Looking for an Acne Clinic in Singapore? Why take your acne seriously? Can acne be effectively treated?
Approximately 80-85% of teenagers and adults aged 12-24 years of age will have acne during their lifetime according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Adult onset acne is also getting more prevalent, we are seeing more adults, especially women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s seeking help with their acne condition. The psychological effects of acne cannot be underestimated. Many young adults experience low self esteem; and may grow long hair to cover their face, or even wear heavy make up to camouflage the acne. During the school years, some young adults may experience bullying and find it hard to form relationships. Left untreated, acne can reduce employment opportunities and may even lead to more serious psychological illness such as depression.
Acne is a skin disorder that involves the oil secreting sebaceous glands and hair follicle, which is influenced by hormones. Together with trapped skin cells, this creates an environment for inflammation and infection (by the P.acnes bacteria) to take place. Acne is considered a chronic inflammatory skin condition, which means your acne may lasts for many years if not treated effectively.
Fortunately, there are now many clinically effective acne treatments available. Acne is best treated early to minimise scarring. However bad your acne may seem, there are now effective treatments today to help you regain your skin back to health. At our Acne Clinic, most patients are enrolled into our acne program. ACNE is an acronym for:
A friendly consultation is the first step to getting your skin back into shape. During the consultation, you might be asked about the duration of your acne, what treatments you may have tried in the past, and your routine skin care regime. The information provided allows us the opportunity to understand your skin type better e.g. dry, sensitive or combination skin types. A dermatological examination of your skin to determine the predominant acne subtype, distribution and severity is the next step during the assessment phase. Taking your history and examination findings together, a more accurate diagnosis of your acne severity, acne subtype and skin type will help us greatly to guide the best acne treatment for you.
The goals of acne treatment are to firstly to tackle the active acne outbreak. You need to take control of your acne as soon as possible because long-standing acne increases the risk of permanent scarring. Once we bring the initial acne flare or outbreak under control, we will focus on maintaining healthy skin so that the chance of another nasty outbreak is minimized. At APAX Medical & Aesthetics Clinic, we treat the whole spectrum of Acne Vulgaris using scientifically validated medical treatments, and at the same time customising treatments to suit your needs and lifestyle. Importantly, first read about the realities and expectations of your acne treatment.
For example, for mild cases of comedomal acne, blackheads and whiteheads; we will prescribe you with a retinoid based product. Retinoids are an excellent choice, and clinically proven to treat whiteheads, blackheads, and inflammation associated with acne. Moderate acne vulgaris may require combination of oral and topical treatments for more effective results. In cases of severe or cystic acne, we may even consider oral isotretinoin, a Vitamin A based medicine, which gives dramatic results within a few weeks of treatment.
In certain circumstances, such as hormonal acne, which is getting more prevalent in adult women, we may consider hormonal therapies such as spironolactone. For pregnancy associated acne vulgaris, you should be aware that there are safe and clinically sound treatments available as well. For those looking for drug-free acne treatments, either because of allergy to medication, side effects or unsuitability for medications, we offer non-laser as well as laser acne treatments.
Key Acne Treatment Strategies
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body. Healthy skin provides a barrier to infections, maintains hydration and plays an crucial role to protect the skin cells from the environmental elements. Proper skin care is key to remove impurities, maintain and protect the integrity of the skin barrier, and shield the skin from harmful UV rays.
Cleansing is essential to remove excess dead skin, dirt and sebum from the skin surface. It is a common myth that acne is a result of too much ‘dirt’, and this often leads to over cleansing. Our skin has natural oils on its surface. Overzealous cleansing will strip this natural oil from the skin, and lead to overcompensated sebum production. Frequently, we come across many individuals who fear the use of skin care products as they have experience a worsening of their acne.
When it comes to daily skin care, especially for acne prone skin, you need to look out for products that are non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and oil-free. Our in-house range of affordable skin care products are specially formulated with selected ingredients for all skin types. We carry a range of cleansers, moisturisers, and sunscreens that many acne prone skin users find useful incorporating in their daily skin care regime.
The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence – Blake Lively
We believe that every individual can be empowered though education to take control of their own skin. Taking care of your skin and fighting acne best taken from a holistic approach. We must recognise that certain lifestyle factors can precipitate or even perpetuate your acne. Modifying some of these lifestyle habits can facilitate your recovery and bring even greater results.
We act as an advocate to advise and counsel individuals to optimise their skin health. Once the initial acne flare has subsided, it is vital to remain acne free. There are studies to show that maintenance acne treatment reduces the precursor acne lesions (called micro-comedomes: tiny whiteheads that is not perceptible to feel and touch). We provide a variety of acne treatments that can keep acne at bay so that you can enjoy healthy skin all the time.
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