Anti-acne consultation and peel

We try to tackle problem skin at Kaya Skin Clinic

Tried & tested

The venue
Kaya bills itself as a ‘clinic’, rather than a spa; the decor is functional, yet more comfortable and homely than a doctor’s surgery, with squashy leather sofas and wooden flooring in the reception area.

The promise
The clinic takes a scientific-based approach, with each client receiving a consultation with the dermatologist prior to treatment. I’m here to tackle my acne: after a quick look at my skin, the awesomely named
Dr Jolly prescribes an ‘aqua therapy’ exfoliation for a super-deep clean, followed by a salicylic acid peel. The latter effectively strips off the very top layer of skin and unclogs the pores, which should leave my skin smoother, softer and less prone to the oily build-up that causes pimples.

Step by step
My therapist, Janice, leads me into a fairly sparse treatment room with a narrow bed, on which I lie fully clothed before my neck is swathed in towels. After cleansing my face, she wheels over a strange device that looks like a portable A/C unit, attached to a thin tube: as she switches it on, it sounds not dissimilar to a lawnmower. She then glides the freezing jet of air from the tube over my face: the sensation is strangely refreshing, if a little odd.

Once my skin is squeaky-clean, she summons Dr Jolly to oversee the peel. As she applies the salicylic solution my skin starts to tingle, and Dr Jolly fans my face to ease the prickle. Thirty seconds later, Janice wipes off the solution with an icy flannel, before applying a soothing rose-scented mask. After 15 minutes, the mask is washed off and I’m done.

The results
Immediately after the treatment my skin feels unbelievably clean and smooth, if a little red. I’m advised to be careful over the next few days by wearing sunscreen and avoiding overly abrasive washing. The doctor recommends up to four treatments, spaced 15 days apart.

• This seems a lot more scientific than most spa facials, producing visible, tangible results.
• It’s reassuring to have a qualified dermatologist present during my treatment.
• Staff are helpful and informative, explaining each step thoroughly.

• It’s pricier than standard spa facials, especially for a course of multiple treatments.
• Kaya is definitely results-based, rather than relaxation-based – don’t expect high-end pampering.

Dhs750 for one treatment; Dhs2,500 for four. Kaya Skin Clinic, Dubai Marina Walk, (04 450 8438).

Special offer: Until the end of October, Kaya is offering 20% off all acne treatments booked as a package of four sessions.

Also try…

Biolite Skin Clinic
Offering Ellipse light-based treatments for problem skin.
Facials from Dhs350. Al Razi Building, Healthcare City, (04 375 2122).

Dermalase Clinic
Specialising in laser treatment to beat acne.
Facials from Dhs500. Jumeirah Beach Road, (04 349 7880).

Eternel Medspa
Medical aesthetic skincare, from peels to laser therapy.
From Dhs500. Jumeirah Beach Road, (04 344 0008).

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