Why Does Acne Occur?

Acne is the result of pores becoming clogged with oil, dead skin cells and everyday impurities. This blockage creates an environment where bacteria thrive, leading to inflammation and raised blemishes. Many factors can contribute to this:

  • Hormonal Fluctuations: Shifts in hormones, especially during adolescence and pregnancy, can increase oil production, setting the stage for acne.
  • Dietary Choices: What we consume reflects on our skin. Diets high in refined sugars, dairy and certain carbohydrates may trigger or exacerbate acne in some individuals.
  • Stress: Elevated stress levels release hormones that can lead to increased oil production, making skin more susceptible to acne.
  • External Influences: Everyday elements, from pollutants in the urban environment to certain cosmetic products, can clog pores and contribute to breakouts.
  • Genetics: The propensity for acne is sometimes written in our DNA, passed down from generation to generation.

Our specialist dermatologists will work with you to address acne from multiple angles, which may involve your nutrition, your skincare routine and other contributing factors in addition to direct skin treatments.

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What are the Different Types of Acne?

Understanding which types of acne you are dealing with is the first step of effective treatment. You may experience one or more of the following acne blemishes:

  • Whiteheads are the result of clogged pores that remain sealed at the surface. They present as small, raised bumps that encapsulate the impurities.
  • Blackheads are the result of clogged pores opening up, allowing the oil and bacteria within them to oxidize upon exposure to air.
  • Papules are small, red and tender bumps that occur when the skin around the pore becomes inflamed. Papules tend to feel hard and give the skin a sandpaper texture.
  • Pustules are an evolution of papules. The blemishes are similar, except that pustules contain yellowish or white centers filled with pus.
  • Nodules are painful lumps that form deeper below the epidermis (surface layer of skin). Their presence often indicates a more severe form of acne.
  • Cysts are nodules filled with pus. They are the most painful and severe form of acne and can leave lasting scars if not treated appropriately.
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What are the Treatment Options for Acne?

Aesthetic Polyclinic offers a variety of treatments to address acne and its causes inside and out.

Medical-Grade Skincare

Medical-grade skincare products contain higher concentrations of active ingredients, ensuring efficacy beyond what most consumer products can achieve. Skincare lines available through medical providers offer potent formulations designed to improve acne blemishes at the skin surface while simultaneously addressing the condition at its roots.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels exfoliate, rejuvenate and stimulate cellular renewal. We offer a range of formulations, including salicylic acid peels that can lower inflammation, calm redness, minimize the appearance of large pores, reduce oil production and fade post-acne pigmentation. Most acne-fighting peels are comfortable and require little downtime.

Medical-Grade Facials

Medical-grade facials marry relaxation with results. For acne-prone skin, we offer a corrective facial such as customized Hydrafacial, Green Peel, Thalgo Facial, Skinceuticals Facials that target blocked pores, acne breakouts and oiliness through a combination of cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and hydration. Whether you’re dealing with occasional flare-ups or persistent acne, facials can help restore your skin’s natural balance.


Harnessing you body’s innate ability to heal, microneedling creates tiny skin injuries that stimulate collagen production and cellular regeneration. Over time, these treatments can lead to improvements in breakouts, enlarged pores and acne scars. We perform microneedling with a customized mix of peptides and amino acids that are tailored to address acne, microneedling with Exosomes and StemCell to enhance overall skin health, Needle-Free JetPeel infusion of peptides and acids along with radiofrequency microneedling with Secret RF and micro-injection treatments with Aquagold Fine Touch.

Prescription Medications

For more persistent or severe forms of acne, our dermatologists may recommend prescription medications. These solutions, whether topical or oral, are tailored to the individual’s needs, targeting the root causes of acne and preventing future breakouts. Oral and topical medications are sometimes used in combination to provide comprehensive treatment.

Laser Treatment for Acne

Laser treatment for active acne involves the use of various types of lasers to target and reduce acne lesions. Here’s a brief overview with bullet points:

Overview: Laser treatment is a medical procedure that uses focused light energy to target and treat active acne by reducing inflammation, bacteria, and oil production.

Types of Lasers:

  • Fractional Laser: Breaks down skin tissue into microscopic columns, promoting collagen production and reducing acne scars.
  • Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL): Targets blood vessels and reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne.
  • Nd:YAG Laser: Targets sebaceous glands to reduce oil production.

How it Works:

  • Lasers can penetrate the skin to varying depths, depending on the type of laser used.
  • The energy from the laser can destroy the bacteria responsible for acne (Propionibacterium acnes).
  • Laser treatments may also stimulate collagen production, improving skin texture and reducing the appearance of scars.

Treatment Process:

  • Consultation to determine the most suitable laser type for your skin and acne condition.
  • Local anesthesia or numbing cream is applied to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  • Laser device is applied to the affected areas.
  • Multiple sessions may be required, depending on the severity of the acne and the type of laser used.

Recovery and Side Effects:

  • Minimal downtime for most laser treatments.
  • Temporary redness, swelling, and mild discomfort may occur.
  • Sun protection is essential during the recovery period.


  • Results vary depending on the individual and the specific laser treatment.
  • Improvements in acne can be seen in the weeks following the treatment.
  • Multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of laser treatment for acne can vary from one person to another depending on many factors especially lifestyle. Combining more than one treatment is ideal to optimize results along with a proper home care.

Why Choose Aesthetic Polyclinic for Acne Treatment?

Since 2000, Aesthetic Polyclinic has had the privilege of serving residents of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, as well as many discerning international visitors. We strive to create an atmosphere that blends exceptional service with timeless glamour and modern amenities.

Our clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art devices and treatments. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, offering only what is safe, effective and backed by science. Alongside our advanced procedures, we provide invaluable lifestyle advice, guiding our clients towards habits and routines that foster lasting skin health and overall vitality.

Our reputation for excellence is built on a foundation of trust that starts with our providers. Our dermatology team comprises experts trained in the world’s leading institutions. They bring diverse perspectives, a wealth of knowledge and a passion for skin health to Aesthetic Polyclinic. With their full understanding of the complexities of acne and commitment to continuous learning, every client receives care that is both cutting-edge and deeply informed.

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Schedule Your Acne Consultation at Aesthetic Polyclinic

Your path to clear skin begins with a personalized consultation. In this thorough session, our dermatologists will attentively listen to your concerns, assess your skin and craft a bespoke treatment plan tailored to your needs. It’s more than just a discussion; it’s the first step in an ongoing relationship where your aspirations meet our expertise.

We hope to empower you to live with radiant skin, renewed confidence and your highest sense of beauty and well-being. Request your consultation today.

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