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Have you heard about the TheraClear acne treatment? If you suffer from blackheads, whiteheads or cystic acne, you’re about to get very excited…

What is it?

TheraClear is a treatment offered by Dr David Jack, who is one of the first to offer it in the UK. It’s a handheld vacuum device with a strong suction that extracts blackheads, spots and other debris lingering in your skin to leave your pores clear. It’s magical.

What does it do?

The suction lifts congestion to the surface, removing gunk to help clear your skin. It’s combined with a blue IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) that kills the P.acne bacteria in your pores that cause acne, as well as aiming for the source of the problem by reducing the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce. This means by ridding the bacteria, you are breaking the cycle of blocked pores becoming infected and turning into whiteheads and cystic spots. However, for larger under the skin spots, there is also a needle attachment that can be used to pierce bumps for better access.  

What to expect?

The suction is strong, but painless – a slight pinch. The device is held on each area of the skin for a couple of seconds as it removes the debris. A typical treatment takes about 10-20 minutes.

If you get a kick out of seeing the gunk from inside your pores, you’ll be disappointed to hear that you don’t get to with this treatment; it goes directly down a tube once it’s been sucked out. However, after the treatment you might find the odd rogue blackhead that has been brought to the surface, which is always satisfying.

For bigger spots and lesions the needle attachment is used to puncture the spot at the core to help shift the sebum, which immediately lessens the size and redness of the spot and helps it heal faster.

What are the results?

This treatment is perfect if you’re prone to persistent breakouts of any kind – it’s very quick, painless and depending on the severity of your acne, results can be seen after the first treatment. For the best results you will need to book in for regular sessions – Dr Jack recommends six to eight treatments close together. Doing this means you’ll have the best chance of keeping the acne bacteria away while removing the blockages they cause.

Unlike traditional facials that often use a metal needle-like instrument for extractions, it won’t leave your skin angry and red, so it’s an ideal daytime treatment. The suction can occasionally cause a tiny bit of bruising, but it’s not painful and this soon disappears – nothing a dab of concealer can’t hide.

The first treatment may make you spottier in the short-term as more blockages are temporarily bought to the surface, but be patient; your skin will get clearer the more you go.

How much does it cost?

Each treatment costs £125.

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