Adult acne is probably one of the last things you want to deal with when you are in your 20s or 30s. You have just started your lifelong journey in the corporate world and worrying about a pus-filled face with red, angry pimples should not be your priority.
Although we like to think that our society values capable, smart people, the truth is that having clear, beautiful skin plays a very important role to your success in your career. We also can’t help but notice that people with flawless skin seem to have a more active social life.
We pick the brains of one of the most established aesthetic doctors in Singapore, Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, to carefully pick a range of highly effective acne treatments in Singapore to end all of your skin woes, from pesky red pimples to dark red patches of post-acne marks.
Permanent Acne Solution: AGNES Acne Treatment
WHAT Originated from Korea, AGNES is a targeted acne treatment for recurring, chronic acne. It uses insulated micro-needles to administer radiofrequency waves into the area to be treated. The radiofrequency waves destroy the oil glands so that they are no longer capable of secreting sebum that may cause acne to develop.
COST About $900 for full face.
DOWNTIME Skin will appear red and inflamed immediately after the treatment. Don’t be alarmed. It will get better over the next one week when the swelling subsides.
BEST FOR AGNES Acne Treatment is best suited for people with recurring, chronic acne that just cannot seem to go away.
All-In-One Treatment: Dual Yellow Laser
WHAT Dual Yellow Laser is one of the latest and most advanced non-invasive laser treatments in the market right now. It features yellow and green light for fast, targeted treatment without breaking the skin surface. Its multi-wavelength capability allows the doctor to treat a wide range of skin issues such as lesions, sensitive skin, post-acne hyperpigmentation, and even acne.
COST About S$800.
DOWNTIME Minimal to almost no downtime. Skin may appear a little flushed but it should subside within the same day.
BEST FOR People with acne and sensitive skin. Dual Yellow Light is also suitable for people with hyperpigmentation or dark marks after recovering from acne.
Treatment for Oily Skin: Carbon Laser Peel
WHAT A thin layer of a medical grade liquid carbon is applied on the face. When the liquid carbon has penetrated deep into the pores, the doctor uses a laser to zap the face. When the laser interacts with the liquid carbon, it instantly vaporizes it and removes the bacteria and the debris lodged deep in the pores. With the unclogged pores and the gradual reduction in pore size, the skin will naturally be less prone to acne outbreak.
COST About S$300 per session.
DOWNTIME Carbon Laser Peel does not ablate the skin. It reacts with the liquid carbon which can be a little frightening for some people because of the crackling sound it makes. Otherwise, it is a very comfortable treatment that has almost no downtime. The face may appear a little red immediately after the treatment but it should recover within the same day.
BEST FOR People with oily skin and enlarged pores.
Light Therapy for Acne: LED Blue Light Treatment
WHAT The FDA has approved the use of visible LED devices (red and blue light) for mild to moderate acne. This pain-free and totally safe light does not use UV light. When LED blue light is shone on the face, it eliminates the acne-causing bacteria that form in the sebaceous glands that cause inflammation and break outs. LED Blue Light can be administered on its own or as a combination treatment with other acne treatments that your doctor has designed for you.
COST About S$100 per session.
DOWNTIME There is no side effects or downtime from undergoing this treatment. It also does not cause any redness or swelling.
BEST FOR People suffering from mild to moderate acne.
Gentle Skin Exfoliation: Chemical Peel
WHAT Specially formulated chemical agent is used to exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin, allowing the clogged pores to release the dead skin cells and debris. This chemical peel treatment for acne penetrates deep into the pores to reduce the sedum production and eliminate acne bacteria.
COST About S$150 per session.
DOWNTIME The skin may appear mildly red and inflamed for a day or two. The skin will also be sensitive during the recovery period. Make sure you get sufficient rest and stay out of the sun.
BEST FOR People with dull complexion and accumulated dead skin cells. People with oily skin and severely clogged pores will also benefit from this treatment.
Dr. Siew is the Medical Director and co-founder of Radium Medical Aesthetics.
Radium Medical Aesthetics offers a wide range of affordable customized acne treatments targeted for your skin care needs.
It is conveniently located at #03-326 Suntec City Mall, Tel: 6837 0507. For more information, visit https://www.radium-aesthetics.com/.