Identifying Hormonal Acne – And Ways You Can Treat It

You may be familiar with the sudden breakout spot on your chin that appears just before and during your menstrual periods. There is no denying how debilitating acne can be, especially when they come just before a long-awaited holiday trip or a special celebratory occasion. Often, people commonly suffer from acne and can’t seem to find any relief until they turn to cystic acne treatments.

Hormonal acne commonly appears in women between the ages of 20 to 40. But how can you tell whether your acne is related to fluctuations in your hormones? Certain key characteristics are used to pinpoint and spot if a pimple is hormonal.

The timing of the breakouts

Acne often flares up at predictable times and often manifests in a cyclical pattern, due to the nature of hormones during the phases of menstrual cycle. When monthly fluctuations in women’s progesterone and estrogen levels occur, they will experience

characteristic breakouts especially the week before the menstrual cycle, or during ovulation.

The location of the breakouts

This is a common telltale sign of a hormonal breakout. Acne that appears around your lower face – especially beneath the cheekbones, chin and along the jawline, are most likely related to hormonal issues, as compared to acne that appears on the forehead or nose. This is due to excess hormones in the body that stimulate the oil glands, making it a prime spot for breakouts to occur.

The appearance and sensation of the breakouts

Surface-level spots such as blackheads and whiteheads differ from hormonal acne, which tends to be deep and tender to the touch. Due to changes in hormone levels, there is an overproduction of sebum and overgrowth of skin cells, which causes the skin’s pores to become blocked and thus, lead to infection and inflammation.

These painful cysts can appear as deeper bumps under the surface of the skin that cannot be extracted the same way as blackheads and pustule pimples. It is important to see a professional in treating cystic acne as doing it on your own can worsen the skin condition, and cause serious infections and scarring. Cystic acne also has a higher risk of scarring, thus acne scar removal treatments can effectively improve on the textural changes and indentations that occur on the skin, and get rid of acne scars.

How to deal with hormonal acne

There are several ways to deal with hormonal acne and treat it effectively. Your skin and health need more attention now, so drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you to feel in shape and more in control. Incorporate foods rich in phytoestrogens which can be possible to help balance the natural fluctuation of hormones.

Your skincare routine can also be improved, using with key ingredients such as glycolic acid that helps to remove dead skin cells, and retinoids which helps in reducing blockage of pores. In turn, this can reduce outbreaks and the formation of acne scars.

It is also best to consult with an aesthetic doctor to find a customized solution and address your acne condition with minimal side effects. Our acne treatment has 3 phases: to calm the skin, prevent new breakouts, and get rid of acne scars. We will prescribe a tailored skincare regimen including creams and pills, and use a combination of peels and laser treatments to reduce pore size, improve oil production and promote scar healing.

For example, the Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF) treatment is able to reach deep below the skin, up to 3.5mm, to stimulate deep collagen production which is necessary to remodel the scar fibres and smoothen the surface of the skin. The patented system uses insulated microneedles to deliver heat energy past the scar tissue, which results in mild redness and low downtime. Healthy collagen fibres replace old scar tissue, and with increased collagen levels, you can also achieve a more lifted and contoured face.

Another popular acne treatment is the AGNES treatment from Korea, which aims to treat acne permanently with low downtime. Partially insulated needles are used to administer radiofrequency energy with precision and destroy the offending, hyperactive sebaceous glands that are responsible for acne. As such, the hair follicles will no longer get inflamed and infected, which clears your acne problem permanently. The insulated needles also ensure prevention of skin burn or damage, as it target the sebaceous glands directly without affecting other areas of the skin. AGNES treatment provides a long-term solution for those looking to deal with their stubborn acne issues without oral medications or costly laser treatments with temporary results.

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The Risk Of Long-Term Exposure To HCTZ For Blood Pressure

There has been plenty of research linking blood pressure and the common medication prescribed for the treatment of it with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).

Known as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) – 2 recent Danish studies involving 1.7 million people has concluded that the long-term use of the diuretic drug is closely associated with cases of NMSC.

In the study, people who took HCTZ for at least 6 years were 29% more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and almost 4 times more likely to get squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) than individuals who didn’t take the medication.

A staggering revelation – what is worrying is that the risks increased the longer the patients were exposed to the drug, as well as the higher the dosage prescribed.

HCTZ is also commonly used to treat various other diseases including heart problems, and is one of the most frequently used anti hypertensive medications in the United States and Western Europe.

So, how will this affect you, and should you be worried? Let us delve deeper by first understanding what is non-melanoma skin cancer:

What is non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)?

In Singapore, skin cancer is one of the top 10 most frequent cancers.

Different from melanoma – the deadlier and more aggressive form of skin cancer – non-melanoma skin cancer is actually a much more common condition that starts in the cells of the skin.

There are 3 types of NMSC – consisting of mainly basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the most common being BCC that makes up roughly 75% – 80% of all skin cancer cases.

Slowly developing in the upper layers of the skin, it usually appears first as a growth, lump, mole, or discolored patch on the skin that doesn’t go away. The condition is mainly caused by being overexposed to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, artificial sunbeds and sun lamps.

