Audrey’s Trip To Clearskincare Clinics

As you might have read in previous posts, I used to be a victim of the assassin known as Acne.

I recently took a trip to my local Clearskincare Clinics, which is one of many in Australia, a testament to the success and how well renowned the Clinics have become. This is a long review, but it is requires an in-depth explanation so you can really get a feel for the procedure.

I was invited by the amazing team to trial their treatments, in particular their SGA Treatment, which permanently removes pimples and acne, the thought of which made me absolutely giddy.

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The Experience:

The entire Clearskincare Clinics experience was brilliant and totally smooth sailing. I started by filling out a form which highlighted my concerns and skin care problems so they could be addressed in the session. One of the biggest indicators of a clinic whose products actually work is checking out the skin of those that work there. And I have to say each and every face was flawless.

Especially the lovely Loraine at Clearskincare Clinics who began by taking me through the history of the Clinics and taking off my makeup for the our initial consultation.

In simple terms, a special camera snaps three photos of you from several different angles and gives an incredibly in depth analysis of your skin’s current condition. I learned that my skin was resilient enough for treatment and that I NEED to wear more sunscreen. Sun damage was clearly apparent, especially through my nose and cheeks and was a definite visual wake up call to the potential skin cancer risk.

Once our assessment was over, the time was at hand to experience the SGA treatment. Miraculously, my face decided to produce a monstrous pimple on my cheek so I could really see the results first hand.

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The SGA Treatment:

Overactive sebaceous glands are what cause acne and blackheads. We have over 1,000 sebaceous glands per square cm of skin and only a tiny percentage of these are effected by acne. Basically these are glands that sit below your skin at the base of hair follicles and scheme up dastardly ways to make breakouts happen.

So the idea of permanently removing pimples seems ludicrous right? We have always been at the mercy of our skin’s tendency to break out at the worst possible time, but now, no longer!

With absolute conviction I can tell you this treatment WORKS. Yep, I had my zits zapped by the Clearskincare Clinics and within the day the pimple was almost gone. Within two, it had disappeared. That was five days ago and it’s completely gone. For good (well so far, but I will keep you updated!).

So what is the treatment? Called Sebaceous Gland Ablation, or SGA, it works by using low intensity surgical diathermy to progressively shrink and destroy sebaceous glands effected by acne. I know, I know that sounds like a lot of jargon. In plain speak; the treatment uses a very gentle electric shock to destroy sebaceous glands which are producing acne or pimples. Diathermy is essentially high-frequency electromagnetic currents that are used to destroy those pesky glands.

The treatment is permanent, non invasive and doesn’t involve drugs. Often those drugs have side effects or can affect your skins balance levels.

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The Procedure:

If you have ever had laser hair removal you will most definitely be able to withstand the minor pain of SGA.

If you look closely at the needle used it is less than a hairs width wide and you cannot feel it. It is the “zaps” that cause you the discomfort which are surprisingly bearable. For me, the most painful was of course, the pimple itself, and then a few of the infected sebaceous glands surrounding it.

As it stands, in the calming bed at Clearskincare Clinics, you barely feel the needle go in and the few seconds that the treatment is in process per pimple are so quick you forget the pain almost instantly. Granted, for someone with serious acne, this would be a much more uncomfortable process.


I had two supplementary treatments following my trial of the SGA. Loraine from Clearskincare Clinics was very focused on giving my skin the ultimate luxe treatment which included a skin peel which uses what is essentially a mild acid to get rid of dead tissue cells, refines open pores and congested skin to re-invigorate it. As my fiancé said afterwards to me “you’re all shiny!” which was a true testament to the change, considering his usual lack of perception!

Following the skin peels was a quick 25-minute Blue Crystallite Light Therapy which helps plump your skin and reduce the chance of breakouts.


Prices vary but are pretty darn reasonable considering the result. Treatments and products can start from $40 and go upwards from there.

My recommendation is to go into your closest Clearskincare Clinic and get a skin consultation. You can decide from there what works for you, and what you are willing to spend.

Overall rating:

10/10. I could not rate this service highly enough. I would have killed for these treatments when I was in high school! If its a product that works, and is backed up by results and evidence, then I am all in!

You can book yourself a session HERE and check the results for yourself.

Have you had this treatment? Let us know your skincare experiences in the comments below!

