At Skin Renewal, all patients with skin conditions are treated holistically by our qualified medical doctors who have experience in treating acne. In other words, in an acne consultation at Skin Renewal, your doctor will take a comprehensive history to ensure that there are no underlying medical conditions that are contributing to your acne and that the best treatments for acne are prescribed for you

At Skin Renewal we pride ourselves on visible results. As an aesthetic clinic, we offer problem-specific add-on treatments as an addition to our peels to ensure amazing results. If you feel that your skin requires more intensive treatments please schedule an appointment with the aesthetic doctor to determine which medical aesthetic treatment should be prescribed. Every client is provided with a fully customized solution dependant on the patient’s age, relevant skin problem, budget, and expectations.

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The importance of early management of any condition cannot be overstated. Once certain conditions set in and damage to organs occurs, complete recovery may be difficult to attain. The best results for prevention and longevity is early detection of a possible problem combined with conventional treatments, nutritional supplements, and a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Mild acne can be treated with the Clarify range from Neostrata which is available at all Renewal branches. For mild acne, a doctor's consultation is not necessary and the Neostrata range may be purchased from the skin professionals at all Skin Renewal branches.

If you suffer from moderate to severe acne (many lesions) consultation with one of the Skin Renewal doctors is mandatory as a customized treatment solution will be designed for your condition.

Dark-skinned patients who are looking to treat acne with peels and lasers or lights would be well advised to consult with a medical doctor with experience in treating skin of colour to prevent unwanted effects such as full-thickness burns, permanent scarring, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

Acne Treatment VIdeos

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne treatments are available in Johannesburg at FourwaysParkhurstMorningside, BedfordviewWest Rand, Waterfall and Illovo as well as in Pretoria at Brooklyn and Irene and in the Western Cape at Cape QuarterClaremontConstantiaStellenboschWillowbridgePaarl, and in KwaZulu-Natal at BallitoDurban & Umhlanga.

Acne (acne vulgaris) is a dermatologic condition that affects approximately 80-95% of adolescents as their bodies go through puberty, but luckily its occurrence declines over the following years until middle age. This condition is characterized by lesions that most often appear on the face and neck, but it is not uncommon to develop these lesions on the chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms too. Acne vulgaris, the most common skin disorder, affects virtually all individuals at least once. Incidence peaks in 18-year-olds, but substantial numbers of 20- to 40-year age group also develop the disease.

Adolescent boys and young men are more likely to have acne than their female counterparts and make up the majority of severe scarring cases, due to the fact that acne is triggered by androgens (male hormone) fluctuations.

Women are more likely to suffer from ongoing acne that commences or reappears during their early adult years. Around 8% of women have acne persisting into their 30’s and in some, it continues into their 40's and occasionally 50's. Why this occurs is poorly understood but may be related to hormones, childbirth, menopause, or stopping the pill. Adult women may be treated at the period and at ovulation when acne is especially severe, or throughout the entire cycle.

There is also a subset of women with “true” hormonal acne who have abnormal levels of androgenic (male-type) hormones. These women often have accompanying excess facial hair (also hormonally regulated) and irregular menstrual cycles, although women who have normal hormone levels may also have excess hair. The sebaceous glands of patients with acne are likely to be hypersensitive to androgens (male-type) hormones.

Acne is characterized by the formation of comedones (blackheads), pimples, cysts and abscesses (in worst cases). These lesions are formed on the skin when the pores in the skin are blocked. This blockage causes oil to be trapped, together with dead skin and bacteria within the hair follicles. In normal circumstances, the sebaceous glands (which have the function of secreting an oily substance called sebum) are attached to the hair follicles and allows the sebum to travel up the hair follicle and onto the skin. However, if there is a blockage in the hair follicle, the sebum can't get out, and this can sometimes cause the formation of a blackhead (comedones).

Blackheads are the result of the blocked oil that oxidizes, causing further inflammation and an influx of white blood cells. Meanwhile, normally present bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) begin to break down the trapped sebum within the hair follicle. The subsequent result is further aggravated inflammation, as white blood cells attack the bacteria. Pus forms within the lesion causing the lesion to enter the whitehead stage. In more severe stages with severe inflammation and infection, an abscess - a painful pus-filled pocket within the skin - may form.