In addition, there are certain other factors that increase the probability of developing NSMC, including:

– a family history of the condition
– fair skin and light hair that burns easily
– a high number of moles or freckles present on the skin
– immunosuppression caused by medication
– previous non-melanoma skin cancer

Since taking HCTZ increases skin’s photosensitivity – this means that the patient’s immune system is more easily triggered by sunlight, causing inflammation of the skin.

In order to treat skin cancer – treatments such as excision of the lesion (type of mole removal), cryotherapy, electrosurgery, photodynamic therapy and radiation therapy can be done.

The goal of treatment is to remove the cancer completely with the least possible cosmetic damage. When diagnosed early, NMSC can be easily treated and has a very low mortality rate.

What does this mean for doctors and patients

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has recently released an update informing health professionals on the outcomes of the Danish study, and how it impacts their decisions on treatment methods moving forward.

The use of HCTZ should be carefully considered, despite limitations of the studies not being fully applicable to the local context.

What this means for you – in the case that you are of a higher risk of skin cancer, be sure to schedule regular check-ins with our doctors to conduct a thorough skin examination, or learn how to complete a self-assessment at home.

A useful tool that you can use to do a self-exam at home is to use the ABCDE method:

Asymmetry: both sides of the mole look different from each other.

Border: the mole’s border is crooked, jagged or irregular.

Color: the mole is discolored or multi-colored.

Diameter: the width is more than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)

Evolution: the mole has changed in size, shape or feeling in a short amount of time.

The Skin Cancer Foundation in the U.S. advises everyone to examine their whole body at least once a month for any new moles or present moles that demonstrate any of these symptoms.

Either way, always consult a doctor first before you completely stop your medication – they should be able to advise you further, and prescribe a similar medication that provides no risks.

Should you remove your moles? 

A mole is simply a bump or spot on the skin that is usually brown or pink in color, with a smooth a regular border.

Most people have 10 to 40 moles somewhere on their skin – and while it isn’t necessary to remove all of them, should you notice any new or changed spots, lumps, sores, or moles that are painful – it may be time to head down to a clinic to have it checked and undergo mole removal treatment.

Furthermore, certain moles are more likely to turn into melanoma – removing a suspicious mole and examining it for cancer cells is a key step in catching and treating the condition early.

There are several ways to go about mole removal in Singapore; namely:

– Laser Removal: for smaller moles that doesn’t appear above the surface of the skin. Using powerful light energy to break down pigment in the mole, 2 to 3 treatments is needed to fully get rid of the mole. A minimally-invasive technique for eliminating multiple moles at the same time with zero scarring.

– Shave Removal: for smaller moles that protrude from the skin. Using a scalpel to shave off the mole and some tissue beneath it, this is a relatively straightforward and painless way to remove a mole. However, the root remains in the skin, meaning that the mole can grow and resurface again in the future.

– Punch Biopsy: a punch tool is placed over the mole and used to “punch” out the mole. The preferred and best mole removal method with no recurrence. Takes just a few minutes to complete.

– Excision Removal: mostly used for larger moles and flat mole removal that cannot be removed with previous methods. Performed under local anesthetic, the mole is cut away and removed entirely via an excision. Stitching is required after the surgery, and a small scar will be left. However, it will eventually fade over time.

While excision and shave removal are the most common methods for removing moles – laser removal can be useful for harder to reach areas such as facial mole removal.

We have partnered up with the pathology labs at Singapore General Hospital to effectively analyze, detect and diagnose skin cancer in its early stages.

During your initial consultation, our doctors will conduct a full body screening and biopsy to determine the characteristic of the mole and if its cancerous. If it is, it needs to be quickly removed in order to get rid of the dangerous cells. Best case scenario is if we are able to remove the entire tumor during the biopsy so that no further mole removal treatment is needed.

Depending on the type of mole and end result you are looking to achieve, our doctors will choose a method that is best for you to ensure minimal scarring.

Even if the mole is benign – many patients still undergo the procedure for cosmetic mole removal reasons. If you are worried about pain, not to worry! Our surgical mole removals are done under local anesthesia, and can be combined with laser mole removal to hasten the process and help to prevent scarring.

It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are thinking about removing your mole, we have a multi-disciplinary team including a pathologist, radiologist, medical-oncologist and dermatologist to cater to your specific needs. You can rest assured that you will be provided with the best care possible – all at an affordable cost!

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9 Tips To Attain Clear Skin Despite Having Acne-Prone Skin

Only those suffering from cystic acne will understand how even a small, occasional spot can cause our nerves to go on edge.

In addition to being irritating and sometimes painful, the psychological impact of having acne is far more complicated than what is seen on the surface.

If you are currently undergoing an acne scar treatment – you should know that what happens after you go home, as well as what you do on a daily basis is just, if not more important than the treatment itself. Incorporating a highly-personalized, proper skincare regime is the road to healthier, clearer skin in the long term.

So, how do you achieve this? Here are 9 do’s and don’ts to supplement your treatment that will serve you well in controlling and treating your acne!

#1: DO treat your skin early.