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  • Reply Sonia Wednesday 7th April, 2021 at 12:20 am

    I had a horrific experience at skin care clinics and would strongly advise against using them. I had a pigment treatment on my arms which has left me with unrecognisable and permanently damaged skin. There was no warning that this might happen. They are not dermatologists so always ask a specialist first . I asked at least for a refund amd was told I need to write to head office, after months of phone calls any letters they have still not responded amd I am pursuing them through fair trading nsw. They really could have at least refunded the money as I will have to live with their error for the rest of my life.

  • Reply luna Thursday 8th March, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Photographs within this article of blemish free models with amazing skin (Amanda Kerr no less?) is very misleading. Before and after photos would add credibility to your article

  • Reply Paulina Saliba Thursday 27th October, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    It seems Clearskincare clinic provide good skin care treatment but I had done my skin treatment from and they did it well at affordable price.

  • Reply Oneiller Wednesday 15th June, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Can you leave us with a postmortem? I’ve been inclined to try this but have read under one of the comments here that it leaves scarring? I’m already left with scars from acne so would like to avoid further redness or scarring to my skin*

  • Reply LIME528 Friday 12th February, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve tried the SGA treatment at this clinic and sadly, it left scars for me. During the procedure, your pimple will be popped even if it’s not”ready”. I don’t usually have deep scars but this procedure left me with those darn scars. For the price, I will not get this treatment again.

  • Reply Mellissa Tuesday 10th June, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I have recently signed up for the Clearskincaresclinics Clear Skin Pledge where I received a Free MySGA treatment! I can’t wait to see the results, especially after hearing about Tash Williams experience!

  • Reply samgrainger Monday 13th January, 2014 at 10:53 am

    If you are prone to break outs or suffer from acne I highly recommend using skin o2 make up.
    My skin has never been so good since I started skin o2 make up and skincare and stopped using other brands. I tried Napoleon and Mac and even Jane iredale and Youngblood and all of these brands just irritated my acne and made it so much worse. The best value way I found to buy skin o2 is in the skin o2 make up starter pack. You can just choose tanned skin or light skin box and it just adapts and looks really natural but covers well. The starter pack is 50% cheaper to buy it this way. I get it from their web shop as I like that they have free delivery aus wide.
    Or you can search their website for newest stockist and book in for a free makeover to try it for yourself or with a friend.
    I am soo much happier now my skin has cleared up since I switched to skin o2.
    x Hoping may help you too x S

  • Reply Anna Wednesday 18th December, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I recently got my skin treated for pigmentation at Simply Laser in Brisbane.

    They did a pretty good job and it worked wonders for me!

  • Reply AmberB Wednesday 19th June, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Would love to try

  • Reply Kaley V. Saturday 1st June, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks for the info on Clearskincare Clinics. The treatment sounds wonderful, and most important, affordable. Great website too, BTW!

  • Reply Anna Colins Saturday 1st June, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Sebaceous Gland Ablation, aka SGA sounds creepy, and I hate needles of any size. But if it’s going to reduce or get rid of my acne I’ll close my eyes, grit me teeth and deal with it.

  • Reply Kimberly Murrow Saturday 1st June, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I’m at that age where acne is a problem, and not one I’m willing to “grow out off” as everyone assures me I will. Considering Clearskincare Clinics’ treatments and products start from $40 it’s hardly breaking the bank to give it a try.

  • Reply PamSimpson Wednesday 29th May, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    First off, I have commented before but never said how wonderful I think this website is. So much fantastic informations.

    Now as to the curse that is acne. Mine marches to a perverted version of Murphy’s Law in that “Whatever can happen, will happen”, with an added “but only at the worst possible time” that Murphy never thought to include. I can’t remember a photo taken or an event attended over the last few years I didn’t have marred by a breakout. Never really bad, but always bad enough and always with at least one pimple anyone looking at me can’t help but notice. Of course I’d heard of Clearskincare Clinics but until now never a 3rd party review I trusted. I’ve already spent more on magic potions that did nada than it would cost for the full treatment at a Clearskincare Clinic, so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

  • Reply laurenchock Monday 27th May, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Interesting article, thanks!

  • Reply amanda6393 Friday 24th May, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Sounds fantastic!

  • Reply yslyenom Wednesday 22nd May, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the article. Very informative. Been thinking of doing something about my skin.

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