Clear up your acne for good at our renowned acne treatment clinic in the heart of Liverpool.

what is acne?

Most people have struggled with acne at some point in their lives. When your pores get clogged by oil (sebum), bacteria, or dead skin cells, the chances of acne increase. Breakouts most commonly happen on the face, back, and chest. Acne can appear on the skin as:








Regardless of the type or severity, acne can greatly impact a person’s self-esteem and cause emotional distress. If not treated quickly and effectively, acne can worsen and permanent acne scars can develop over time.

If you’re struggling with persistent acne breakouts, you're not alone. Acne is an incredibly common skin condition and can happen to anyone at any age. The good news is acne is very treatable, and clear skin is easier to achieve than you might think.

types of acne

There are many different types of acne, each with their own treatment needs. Treatment for blackheads and whiteheads doesn’t always look the same as treatment for cystic acne. Knowing the type(s) of acne you struggle with can help determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you’re still unsure what acne type you have, we recommend booking a skincare consultation with one of our highly qualified skincare specialists. They can examine your skin and help you determine the best treatment plan for your specific acne type.



The most common type of acne are  blackheads. These small bumps are classified as open comedones because they open at the surface of the skin. When oxygen enters the skin, it turns dark brown or black hence the name blackheads.



The other type of comedone are whiteheads. This type of acne is classified as closed comedones. Contrary to blackheads, oxygen does not enter the skin. This results in a more raised bump with a white or yellow tip.

papular acne

papule acne

All other types of acne are considered inflammatory lesions. The least severe inflammatory acne are papules. If not treated properly, papular acne can worsen and cause permanent scarring. Papules appear as small, red bumps that are often tender to the touch.

pustule acne

pustule acne (pimples)

When a papule’s centre becomes white or yellow, this means pus has formed. When this happens, the acne becomes a pustule, commonly known as pimples. This process will unfortunately happen to most papules. Like all types of acne, it’s important not to pop or pick at pustules as this can make inflammation worse or cause scarring.

nodular acne

nodular acne

Another type of inflammatory lesion are nodules. They are large, solid lumps that are painful even when not touched. This type of acne is found deep beneath the surface of the skin and is considered a severe form of acne. Because of this, it cannot be effectively treated with over-the-counter creams. Nodular acne typically appears less inflamed than other types of acne and can often be skin-coloured.

cystic acne

cystic acne

Acne cysts are another severe type of acne that also form deep beneath the skin. Unlike nodular acne, cysts are filled with pus and are soft to the touch. This type of acne appears as large, red boils that are tender or even painful. Cystic acne most commonly occurs in patients with oily skin and is incredibly stubborn to treat with over-the-counter products alone. Scarring is most likely with this type of acne, but you can avoid it by not picking at or popping the breakout.

what about fungal acne?

Despite the name, fungal acne is not actually acne. It’s a skin condition called folliculitis. Even though it looks similar to acne, this skin condition happens when your hair follicle becomes infected by a fungal yeast. The easiest way to know if you have folliculitis is when your skin doesn’t respond to acne treatments or the spots are itchy and consistently sized.


Fantastic skin review today for my daughter who has been suffering with acne. She came away feeling listened to. MJ was able to demonstrate her amazing knowledge of how the skin works at a level she understood. Looking forward to starting the treatment plan. Thank you!

Zoe H.

how to get rid of acne

Fortunately, acne is a very treatable skin condition. It can often be treated with over-the-counter skincare and acne products alone. However, for more severe forms of acne, further treatment may be necessary if your acne doesn’t begin to clear up within a few weeks of OTC treatment.

At Smileworks, we are proud to offer a wide range of acne treatment options for all acne types. Which treatment you get is entirely dependent on the severity of your acne. We recommend booking a consultation with one of our incredible skincare specialists, and they can help you choose the most effective treatment for your acne.

prescription skincare

prescription skincare

For mild to moderate acne, prescription skincare may be the only treatment you’ll need to clear it up. Topical creams and retinoids can make a dramatic difference in your skin’s appearance, and you can start to see a change in your skin within just a few weeks. Prescription skincare products can only be prescribed by our aesthetic practitioners, so it’s best to book your consultation with them if you suspect this is the right treatment option for you.

chemical peels

chemical peels

Chemical skin peels are another great treatment option for mild to moderate acne. At Smileworks, we have four different chemical peels to choose from, each with different levels of skin penetration. All of our peels are suitable for acne treatment, and which peel you get will depend on the severity of your acne. Starting at £50.



The best facial on the market, ProFacial deeply cleanses the skin and clears your pores, making it an excellent choice for acne treatment. This treatment is best for those with mild forms of acne like whiteheads and blackheads. Not only will the ProFacial clear your skin, but it also provides unbeatable exfoliation. Your skin will look healthier and more renewed than ever before. Starting at £110.

laser treatment

laser treatment

Laser treatment is another option for patients struggling with breakouts. Here at Smileworks, we use the Aerolase Neo laser to treat acne. The Neo is a non-ablative laser that is proven to clear your acne by reducing sebum production and inflammation. This laser is completely painless, and there is no downtime.

