Clear Skin Program

The Clear Skin Program combination of an AHA chemical peel and our Acne Light treatment is aimed towards those who have undergone acne treatment and wish to improve skin tone, skin texture and the appearance of mild acne scarring. Treatments are simple, cost effective, and free from downtime.


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  • An 8-week program formulated to reduce mild acne scarring and improve skin texture
  • Rapid treatments with little to no downtime
  • LED acne light treatments induce dermal collagen healing and production to reduce scarring and improve skin structure
  • AHA glycolic acid peels are used as part of the Clear Skin Program.  Deeper peels such as these improve skin texture and stimulate dermal collagen  to improve skin tone and reduce mild acne scarring
  • Our patients may start their Clear Skin Program either when their acne is under control or upon completion of oral acne treatment
  • Patients who have finished their prescription of Roaccutane or Oratane must wait at least 8 weeks before starting the Clear skin Program
  • The Clear Skin Program has limited effectiveness for those suffering from moderate to severe scarring. In this case, op for Acne Scar Revision

The Clear Skin Program is a medically-prescribed regime that aims to improve skin texture after acne treatments have come to an end. This 8-week regime reduces acne scarring, improves skin texture and prevents acne recurrence. This program is designed for those looking to improve skin condition after acne has been treated and is not suitable for the treatment of active acne.

The Clear Skin Program is a three-step process that can be incorporated both into your daily skin-care regime and agenda. Roaccutane and Oratane users must wait at least 8 weeks after their prescription has ended before undertaking this program.

Step One

The first step in the Cutis Clinic Clear Skin Program involves the use of a prescription vitamin A cream. Medically prescribed vitamin A creams  fight acne at a molecular level by diminishing comedones (acne-induced bumps) and regenerating dermal collagen, gradually thickening and strengthening the skin matrix. These creams also reduce mild UV-induced skin damage, fine lines and the appearance of scars. Retinoid creams are a form of vitamin A and are prescribed at specific concentrations that are not readily available as over-the-counter products.  Prescription retinoids give your dermatologist full control over the purity, form and concentration of the vitamin A cream.

Step Two

The second step in the Clear Skin Program is the use of LED technology frequently referred to as ‘acne light’ or ‘acne laser’ treatment. This involves the use of high-energy red light to stimulate collagen repair and production and help to heal the upper layers of the skin. The results are a reduction in mild scarring and improved skin structure.  Dermatologist rarely recommend LED acne light treatments on its own; however LED treatments have been documented to reduce mild scarring over time in the absence of other skin treatments.  LED acne laser therapies are painless and take approximately 10 minutes; we recommend 4-5 treatments  as part of the Clear Skin program.

Step Three

The third step involves the use of AHA or glycolic acid peels. Chemical peels are designed to improve skin texture , unclog pores and stimulate the growth of dermal collagen.  The 10-week Clear Skin Program includes the use of chemical peels to further reduce mild acne scarring. AHA peels are conducted by our registered nurses at 2-week intervals. Each session takes approximately 10-15 minutes and is usually performed 1 week after LED acne light treatment. Clear Skin Program patients alternate between LED acne light treatments and AHA peels every week for 8 weeks.

A sample prescription of the Clear Skin Program is outlined below. Our patients are encouraged to complete this regime in 8 to 10 weeks.

  • Vitamin A (retinoid) cream with concentration and application frequency prescribed according to your skin type and history (typically 4-7 times per week). Vitamin A creams are not to be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Recommended cleanser and moisturiser – Cetaphil , QV or La Roche Posay
  • AHA peels are conducted every 2 weeks with 4 peels in total. Patients should never shorten the interval between peels as skin needs time to recover
  • LED acne light treatments conducted every 1-2 weeks with 4 treatments in total.  Typically, Clear Skin Program patients undergo LED treatments and AHA peels in alternating weeks

We recommend that only those whose acne is under control take part in the Clear Skin Program. If you are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy, no professional dermatologist will prescribe a vitamin A cream, as excess vitamin A can be harmful to the fetus. Very high levels of vitamin A in breast milk may also be harmful.

Roaccutane or Oratane patients may not take part in the Clear Skin Program until given full approval by their dermatologist. You will have to wait for an average of 8 weeks after the final dose as skin fragility caused by oral acne drugs is a serious issue when paired with high AHA or glycolic acid concentrations.

For information on TCA Cross peels, click here.

The Clear Skin Program has been designed as a post-acne treatment program for patients experiencing mild textural change, blocked pores and mild scarring. Patients with moderate to severe acne scarring should opt for acne scar revision procedures such as fractional laser resurfacing.

More information on Acne scar revision

More information on TCA Cross for acne scars

Patients undergoing acne treatments at Cutis Clinic can request to book into the Clear Skin Program at any time. For those who have completed acne treatments at other centres and would like to enrol in the Clear Skin Program, we recommend you make an appointment with one of our specialist dermatologists to ensure the correct concentration of glycolic peels and creams are prescribed.

For more information on bookings and referrals call Cutis Clinic reception on (07) 3088 6985 (0800- 1730 Monday to Friday.)

The Clear Skin Program is a prescribed and proven method of skin texture improvement and assists skin recovery after acne.  Only mild scarring can be improved using this method; however, skin texture is improved in the majority of patients.

The combination of vitamin A, AHA glycolic acid and LED red light stimulates and repairs dermal collagen.