Tokyo Acne Clinic: Treatment Info and First Session Experience

Tokyo Acne Clinic: Treatment Info and First Session Experience

This summer has been unkind to my skin. My face is oilier than ever and sometimes pimples pop out here and there. I figured it was time for me to turn to a specialist and see if it works. My first experience actually was back home in Cebu years ago and I swore I’d never go to any clinic again. It was too painful for me. However, I thought things would be a bit different here in Japan so I took back what I said.

As promised in my previous post, here’s a photo of my current skin situation:

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oily, tiny bumps, dark spots and red acne marks around my cheeks, pimples on my chin

Last Saturday, I went back to Tokyo Acne Clinic to receive my first treatment session. I was advised to get two treatment methods for my case and so I agreed. The methods are namely: Medical Acne Care and Plasma Shower which I’ll be getting for 3 times in roughly 4 months.

Medical Acne Care is their original “not repeated” new acne treatment that cuts off the origin of acne. They target the sebaceous glands that cause acne and use a dedicated device to insert fine insulation needles into the pores where acne is occurring to shrink the sebaceous glands. The abnormal sebaceous gland is directly energized to reduce the amount of sebum. This treatment is said to prevent the recurrence of acne.

This method was the first one given me to last Saturday. It lasted for about an hour. The preparations were done by a female staff like applying an anesthetic cream, discharging acne pus, and cleaning. The fine insulation needle device was handled by an experienced doctor. Both of them were gentle and did their jobs professionally. Especially with the needle device that was painful, the doctor was very careful but quick. As an introvert, all the attention given to me was a bit too much for me but I managed to stay calm and just hoped for it to end quickly. I smiled my way out of it and my husband’s presence was a big help as well. Also, I liked that it was done in a private room.

During the needle part, it’s expected to feel pain (as if being flipped with a rubber band)  especially for the first time but the doctor praised me for not giving up in the middle of it. They said some patients would ask them to stop and apply more anesthetic cream and proceed. I guess I’m good at dealing with pain. LOL

I’ll talk a little about Plasma Shower after my first session of it. Come Friday, I’ll go there again to get a medical treatment which is given after the Medical Acne Care treatment. My first Plasma Shower treatment will be given perhaps a week after that.

Now, let me show you how my face looked like after getting their first Medical Acne Care treatment.

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reddish and a bit swollen

The doctor told me not to worry about it because it’d get better in 3 days or so. I was also advised to take antibiotics for 3 days and apply a medical cream (paid for separately). At this time of writing, my face feels and looks better. If you want to know the cost of this treatment, feel free to contact me.

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Tokyo Acne Clinic: First Impression

Tokyo Acne Clinic: First Impression

東京アクネクリニック (Tokyo Acne Clinic) specializes in high-quality acne (ニキビ, nikibi) treatment and claims to be highly effective. Apart from that, they also offer solutions to other various skin problems. It’s one of the reasons why my husband suggested this. It’s a well-known fact that there are a lot of skin clinics here in Japan but finding one that would surely meet your goals and needs is quite a challenge. Much more when your Japanese is very limited. Fortunately, I have someone I can rely on when it comes to things like this.


Before deciding on this one, I did some research and read reviews on other clinics. One clinic that has English-speaking specialists came up first but some of the reviews weren’t pleasing to me. I didn’t want to take the risk on it so I chose to be somewhere out of my comfort zone, however, this one seems different from that clinic. From this day onwards, I’ll be sharing this journey with you.


Just this morning, I went down to the bustling area of Shinjuku to make my very first visit to this clinic. It’s located within a minute walk from Shinjuku Station which is pretty convenient for my husband since his workplace is just nearby.

Making an appointment

Prior to visiting, you should make an appointment via online as per their rule. Take note that their website is only in Japanese so you might as well have someone who can assist you with it. Once you’re done with it, you’ll receive an email from them to confirm your reservation.


I had mixed emotions on our way to the site which is on the 6th floor of Tokyo K Shin Building in Shinjuku. Your landmark should be Wendy’s First Kitchen from the South Exit or Lumine Exit of the station. We got there 20 minutes earlier than our schedule but the amiable staff didn’t hesitate to entertain us immediately.


The reception area wasn’t the size I expected. It was a bit small but it didn’t bother me at all because there were no other patients there yet. Its tidiness made up for its size somehow. We were taken to one of their well-kept counseling rooms with the size just a little smaller than the receiving area and were asked to fill out a form which was done by my husband since it was in Japanese.

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tea as a welcome drink


Not long after that, the female dermatologist came in and jumped right into the counseling. It included clear and concise details about acne and the recommended treatments with a cordial ambiance which is something I was glad about.

Treatment details

As soon as it was decided, the female staff then explained what kind of treatment/s I’d be getting and the duration, price, and so on which was done smoothly. Just like the dermatologist, she was polite enough to give my husband the ample time to explain the major points to me in English. I didn’t sense any vibe of annoyance from them.


To finish the business, I was asked to sign some documents that consist of important details of my treatment which were handed to me afterward.

All of these happened in less than 2 hours without any trouble. I felt good about it and I can’t wait to go there again to receive my first treatment which will happen tomorrow. I’ll upload photos of my current skin situation on my next post.

Have you ever been to a skin clinic in Japan? Share your experience with us!

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