Getting to the underlying causes of acne breakout
bespoke treatment plans, treating the triggers not masking the effects.

Acne Treatment That Works

Understanding what causes the acne is how Zest and Emma approach treatment. Environmental factors, lifestyle and diet play significant roles in an acne breakout.

Discover the Confident YOU Through Clear Skin

We provide confidence in life through skin health delivering the best version of you by utilising the latest principals in natural Dermatology backed by science and technology. Our promise is to give a level of customer service and experience that is unmatched.

When only a bespoke treatment clinic will do, think Zest 

IPL Treatment
Intense pulsed light (IPL) aids in eliminating the bacteria that causes acne. Targeting the sebaceous glands also helping to stimulate collagen production, this aids in the healing process while also calming the skin and lessening redness. IPL is also used for skin rejuvenation so during your treatment you are also refining skin pores and improving skin tone. IPL is performed throughout the treatment process and depending on individual results 4 to 12 sessions may be needed.

Laser Treatment
An effective tool in the acne treatment kit, a laser is used for acne scarring through facial resurfacing. We also use a red spectrum laser to treat more aggressive acne or persistent adult acne. A red spectrum is used that has proven to provide outstanding results in the treatment of aggressive acne. A treatment plan with 12 sessions is common and supported with our dietary supplements and lifestyle adjustments.

Our treatments results and research back up that the use of drugs with many side effects are proving to be the least effective form of treatment. Our bespoke approach formulating a treatment plan to each person’s specific needs is why our clients are finding results where other clinics and doctors have failed.

Dietary supported treatment
The more we understand about acne the more research is linking diet to acne breakout. In the article linked above, you will find extensive research linking diet and environmental factors causing acne.When it comes to treating acne, what you put inside the body can be as important as what you apply topically. Our rounded treatment approach to acne; is what gains results. Using cutting-edge technology, and a range of treatments and supplements that support the treatment plan.

Many of our clients have come to Zest after exhausting the options given by Doctors & Dermatologists. You will find Zest has a strong stance against the use of drugs for treating acne as in nearly all cases it can be eliminated by treating the underlying causes.

Chemical BHA/AHA Facial Peels
The benefits of a skin peel are much broader than just acne sufferers but the Image SkinCare Acne Lift is a peel derived from nature’s goodness and packed full skin conditioning benefits. Beta-Hydroxy acid and full of antioxidants specifically formulated for acne treatment. Green Tea, Vitamin C Aloe Vera and Papaya all actively work to help clear acne and improve the overall skin tone. Facial peels help resurface the skin by removing dead skin cells and encourage a thickening of collagen and production.

Discover your clear skin story with Zest

I have been battling with acne on my skin since I was a teenager. I am now in my 30s and I have finally decided to get help. I am only 4 weeks into my programme and my skin is the best it’s been in 20 years. Emma really knows her stuff and she knows what my skin needs. It’s as if the products that Emma has recommended were made just for my skin. It’s still early days, but I no longer need to wear makeup on a daily basis just to look and feel ‘normal’. I have no hesitation in recommending Salon Zest, but most of all Emma, to anybody who is serious about getting the best for their skin. Naomi Billings on Google Places – Read more reviews

I began my course of treatment with Emma in zest clinic about three months ago and I have noticed a massive improvement in my skin. I began taking skin accumax and using the image skincare range. Emma is so knowledgeable and she will recommend the best treatment options for you. I have no more sore and nasty breakouts and she is always so helpful with any questions I have. I would highly recommend visiting zest if you’re having any problems with your skin. Robyn Taaffe – Facebook – Read more reviews

Causes of acne

Acne develops as a result of a blockage in skin follicles. Other causes include:

  • Enlarged sebaceous glands & increased sebum production
  • Genetics
  • Stress & Lifestyle Factors
  • Hormonal activity
  • Exposure to certain chemical compounds and halogens
  • A high GI or high carbohydrate diet
  • Low levels of vitamin A and E in the bloodstream
  • Underlying health conditions

Acne Treatment

Acne Scarring Treatment

Between facebook, google and our own review page we have collected in excess of 100 reviews. Our results are not what we say but what our clients say.

Visit our reviews page and then make an appointment you too will discover why so many people trust Zest for their skin complaints.

Emma has been in the industry for nearly 20 years, all therapies are based on that experience an understanding of what works.

Went for acne treatment, with the help of Emma’s skills and vast knowledge my acne has reduced considerably. Such a relief after years of trying various treatments that I’ve found something that finally works!

Robbie C , We can help you too

have been battling with acne on my skin since I was a teenager. I am now in my 30s and I have finally decided to get help. I am only 4 weeks into my programme and my skin is the best it’s been in 20 years.

Naomi Drummond , We can help you too

As a middle aged man, looking after myself was never a priority. I just put up with the acne on my back. I had a reduced quality of life for being embarrassed to take my top off whilst on holidays. Finally the wife encouraged me to try Zest. After a consultation with Emma a package and treatment schedule was formed. Great professional service was received from Jess and Emma. After a few short weeks, there is a remarkable improvement in my skin and Im already feeling more confident about myself. I’m just sorry I never had this done before now. I would highly recommend Zest to anyone.

