Thought you have put your acne days behind you? Think again. Acne Vulgaris is a common skin disease and is increasingly seen in adult women. Traditionally, adult female acne is defined as acne in women over 25 years of age. This can be broadly divided into persistent acne, new-onset cases, or recurrent disease.
- Persistent acne represents disease that first started in adolescence and continues into adulthood.
- New onset acne presents for the first time in adulthood.
- Recurrent disease refers to acne that is present in adolescence, clears for a variable amount of time, and returns unexpectedly in adulthood.
Acne is a frustrating condition for many, simply because it hinders skin from looking its best, is a social impediment and may leave permanent and disfiguring scars that are difficult to treat.[border margin=”no”][/border]
What causes acne?
Acne is caused by hormonal imbalance and poor skin health. Due to an imbalance in the production of sebum in the skin, our glands can get clogged, leading to inflammation and infection that present as an acne breakout. It is typically characterized by one or more of the following presentation:[checklist type=”checked”]
- Blackheads (open comedones)
- Whiteheads (closed comedones)
- Papules, pustules, cysts or nodules (boils)
- Oily appearance of skin
Acne progresses through various stages. It can start with open or closed comedones (blackheads or whiteheads), leading to pustules and in the worst case scenario, big boils that are medically classified as nodules or cysts. If nothing is done to stop this cycle of infection and injury to the skin, permanent scarring will result. This is the dreaded acne scars phase that is often disfiguring and can only be treated with intense lasers and other medical treatments.[border margin=”no”][/border]
How do I treat my acne?
Start with a good skincare regime
Although there are many well endorsed anti-acne products available today over-the-counter, not every product is suitable or effective for your acne condition. As the progression of poorly treated acne may lead to permanent scarring, it is wise to see a doctor early if your condition fail to respond to your own remedies. At Freia Medical, treatment of acne begins with the accurate staging of each individual’s differing skin condition, both clinically and with photography in a light-consistent room. Our trained physicians will be able to propose a suitable skincare regime with purpose built cosmeceuticals from the comprehensive range of scientifically researched products from Biologique Recherché & SkinCeuticals. When required, this may be supplemented with oral anti-acne medication. Tailored to suit each individual’s specific needs, we aim to lay down the proper groundworks, paving the way in the right direction towards your quest for a blemish-free complexion.
Get a detoxifying facial
A store brought scrub and clay mint mask might do the trick, but for deep pore cleansing to boost skin clarity of those plagued with stubborn zits, it’s best to leave things in the hands of qualified professionals. The Hydrafacial is a gentle yet efficacious treatment that offers thorough cleansing, purging skin pores clogged with dirt, excess oil and other surface debris. The gentle jet of accompany fluid contains a potent blend of AHA/BHAs, infusing treated skins with acne busting agents while providing continuous moisture application. By reducing friction and softening the skin and sebum, surface impurities are skillfully extracted and blasted away with ease. The Hydrafacial immediately leaves the skin clearer and brighter, with no complicated special post treatment care to take note of nor any significant downtime that will hinder your daily routine.
Peel fresh with pizazz
As skin rejuvenating techniques become more and more complicated over the years with medical advancement, chemical peels remain a tried and tested age-old staple for those in the know. In the hands of a skilled physician, Professional Chemical Peels are cost effective, minimally invasive beauty treats with a slew of skin benefits. Customized individually to suit your particular skin type, color and needs, a singular or blend of AHAs and BHAs can be employed to return your peau to its soft, supple state. Our signature TCA chemical peel is a very effective way to exfoliate the outer skin, thereby unclogging pores and stimulating the recovery process to keep acne breakout in check.
Banish zits with BBL
Besides topical and oral medication, BBL has now proven to be helpful in the treatment of acne. In many cases, this offers an alternative to oral medications such as Accutane or long-term antibiotics. While we might be all too familiar with the term IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, it’s the newer generation of BBL or BroadBand Light that you should familiarize yourself with. With the help of different filters, light of varying wavelengths are converted into heat energy when absorbed by chromophores in the skin. The Sciton BBL blue light treatment targets acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium Acnes to effectively reduce infection on the skin. At the same time, the oil glands that produce sebum are also controlled, making the face less oily. Overall, the skin health is restored and optimized using protocols that we have refined over the years. It takes 15 minutes for each treatment and patients return weekly to twice-weekly for 6 to 8 sessions. This can speed up the resolution of acne by up to 3 times compared with conventional treatment regimens without pain nor downtime. Be assured that you will look and feel an improvement to your skin in no time at all.
Refine your skin with laser peeling
If you skin is plagued by zits of varying age, with some new ones rearing their heads while old healing ones are leaving behind footprints of unsightly dark marks, ask your aesthetic physician for a Carbon Laser Peel. This revolutionary approach to skin rejuvenation pioneered by the Koreans resurfaces and replenishes the skin at the same time with the use of gentle yet deeply penetrating laser energies, exfoliating the rough and damaged outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal younger, softer, and fairer skin underneath. Without the use of harsh chemicals, it is able to control sebum production and thus reduce oiliness, shrink down pores and lighten dark acne pigmentation to even out skin tone. There is practically no downtime nor tell-tale signs with this awesome lunchtime treatment, making it tops on a ‘must-do’ list to tame blemish-prone skin pre-event, bestowing upon tired-looking visages a red-carpet-worthy glow.
Zap me beautiful with anti-acne lasers
To fast track yourself to a flawless complexion, medical lasers are the go to treatment with an ever enlarging fan base. Acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium Acnes is found in abundance in the pores of acne prone skin, producing a chemical known as proto-porphyrin 9 (PPIX). The yellow light emitted by the Dual Yellow Laser is selectively absorbed by PPIX, which changes its chemical composition to a toxic form that kills off the P. Acnes bacteria. The yellow light also helps regulate overactive sebaceous glands, resulting in a reduction in sebum production to cut back on skin oiliness and mid-day shine. Unlike most other laser treatments where micro-wounds are created on the skin surface, the Dual Yellow Laser is an exceedingly gentle laser treatment that doesn’t need to break the skin surface to exert its healing prowess. This makes the treatment very comfortable even without any numbing cream, restoring and refining flushed, stubborn blemished complexions with dazzling satisfaction.
Call us to find out more about our acne treatment program: +65 6735 8180
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