Acne arises from the interaction of 4 factors:

  1. Dead skin cells blocking the oil duct results in Comedogenesis. The first sign of altered keratinization is a blackhead which consists of keratinized material and lipid material. This Abnormal Keratinization results in the formation of keratin plugs which blocks off the drainage of the sebaceous follicles, leading to the accumulation of inflammatory debris and increased bacterial numbers of P acnes.
  2. Too much oil production caused by androgenic hormonal stimulation of sebaceous glands at puberty or later (hormonal triggers).
  3. Too many bacteria: Proliferation of P acnes in this blocked follicle.
  4. Too much Inflammation: is a direct or indirect result of P acnes proliferation. Rupture of the inflammatory follicle onto the skin results in the redness around the acne lesion. Extension of inflammation into the skin results in the formation of inflammatory lesions of acne, which include papules, pustules, and nodules. The result is redness and pus.
  • Hormones; In both men and women, the androgen hormones are present in much higher concentrations at puberty and acne results. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) leads to higher levels of male hormones which can cause acne in female patients.
  • Genetic factors (family members have bad acne)
  • Flare Factors for acne are stress and depression, menses and puberty (new-onset hormones).
  • Environmental factors such as high humidity causing swelling of the skin.
  • Diet: a poor, unhealthy diet high in saturated fats, MSG's and preservatives can aggravate acne in someone who is already prone to this condition.
  • Cosmetics especially certain moisturizers and foundations.
  • Cinnamon oil,
  • Cocoa butter,
  • Cocus Nucifera,
  • Isopropyl isostearate,
  • Isopropyl myristate,
  • Isopropyl myristate,
  • Butyl stearate,
  • Isostearyl neopentanoate,
  • Myristyl myristate,
  • Octyl palmitate,
  • Isocetyl stearate,
  • Propylene glycol 2,
  • Myristyl propionate,
  • Lanolin,
  • Peppermint oil,
  • Decyl oleate, and
  • Octyl stearate.

There are numerous significant medical conditions that are associated with acne that need to be identified and addressed. Conditions such as low stomach acid, dysbiosis, and leaky gut all compromise skin but more importantly which have future health ramifications such as autoimmune disease, food sensitivities, allergies, asthma, depression, and even cancer if they are not adequately addressed. During your initial consultation with one of our qualified doctors, it may be advised that you are checked for low stomach acid, thereafter a complimentary Betaine HCl acid test is explained and done. Because;

  • Adequate stomach acid is essential for the absorption of the minerals zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, and folate which are essential for healthy skin.
  • Adequate Stomach acid prevents dysbiosis.
  • Adequate stomach acid will help prevent a "leaky gut "with all its health ramifications from developing.

In addition, low stomach acid will eventually lead to low levels of Zinc and other important minerals and vitamins which are essential for good healthy skin.

  • Adequate stomach acid is essential for the absorption of the minerals zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, and folate which are essential for healthy skin.
  • Adequate stomach acid is necessary for the absorption of the B vitamins.
  • Stomach acid activates protein-digesting enzymes and is necessary for proper digestion of protein.
  • Adequate stomach acid is necessary for the pancreas to release its cascade of digestive enzymes for the absorption of carbohydrates and fat.
  • Sub-optimal fat digestion means we won't benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fats, nor the wide array of beneficial effects of fats for fertility, skin health, immunity, etc.
  • Adequate stomach acid destroys pathogens (bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc) and a lack of stomach acid can lead to bad bacteria proliferating in the small intestine dysbiosis (bad bacteria) and unwanted parasites which have health ramifications down the line.

Having normal levels of stomach function the first important domino in a row of dominos: If stomach acid is adequate, the rest of one's digestion and absorption won't be compromised and the first domino won't fall and immune dysfunction is less likely down the line.