In most cases, severe acne issues could have easily been avoided if patients had sought out treatment early.

As every individual’s skin type and condition is different, not every solution recommended on the internet, or from trusted friends and family will work for you. For harder to treat cystic acne, it is even more pertinent that you seek treatment as soon as you notice symptoms in order to prevent scarring and worsening of your condition.

Which brings us to our next point. 

#2: DON’T D.I.Y. or self-diagnose.

While it may seem easier and more cost-effective to try and treat your acne at home – chances are you will see little or only temporary results.

A useful rule of thumb is that it usually takes about 12 weeks to see results with any type of acne treatment. If you aren’t seeing any results during or after this crucial time period – it may be time to see a doctor for a more tailored approach.

In fact, cystic acne and acne scar treatments require a much more robust approach – instead of self-diagnosing and having to test which solution works best for you, our clinic offers a variety of topical treatments, pore treatments, skincare and facials, as well as lasers (e.g. INFINI, Pico & Secret RF) to provide a more holistic solution to treat your acne.

#3: DO keep your skincare routine simple.

Simplicity is key to controlling and treating acne. Since acne is most often a hormonal issue that is triggered by excessive oil and bacteria – taking measures to keep the surface of your skin clean will go a long way in preventing breakouts.

Using too many skincare products may actually be counterintuitive – and so is switching up your skincare routine too often, which can backfire into a full-blown breakout! The truth is that many over-the-counter treatments simply aren’t designed to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin where cystic acne occurs.

As tempting it may be to try the latest acne products – the best way is to first consult a doctor to check if it’s advisable to do so. A cleanser, toner, moisturizer, spot treatment and sunscreen is all you really need to keep acne at bay when supplemented with the appropriate acne scar treatment.

#4: DON’T forget to moisturize!

Notice that we included moisturizer into the list of products to have in your skincare regime?

Reason being – it is a common misconception that you shouldn’t moisturize acne-prone skin. However, it is important to moisturize daily as our skin needs moisture – even oily ones. Otherwise, your skin will work hard to produce even more oil in order to compensate, which can work against you to cause more acne.

This is why consulting a qualified doctor will greatly help you in choosing the right arsenal of products to possess in your bathroom.

#5: DON’T over-exfoliate.

Exfoliating scrubs are great for cleansing and getting rid of dead skin, but they often are too irritating for inflamed, acne-prone skin – causing tiny tears, spreading bacteria and increasing sebum production.

Not to worry, there are gentle chemical exfoliators that offer the same benefits as scrubs and promote cell regeneration – look for non-abrasive products containing lactic acid, or low concentrations of salicylic acid (0.5% – 2%), using it just once or twice every week. 

#6: DO address spots first and scars later.

A major step in managing acne scarring is always to first treat the root cause of the problem – getting your spots firmly under control is much more efficient in treating cystic acne, especially since it is this type of acne that has the highest probability of leaving permanent scars.

We use a 4-step process to effectively treat our patients’ acne, including facial treatments, laser treatments, selective follicle treatment and a range of topical and oral therapy to maintain results in the long run.

#7: DON’T squeeze or pick at your pimples!

It’s hard to resist the urge to pop or pick at your pimples – but that will mean longer healing times, increased risks of infection and unsightly scarring.

Acne scarring occurs at a much deeper level of the skin, so simply picking it is not going to do much in managing your condition – remember that scars are the result of the healing process, so don’t interrupt it by opening up the wound again! 

#8: DO tell your doctor about the medications that you are currently taking.

During your initial consultation with our doctors, be sure to talk about the type of medications you are currently taking.

While not often the main cause, certain oral medications may be causing your cystic acne flare-ups, including corticosteroids.

In that case, our doctor will then be able to further advise and recommend the best acne scar treatment for you. With over a decade of experience successfully treating patients with “impossible” acne conditions – we have been evolving our techniques to become far more effective, with as little downtime as possible.

#9: DON’T stress over acne!

There is no doubt that acne can be extremely upsetting to those suffering from it.

However, it is important to NOT stress over your condition – cystic acne is often caused by hormonal imbalances, which are greatly magnified whenever we feel stressed and cortisol levels rise.

While it can be hard not to feel anxious and overwhelmed during your acne scar treatment, it is important to stay positive and maintain a strong sense of well-being to help your skin heal!

Especially if you are under the care of our doctors, you can be sure we will do our best to get you on track to clear, acne-free skin – so, don’t give up just yet!

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Spotting Dehydrated Skin: 4 Symptoms To Keep An Eye On

Many people might be familiar with the feeling of skin tightness, rough texture and dull complexion. What is the reason behind it? Water plays a vital role in the skin. Poor diet and external factors such as the weather or environment are some of the causes behind dehydrated skin.

Dry skin is often mistaken for dehydrated skin, but they are different skin conditions. Why dry skin is a skin type characterized by lower production of sebum and oil, dehydrated skin means water content is lacking or diminished within the skin. It can happen at any time to any skin type, even to people with oily skin types. Here’s how to tell whether you are suffering from dehydrated skin.

