Why Seek Treatment for Acne & Scarring?

Commonly seen as a rite of passage as people transition through puberty (though acne sometimes persists into adulthood); these red, painful and sometimes pus-filled bumps are commonly found on the face, chest and back.

Prompt treatment should be sought because acne is not just a cosmetic issue—it is also a medical one that affects the skin, caused by clogged pores, bacteria and excess oil. In treating these factors, we can regain healthy skin again.

Furthermore, the unsightly nature of acne and the scars left behind can also cause one to suffer from low self-esteem, making treatment even more important.

How You Can Regain
Healthy & Blemish-Free Skin
1
See a dermatologist
who will examine your skin in detail and check in on your medical history and lifestyle—factors that can affect the skin.
2
Undergo a personalized treatment plan
which may include topical creams, prescription tablets and certain physical procedures.
3
Enjoy and maintain your improved complexion
by adopting a good diet and hygiene, and a tailor-made skincare routine!
With the right treatment, healthy and radiant skin is well within reach.

Schedule a consultation at 6733 3629 for a skin assessment and a targeted treatment plan

What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by 3 things:

  1. Too much oil: Excessive sebum production
  2. Clogged pores: Pores blocked by abnormal skin cells or cosmetic products
  3. Bacteria: Bacteria is often found within the excess oil that accumulates under clogged pores, resulting in inflammation and pus formation

Acne can then be aggravated by:

  1. Stress and an unhealthy diet
  2. Hormones e.g. pregnancy, periods
  3. Greasy cosmetic products
  4. Certain oral medications
  5. High humidity and heat
  6. Family history of severe acne
Types of Acne Treatments We Provide

Depending on the severity of acne and type of lesions present, the following may be prescribed, often in combination for better outcomes:


Skincare Products
  • Suitable Toner
  • Moisturizer
Topical Creams
  • Retinoid Creams
  • Salicylic acid
Prescription Tablets
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormones
  • Contraceptive Pills
Physical Procedures
  • Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Lasers
After Acne,
Comes Scars

Acne that are large, deep or those that have been squeezed before, frequently leave scars after the inflammation has subsided. In Asian skin, pimples often leave red or brown marks after flattening out. These are not true scars and usually fade with time. However, if you would like to speed things up, or if you notice persistent marks after many months, then your dermatologist may prescribe some creams to facilitate the process.

True scars may be excessive and protuberant, such as keloid scars, or sunken, such as ice-pick, fibrotic or box-car scars. These are often firm, raised, pink to red, and may itch or even be painful. They may be effectively treated with a series of injections or a combination of injections and laser or light treatments.

Getting Treated
for Acne Scars

Acne scar treatment is best started only after the acne has been brought under control, with no new outbreaks. Many treatments are available for sunken or depressed scars, depending on the subtype. These include:

  • Subcision
  • Chemical peels
  • Filler injections
  • Non-ablative, collagen-stimulating lasers (e.g. Matrix IR)
  • MicroLaser Peel™
  • Erbium-YAG laser resurfacing
  • CO2 fractional ablative resurfacing laser
  • eMatrix sublative resurfacing

Sublative or fractional laser surfacing are the preferred option for most, due to good outcomes, low risk, and minimal or no downtime. A combination approach is useful as there are often different types of scars in an individual.

Dr Wong Su-Ni will assess your type of scars, your preference and tolerance of downtime, and advise on the best course of treatment for you.

To schedule a consultation, please call us at 6733 3629 or drop us a message here

FAQs
1. Can acne be prevented?

In many cases, you can minimize their severity by:

  • Avoiding touching or picking at your pimples
  • Avoiding popping your pimples
  • Avoiding greasy cosmetics and lotions
  • Removing makeup thoroughly at the end of each day
  • Showering or washing your face after exercising
  • Staying well hydrated
  • Applying a good sunscreen

As acne is a medical condition, it’s highly recommended to see a medical professional instead. Dermatologists in particular will be in the best position to safely and effectively guide you through various treatment options to ensure you have a therapy that is targeted to your specific type and severity of acne.

  • Every person’s tolerance level and severity of acne is different, thus a visit to the dermatologist should be arranged once it is causing a person distress, discomfort and embarrassment; basically once it is affecting their quality of life.
  • However, one thing’s for sure—the earlier one seeks medical attention, the more efficient the treatment will be.
Dr Wong Su-Ni
Consultant Dermatologist
MBBS (Melbourne), MMed (Internal Med)
MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology), FRCP (London)
Visiting Consultant, National Skin Centre

With over 20 years of experience in the dermatological field, Dr Wong Su-Ni’s subspecialty interests include Lasers, Dermatological Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, Psoriasis, Acne and Eczema.

The past President of the Dermatological Society of Singapore, Dr Wong was also a Consultant Dermatologist at the National Skin Centre, the Chief of the Psoriasis Unit, a Consultant Dermatologic Surgeon; and a Visiting Consultant to various hospitals in Singapore today.

Her mission is to provide effective, holistic and personalized treatment for all skin conditions.

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