If digestion in the stomach is compromised due to low stomach acid, then the fall of the first domino will occur and the breakdown and absorption of nutrients in the stomach and beyond won't be optimal. In fact, digestion and absorption can be reduced to the point where even if someone is consuming a nutrient-dense diet, they can suffer both sub-clinical and overt deficiencies because they're not assimilating those nutrients because they have low stomach acid. Get your stomach acid checked by our Renewal Institute Doctors.

Acne can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe inflammatory acne and is based on lesion count and whether nodules are present, or not.

  • Mild to moderate acne: papules, pustules, and comedones, without any nodules present in the skin.
  • Severe acne has many papules, pustules, comedones, and/or more than 5 nodules present in the skin. Cysts may also be present in these severe cases.

Severe acne may be more common in males and this kind of acne should be referred to a Renewal Institute doctor as scarring is inevitable.

  • Open comedones (blackheads): These lesions are very common and consist of dilated pores and/or hair follicles, that are filled with a combination of sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria. This mixture gets trapped within the follicle creating a central, dark, and solid plug. The follicles are not completely blocked, and it appears black because of oxidation of the trapped mixture, not dirt.
  • Closed comedones (whiteheads): These form when the dead skin cells and sebum completely block the opening of a hair follicle, usually following after a blackhead has formed.
  • Pustules: This whitehead type of lesion is pus-filled and inflamed. Once these lesions rupture into the skin, they form pustular heads.
  • Papules: This type of whitehead (5 mm or less) is a type of lesion that has become swollen, red, and inflamed.
  • Nodules: This type of lesions is a solid, dome- or irregularly shaped, inflamed lesions that extend deep into the skin. If left untreated these lesions can cause tissue damage and scarring because it affects deeper skin layers too. This type of nodular acne is the most severe form of the condition and can be very painful, even without touch.
  • Cysts: These sac-like lesions contain a liquid or semi-liquid, substance that is made up of white blood cells, bacteria, and dead skin cells. Left untreated they can result in scarring and may be very painful and severely inflamed. When an individual has the formation of cysts and nodules together it is called nodulocystic acne, which is also very severe and requires medical treatment.


Skin Renewal different types of acne lesions

It is the choice of the individual to use natural and alternative therapies in the treatment of acne, either by itself, or to compliment conventional medications. These natural remedies can help to reduce inflammation, and infection, and in severe cases a combination of treatment might get the best results.

Vitamins A and E. The benefits of vitamins A and E in acne treatment was highlighted in a study in which investigators compared the plasma vitamin A and E concentrations in 100 untreated patients with acne, compared with 100 healthy controls. In the patients that suffered from acne the plasma concentrations of both vitamins were significantly lower than those of the healthy individuals. This showed a strong relationship between a decline in vitamin A and E levels and an increase in the severity of acne.

These findings supports previous research which found that supplementation with vitamin A is beneficial in inflammatory conditions, including acne. Equally, vitamin A deficiency induces inflammation and aggravates existing inflammatory conditions. In fact, vitamin A in its retinoid form has long been an important treatment for acne.

Lipoic acid. It has been tested for several decades how effective lipoic acid is in the treatment of acne. Reportedly, lipoic acid activates a factor in the body known as AP-1, which produces enzymes that digest damaged collagen and helps erase scars, including acne scars. Topical ointments that contain lipoic acid as an ingredient can assist in improving scarring, and this can be taken in oral supplements as well.

Zinc. This mineral is very potent in the treatment of acne as it appears to perform a threefold role. Firstly Zinc can help to reduce inflammation, secondly it kills Propionibacterium acnes (the main bacteria associated with the condition), and lastly zinc produces changes in the skin environment that make it more hostile to this bacterium for a longer time. A two-month study of the efficacy of zinc gluconate (30 mg once daily) in 30 patients with inflammatory acne showed a reduction in the number of inflammatory lesions after the treatment period, and improved effectiveness of the antibiotic erythromycin among patients with antibiotic-resistant organisms. In a double-blind study, a combination of 1.2% zinc and 4% erythromycin in a topical lotion was used by 14 individuals with acne. It was founds that the combination of zinc and erythromycin significantly reduced secretion of sebum after six weeks of treatment. Further, a topical preparation of zinc acetate was found to prolong the duration of erythromycin on skin, potentially overcoming some mechanisms of erythromycin resistance.

