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Any experience with Sk:n clinics for acne/scarring/skin weirdness?

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FairPhyllis Fri 11-Apr-14 17:53:15

I want to canvas opinions on how good you think this chain is and what your experiences of treatment have been like. It seems to be the only private skin clinic in my area, so I am wondering if it is worth giving it a whirl or if finding somewhere in London would be better.

If you have a consultation, who do you actually see? Are they a doctor? If so are they an actual dermatologist? How do you rate them compared to finding a dermatology consultant who practices privately?

Please hold off on any well-intended advice about Roaccutane/antibiotics/pill/obscure skincare range/milk of a Tibetan yak gathered by a virgin at the full moon. I am only in the market at the moment for finding a top notch skincare expert who can tell me what the fuck is actually wrong with my skin.

I spent most of this morning crying about this by the way after someone said something to me about it, so I'm feeling very fragile at the moment. I just want somebody to tell me where to go so I can fix this.

caramelgirl Fri 11-Apr-14 17:59:08

Hi, I have the same issues. I have used sk:n for hair laser removal and what I found was that about half way through the course the previously excellent treatment really detiriorated as the management massively cut the time allocated per treatment.
So I haven't even considered for facial skin. I have previously seem a private dermatologist who recommended the obagi blue peel. I delayed as pregnancy/bfing inproves my acne massively, tho' am also hoping to return to see a proper hospital dermatologist again about laser/obagi ing away my scars.
Sympathies, I HATE mine and desperately hope my children avoid this curse.

caramelgirl Fri 11-Apr-14 18:00:51

So,you need a letter from your GP to a dermatologist. Then ask here on S&B for a local recommendation. In Birmingham- if any use- I have heard Dr. Zaki is v good.

INeedALieIn Fri 11-Apr-14 18:10:52

Hi. Can you book straight with a private dermatologist without going via gp?

FairPhyllis Fri 11-Apr-14 18:20:34

So Sk:n doesn't have actual dermatologists? Who are their staff then?

I don't want to see anyone who works for the NHS, even if they moonlight as a private consultant. I have exhausted every NHS treatment and my experience of NHS dermatologists is that they have no interest in the cosmetic result and would rather be off curing skin cancer than looking at boring acne patients.

I want someone whose practice is focused on private cosmetic work, whether that's one of these Sk:n clinics or something else. I just don't know how to find that.

caramelgirl Fri 11-Apr-14 18:50:22

Hmmm, I would definitely start another thread with a specific request re: specialist scar/acne treatment dermatologist.
To me sk:n seemed v mainstream so unlikely to manage anything complex.
For instance my Ma had a free offer to have her skin health assessed (pre cancerous stuff etc.). The beautician doing it found wrinkles and liver spots which "needed" cosmetic treatment but missed a rodent molar(sp?) a pre cancerous lump.
I never saw a dermatologist there, but it was just hair removal tbf.
Have you been to the salon at the tip of Harrods. Generally good therapists there but again not doctors afaik

caramelgirl Fri 11-Apr-14 18:51:22

Hmmm, I would definitely start another thread with a specific request re: specialist scar/acne treatment dermatologist.
To me sk:n seemed v mainstream so unlikely to manage anything complex.
For instance my Ma had a free offer to have her skin health assessed (pre cancerous stuff etc.). The beautician doing it found wrinkles and liver spots which "needed" cosmetic treatment but missed a rodent molar(sp?) a pre cancerous lump.
I never saw a dermatologist there, but it was just hair removal tbf.
Have you been to the salon at the tip of Harrods. Generally good therapists there but again not doctors afaik

caramelgirl Fri 11-Apr-14 18:51:48

I found Helen Sher-Sher system worse than useless too

PipCarrier Fri 11-Apr-14 21:06:55

Go and see dr Vicky Dondos at Medicetics in London if you can. She overhauled my skin years ago and I have had no problems since following her advice/treatment.

sv1991 Mon 14-Apr-14 08:53:58

Hi all,

sk:n do have consultant dermatologists and Doctors in every clinic - you just have to book in for a consultation with them rather than a therapist. For acne you would see a nurse first and then if acne is severe then you go on to see the doctor. For scarring you book in to see the doctor straight away.

It's true they have therapists doing beauty treatments (laser hair removal and skin peels) but they also have medical professionals for skin problems.

Hope this helps!

BecauseIsaidS0 Mon 14-Apr-14 08:56:36

I went to book in a consultation for a treatment and they said the consultation would be £280. I walked away.

Chloeelena89 Sat 27-Jun-15 15:48:09

Hello smile please see my experience... I had a bad bout of acne about two years ago which left me with pigmentation scarring under my skin. I needed true advice on how to get rid of this scarring once and for all so I went to the sk:n clinic as there are many scattered across London. My experience was disappointing to say the least. After a consultation the staff encouraged me to get two skin peels to begin with that did nothing for my scarring. They then recommended I took a 6 course skin peel that would be sure to help. After two of these I saw no difference and was encouraged to continue with them and told that it takes a while to see an effect. After skin peel number 4 I had seen about 20% improvement when on their website they advertise it as a 90% satisfaction rate. So I continued to voice my concerns to the staff. Quite often it felt as if they'd forgotten the whole point of me getting the treatment in the first place - to illuminate scarring. I had to often remind them of this as they'd sometimes say ''well you have less spots'' but that was never the issue to begin with. Anyway, I felt the need to finish the course as I had already began and wanted to believe it was just taking its time. I decided to ask the staff if I could be compensated if I saw no further improvement. The reaction to that was shocking. Instead of trying to find a way to help me they told me they'd have to stop treating me altogether if I attempted to get any form of refund. In the end I spent £1,500 on the treatments + products and only saw a 20% improvement with no desire from the staff to help me find a solution to the problem apart from spending more money. I was very disappointed with the service and treatments and would not recommend this to anyone. I still have scarring and an extended credit card limit due to this companies false promises.

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