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SQT the first Bio Microneedling treatment for Active Acne

By October 1, 2023October 16th, 2023No Comments

SQT Bio Microneedling and how it can help you

If you’re looking for a way to improve your skin’s appearance and reduce the signs of acne, you might have heard of microneedling. But here is the catch… In most acne treatments you normally need your acne to be under control as can pose an infection risk that can make your acne worse. However, I have the answer to take back control of your skin. A treatment that can be used on acne, whether it is active or not without the risk of infection.

The answer is SQT Bio Microneedling, a skin treatment that uses innovative technology derived from a sponge combined with carefully curated ingredients. This powerful combination has so many benefits for the skin alongside tackling acne which this blog will cover.

But how common is acne? What causes Acne? Is microneedling safe and effective? How does it work? What are the benefits and risks?

As an aesthetic doctor with years of experience treating various skin conditions, I’m here to answer these questions and more. In this blog post, I’ll share with you some of the facts and myths about acne and microneedling, as well as some tips on how to prepare for and care for your skin after the procedure.

The results of SQT Bio Microneedling speak for themselves.  Whether you’re in your 20s or older, SQT Bio Microneedling is a great option for enhancing your natural beauty and boosting your confidence. Read on to find out more about this innovative and minimally invasive treatment that I offer in my Norwich Skin Clinic.

Acne Explained

Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people, especially teenagers and young adults. It can cause pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and sometimes scarring on the face, chest, back, and shoulders. Acne can lower your self-esteem and make you feel embarrassed about your appearance. But don’t worry, you are not alone. In this blog post, I will share with you some facts about acne, its causes, and the best treatment options available.

What causes acne?

Acne is caused by a combination of factors(1), such as:
Excess oil production: Your skin produces oil (sebum) to keep it moist and protect it from bacteria. However, sometimes your oil glands produce too much oil, which can clog your pores and trap dead skin cells and bacteria inside.
Hormonal changes: Hormones are chemicals that regulate various functions in your body. During puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause, your hormones can fluctuate and cause your oil glands to produce more oil. This can trigger or worsen acne.
Bacteria: Bacteria that normally live on your skin can multiply and infect your clogged pores, causing inflammation and pus formation.
Genetics: Some people are more prone to acne than others because of their genes. If your parents or siblings had acne, you are more likely to have it too.
Lifestyle factors: Certain habits or behaviours can also contribute to acne, such as stress, diet, smoking, cosmetics, medications, or environmental factors.

How common is acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world. Acne can occur at any stage of life and may continue into one’s 30s and 40s. In the UK, about 95% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne to some extent. Acne is most common in girls from the ages of 14 to 17 and in boys from the ages of 16 to 19. Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older. Acne often disappears when a person is in their mid-20s but not always. Adults affected with acne are increasing, affecting up to 15 percent of women. (2,3)

What are the treatment options for acne?

Acne is the most common skin complaint that I treat in my aesthetic clinic. The good news is that there are many treatment options available for acne, depending on the type and severity of your condition. Some of the most common treatments are(2):
Topical medications: These are creams, gels, or lotions that you apply directly to your skin. They contain ingredients that help reduce oil production, unclog pores, kill bacteria, or reduce inflammation. Some examples are retinoids (tretinoin, adapalene), antibiotics (azithromycin, tetracycline), salicylic acid, azelaic acid, dapsone, or corticosteroids (cortisone).
Oral medications: These are pills that you swallow. They work by affecting your hormones, immune system, or inflammation. Some examples are isotretinoin (a powerful retinoid), antibiotics (amoxicillin), oral contraceptives (oestrogen/progesterone), anti-androgens (spironolactone), or corticosteroids (triamcinolone).
Procedures: These are treatments that involve using special tools or techniques to remove or improve your acne lesions. Some examples are microneedling, extraction of pimples (using a sterile needle or comedone extractor), phototherapy (using intense pulsed light to reduce inflammation), or chemical peel (using alpha or beta hydroxy acids to promote exfoliation).
Self-care: These are things that you can do at home to prevent or reduce acne breakouts. Some examples are washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser, avoiding contact with irritants (such as makeup or hair products), managing stress levels, eating a healthy diet (low in sugar and dairy products), drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep.