It is very interesting to note that clinical trials of zinc preparations have demonstrated their equivalence to antibiotics, with the added benefit of having more convenient dosing schedules, and less harmful effects of antibiotic treatment. A study that compared a cream containing chloroxylenol and zinc oxide showed no difference in efficacy compared with 5% benzoyl peroxide, but it did find significantly less skin drying and irritation with the zinc-containing cream. Finally, a 2005 study demonstrated that a gel containing clindamycin plus zinc, applied once or twice daily, achieved the same benefit obtained by clindamycin lotion alone used twice daily.

Niacinamide (nicotinamide). Niacinamide is one of the two principle forms of niacin, and proves to be very effective in acne treatment when applied topically to the skin. In a State University of New York study, a 4% nicotinamide gel was compared to a 1%clindamycin gel for the treatment of moderate inflammatory acne in 76 patients. Treatment was applied twice daily for eight weeks. At the end of treatment, 82% of the nicotinamide patients and 68% of the clindamycin patients were improved. An additional fact to keep in mind with the use of topical clindamycin is that it is also associated with the development of resistant microorganisms, which makes the use of niacinamide even more preferred. Nicotinamide cream has also been shown to reduce the amount of sebum present on the skin, thus assisting in acne treatment.

Essential Fatty Acids (EPA /DHA). The two omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are well-known tried & tested anti-inflammatories that have been shown in dozens of studies to reduce general inflammation. Although their effect on acne and skin inflammation has not yet been extensively studied, their ability to reduce inflammation in general suggests they might be beneficial with a role in the treatment of acne. Several studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids are absorbed through the skin and can reduce inflammation in a particular area.

Herbal Therapy. Even though herbal therapy is often suggested for acne, there are few controlled scientific studies that have been conducted to confirm any claims. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of Ayurvedic (ancient Hindu) herbal preparations, researchers randomly assigned either placebo or one of four Ayurvedic formulas to 82 people with moderate cases of acne. One formulation, Sunder Vati, significantly reduced the number of inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne lesions. Sunder Vati consists of a combination of ginger (Zingiber officinale), Holarrhena antidysenterica, and Embelia ribes.

Several other herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that may be helpful in the treatment of skin conditions, although there are no scientific studies that have been performed with acne. The herbs include calendula (Calendula officinalis), German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), and licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). These herbs are found in some natural skin-care products, and may be effective on an individual basis.

There are various product houses that offer topical treatment specifically for acne. Topical therapies include:

Treatments available at Renewal Institute to treat acne and improve results:

  • Microdermabrasion gently polishes the skin. Can be used for mild acne, where the lesions are not currently active.
  • Deep Cleanse Facials are cleansing facials which are prescribed once a month to remove pustules and comedones so as to facilitate healing of the acne condition with as little damage to the skin as possible.
  • At Renewal Institute we offer the following peels for our acne patients: Beta Salicylic acid peel and Azelaic Peel for our acne patients depending on your skin type, severity and budget.
  • The Laser Genesis procedure, a 5 in one treatment, reduces the size of the sebaceous gland, reduces inflammation in the papule and nodule, reduces pore size, improves acne scarring and pigmentation. For deep nodules, the Titan is a deep infra-red laser/Light procedure that reduces inflammation and kills the bacteria in the deep painful nodule(s) and helps prevent scarring.
  • PDT/LED photo dynamic therapy uses red and blue light therapy, plus a salicylic acid silk peel to improve acne by destroying bacteria and reducing inflammation in the acne lesion.
  • Standalone PDT/ LED treatment alternating with the red and the blue light every 48 hours. 8 treatments would be needed to improve acne.
  • The blue light kills the acne bacteria.
  • The red light is anti-inflammatory.
  • Carboxytherapy around acne lesions, or into acne scars, reduces the acne lesion and improves the acne scarring.
  • Intralesional steroids into acne nodules reduce the acne lesion by decreasing inflammation.

