Laser treatments can provide a highly effective solution for eliminating persistent acne. Topical and antibiotic treatments provide popular and effective alternatives, but laser acne treatments (Acne Clear) can achieve quick results without the need for drugs.

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.

Whatever your personal requirements, Laser Acne Treatments at the Cadogan Clinic provides the leading experts and techniques at its state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you come to Cadogan Clinic for your acne treatment initial consultation, your experienced aesthetic practitioner will explain the procedure to you and during treatment will 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 acne laser treatment and the treatment is not painful.  Acne Clear laser system uses intense blue wavelengths of light to destroy the bacteria known to be a cause of acne.

Immediately following your acne laser treatment you may notice some mild redness and swelling, although this is normally, easily covered and settles within 24-48 hours.  Your Cadogan Cosmetics practitioner will recommend that you use daily broad spectrum sunscreen protection following your acne laser treatment.

The results of acne treatment are accumulative and most of our Cadogan Clinic patients generally start to see results after only a couple of treatments.  You will notice that your skin starts to become much clearer with less redness and acne outbreaks.

Acne laser treatment can be used to treat acne on the face, neck, chest and back- the common areas in which acne outbreaks occur.

The number of acne laser treatments you will need varies from person to person.  Most people require 6-8 treatments over a four to eight week period.  The results are accumulative and most of our Cadogan Cosmetics patients generally start to see results after only a couple of treatments.  At your initial consultation your aesthetic practitioner will devise a treatment plan for you based on your individual needs.

If you suffer from acne and have tried many other methods to combat it such as creams, face washes and lotions, you may find the laser acne treatment at Cadogan Cosmetics is the best spot treatment for you as unlike many treatments it destroys the bacteria which causes acne as well as reducing redness.

At Cadogan Clinic we have a number of treatments to improve active acne and acne scarring, depending on the individual such as chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, advanced skincare and the Acne Clear laser.  It is important to get the acne under control first before tackling the scarring to get the best results.  Your aesthetic practitioner will recommend a combination of treatments for you to combat acne and acne scarring.

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.

The bacteria in acne release porphyrins and when they absorb light of certain wavelengths, free radical damage is produced, and this destroys the bacteria helping combat the acne.  Laser acne treatment uses a narrow-band, high-intensity blue light source that is readily absorbed by porphyrins released by the bacteria causing acne.

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Dr. Anjali Mahto
Dr. Anjali Mahto


Dermatologist treating acne and other serious skin conditions. Also sees patients with ageing concerns, specialising in injectables and laser treatments

Dr. Alexis Granite
Dr. Alexis Granite


Dermatologist specialising in skin cancer, skin allergy testing and women’s dermatology such as hormone related skin conditions, acne and hair loss

Dr. Maryam Zamani
Dr. Maryam Zamani

Oculoplastic Surgeon

Oculoplastic Surgeon & Aesthetic Doctor specialising in blepharoplasty and facial rejuvenation with the latest injectables, products, peels and lasers