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Treatment for acne, rosacea and poor complexion

at Dr Deborah McManners’ clinic

As a highly-experienced medical doctor, aesthetic physician and registered naturopath, Dr McManners is able to take a truly holistic approach to conditions such as acne, rosacea and poor complexion. Treatment is multi-faceted and strictly tailored to each individual patient.

Both acne and rosacea are distressing conditions caused by a host of potential factors and triggers. Specialist medical understanding is the cornerstone of successful treatment as both conditions are widely misunderstood. The conditions vary significantly from one individual to the next, so in-depth assessment and bespoke treatment is also essential. Results can make a huge difference to patients as their confidence (as well as their skin) is improved.

Dr McManners uses chemical peels and mesotherapy to treat acne. In addition, acne scarring can be targeted with advanced fractional laser scar treatment. Intense pulsed light (IPL) laser treatment can help to improve rosacea as it breaks down the dilated veins which characterise the condition so they are no longer visible. Laser treatments are supported by expert skincare and medical lifestyle advice to improve the condition from the outside in.*

A poor complexion can look dull, listless and lack radiance. Skin may feel dry or oily and there may be specific concerns such as premature ageing or blocked pores. We can create tailored skincare programmes to help revive skin while assessing any underlying causes.

  • Laser scar treatment can help to reduce the visible signs of acne scarring*
  • IPL laser treatment can help to relieve rosacea symptoms*
  • Holistic approach that helps to identify potential triggers and how to deal with them
  • Personal treatment plan

Individual results may vary.

Treatment at a glance


Up to 30 minutes for laser scar treatment and 60 minutes for rosacea IPL laser treatment


Longer-term results that build over time*


Pink, flushed skin for up to 1 day for both laser treatments*


Individual results may vary.

Complementary procedures

Your questions answered

  1. What is acne?

    Acne is a common skin condition characterised by spots, blackheads and oily skin. The skin may feel painful or hot to touch. There are several potential causes including hereditary and hormonal factors.

  2. Can active acne be treated?

    Dr McManners uses a combination of chemical skin peels, mesotherapy and nutritional advice to help treat active acne. Treatment plans are individual to each patient so all of these elements will be discussed in full during your consultation after Dr McManners has assessed your skin.

  3. What does laser scar treatment involve?

    This innovative technology delivers a large number of micro-dots of laser energy per square centimetre of skin treated. It does not wound or remove any skin (non-ablative). The energy creates narrow, deep columns of tissue coagulation into the skin’s deeper layers. This triggers the body’s natural healing response which boosts production of collagen and elastin helping to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.* The fractional laser is applied via a hand-held device.

  4. What is rosacea?

    Rosacea is a relapsing condition with episodes of flushing (where the skin turns red). Other symptoms can develop as rosacea progresses including stinging sensations, permanent redness, spots and visible blood vessels. An exact cause is still unknown but triggers can include hot drinks, alcohol, hot and cold weather, caffeine and exposure to the sun.

    If left untreated, rosacea will worsen over time. That’s why it’s important to seek medical advice in a timely manner.

  5. What does IPL laser treatment for rosacea involve?

    Precise pulses of electric light and energy target rosacea’s visible blood vessels through the most appropriate light wavelength. The vessels are damaged and break down so they are no longer visible.* The intense pulsed light is delivered through a specialised handpiece to the treatment area.

  6. How many treatments will I need?

    This will depend on the number and extent of visible blood vessels. We will discuss this in detail during your consultation before developing a bespoke treatment plan. Most patients need between 3-5 treatments with 3 to 4 weeks in-between each treatment.*


Individual results may vary.

“Living with rosacea had really got me down and knocked my confidence. Treatment with Dr McManners has changed the way I feel about myself. I had some IPL laser treatment but also keep rosacea under control with good skincare and by understanding my triggers and how to avoid them.”

Megan, Canterbury

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    *Individual treatment outcomes may vary. Specific outcome is not guaranteed.