As each patient's case is different we will tailor a treatment program specifically for your circumstances and budget. A highly professional team led by a Medical Doctor assesses every patient and an appropriate combination treatment together with long term maintenance program is recommended.

If you have Minimal acne (see definition above), you can come into one of our branches and our qualified and knowledgeable staff/ therapists will advise you on topical home therapies. If you want to have in office treatments such as a peel or Microdermabrasion, then please make an appointment with one of our Renewal Institute Doctors.

HOWEVER if you have MILD to MODERATE acne, then you will need to make an appointment with one of the Renewal Institute doctors for a full evaluation. 

  1. Avoid the sun as overexposure to the sun can worsen acne, and cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) of inflamed lesions.
  2. Use cosmetics sparingly. Use only hypoallergenic, breathable cosmetics such as Lycogel concealer and foundation.
  3. Wash face gently in the mornings and at night with unscented, oil-free cleansers and keep the skin clean. It is important to remember: Acne is not caused by dirt. Avoid scrubbing inflamed skin as this will make acne worse and spread the infection to larger parts of the skin.
  4. Resist the urge to squeeze, scratch or pick at acne lesions. Let them drain when they are ready. Causing trauma to the skin will result in potential scarring and worsening of the condition as infection spreads.
  5. Young men who suffer from moderate to severe acne should use a new razor blade every time they shave to lessen risk of infection.
  6. It is important that men avoid alcohol-based aftershaves. If possible, use herbal alternatives that include essential oils of lavender, chamomile, or tea tree oil to sooth the skin.
  7. Eliminate foods which are high in fat, hormones, and iodine.
  8. Ensure your diet consist of a wide range of whole, natural foods, especially raw foods. Avoid processed foods with additives and trans-fatty acids.
  9. Drink adequate liquids, especially pure water and green tea, which helps to flush your system and keep the skin hydrated.

The challenge with your case is that it is fairly complex in that you are dealing with a number of concerns all of which affect one another at once. So in a case like yours it is terribly difficult to help you in this type of forum. Truth be told there are quite a few things that can affect the various issues you have mentioned and some of these overlap, so treating a few core issues, may very well give you improvement on a number of the issues you are struggling with. The best advice that I can give you is to come and see me or one of our Dr’s who can take a proper medical history and establish a time line and run the necessary tests to give you the best, comprehensive treatment plan to help you. 

It sounds like you are dealing with a few issues on your skin and in a case like that it really is very difficult to give you the best advice over a forum like this. Diet is not always the problem when it comes to problematic skin. From the little bit of information you have given me it would seem like you’re struggling with pigmentation as well as Acne breakouts that seem to be a re-occurring issue. That being the case, the most important thing to do would be to find the triggers of your problem/s and focus the treatment on targeting those triggers, otherwise these problems are just going to keep on coming back. We would need to do a proper medical history and really investigate what is going on here. Are you close to any of our branches? I would really recommend that you come to see me or one of our Doctors so that we can get you the best help and advice. 

Acne is an interesting beast. It can have any number of triggers including hormones, over-supplementation, under-supplementation, wearing fabrics that constantly cause blocking of the pores. So there are so many variables. Interestingly enough, the cause that rears its head 90% of the time, is in fact, believe it or not… GUT HEALTH! The imbalance of “good vs bad bacteria” in the gut. Most often this situation if left untreated, leads to leaky gut syndrome, which in turn leads to hormonal imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, weakening and sensitising of the skin, which in turn causes more Acne. So I would start by investigating what the trigger is in your case and then work accordingly. 

You need to be aware of the fact that both eczema and Acne have internal triggers. They are not simply skin conditions. Rather they are a warning light that something inside your body is not happy. While treating these conditions topically gives some relief, topical creams and products are just helping treat the symptoms and not addressing the cause. My best recommendation to you is to come and have a consultation with one of our Skin Renewal Doctors. Rather let’s figure out the cause and the triggers and treat the cause of the problem. 

