Skin Blemish Treatments

Skin Blemishes treated quickly & easily, with immediate and effective results!
What would you like to treat?

Have your skin blemishes treated here at our clinic located in Radstock near Bath.

A wide diversity of skin blemishes can be quickly and easily treated with immediate and effective results, giving you an eventual blemish-free smooth skin.

As an advanced electrolysis specialist based in Somerset, you’ll get my utmost care and support when choosing to remove any unwanted blemishes that have affected your confidence and well-being recently or throughout your life. As a BIAE member with advanced electrolysis qualification, you can be assured of receiving only the best treatment and care here at Positive Skin.

Please book a consultation first to ensure this is the right treatment for you and your skin.

Thread Veins

Facial red veins are common skin blemishes. They are permanent dilation of capillaries under the skin, also known as broken capillaries, thread veins or broken veins. They are typically found on more exposed areas of the skin, like the nose and cheeks.

There can be many causes of thread veins, including ageing, allergies, birthmarks, medication, alcohol or spicy foods and genetics.


How is it treated?

Depending on how many thread veins need to be treated, more than one treatment may be required to reduce the thread veins. During the treatment, the thread veins will be cauterised and stop the blood flow through the thread veins.

Please note we do not treat thread veins on the lower body, including the legs.

You must follow the aftercare to ensure the treatment is successful.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are benign growths of epithelial tissue and can vary in shape and size. They are very common and found more frequently on the face and neck. They often appear in a mushroom shape and vary in size, from a tiny speck to the size of a pea. Mainly found in areas of friction: underarms, groin, under breasts or on the neck where necklaces can cause friction.

How is it treated?

The skin tag can be cut off with the electrolysis probe and cauterised with the current. If the skin tag is close to the eye, it would be cauterised and left to fall off after a week gently.

Seborrhoeic Wart / Keratosis

Seborrhoeic Keratosis are a benign, asymptomatic and non-viral proliferation of epidermal cells primarily caused by ageing.

These are also part of the wart family although not contagious, mainly found on the head, face or torso. Associated with ageing and mature skin and sun damage, but can also have genetic links. They can grow up to 2 inches and are often dry and crusty, considering them cosmetically unattractive.

How is it treated?

Seborrheic Keratosis can be removed gently with the electrolysis probe, with the current cauterising the blood flow at the same time.

Mole Reduction

Hairs from moles can also be treated, and once the hair is removed, the mole may reduce in size.

Moles are often brownish, although they can be darker or skin coloured. They can be flat or raised, usually circular or oval, with a smooth edge. Most moles develop in childhood and early adult life; after age 30, new ones start to decrease.

If you are unsure about your mole, please see your GP before looking for any treatment.

How is it treated?

Moles are not removed with electrolysis; they are only reduced in size. For complete removal, please see your GP.

Raised moles can be reduced in size and potentially colour by cauterising the mole and shrinking it gradually. Large moles may need more than one treatment.

Only one mole can be treated at a time.

Warts/ Verrucas

Warts are small rough viral growths on the skin. They are very common and caused by direct skin to skin contact, or indirectly sharing, like swimming pool changing room floors.

They are an infection of the keratinocyte by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

Warts vary in shape and sizes.

Common warts are firm raised growths. They are rough and crusty surfaces, which resemble a cauliflower.

A verruca is also known as a plantar wart. They are found on the soles of the feet. A verruca is usually a pink/white area and can be speckled with black dots. They can vary in size and shape. Most are painless, but some can cause discomfort, depending on where it is on the foot.

How is it treated?

Both the common wart and verucca can be treated very effectively with advanced electrolysis. The probe is inserted into the wart with the current on, to stimulate the body’s natural immune system to fight off the HPV and the outside of the warts are tapped with the probe to break down the wart.

Blood Spots

Blood spots are also known as cherry angiomas; when they are larger and dome-shaped, they can also be referred to as Campbell de Morgans. Blood spots are bright red superficial vascular blemishes, often dome-shaped or slightly raised and more frequently on the midriff.

They are entirely harmless vascular blemishes and can grow up to the size of a penny.

How is it treated?