1. Dull complexion 

As your skin is lacking the water it needs to remain healthy, the lack of hydration causes your skin to look dull. It also affects the ability of your skin to perform essential functions such as cell turnover. Without sufficient hydration, your skin is unable to shed its outer layer frequently enough, causing dead skins to accumulate on the surface. This will contribute to a less radiant, lackluster complexion.

2. Less elasticity

Having enough water content within the cells in your skin and moisture locked into them will lead them to swell and be plump. This will give the skin its healthier and plumper look. The lack of moisture results in lesser skin elasticity and lost volume, so when you gently pinch your skin, it will slowly go back down instead of quickly bouncing back to normal. Dehydrated skin can also cause the feeling of persistent tightness and discomfort, followed by an itchy sensation or even flaking.

3. Premature wrinkles and fine lines

Dehydrated skin can often display accelerated signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and expression lines. When the skin loses its ability to hold onto moisture, it can make these facial lines look more prominent and even cause the skin to take on a crepe-like appearance. When moisture is restored to your skin, the water will fill the spaces between cells, thus smoothens out the fine lines on your face.

4. Prone to breakouts

When there is insufficient moisture in the skin, it loses the ability to hydrate itself and this can cause the overproduction of oil to compensate for the dehydration. As such, this eventually leads to breakouts due to excess sebum and oil which clog the pores. Because the skin’s ability to maintain consistent cell turnover is also limited, the buildup of dead skin cells and excess sebum can be a potential breeding ground for acne. This can be a vicious cycle for those already suffering from cystic acne.

Why hydration is important to the skin

Referred to as the skin barrier, this is the skin’s outermost layer which comprise of cells that act like bricks to hold moisture in and keep bacteria and pollutants out. When the skin is well-hydrated, the cells are filled with water and natural oils and swells, causing them to pack tightly together and make it harder for external elements to penetrate the barrier. When factors like prolonged sun exposure, cold air-con environments, and harsh cleansers, the skin’s natural oils are stripped away. This causes the cells in the skin barrier to lose water and shrivel, rendering the barrier to be less effective which allows even more moisture to escape the skin.

A weakened skin barrier is also vulnerable to bacteria and pollution penetrating deeper into the skin, which can cause inflammation to develop from acne-causing bacteria. Combined with the increased likelihood of congestion and blockages inside the pore, this means more acne breakouts.

Put your fresh face forward

Using hydrating skincare products, eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water can help to keep your skin hydrated. But it may need a boost from time to time, where aesthetic treatments can come in to be a savior for your parched skin.

At Aesthetics Central Clinic, our Skin Boosters treatment is filled with Hyaluronic Acid to restore hydration in your skin. This superstar ingredient is also a naturally occurring molecule in the body that promotes skin hydration and firmness. Through a series of micro injections into the skin, the Hyaluronic Acid will help to retain moisture and smoothen your skin, resulting in a more luminous, healthy complexion. Results will be effective on people battling with dry or dull skin, and ageing skin concerns like fine lines. Skin Boosters also help to stimulate collagen production which is essential to reduce the appearance of scarring, thus it can also benefit those looking to get rid of acne scars.

When skin dehydration has caused plenty of breakouts in the past, you may still be suffering from stubborn acne scars. Going for acne scar treatments like our INFINI Fractional RF treatment can help by promoting the production of deep collagen in the skin via thermal stimulation as deep as 3.5mm below the skin’s surface. This helps in acne scar remodeling which improves skin texture and reduces acne scar appearance. Deep collagen fibres are also beneficial by producing a lifting, plumping and tightening effect of the skin, for a smoother and youthful-looking complexion.

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Learn About The Differences Between Male & Female Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs in both males and females, but did you know that there are actually distinct differences between the two, brought about largely due to variances in the skin?

Despite the differences, one thing is for sure – all acne sufferers want to know how to get rid of their pesky skin condition for good. In this article, we share exactly why it is pertinent to know the differences between the two in order to come up with an effective acne treatment plan!

Male vs. Female skin

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and its main function is to provide a protective physical barrier that absorbs harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation and prevents harmful microorganism invasion.

There has been an increasing amount of studies being conducted in studying gender differences in the skin and their implications to diseases including acne, eczema and skin cancer. This is partly to derive better treatments, and by further understanding these biological differences – we may hopefully be one step closer to finding a cure for acne.

The key differences in male and female skin is primarily due to the presence of the primary male sex hormone, testosterone in the body. It is responsible in determining the masculine features in men, and while present in both genders – men typically have higher levels (10 times as much as women), which impacts how acne presents itself and its characteristics.

Below we outline 4 fundamental differences:

– Men tend to have oilier skin, while women are more likely to have drier skin.

–  Men have much higher quantities of androgens and active sebaceous glands, which increases the levels of sebum in the skin.

– The skin pH level in men tends to be lower than that of women – and in addition to more active sweat glands – skin is more prone to impurities. On the flipside, a lower skin pH level provides a more ideal breeding ground for acne bacteria in women.

– Men have 25% thicker skin than women, with a thicker texture that tends to age slower. This means that men need to exfoliate and cleanse more often.