This is not an uncommon occurrence, unfortunately. The problem is that the Tetracycline and Rosex gel, while brilliant tools to help with coping with the Rosacea is only a temporary solution as it is treating a SYMPTOM, and not the actual CAUSE of the problem. So unfortunately, it will keep the problem at bay for a short while, but recurrence will happen due to the underlying triggers not being treated. VERY often the problem is internal and normally gut-related. The aim to help you in the long term would be to sort out what is triggering your Rosacea and then focus the treatment on that trigger so that we address the cause. While that is happening, we can certainly also treat what we are seeing topically to help deal with the appearance of your skin, but the real issue needs to be to focus on managing the cause so that you don’t get this problem reoccurring all the time. 

Generally acne from the ears, down towards the jawline, indicates a hormonal imbalance of sorts. It’s usually not just simply a skin issue. In your particular case, I would suggest that you first see a Skin Renewal Doctor to get a medical history and to investigate what has changed in your meds, lifestyle, stress, sleeping habits and gut health in the last 6 or so months, as these are all very important pieces of the puzzle. This will most likely help us to identify a trigger, and then the course of action would be to target that trigger, and deal with the skin. If you JUST deal with the skin you are going to have persistent relapses because you aren’t addressing the cause of the break outs. Acne, especially nodular acne as you are describing, is not simply a skin issue, so no matter how good you are with moisturising or cleansing or looking after the skin’s surface, you are not treating the cause. I would highly recommend a thorough consultation with one of our Doctors.

Unfortunately, toothpaste is not very good for the skin at all, as it can be mildly abrasive, given the fact that it is made to clean your hard teeth. So unfortunately, what has happened is that you have stripped the skin of its barrier where the toothpaste has been applied, and then you get an inflammatory response in that area and then you get post inflammatory hyperpigmentation as a result of this. If the skin is still peeling, I would suggest applying a VERY thin layer of Vaseline to create a “temporary barrier” in that area, followed by a good SPF. If you are wanting to prevent dark marks from forming on your skin then it is vital to at LEAST use a good SPF every single day. If you simply want a very cost effective moisturiser, then I would suggest using something like Epimax, which is available cheaply at most pharmacies and even some department stores, but using a good facial SPF over your moisturiser every morning is vital. Once your skin is healed, I would suggest you reassess what it looks like and then take it from there.

It’s definitely the best idea to first establish exactly WHAT changes you wish to see on your skin, and then choose your skin care products accordingly. There is a lot to be said for “cherry picking” the best combination of products to give you the changes in your skin that you want to see. I’m going to have to generalise in your case, because I have not seen your particular skin for myself. Generally I find that Indian patients struggle with pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Being younger, I would say in terms of that particular issue, you need to focus on prevention and maintenance. You might want to look into ingredients such as Vit C, anti-oxidants and Vit A (for night time use). A good SPF 50 should be applied daily in the mornings.

Reviews

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Review -Hair removal at Skin Renewal Irene
Reviewed on 27 March 2018 by Khoyise

The reception was good. She explains every process and asked if I was ok during the treatment.

Review -Great experience everytime!
Reviewed on 23 March 2018 by Mrs A from Irene

I enjoy my experience at Skin Renewal Irene every time. Very professional, friendly and insightful.

Review -Absolutely LOVE
Reviewed on 22 March 2018 by Anonymous
I can't wait for my appointment each month! Besides their exceptional treatments, the customer care is next level and my therapist, Jess is amazing! I travel a little further to get here specifically, I just love It!
Review -Eye Fillers at Claremont
Reviewed on 22 February 2018 by Anonymous

Absolutely amazing sensitivity and care. I'm very squeamish and I was treated with such respect and care. Also loved the holistic approach to looking at lifestyle and health. Will be back again and again.

Review -Review for Claremont
Reviewed on 15 February 2018 by Ashleigh Hooper

Jess and the whole team here are INCREDIBLE! I have had different therapists treat me throughout my journey at Skin Renewal and they have all been so professional. The best part the way I am listened to and really heard. I feel very comfortable here and feel that this plays a huge role in the healing process.

Review -Helen rocks!!
Reviewed on 3 February 2018 by Kira Pillay

Hellen, you are simply amazing!! Ive been with skin renewal for 7months going onto 8 and I am certainly more confident than when i first walked in for my consultation.