Once your acne has cleared up, we recommend using  the ablative Aerolase Era laser to remove any acne scarring that is left behind. Starting at £200.


"I am already seeing an improvement in my skin so definitely worth it!"



"It's like photoshop for your skin."



"Bye bye sun spots! My skin has never looked smoother."



"They are working miracles on my skin. I cannot recommend them enough!"



"Can't wait for the next appointment already and skin feels so much better"



benefits of acne treatment



The benefit patients most look forward to is the clear, smooth skin that comes after acne treatment. You’ll gain a fresh wave of confidence after seeing your skin without acne.



It’s crucial that you seek out effective treatment options to prevent further problems. By treating your acne early, you can avoid severe infection and acne scarring.



Our treatments work on ALL skin types. We believe that  no one should have to continue to struggle with acne. Whether you have fair or dark skin, we have a treatment for you.

how to prevent acne

While it’s not always possible to prevent all acne, there are lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent acne from worsening and reduce the chance of future breakouts. Here are ways you can prevent future breakouts:

Don’t touch or pick at acne-prone areas of your skin

Eat a balanced diet and drink more water

Reduce friction or pressure on the skin (e.g. tight-fitting hats and clothing)

Shower or wash your face after exercise or sweating

Take steps to reduce your stress levels

Keep your face clean and maintain a skincare routine with products compatible with your skin type (e.g. avoid oil-based products if you have oily skin)

why choose smileworks?

Choosing where to get treatment can be a big decision, but luckily Smileworks makes it easy. We are proud to be Liverpool’s leading acne treatment clinic, and we treat dozens of cases every week. With the rapid rise of aesthetic complications, it’s never been more important to choose a reputable clinic that’s run by medical professionals.

At Smileworks, all of our clinicians and technicians are highly trained and experienced in what they do, so you can rest assured in their hands. We strive to offer safe yet effective treatment plans that will leave you with results to rave about.

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Any product or treatment claiming to clear your acne overnight, in a day, or in a week is likely a scam. It is almost impossible to completely clear up an acne breakout in such a short period of time. It can take weeks to see results from treatment and months to completely get rid of your acne. When treating acne, you should be patient and expect treatment to take time. Results won’t happen overnight, but when they finally do, it will be well worth it.

If you notice your acne tends to flare up at specific points during your menstrual cycle, specifically around your chin and jawline, there is a good chance you have hormonal acne.

Bacterial acne will appear in the more oily areas of your face such as your forehead and nose, and it seemingly appears at random times. The best way to know whether your acne is bacterial or hormonal is to book a consultation with one of our skincare specialists.

Yes, vaping can cause or worsen acne. This is due to the chemicals in vapes. When these chemicals come into contact with your skin, they can dehydrate the outer layers. To compensate for this, your skin overproduces sebum which can result in acne. If you suspect vaping is causing your acne breakouts, it’s best to quit. If this isn’t possible, make sure to stay hydrated and keep your skin cleansed and moisturised.

Yes, an excess in sugar has been shown to cause and worsen acne. This can be combated by eating a more balanced diet. There is no need to cut out sugar altogether, but limiting your sugar intake could help your acne clear up.

While sunbeds may appear to clear up your skin by drying it out, this is only temporary. Similar to vaping, when an external force rapidly dries out your skin, your body responds by overproducing oil. This oil then causes your acne to return, often worse than it was before.

Sunbeds are also incredibly harmful to your skin and can cause hyperpigmentation and even cancer. For your health, sunbeds should always be avoided.

Contrary to popular belief, toothpaste does not help clear acne. It will only irritate your acne and make it more inflamed and noticeable. We recommend using a product that is advertised to clear acne or getting treatment from a skincare professional.

Most acne should not feel itchy. While it is possible for cystic or nodular acne to feel itchy, any other type of acne should not be itchy, and this is likely a sign of another skin condition like fungal acne (folliculitis) or rosacea.

No, acne is not contagious. There are many skin conditions that are contagious, but fortunately acne is not one of them.

Most acne will clear on its own shortly after puberty. Teenage acne can stick around until your early to mid 20s. However, if you find yourself still struggling with acne into adulthood, it might be time to seek other treatment options.

With most acne treatments, you will start to see results within 4-8 weeks, and your acne should completely fade within a few months.

There is no permanent cure for acne. Results from your treatment can be permanent if you maintain a consistent skincare routine and healthy diet. If you don’t do these things, there is a chance your acne will come back.

Acne scar treatment can look different than acne treatment. Since acne is considered an open wound, more intense treatments like ablative lasers cannot be used on active acne. Once your acne is cleared, you can then start treatment for your acne scars and marks. More information can be found on our acne scar treatment page.

To start your acne treatment, you can fill out our online booking form and book straight away. Alternatively, you can call our lovely Front of House Team at 0151 236 5166.

If you have any more questions about acne treatment, please send us an email at