Given these differences in both male and female skin, it makes sense that the underlying causes, characteristics and treatment of acne are also different.

Male vs. Female acne

There are currently more women affected by acne (85%) than men (15%).

If you can recall, acne is an inflammatory condition that is primarily a hormone-driven process, i.e., an excess activity of testosterone triggers the excess oil productions that clogs up the skin, causing inflammation and overgrowth of the dreadful P. acnes bacteria in the affected area.

In the same sense, the primary factors responsible for causing acne are the same for both genders – excess oil, a buildup of dead skin cells, proliferation of acne-causing bacteria and inflammation. However, there are still slight differences:

– Women are more likely to develop adult onset acne.

– Men are more likely to have longer-lasting acne, and suffer from cystic acne.

– Women tend to have more unpredictable acne symptoms, due to their more complex hormonal makeup than men.

In addition, the lifestyles of both men and women vary – for women, the result of product and makeup overload and perfumes, and for men – shaving that causes razor burns, ingrown hairs, cuts and abrasions all can lead to the potential of irritating and aggravating acne flare-ups. 

Should treatment options then be gender-specific?

Unfortunately, male and female acne cannot be cured – but there are treatment options that can seek to manage and control the symptoms.

There are 5 types of acne treatment, including:

1) Topical retinoids– creams, lotions and gels with Vitamin A derivatives that help reduce breakouts.

2) Oral retinoids–  e.g. Isotretinoin is the medication of choice in effectively treating more severe cases of adult acne in men. It works to treat cystic acne and remove acne scars by killing acne-causing bacteria, unclogging pores and reducing sebum production and inflammation – and has been shown to be successful in treating acne in both genders equally.

3) Oral contraceptives and anti-androgens– e.g. Spironolactone helps regulate hormonal fluctuations that contribute to breakouts; however, is almost never prescribed to men and more effective in women.

4) Antibiotics– while effective, both doctors and patients in recent years have become increasingly aware of the adverse side effects that come with continued long-term use.

5) Laser and light therapy– e.g. Q-switch and Vbeam laser treatment for acne used at our clinic is ideal for treating mild to moderate inflammatory acne. It is a non-invasive and reliable solution that can see results as early as the first session, with minimal downtime.

For women, treatment goals are aimed towards stabilizing the level of hormones to block the effects of testosterone, while acne treatment in men focuses mostly on sebum reduction.

This is why doctors typically prescribe more anti-androgens to female patients, and focus more on oral retinoids for male patients. Despite the fact that antibiotics and isotretinoin can be useful in treating acne for both genders, there are risks, as well as contraindications that can hinder the progress and make treatment less effective – making laser treatment for acne a much better choice for both genders.

Gender differences in the body’s physiological, chemical and biophysical responses require doctors to develop both gender-specific and individual-specific treatment plans. This is why it is important to seek help from a doctor that is experienced and competent in treating both genders. In addition to gender differences, there are many other factors that come into play when treating acne – including a complex mix of genetics, environmental conditions, metabolic conditions, stress, diet, injury, medications and lifestyle.

With more than 18 years of providing acne treatment in Singapore, our clinic is well-primed to cater to a diverse range of patients – crafting a personalized, comprehensive acne treatment and skincare regime to help you attain that clear, flawless skin!

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Exfoliation For Those With Acne-Prone Skin: A How-To

For anyone suffering from acne, they know just how stressful the condition can be. It affects your physical appearance and impacts your self-esteem in how you look like. Adhering to a proper skincare routine is crucial to take care of the skin, nourish it and maintain a healthy complexion. This includes a step in any regime – exfoliation.

Exfoliation helps to clear build-up of dead skin cells that contribute to pores becoming blocked, thus forming blemishes. Dirt and excess sebum are also removed to prevent you from getting acne breakouts. It also refines your skin texture and brightens your skin complexion, and allows the following skincare products such as moisturizer to penetrate more deeply for effectiveness.

How should you exfoliate?

For acne-prone skin, the skin can also be highly sensitive, and exfoliation should be approached with the right manner to avoid causing more harm than good.

Chemical exfoliant are preferred for exfoliation over acne lesions as physical exfoliation using brushes, scrub or small grains can be too harsh, leading to more inflammation and worsening acne scarring. This can inadvertently undo your efforts in acne scar removal treatments, resulting in irritated skin and more breakouts. Physical exfoliators can also be gritty, which creates micro-tears in the skin. These act as an easy entryway for bacteria to enter and contributes to the infection of pimples.

On the other hand, chemical exfoliants encourage cellular turnover through the use of active ingredients such as glycolic acid, AHA and BHA, thereby removing dead skin cells and clearing out the pores for a more youthful glow.

How often should you exfoliate?

The frequency of exfoliating should not be overdone. Using an exfoliator daily would be excessive and overkill on your skin, causing dehydration and more problems to occur. Thus, do it more sparingly between once to thrice a week depending on your skin condition.