Hellen is such a warm, friendly lady. Not only does she give me all of her time and patience during our sessions but she also gives me thee best foot massages!!! She knows exactly what my skin loves and how to make me feel like a million bucks every time I leave.

Also a big thank you to Dr Nadira Bhamjee for giving me the best treatments!

Keep rocking my dear Hellen!! Your love and pride in your work is most certainly evident through your touch.

Review -Carboxy for Muscle tension
Reviewed on 17 January 2018 by Client from Cape Quarter

Sitting on the computer more than 8 hours a day, I often end up with a sore neck/back. Regular physio/exercise helps, but sometimes it just feels like there is a day long spasm. Solution: Carboxy! Although the minute the needles hit the sore spots, you certainly feel some pain, the subsequent heat that fills the area is followed by near instant relief...and then the pain of the spasm just melts away - best thing ever for a quick fix!

Review -Subcision Treatment
Reviewed on 9 January 2018 by Schalk from CT

I found the acne subcision treatment interesting and for the most part painless. I felt a little swollen afterwards but it wasn’t noticeable when I looked into the mirror. I felt normal in no time, I just had a little headache during the procedure which went away shortly after the treatment.


The results were smoother skin. When the treatment was finished I went back to work without any problems.

Review -Laser Hair Removal
Reviewed on 16 November 2017 by Phindi Zulu

The branch is beautifully decorated and the staff is pleasant.

I made an appointment with the branch and informed them that this would be my first appointment.

I arrived and was quickly seen. The therapist asked me if I had shaved the area being treated. I informed the therapist that I did not know that I was required to do this. She asked me if I hadn't been told to do this( she came across annoyed at this) I defended myself and informed her that this was my first visit so I did not already know this, further the information i had been sent via email from the branch specifically requested I refrain from all irritative skin procedures and hair removal to preven PIH. I opened my emails to prove this. (Quoted below)

"Dear Phindi,

In preparation for your upcoming appointment and to avoid any PIH or adverse reactions, please ensure you stop all use of the below products three days before your appointment:

Retinoids (Vitamin A) – for example, these products Resurfacers – i.e. anything containing AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHA (beta hydroxy acids) Hydroquinone Benzoyl Peroxide (products used on acne to dry it up) Exfoliators such as facial scrubs and/or body scrubs Please also avoid the following (particularly in the area to be treated):

Waxing, threading, tweezing and/or depilatory creams Sun exposure or sunbeds Heat – sauna, steam rooms or similar Please avoid all artificial tanning products if you are performing laser or light treatments. If you are unsure of what to stop, PLEASE contact the branch, to check.

Kind Regards,

Skin Renewal"

She informed me that 'well you should have shaved, and the e-mail did not say you should not shave.' I informed her that the essence of the article was to stop ALL potentially irritative procedures including hair removal prodedures. I had not expected an agreement about this.

None the less I was given a razor to shave and did so.

The procedure was extremely painful. It felt like I was being burned. I requested a numbing cream and was denied. The therapist believed it would interfere with the treatment. I'm not certain how nerve numbing interferes with hair follicle destruction. I said nothing. Endured the treatment and paid.

On payment the therapist asked me if she should make another booking. I made some excuse as to why she should not and left.

Overall. This is a well decorated facility But lacking in communication, patient comfort and empathy.

Review -Dr Lestonn review
Reviewed on 10 February 2017 by Nicky Capper

Dr Lestonn has changed my life by changing my skin! I had severe post-pregnancy hormonal acne, despite healthy eating. I was told by dermatologists to take extremely strong medication if I wanted it cleared, but I knew that had terrible side effects. I had heard about Skin Renewal and decided to visit. Dr Lestonn was empathetic, and patiently explained the underlying causes of my problem and outlined the process ahead. I decided to trust the system and stick to all the supplements, skin care products and facials advised. The prices were surprisingly affordable too. Within three months I had new baby soft skin! It has given me confidence and I even feel happy wearing no makeup again. It sounded too good to be true, but there is such integrity behind the skin renewal process.

Thank you, Dr Lestonn and Skin Renewal for caring and making a difference. I am in love with my new skin!


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