Acne Treatments

Acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin; it causes a variety of blemish types.

Although very common in adolescence ( teenage acne ), acne can occur in adulthood too and adult acne is very distressing to those who suffer from it. It varies from mild to severe, and most people tend to over-scrub and over-dry their face, making the problem worse.

Acne advice

  • Do not pick at spots as this will increase the risk of scarring
  • There is no link with diet or food so ‘exclusion diets’ do not work
  • Avoid oil based cosmetics, sunscreens and make- up
  • Avoid extremes of temperature – saunas etc.

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Medical Treatment for Acne

At Cosmetic Doctor, all clients with acne problems are seen by a medical doctor for advice. We offer advice about medical treatments available on prescription as well as effective skin care products. We also offer a number of specialised peels and treatments carried out by our medical doctor.

Common Features of Acne

  • Blackheads (open comedones)
  • White heads (closed comedones)
  • Red bumps (papules)
  • Spots containing pus (pustules)
  • Cysts
  • Large inflamed lumps (nodules)
  • Scarring
  • Pigmented areas

Acne before and after



Acne Treatments Price
Initial Consultation Fee €90
Follow-Up Consultation Fee €65
Stimulator peel €100
Stimulator peel with mask €120
ZO Ossential Stimulator Peel
(No peeling, a course of 4 is recommended €300* special offer 1 free)
ZO Ossential Brightening Stimulator Peel
(No peeling, a course of 4 is recommended €360* special offer 1 free)
from €120
ZO 3-Step Stimulation Peel €200
Glycolic Acid Peel €65
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance €120

Mild Acne

If you have mild acne, you may try topical agents which are available over the counter at your pharmacy without a prescription.

  • Antiseptic washes (Neostrata cleansers, Cetaphil washes, Clearasil)
  • Salicylic acid preparations which exfoliate follicles and remove excess sebum or oil (Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash)
  • Panozyl creams or gels to apply to affected area.

If the above are unsuccessful or your acne is more severe then make an appointment with Dr. Fay at Cosmetic Doctor to discuss other options and/or prescriptions.

Moderate to Severe Acne

The following acne treatments will be discussed with you at your consultation:

  • Oral antibiotics such as Tetracyclines, Doxycycline, Lymecycline or Minocyclines.
  • Occasionally in the case of females the contraceptive pill known as Dianette may be prescribed.
  • If your acne is severe, developing scarring or not responding to antibiotics then Roaccutane or oral Isotretinoin may be advised.

Prescription Acne Treatments (topical antibiotics such as Dalacin T or Zineryt. are applied twice daily until acne is controlled. Topical retinoids are often prescribed in conjunction with topical antibiotics, e.g. Isotrex, Retin –A or Differin)

At Cosmetic Doctor in the Slievemore Laser and Skincare Clinic, we are seeing an increasing number of patients suffering with adult acne.

Get Rid of Adult Acne at CosmeticDoctor

acne_l1_scaledAdult acne is treatable, and we will do our very best to ensure we develop a treatment plan to help minimise the appearance and frequency of outbreaks, as well as scarring, for each patient.

To make you appointment call Cosmetic Doctor today on 01 2000 500.

Dr Lisa Fay

Dr Lisa Fay is the founder of She has over 12 years of clinical experience and has been performing aesthetic treatments for over 9 years.

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First Floor, Slievemore Clinic, Old Dublin Rd, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 2000 500
Fax: 01 2101 564