Boost the skin exfoliation step

Take a step further in your exfoliation routine with aesthetic treatments that can boost the condition of your skin. The 3D Deep Pore Cleansing treatment helps to clean out existing blocked pores, blackheads and other blemishes in the skin, without subjecting the skin to the trauma of painful squeezing. Aside from cleansing the pores using painless micro-jets technology, nutrients are also infused into the skin’s dermis layer that helps regenerate skin collagen for a more youthful complexion.

When it comes to taking care of acne-prone skin, one of the main objectives is also to prevent new breakouts. Going for cystic acne treatments can improve your circumstances in clearing out your pores effectively and reducing the chances of producing new blockages and pimples. At the same time, you can maximize your recovery from acne.

We will recommend a personalized program specially for your acne condition and address it effectively. Aside from getting new breakouts under control, we work to get rid of acne scars through a series of treatments, including laser treatments. One such laser treatment we use is the Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF) which combines microneedling and radiofrequency to significantly improve deep scars, including other issues like wrinkles and saggy skin. With only minimal downtime, Infini delivers heat energy to the dermis layer to promote natural skin healing, stimulate cell regeneration and collagen production for healthier skin with reduced acne scars.

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How Regenera Active Works Towards Reducing Hair Loss

Naturally, everyone sheds about 100 strands of hair each day, but there is a common type of hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia that affects the adult population in Singapore and worldwide. This pattern hair loss affects men and women, with a variety of environmental and genetic factors that highly like contributes to the problem.

Androgenic alopecia in women begins with gradual thinning all over the head, but the hairline rarely recedes or lead to baldness. In men, hair loss typically starts from the area above the temples, forming a characteristic “M” shape and often progresses to partial or total baldness. Nonetheless, this hair loss condition can severely affect one’s emotional well-being and quality of life.

What can you do about it?

For hair loss that is not as significant, you can still use over the counter products such as a volumizing shampoo to maintain your hair’s volume and thickness, and styling sprays to add density to your mane. However, it might be not as an effective hair loss treatment in the long run and give you sustainable results.

Enter the Regenera Active in Singapore, an innovative all-natural hair growth treatment from Spain that is CE-marked, FDA-approved and HSA-approved. This treatment uses a combination of progenitor cells, growth factors and stem cells to stimulate the growth of new hair and inhibit hair loss. The procedure involves a regenerating process that uses micrografts from your own healthy hair and relies on your body’s ability to stimulate new hair growth.

The three-step procedure of Regenera Active

Step 1: Skin samples are collected and harvested from the back of your scalp. The samples measure 2.5mm in diameter approximately, so the collection site can heal quickly without leaving visible scars.

Step 2: The collected skin samples are harvested via the Regenera Activa device and the suspension that contains growth factors, stem cells and progenitor will be divided and isolated into cells that carry potent regenerative abilities. This process takes about 10 minutes.

Step 3: The mixture is then injected into areas of the scalp that suffers from hair loss. By reintroducing to the scalp, the regenerative fluid will stimulate and initiate the hair follicle regeneration process.

The entire process is about 45-mins long with minimal downtime. Only 1 session is required and you can continue with 1 maintenance session every year to enhance the outcome.

How is the results?

Visible results can be expected after 4 to 6 weeks from the first treatment. It acts almost immediately to activate hair follicles that are dormant. You will begin to notice reduced hair loss, followed by improved thickness and density for fuller scalp coverage gradually over the next 12 months.

With the availability of Regenera Activa in Singapore, it becomes an effective solution for people facing mild to moderate hair loss. Treatment should be sought as soon as possible for optimal results because hair follicles will shrink and reduce to the point where new hair no longer grows. It will be harder for you to recover hair that’s already lost.

Regenera Activa is available at our clinic. Soon, you will be on your way to fuller hair and boost your self confidence in your appearance. You can also find other aesthetic treatments for skin and face such as nose fillers and cystic acne treatment to help you achieve your desired look.

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The True Secret Of Beauty Lies In Your Skincare Routine

From cleansers, toners, moisturisers to masks, there are so many products at our disposal to build a skincare regime. Doing your skincare routine is more than just slapping on the products and going about your day, you’d want to make sure you are getting the most out of the products so it can work effectively on your skin. Find out how you can enhance your skincare routine’s performance and reap maximum benefits for your skin.

Deep clean through exfoliation

The surface of the epidermis is where dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities lie and they can act as a barrier that makes it less efficient for skincare products to get absorbed effectively by the skin. Cleansers help to purge your pores of dirt and leave the skin less prone to blackheads and pimples, but exfoliation is where dead skin on the top is eliminated so skincare products can penetrate more deeply and work better.

Be careful not to overdo it as over-exfoliation can leave your skin irritated and inflammed. Stick to once or twice a week. People with breakouts and acne can find that overdoing exfoliation can aggravate the condition and backfire, thus all your efforts in doing cystic acne treatments may go down the drain.

Tip:Clear out your pores without the painful facial squeezing and extraction. Our signature Cell Regeneration Treatment uses patented micro-jets to cleanse the pores and clear away dead skin and dirt. At the same time, nutrients are infused into the skin’s dermis layer to regenerate skin cells and collagen for an improved complexion.