The latest development in the treatment of acne

SQT Bio Microneedling is in a league of its own.  Not only can it clear acne scarring but it can be used on active acne. The only type of microneedling is to be able to do this otherwise you would risk spreading the acne due to infection spread.

SQT Bio microneedling will:
* Improve acne prone skin
* Improves Acne bacteria control
* Fades acne scarring and marks

What is SQT Bio Microneedling?

SQT Bio Microneedling is a type of microneedling that uses sponge spicules extracted from natural sea sponges to create tiny punctures in the skin. The resurfacing SQT bio Microneedling is specifically formulated to treat acne. There are 2 other SQT Bio microneedling treatments that address other aesthetic concerns, Revitalising and Anti-Ageing. All SQT treatments stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for skin healing and renewal. SQT Resurfacing Bio microneedling can help acne by reducing inflammation, improving skin texture, and fading acne scars. The active stimulation of the skin with this treatment unclogs pores, clearing acne bacteria buildup. It can also treat other skin concerns such as pigmentation, sun damage, large pores, and signs of ageing. SQT Bio Microneedling is FDA-approved and has minimal downtime.

What makes SQT Bio Microneedling so effective at treating acne?

Resurfacing SQT Bio Microneedling treatment utilises the power of 5 million sponge spicules or needles combined with calcium silicate and fibronectin that accelerates cutaneous wound healing. This is vital in tackling acne and providing the results you want. Calcium silicate has the added advantage of absorbing excess oil – so the mixture of this plus the 5 million microchannels being created gives a better result on oily and acne-prone skin, as the ingredients are being better absorbed.

What is Chitin?

Sponge spicules also contain Chitin. Chitin is a perfect texturising and bulking agent that provides a rich and soft feel to the skin. It has similar properties to keratin and is used in hair care formulations for brittle or damaged hair. In addition, thanks to the natural antibacterial action against bacteria like C.Acnes (formally P.Acnes)(2) integral in the development of acne. Chitin is an ideal ingredient for preparations against acne and other skin infections. In addition, it protects skin from UV exposure, moisturises and improves water-retention ability (especially in combination with glucans), and binds active ingredients assisting in their delivery and enhancing the formula’s stability. Sponge spicule extract is a natural, sage, and renewable ingredient to preserve the skin’s beauty and radiant glow.


Acne is the most common cosmetic skin condition sought to have help with and can have both physical and psychological impacts. There are numerous ways to tackle this condition yet most treatments cannot be used on active acne. Resurfacing SQT Bio Microneedling can be used on active and inactive acne to help clear acne and heal acne scarring. This is due to the innovative formulation specially designed to fight against inflammation, control oil levels and reduce acne-causing bacteria.

How can I get help?
If you have acne and want to get rid of it for good, the first step is to consult a skincare clinic. They can diagnose your type of acne and prescribe the best treatment plan for you. They can also monitor your progress and adjust your treatment as needed. They can also help you prevent or treat any complications or scars that may result from acne.

To find a clinic near you, you can use this online tool SQT Clinic Locator, or see your GP for help.

You can also read more about acne and its treatment options here.

Remember, acne is not your fault and you don’t have to suffer in silence. There is hope and help available for you. You deserve to have clear and healthy skin that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Don’t let acne stop you from living your best life. Contact a skincare clinic today and start your journey to a happier and more radiant you!

Dr. Kara Dawson MBchB MRCGP

Dr. Kara is a GP and Aesthetic/Cosmetic Doctor with over 8 years of experience in cosmetic skincare and aesthetic treatments such as Botox, Dermal filler and Microneedling. She has a passion for safe practice and natural results. She runs a busy aesthetic and skincare clinic in Norwich, UK.

1. Patient UK

2. DermNetz


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