberty
  • Harsh skin products

from £700

A photo of a woman scratching her back, the skin of which appear irritated. The photo represents seborrheic hyperplasia one of the acne and scarring-related conditions treated at The Women's Clinic
A before and after comparison showing close-up photos of a patient's nose with acne scarring in the Before image and smoother skin in the After image.  The photo represents seborrheic hyperplasia one of the acne and scarring-related conditions treated at The Women's Clinic


Acne scarring

Symptoms & causes

  • Poor quality skin
  • Rough skin
  • Deep pock marks and pitting
  • Uneven skin & tone
  • Scar tissue

from £700


Questions you may have about acne & acne scar treatment

What is Acne?

Acne is a common inflammatory condition of the skin that is producing red inflammatory spots, blackheads and whiteheads appearing on the face, chest, and back. We get acne when the pores of the skin are clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria (propionibacterium acne) that get trapped inside. Acne can present in many different ways; from small blackheads to large inflamed lumps (pustules filled with pus) or cysts. Acne usually runs chronic course with either persistent symptoms or recurrent flare ups commonly treated by you doctor with courses of oral antibiotics, topical creams, gels and hormonal contraception for women. Chronic untreated inflammatory acne lesions ( red lumps and cysts) lead to formation of permanent scars.

What are acne scars?

Acne scars are permanent textural changes and indentations that occur on the skin as a result of severe acne. The term “acne scars” is not used for the temporary red and brown marks left early after acne has occurred as these marks will almost always improve without treatment.

What causes acne scars?

In severe acne, large pus-filled spaces known as acne cysts are formed. These cysts destroy the normal architecture of the skin tissue which is not replaced during the healing process. When the cyst eventually empties and the area heals, it usually leaves behind an indentation (or scar) on the face. On the chest and back the scarring can be lumpy (known as “hypertrophic” or “keloid” scarring).

How are acne scars treated by the Fractional CO2 laser?

The fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers offer an effective treatment of acne scarring. The new “fractional” technology treats only a portion of the skin, leaving healthy intact skin surrounding the treatment area. This allows for fast healing and very safe treatments for all skin types.

The fractional CO2 laser makes small microscopic holes in the deeper layers of the skin. This process leads to the generation of new, healthy collagen to smooth out the scars. Improvement in acne scars can be seen in as early as one week following the fractional CO2RE laser treatment and it will continue for up to 6 months following the initial treatment. Approximately 30-70% improvement of acne scarring is seen after one treatment, though results vary by the individual. Many patients require only one treatment to reach the desired improvement.

At The Women’s Clinic we provide a professional and high quality service carried out by experienced laser and medical practitioners. During the consultation we will carry out a full skin assessment and photograph each patient pre and post treatment to demonstrate the success of the skin treatments.

Depending on your specific requirements you will be given a treatment plan for all clinic treatments as well as skin care advice.

Is CO2RE treatment of acne scars suitable for darker skin types ?

Fractional CO2 laser treatments are safe for the treatment of acne scarring in darker skin types. Skin types of all ethnic backgrounds can be safely treated with the fractional CO2RE laser.

Age spots and hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a term describing areas of uneven pigmentation in the skin often called “age spots” or “sun spots”. It is caused by an increase in melanin and refers to darker-coloured patches of skin that can appear on the face, hands, décolletage, neck and shoulders as well as other areas. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes their colour. A number of factors can trigger an increase in melanin production, but the main ones are sun exposure, hormonal influences, age and skin injuries or inflammation. Hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure often occurs 10-20 years after the initial damage, and so sun spots showing on your skin now may well have been caused when you were in your teens or when you were a child. Age spots can make your skin look much older than your age.

Hyperpigmentation in younger women might be triggered by hormonal changes during pregnancy or from the contraceptive pill.

How does CO2RE improve hyperpigmentation?

Sun induced, hormonal and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can be successfully treated with CO2RE resurfacing treatment and with specialist home-care.

The laser removes the superficial layers of damaged skin and stimulates the growth of the new skin cells. This results in reduction of unevenly distributed pigment, improvement of the skin texture, tone and healthier, even complexion.

Discover our other services…

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We are one of few UK clinics operating the advanced CO2RE Intima Laser Medical Laser, allowing our expert clinical team to perform labial reductions and reshaping with great precision and under local anaesthetic.

Our delicate laser can remove excess skin around the labia majora, reshape protruding or asymmetrical labia minora, and remove discoloured areas.

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Intima for Vaginal Health

We use the revolutionary CO2RE Intima laser to treat painful vulva and vaginal opening or vulvodynia, a common condition around the perimenopause or menopause. Using a single-use hygienic wand on the vulva tissue, CO2RE is proven to reduce pain, with almost 70% of patients reporting a significant improvement.

We also treat itchy vulva, episiotomy scars and vulval and groin lesions using the CO2RE Intima laser combined with a local anaesthetic.

Urinary Issues

Urinary Incontinence is a physical issue that affects millions of women worldwide, with effects which can include worries about getting to the toilet in time, wearing incontinence garments every day, limiting fluid intake and interrupted sleep.

However, these issues can be a thing of the past with the revolutionary new treatment, Urolon. This clinic-based treatment is quick, painless and a very long-lasting solution to any woman’s incontinence issues.

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Skin Treatments

We offer a wide range of skin anti-aging treatments to rejuvenate your appearance alongside skin tag removal and specialist fractional laser resurfacing to eliminate the signs of aging (such as lines, wrinkles, volume loss, aging neck), and stretchmarks and treat acne scarring, sun damage and conditions like Seborrheic hyperplasia (enlarged sebaceous glands). We are one of few clinics in the UK operating the advanced and effective CO2RE Intima system for fractional laser skin resurfacing.

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