When pores get clogged with oil and dirt i.e blackheads and whiteheads, they can get inflamed and become pimples and papules, and even cysts or nodules that can also occur on other parts of the body. Acne affects most teenagers during their puberty stage. Although however, due to varying environmental stresses, adults can also get acne. And when untreated properly, acute acne may lead to scarring.
Depending on individual conditions, there are different ways to control acne and reduce acne scars to achieve a smoother and blemish free complexion.
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The blue LED light target these glands make them less active and killing the acne-causing bacteria.Read More
Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a non-invasive approach to scars treatment. It resurfaces skin without surgery and can be done in 20 minutes, with little downtime.Read More
A non-ablative laser treatment that uses laser energy to penetrate deep into skin without injuring the top layer, stimulating the deep dermis to produce natural collagen and other vital proteins that make up healthy, youthful skin.Read More
Q-switch laser is a FDA-approved laser that targets specifically to pigmentation. With dual wavelength option it targets superficial and deep pigmentations.Read More
The laser beam targets the sebaceous glands in the dermal layer.
The glands are dried out and have stopped producing excessive oil that encourages acne growth.
With a specially formulated blend and suitable for all complexions, this medical peel leaves you looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated.Read More
Q: How does acne form?
Acne forms due to 4 factors:-
- 1. Excessive oil production
- 2. Blockage of oil duct
- 3. Bacteria colonization
- 4. Inflammation
Q: Who gets acne?
Contrary to common misconception that acne only affects teenagers. Acne can happen at any age. Certain triggers are known to cause acne such as stress, unsuitable skin care products, diet high in carbohydrates and frequent late nights.
Q: What are the types of acne?
Acne can be divided into 4 groups:-
- 1. Comedonal acne such as white and blackheads
- 2. Inflammatory papules
- 3. Pustular acne
- 4. Nodularcystic acne
Q: Why should I care about acne?
Acne may sounds like a passage of teenager to adulthood for most people. However, the complication from acne can have a devastating effect on aesthetics and psychological aspect of a person. It is now considered a medical condition. Severe acne if left untreated will cause scarring and disfigurement. It will result in loss of self- esteem, depression and loss of productivity. It is also much more difficult & expensive to treat scars. The key is to stop acne progression.
Q: What are the treatments for acne?
Acne treatment depends on which group you are in. Most people will have a mixture of acne presentations. Nothing replaces a good skin care product that is suitable for you. The goal is to reduce oil, reduce blockage of duct, reduce bacteria load and reduce inflammation.
For comedonal acne, good skin care with additional treatment such as topical vitamin A/retinoids is beneficial. Occasionally, chemical peel and carbon laser can be used as well.
For inflammatory and pustular acne, you will require more aggressive treatment such as antibiotics for at least 6-12 weeks besides good skin care, blue LED light, laser, mild exfoliating laser, even some form of injectables to skin such as botox and rejuran after doctor assessment.
For nodularcystic acne, besides all the treatments mentioned, you may require to take retinoids orally. You will required strict monitoring by a doctor.
On top of that, avoid diet with high carbohydrate content, sleep early, exercise regularly and practice a healthy lifestyle will help as well.
Q: What are acne scars?
Acne scars are injury to skin as a result of severe acne. The inflammatory process of acne causes destruction of underlying collagen and skin structure thus resulting in scarring.
Q: Is there difference in acne scars?
In general acne scars can be divided into superficial and deep. Examples of superficial scars are rolling & boxcar. Ice pick scars are deep scar. Most patients will have a combination of these.
Q: How to treat acne scars?
Firstly, we have to control the acne. After acne has been controlled we will use a combination of treatments for acne scars depending on assessment. Most of the time we uses a combination of fractional laser and Rejuran healer injection alternately for all acne scars. Number of sessions depends on the severity of scars. Presence of deep scar would require more sessions. In general a 5 sessions of fractional lasers and 3-5 sessions of Rejuran healer injection are required. Occasionally we may do additional procedure eg. subcision for deeper scar.
Q: Is there any downtime?
There will be minimal downtime for both fractional laser and Rejuran healer injection
Q: Is it painful during the procedure?
Numbing cream will be applied before procedures. Cooling fan will also be used to reduce any discomfort.