Go in the right order

It is important to apply your products in the correct order to ensure the ingredients of each product is well absorbed by the skin instead of getting blocked by another product. Start on the order of density, from the thinnest to the thickest consistency. For example, the order should look something like: toner, essence, serum, moisturiser/oil, sunscreen. Face oils should go before moisturisers if you are using a heavily occlusive moisturiser, otherwise you can use a water-based moisturizer and apply your facial oil after.

Keep in mind that if you are using blemish spot treatments or chemical exfoliants like retinol, they should go on first before layering on the rest of your routine. When you’re treating acne or wrinkles, you’d want to allow for maximum penetration for those ingredients to work effectively on your skin.

Tip:To give an added boost to your routine, Botox can be helpful in dealing with oily and acne prone skin. Botox is not only used as a face filler, it can constrict your pores to make it appear smaller and reduce oil production. It also helps to slow down hyperactive sebaceous glands that are responsible in producing sebum to lubricate the skin. Overexcretion of sebum can make the skin oily and prone to clogged pores and breakouts, thus Botox can minimize your pore size and give a skin tightening effect. Combined with laser treatments or chemical peels, patients have experienced a significant improvement in their acne problems.

Use the right product for your skin needs

Serums contain powerhouse ingredients that penetrate deeply into the skin. Active ingredients like retinoids, Hyaluronic Acid, peptides, growth factors, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are known to bring a number of benefits to the skin, treating everything from wrinkles to pigmentation. Depending on what your skin needs, choose the right serum so it can greatly benefit your skin. You can expect results like reduced hyperpigmentation, refined skin surface, hydrated skin, and revitalised complexion.

Tip:How about delivering these skin-loving ingredients deep into the dermis? With Aquagold Fine Touch, you can gain the maximum benefit as this patented hair-like thin microneedling system will penetrate painlessly to deliver customised skin solutions at 600-micron depth. This allows the ingredients to be absorbed at a much effective level. Our doctors will consult with you on your skin needs and customise the mix of ingredients that goes inside the device and straight to your dermis layers. You can expect dewy glass-like skin and improvement in large pores and fine lines.

The above-mentioned treatments are available in our clinic. If you wish to learn more on the treatments or other procedures available such as acne scar removal.

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Caring For Your Skin: Tips & Treatments To Consider

The cosmetic industry is booming, and the use of social media marketing from celebrities, beauty gurus and influential social media personalities featuring makeup products contributes significantly. More and more people are dabbling in makeup and the reasons vary; to create a selfie-ready look, to look more professional in their job, to feel more confident in their skin, or to experiment with their creativity.

As you pile on your favourite foundation and concealer, product overload can potentially leave your skin irritated and clogged. On top of this, the humid weather in Singapore can easily make you sweat and perspire. The combination of sweat, dirt and makeup could be damaging for the skin and eventually lead to unwanted breakouts.

Find out how you can care for your skin after a long day of wearing makeup.

Remove makeup diligently

Sleeping with your face makeup on can cause a host of problems such as pimple breakouts, dull and dry complexion and inflammations. If you already have acne, this can also cause a setback to your efforts in cystic acne treatments. While wearing makeup, dead skin cells and dirt gets trapped and remain on the face until you remove it at the end of the day. This also leaves the pores susceptible to being clogged and lead to inflammation that will result in pimples. Some ingredients in makeup products can also be irritants on your skin, which might affect your skin badly if left on longer or overnight.

To prevent your skin condition from worsening, remove your makeup and clean your face at the end of the day. Massage a cleansing oil into your face. It loosens the makeup and removes the impurities without drying your skin, retaining its typical moisture level. You can also soak a cotton pad in micellar water gently wipe across your skin, great as a highly sensitive alternative. Continue your cleansing step with your choice of cleanser (foaming, cream, milk, gel) and rinse to make sure no residue is left on your skin.

Detox your skin

A deep cleanse once or twice a week can give your skin a clean slate. Use a mud-based mask to draw out any impurities and rejuvenate lacklustre skin, which will leave you with a healthy, glowing complexion. There are various types of clay you can choose from with their own unique skin-purifying benefits, such as charcoal, Kaolin clay, Bentonite clay, and Spanish clay. They all work to detoxify, exfoliate the skin, purify the pores, and minimize redness and inflammation.

Amp up the nourishment

Give some attention to your skin by using hydrating skincare products. Use Hyaluronic Acid-based serums and moisturizers to restore lost volume and maintain your moisture barrier. This naturally-produced substance in our body is excelling in holding water to give the skin its firmness and resilience. By ramping up hydration levels, you can reduce chances of dry, dehydrated skin and balance your oil production to avoid excess sebum that causes breakouts.

Treat your skin to some TLC

While these tips are here to guide your daily skincare regime, take better control of your skin by going for aesthetic treatments which can give your skin a much-needed boost.

  • Skinboosters

Injections in cosmetic treatments are not just face fillers and cheek fillers. They can also contain Hyaluronic Acid, such as Skinboosters, that will bring immense hydration to the skin. It works more effectively than your skincare products as hyaluronic acid gets delivered precisely into the skin for maximum effectiveness. When you have better skin hydration and improved skin texture, your makeup application will also be smoother.

  • Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF)

Radiofrequency has been used in treatments to produce results in face lifting, facial rejuvenation, skin tightening, and wrinkle reduction. The Infini FRF stimulates collagen and elastic fibres up to 3.5mm in depth below the skin’s surface. Deep collagen production helps to tighten and plump up the skin as well as fill in scars and wrinkles. Improving your acne scars can leave you more confident in wearing makeup.

  • AGNES Acne treatment

It can be frustrating to deal with acne and wear makeup often. You’ll need to take special attention to ensure it does not clog your pores and leave you with more breakouts, especially if this is recurring adult acne. AGNES acne treatment targets damaged pores that are prone to getting blocked, inflamed and infected repeatedly. A tiny burst of energy is delivered to the damaged pore, which will cause the oil gland to shrink and reduce oil production. By treating the defective pores directly, pimples occur less frequently, are small and heal faster.

The above-mentioned treatments are available in our clinic. If you wish to learn more on the treatments or other procedures available such as acne scar removal.

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How To Give Your Skin A Much-Needed Boost

The cosmetic industry is booming, and the use of social media marketing from celebrities, beauty gurus and influential social media personalities featuring makeup products contributes significantly. More and more people are dabbling in makeup and the reasons vary; to create a selfie-ready look, to look more professional in their job, to feel more confident in their skin, or to experiment with their creativity.

As you pile on your favourite foundation and concealer, product overload can potentially leave your skin irritated and clogged. On top of this, the humid weather in Singapore can easily make you sweat and perspire. The combination of sweat, dirt and makeup could be damaging for the skin and eventually lead to unwanted breakouts.

Find out how you can care for your skin after a long day of wearing makeup.

Remove makeup diligently

Sleeping with your face makeup on can cause a host of problems such as pimple breakouts, dull and dry complexion and inflammations. If you already have acne, this can also cause a setback to your efforts in cystic acne treatments. While wearing makeup, dead skin cells and dirt gets trapped and remain on the face until you remove it at the end of the day. This also leaves the pores susceptible to being clogged and lead to inflammation that will result in pimples. Some ingredients in makeup products can also be irritants on your skin, which might affect your skin badly if left on longer or overnight.

To prevent your skin condition from worsening, remove your makeup and clean your face at the end of the day. Massage a cleansing oil into your face. It loosens the makeup and removes the impurities without drying your skin, retaining its typical moisture level. You can also soak a cotton pad in micellar water gently wipe across your skin, great as a highly sensitive alternative. Continue your cleansing step with your choice of cleanser (foaming, cream, milk, gel) and rinse to make sure no residue is left on your skin.

Detox your skin

A deep cleanse once or twice a week can give your skin a clean slate. Use a mud-based mask to draw out any impurities and rejuvenate lacklustre skin, which will leave you with a healthy, glowing complexion. There are various types of clay you can choose from with their own unique skin-purifying benefits, such as charcoal, Kaolin clay, Bentonite clay, and Spanish clay. They all work to detoxify, exfoliate the skin, purify the pores, and minimize redness and inflammation.

Amp up the nourishment

Give some attention to your skin by using hydrating skincare products. Use Hyaluronic Acid-based serums and moisturizers to restore lost volume and maintain your moisture barrier. This naturally-produced substance in our body is excelling in holding water to give the skin its firmness and resilience. By ramping up hydration levels, you can reduce chances of dry, dehydrated skin and balance your oil production to avoid excess sebum that causes breakouts.

Treat your skin to some TLC

While these tips are here to guide your daily skincare regime, take better control of your skin by going for aesthetic treatments which can give your skin a much-needed boost.

  • Skinboosters

Injections in cosmetic treatments are not just face fillers and cheek fillers. They can also contain Hyaluronic Acid, such as Skinboosters, that will bring immense hydration to the skin. It works more effectively than your skincare products as hyaluronic acid gets delivered precisely into the skin for maximum effectiveness. When you have better skin hydration and improved skin texture, your makeup application will also be smoother.

  • Infini Fractional RadioFrequency (FRF)

Radiofrequency has been used in treatments to produce results in face lifting, facial rejuvenation, skin tightening, and wrinkle reduction. The Infini FRF stimulates collagen and elastic fibres up to 3.5mm in depth below the skin’s surface. Deep collagen production helps to tighten and plump up the skin as well as fill in scars and wrinkles. Improving your acne scars can leave you more confident in wearing makeup.

  • AGNES Acne treatment

It can be frustrating to deal with acne and wear makeup often. You’ll need to take special attention to ensure it does not clog your pores and leave you with more breakouts, especially if this is recurring adult acne. AGNES acne treatment targets damaged pores that are prone to getting blocked, inflamed and infected repeatedly. A tiny burst of energy is delivered to the damaged pore, which will cause the oil gland to shrink and reduce oil production. By treating the defective pores directly, pimples occur less frequently, are small and heal faster.

The above-mentioned treatments are available in our clinic. If you wish to learn more on the treatments or other procedures available such as acne scar removal.

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