Mark, We can help you too

Become one of our success stories

If you have been suffering from acne all your life and fed up with poor results from antibiotics and Accutane. Then make an appointment, we can help you to discover the best skin of your life.

Frequently asked questions and further treatment information

What are the different types of acne?

Acne unfortunately, comes in many shapes, sizes and problematic level.

Acne Vulgaris

The most common form of acne, used to describe the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, small or mild acne affecting the face, back, shoulders and chest. Some acne can be treated topically although most over the counter and mail order products often severely dry out the skin and often add to the condition. It is always best to seek the advice of a trained skin specialist.

  • Comedones
  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Nodules
  • Cysts
  • Mild Acne
  • Moderate Acne
  • Severe Nodulocystic Acne
  • Acne Conglobata
  • Acne Mechanica



What is the best acne treatment?

There is no best acne treatment, there is the best acne treatment plan that suits your specific skin and bodies response to treatment. Dependant on many factors, age, whether you are male or female, how severe your acne is, and how long you have been suffering all contribute to the treatment plan.

Our treatment process starts the same for all clients, a consultation with a specialist then onto a specific targeted acne dietary supplement. We then dependant on needs offer a full range of the most advanced acne treatments available in Ireland.

Why do adults suffer from acne?

Notwithstanding the hormonal fluctuations causing acne are most prevalent during the teen years, they can also affect adults. Women often experience hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause in turn resulting in acne breakouts.

Medications also provide a common acne trigger, some people also suffer a predisposition or sensitive skin sufferers, one study found that 50% of adults with acne had a parent, sibling, or child with acne. There is no hard and fast rule to why people suffer from acne. Through further research we are able to gain better understanding. Every year we are making advancements in acne treatment and understanding, in the last 2 years we have made more progress in acne treatment than the last two decades.

Why is Acne common in teenagers?

The hormonal teenager prevalent in the young male species coinciding with dirty rooms, slamming doors and the other delights of owning a teenager. Much more prevalent in young men, the surge of testosterone often bring on severe acne breakout.

We are finding our results stunning even ourselves from 10year old children suffering through to some pretty famous faces are visiting Zest for advanced active acne treatment. Girls do suffer from teenage acne and do have levels of testosterone and again in teenage years hormones are surging causing problematic skin concerns.

Does Acne mean I have dirty skin?

Although often a lack of skin routine is a common cause of acne in teenagers, over stimulation or aggressive facial scrubs can actually exasperate the active acne further. Most severe acne suffers have little help from a skin routine and a more active approach to treatment is needed.

Hormone balance is the leading cause of acne prone people, our approach to treating acne from the inside and using the latest in acne dietary supplements we are able to tackle and manage posteriors active acne better than ever.

Environmental factors, lifestyle, diet and our general well being and stress levels all contribute to acne breakout. Zest using the latest in wearable technology to track environmental factors gaining a better understanding and insight into acne treatment and management.

Should I stop wearing makeup if I have Acne?

There is no need to stop wearing makeup although many make up brands do cause acne breakout. We have also found a correlation between Ultramarines in makeup and breakout. Zest stock Image, Jane Irridale offering low irritant make up for sensitive breakout prone skin. Often a telltale sign of make up causing breakout is along the hair line and can also be an indication of other creams causing irritant.

Can my diet cause acne breakout?

As we progress with research we are finding more correlations between diet and acne breakout. Although the primary trigger is hormonal balance, diet is intrinsically linked to lifestyle, it is in the environmental factors or outside influences we are gaining the greatest insight into acne prevention and management.

High dairy diets can also contribute to breakout, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, PhD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. Studies, such as one published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Further studies have found relationships between high glycemic diets prolongs and worsens breakouts. It is in the environmental factors that Zest is concentrating the most research in.

Acne formation, prevention and treatment

Despite teenage acne being some of the most problematic to treat, due to hormone derived acne, adults suffer from the condition to a great extent. Teenage acne often presents during puberty, increases in the androgen hormone lead to stimulation of oil produced by the sebaceous glands. Hair follicles in the dermis become congested with sebum, and you can think of acne as a roadblock in the skin. Environmental factors such as emotional stress, skin care products, food types and medications can all stimulate the sebaceous gland and create the environment for bacteria growth.

Acne, Rosacea and Nutrient Deficiencies

The case for our food quality directly influencing skin conditions such as vitamin deficiency with acne and rosacea vitamin deficiency is not only strengthening; the rapid growth of gastrointestinal disorders celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease is also highlighting nutrient deficiencies within our populations. Overall, there are direct links to nutrient levels and food quality impacting our general health and the conditions we suffer. You may also be interested in the mechanics of acne formation an in-depth look at how acne begins.

Vitamin A and Acne

If there is an observation I have it is how the occurrence of skin conditions in adults, has accelerated over the years. Earlier I wrote about Vitamin D deficiencies and skin conditions and today we are going to look at Vitamin A. Restrictive diets have a great deal to answer for, the more people restrict the range of foods they consume, the more chance they have of developing deficiencies. People are not consuming enough true Vitamin A foods, foods that are rich in retinol A whereby the body can instantly use the micronutrient also referred to as bio-available vitamins.