[By Rebecca Tan]

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how much better you would look without those dreadful zits staring back at you? You are not alone.

Acne, commonly known as pimples or zits, is a condition that affects almost 80% of the population. Letting acne run its course is not always the wisest as dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin without proper treatment.

Remember, a breakout is no cause for a breakdown. We give the lowdown on the treatments that will help you conquer those clogged pores and leave you with clearer, more gorgeous skin.

1. Smoothbeam laser

The Smoothbeam 1450nm diode laser is the first FDA-approved laser for acne treatment. The intense but gentle burst of light emitted from the laser generates heat in and around the sebaceous glands, altering the structure and thereby reducing the over-production of acne-causing sebum. The epidermis is protected during the treatment with the Dynamic Cooling Device, which sprays a cooling cryogen mist onto the skin with each laser pulse, increasing the comfort of the procedure.

2. VBeam Perfecta

VBeam Perfecta, an innovative multi-tasking laser, has a unique ability to selectively target acne lesions, blood vessels and open pores, reducing bacteria-causing acne safely and effectively. One thing to note is that this laser is best suited for lighter skin types or untanned skin.

3. I-Clear

One of the main causes of acne is an abnormally high amount of bacteria colonization, mainly Propionibacterium Acnes (P.acnes), of the sebaceous follicles. I-clear is a pain free, non-invasive treatment that utilizes innovative Photo Dynamic Therapy to deliver a unique 408 nm wavelength blue light that creates a highly toxic environment for the targeted P acnes bacteria, resulting in bacterial death and clearing the skin from acne.

4. Intralesional corticosteroid injection

Preparing for an important function and horror of all horrors, you see a huge pimple on your face? Not only is a rupturing acne cyst an eyesore, it can often result in scarring too. Ask your doctor for an injection of a diluted corticosteroid to lower the inflammation and to speed up healing, reducing the chances of scars forming.


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3 thoughts on “Acne: Effective treatments worth visiting the doctor’s office”

  1. I developed cystic acne 3 years ago, when I was 25 yrs old. I always had acne prone skin, but this was so bad that I wouldn’t leave the house except for work. My face was in so much pain from the deep cysts. I changed my diet, had my hormones tested, tried new makeup, vitamins, everything except acne drugs as I do not take medication.

    Finally, I found out about laser acne treatments. I searched for the best Dr in Singapore and found one that seemed like he knew what he was doing. On a side note, I’ve had laser hair removal before and was burned bad! I knew I had to choose a good doctor when involved with lasers.

    After my first, incredibly painful, treatment, my face was about 30% better. I went in 2 weeks later for another treatment and it was about a total of 50% better. 3 weeks later I went for another and jumped by about 20% more. By the end of my fourth treatment, my acne was about 90% gone!!! I had another treatment a couple months after that, then I was about to wait 6 months before I had any cysts pop up! Now, I can go about 10 months before I start to break out. It’s absolutely amazing! I do use some Sloane Clinic product as my topical at night, which that helps keep them away as well.

    I HIGHLY recommend you pay more for your doctor and wait longer to see a good doctor, than choose any little clinic to do this procedure. I’ve waited up to a month to get into my doctor and he is EXPENSIVE, but it’s so worth it! I’d honestly pay more for this treatment if I had to because it has changed my life so much.

  2. I had a red spot (broken capillary) on the side of my nose for a few years. Since it persisted I tried a V beam and IPL treatment at two other doctors’ offices. Both attempts were unsuccessful and I was frustrated. Finally, I did some research and came across a nice Dr. I went to the consultation and decided to get another V Beam treatment. It bruised up for a couple of days. Soon
    after, the red spot was virtually gone!

  3. Rosacea is only apparent on my left cheek and a tiny bit on my nose. Both appear to be caused by sun damage because I’ve had bad sunburns in those locations because I didn’t reapply sunscreen enough.

    I also slept on my left side for 7 years. Once the rosacea started flaring up in 2010 due to stress, hot coffee and red wine, sleeping on that side made it worse. So I now sleep on the other side and only drink iced coffee.

    I’ve tried taking doxycycline (20mg twice a daily) and Metrogel and Finacea, and it controlled the acne portion of rosacea but the redness was always there and flares still happened too easily. I’m hoping that V Beam will reduce the redness and the flares.

    The treatment itself was a lot like lower power version of hair removal. It’s less painful than hair removal, and the strangest part is seeing green flashes with my eyes closed and the metal goggles on.

    A few hours after treatment, I look like I got in a fist fight.

    My whole cheek was swollen and bruised for 5 days. After 1 week, the bruising is completely gone and my cheek no longer seems to flare. I feel normal again for the first time in a year. I still plan on going in for another treatment in a month to treat the remaining redness.

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