The blood spots are gently cauterised with the current to ensure no bleeding. Depending on the size of the blood spot, if it is a large Campbell de Morgan, then more than one treatment may be required.


Tiny white hard spots containing keratin lie under the skin’s surface. They are often associated with dry or dehydrated skin. They can be incorrectly referred to as whiteheads.

How is it treated?

For milia removal, the probe is inserted into the milia with the current on, which breaks down the keratin with hardly any noticeable damage to the skin.

Filiform / Plane Warts

Plane warts are round, flat topped and can be yellow/brown or flesh coloured. They are commonly found on the backs of the hands, face and shins.

Filiform warts are very distinctive. They are long and slender, with frond-like growths (almost finger-like). Filiform warts are usually found on the eyelids, face , neck or lips.

How is it treated?

Both the plane and filiform wart can be gently removed with the electrolysis probe, cauterising the blood flow at the same time.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra is a common papular disorder which histology is identical to Seborrhoeic Keratosis. Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra usually develops in adolescence and can usually be found in darker skin types. They are not contagious and can easily be treated.

How is it treated?

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra can be cauterised with the electrolysis current and will gradually fall off after a week.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous Hyperplasia is a common benign condition of the sebaceous glands. Usually seen in adults middle age and above. Newborn babies have been affected by them too. It will present as one or multiple creamy to yellow papules, that often look like a doughnut with a hole in the middle. Found mainly on the face, particularly around the nose, cheeks and forehead.

How is it treated?

Sebaceous Hyperplasia can be treated with advanced electrolysis, by tapping the raised areas and cauterising the blood flow. Shrinking it down after a few days. More treatments may be needed depending on the size and the amount.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I look after my blemish after it has been treated?

The area will be red, slightly swollen and may even feel hot.
Please do not touch the treated area and under no circumstances remove any crusts or scabs that may appear.
The area must be treated similarly to a burn.
Apply aftercare lotion regularly with clean hands or fresh cotton wool, twice a day for 3 days.
Do nothing to cause sweating or dilation of the capillaries e.g. exercise, hot foods or alcohol.
Avoid the possible causes of thread veins when appropriate, tight fitting glasses, squeezing spots or blowing nose hard.
Do not fly within 48 hours following capillary treatment.
No saunas, sunbeds, sunbathing, facial steaming, facial scrubs until completely healed.
Stay out of direct sunlight for at least 48 hours and cover up as much as possible.
Avoid any possible skin sensitisers or irritants such as perfumes, fake tans or perfumed body lotions.
No swimming until completely healed, chemicals from the pool are very harsh and can irritate.
If there are any scabs or ‘crusting’ of the skin after treatment, please ensure they stay on the skin and fall off naturally. Any scabs that are picked or pulled at can cause scarring and hinder the healing.

When is the best time to get a blemish treated

The best time for treating a skin blemish is when you have the ability to care for it post-treatment for a few weeks, avoiding holidays or swimming during its healing process.

Does it hurt?

It is not the most comfortable treatment to have, and there are several aspects of the questions to take into account. 

First is your own pain threshold. Are you very sensitive? Then, the area that needs to be treated, the underarms, underbust and groin, can be the most sensitive to treatment.

Warts and verrucas are not pain free treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

Any blemish that is cut off will be instantly gone and will only need one treatment, for example skin tags or seborrheic keratosis.

However, a blemish that is being shrunk in size may need more than one, for example warts, verrucas, blood spots or moles.

How long will it take to heal?

To get the best results, you must follow the aftercare advice (please see above). Any scabbing or crusts will stay on for around a week, depending on your healing rate (fast healers can be 3-5 days, normal healing 5-7 days and a slow healer can take up to two weeks). 

After the scabbing has fallen off naturally, it will still take 4 weeks and maybe longer depending on your healing rate, to heal internally. So precautions like wearing SPF to help with the pigmentation of the skin will still be required.

How much will it cost?

Advanced electrolysis is charged depending on the blemishes being treated. 

This varies between the different types of blemishes as different techniques are used.
All prices are on the price list page.
Book a skin blemish consultation to discuss how we can help, or if you have some questions, please email