Acne laser treatment


ClearSkin Er:Glass laser treatment for acne

The Alma ClearSkin Er:Glass (erbium glass fibre) fractional laser is a non-ablative skin resurfacing and rejuvenating treatment.

It is suitable for all skin types, has almost no side effects and achieves a smoother complexion with lasting results.

The treatment offers significant improvement to overall skin tone, elasticity and texture.

How does non-ablative fractional laser treatment work?

The erbium glass-fibre laser system produces an array of microscopic light beams that selectively target and heat the problem or damaged area in the skin.

It can be precisely controlled to create a series of tiny, pixel-sized or ‘fractional’ perforations in the skin within the treatment zone. The laser effectively rebuilds or replaces ‘columns’ of skin tissue and leaves the surrounding tissue intact.

As a non-ablative laser it uses a wavelength that heats up the water in the tissue but does not cause it to evaporate (ablate).

The result is smoother, clearer and more youthful-looking skin.

ClearSkin erbium acne laser treatment at Dr MediSpa

At Dr MediSpa, we use the ClearSkin erbium laser to treat the common signs of acne:

  • acne lesions
  • blackheads
  • open pores
  • oily skin.

It addresses all forms of acne vulgaris including papules, pustules, and nodules.

By causing thermal damage to the sebaceous glands, it destroys the bacteria responsible for acne and reduces sebum production.

The laser energy is able to penetrate deep into the dermis while leaving the epidermis intact. It helps to generate new collagen – the fibrous protein that gives skin its elasticity and suppleness – as well as eliminating superficial pigmented cells.

Other ClearSkin erbium laser treatments

The ClearSkin erbium laser is also an effective treatment for other signs of blemished or ageing skin, including:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • scarring (including acne scarring)
  • sun damage
  • skin laxity
  • age-spots (also called liver spots or lentigines)
  • uneven tone, texture or pigmentation
  • loss of collagen in the face, neck, and chest.

What happens during the treatment?

Before we start the treatment programme, in the first session we will perform a skin test on the treatment area, to make sure your skin is suitable for the procedure.

During the procedure, we apply the laser hand-piece to your skin, passing it across the treatment area several times in different directions to make sure the whole area is covered evenly.

Because the rays of the fractional laser heat your skin, we can apply a topical anaesthetic cream to the treatment area if you need it

However, the ClearSkin Er:Glass has an integrated contact cooling system, to further minimise discomfort.

Side effects and downtime

As this laser treatment does not cause tissue evaporation or ablation, it avoids the side effects and downtime associated with other (especially ablative) laser procedures.

The fractional method of delivering the laser energy leaves the surrounding tissue intact. This helps speed up healing and recovery, and reduces the likelihood of side effects or downtime.

However, you may have some mild redness or swelling in the treated area, which can last for a few hours but can be covered with makeup if needed.

Treatment schedule and results

For acne, acne scarring and other skin conditions, we recommend a series of 4 to 6 treatments sessions.

Treatments should be spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart, and every 6 months during the maintenance period.


We are not able to provide this treatment for you if you have:

  • tanned skin (active tan) from sun exposure or tanning bed use in the previous 30 days
  • hypopigmentation (vitiligo)
  • any inflammatory skin condition (such as eczema or active herpes simplex) at the treatment site
  • skin cancer or any other cancer (including being on cancer drug therapy)
  • a history of keloid scarring
  • epilepsy.

If you are pregnant, you will need to wait until menstruation returns and you are no longer breast feeding.

Treatment prices

Laser treatment for acne
AreaOne treatmentCourse of six treatmentsCourse of 12 treatments
Full face£80£430£830

For more information about laser acne treatment, and to book your consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us at Dr MediSpa.