Acne is perhaps one of the commonest skin condition known, affecting up to 80% of those from puberty to their early 20s and up to 5% of older adults. Unlike most of our pubertal growing pains, the angst of an acne breakout never really left us. We get them at the worst possible times, like during our periods or when we're really stressed out by an upcoming wedding or the year-end holiday season. Fortunately, whether you are heading to the nearest drugstore for a solution or knocking down the door of your aesthetics doctor’s office, there are plenty of acne busting ways to deal with these unsightly blemishes.

Aging, a word which send shudders down the spines of many, is unfortunately something that every woman cannot avoid despite the amount of work she put into her beauty regime. However, it is certainly within our means to delay, or even reverse some of those pesky signs. As long as we know how to take care of our skin and invest in sound ways to go about it, graceful aging will make the journey more pleasant and bearable.

If you have dry facial skin that appears lined, flaky and rough, chances are you feel like you’ve already tried everything. Treating dry facial skin is a multi-step process that involves changing the way you wash, exfoliate, moisturize and care for your skin every day, and having a good skincare regime with the correct products goes a long way in normalizing the pH and thus the condition of your skin. Complexion enhancing injectables such as Skinbooster and PDRN (Polydeoxyribonucleotides) Healer go a long way in boosting skin moisture to optimal levels, providing deep dermal hydration for healthier and more youthful looking skin.

In recent years, riding on the popularity of the K-pop wave, the perfect V-shape face has become the coveted benchmark of beauty sought after by both everyday women and the rich and famous. Also known as the V-Line face shape, it refers to a slim and oval face that narrows down to a sharp end at the chin. Apart from going under the knife, the right haircut, clever makeup techniques and a plethora of safe and effective aesthetics treatments can be engaged to contour a broad looking face to more desirable proportions.

With globalization and cross-cultural influences between the East and the West, the concept of what defines an Asian beauty is no longer dictated by classic standards. A hybridization of the best beauty features from both worlds, the pan Asian beauty is characterized by flawless porcelain skin, a heart shape face, a slightly full and rounded forehead, complemented with bouncy apple cheeks. While Bambi-liked eyes, a delicate perky nose and the hint of the slightest pout are desirable features that one might not be born with, safe and effective non-surgical aesthetics options are aplenty if plastic surgery in not on the cards. In the correct hands, small alterations will bring forth appreciable changes, enhancing your natural facial features to up your beauty quotient by a notch or two.

No matter how clear your complexion is, big pores can be a frustrating beauty nemesis that even the best makeup products and skills fail to hide. Pores are more prominent to the naked eye when they are dilated, infected, or clogged with oil and debris, making them appear larger than they really are. A good skincare regime is hence without a doubt a good starting point to deal with them. But for permanent salvation to a flawless “pore-fect” complexion, tried and tested lasers such as the Medlite C6 and Cynosure PicoSure are the go-to treatments to physically shrink down pores while increasing your collagen production for overall skin rejuvenation.

Having a clear complexion is the gold standard of beauty across all age groups and ethnicities. Even when a face is lined with wrinkles with the passage of time, one will look much better if spared of the dark spots and pigmented patches that come with aging. As hard as it is for “a leopard to change its spots”, pigmentation is unfortunately equally notorious and difficult to eradicate. Consequently, there are two key actives required for managing hyperpigmentation, patience and diligence, and perhaps a third requirement of having realistic expectations.

For crying out loud, sagging skin is only cute if you are a Shar Pei. For the majority, jangly jowls and hanging cheeks are a source of chagrin as we aged. Sagging skin is due to two age-related causes, namely the loss of collagen which gives skin its elasticity, and loss of facial fat, in the absence of which causes skin to bow down to gravity. When 20 years ago, a surgical facelift is the only effective way to challenge wrinkles and skin laxity, there now exist a variety of effective options to reverse the signs and stop aging in its tracks.

Just like how a small tear or run in the fabric can make a big difference to how it looks, the same goes for our skin with scars. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury sustained and its appearance and treatment depend on multiple factors such as the depth and size of the initial wound, the location of the injury, age, sex, ethnicity and genetics. Although scars may never quite go away, there are certainly methods that can help reduce their size or make them appear less prominent.

As we grow older, our skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. As a result from the loss of collagen and elastin fibers in the deeper layer of the skin, wrinkles, lines and creases begin to appear and deepen with time. Although certain factors such as genetics are pre-determined, other important factors affecting the way we look as we aged can be modified. A major contributing factor to wrinkles is spending too much time in the sun, and smoking coupled with unhealthy dietary habits can also affect how your skin looks negatively. If the skin fold wrinkles and exaggerated expression lines are bothering you, there are now scientifically proven medical ways to help eliminate or at least diminish their appearance.

Moles and milia seeds are common surface blemishes that stand in the way of a clear, flawless complexion. They will not disappear on their own and home remedies often backfire and cause more harm than good. Before you have any unwanted skin blemishes such as facial moles removed, it is important for them to be properly assessed and ascertained to be benign by a qualified medical practitioner. If there are no known contraindications, the ablative CO2 laser is one of the simplest and most effective method to get rid of troublesome and unsightly moles and milia seeds.

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