• Highly Qualified Doctor
  • Dermatology Expert
  • Harley Street Location

Acne Reduction

Find a solution for your acne prone skin

  1. 1Clears pores
  2. 2Reduces scarring
  3. 3Lasting results
Procedure time
30 min
None or minimal
Duration of results
Long term

At the Aesthetic Derma clinic, Dr Nikolaidou combines medical and cosmetic dermatology to address acne conditions. Acne is a complex skin condition that can be very easy or very hard to treat, depending on the severity, medical history and skin type. However, breakthroughs in both dermatology and aesthetics now make it possible for every acne case to be treated. When medical knowledge is combined with aesthetic treatments, acne can be improved and even disappear in some case. Various methods can be used including:

  1. Specialist medical treatment
  2. ZO medical skincare peels
  3. Micro-needling

Our doctor is an expert in medical dermatology and has treated hundreds of cases of acne privately and as part of the NHS.

Prior to the treatment

Our experienced doctors will examine your skin and take a detailed medical history. The skin will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the peel procedure if this treatment option is chosen.

During the Treatment

Our doctor will perform a detailed skin examination and discuss available treatment options according to your needs. If the ZO acne peel is chosen, your doctor will apply a chemical solution to your face that will remove dead cells, balance the skin and allow the skin to renew, with new skin taking its place. During a chemical peel, most people feel a burning sensation that lasts about five to ten minutes, followed by a stinging sensation. With regard to microneedling, our doctor will use the Dermapen device to produce thousands of micro-medical needle-columns in the skin. Each column will penetrate into the skin. The column will close rapidly within 24 hours. The procedure takes about 20 – 30 minutes.

After the Treatment

Follow up will be arranged if necessary in 2-4 weeks time or longer, to assess your progress and tailor treatment accordingly. Redness, stinging, itching, mild swelling, flaking and peeling are all normal signs after a peel and vary per patient. The skin will typically start peeling 2-3 days after you have had the ZO peel treatment, you may peel up to 5 days following the procedure. With regard to microneedling, you should avoid touching or applying make up for 48 hours after treatment to let the skin heal and to prevent infection. Your doctor may apply a post-treatment product after the procedure to help soothe and calm the skin. Protecting your skin from the sun is very important after these treatments. Specific post procedure care instructions will be given to you on the day of your visit.


With regard to ZO acne peel, results can last 3-4 months or longer and the peel should be repeated 2-3 times per year to maintain results. After the Dermapen procedure, your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface, in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced. 48 to 72 hours following the dermapen application, you will have an increase in collagen production. It can take up to 4-6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long-lasting result. The number of treatments required varies per person response and condition being treated. As a general guideline, 4-6 treatments are required, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The results are truly long lasting for up to 2 years.


Why choose us for your Acne Reduction?

Specialist Doctor: Dr Nikolaidou is an expert in medical and aesthetic dermatology in the UK. We provide an in-depth skin care service that combines your aesthetic appearance with your medical background. This means that we can tailor the latest skin treatments at an affordable price achieving excellent results.

Products: The products used are all FDA approved and tested to be safe. They contain natural and synthetic ingredients that help enhance and protect the skin.

Patient care and satisfaction: We take pride in excellent patient care and experience and we will ensure your consultation and treatments are as informative, comfortable and professional as possible. Our doctor will ensure that you are clear and happy with the treatment received.

Clinic location: We are based at the heart of central London, just a 5-minute walk from Bond street and Oxford circus tube stations, right behind John Lewis.



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