[By Chen Li Jun]

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 and when we’re really stressed out. While fluctuating hormonal levels can certainly cause havoc to our complexion, they apparently aren’t the only culprit. Have you heard about face mapping? Face mapping, a combination of alternative ancient Chinese and Ayurveda medicinal practices believes that the location where acne appear on your face corresponds to health issues pertaining to certain underlying organ system.Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones point to different problems and with this knowledge as a guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat your health issues in a timely manner. However, don’t get all hypochondriac just because you’re getting a pimple on your chin time and again. Face mapping isn’t exactly‘science’, so it’s best to approach it with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, if your acne appears repeatedly in the same place, or you have chronic acne which doesn’t respond, decoding those hidden messages from your zits might offer clues for supplementary actions that’ll help restore peace and tranquility to your disturbed skin.

Forehead dottie dots

Zits on the forehead might point towards digestive turmoil caused by dietary indiscretions and over indulgence on junk or overly processed food. Clean up your diet and cut back on sugary snacks, deep fried faves and salty tidbits. Replaced them with healthy whole foods, fresh veggies and fruits. Boost your best dietary efforts and give your body a daily dose of detox with oral supplements. What’s trending now in both natural health and medical circles is Glutathione, a powerhouse molecule often nicknamed as “The Mother of all Anti-oxidants”. In fact, Glutathione is so pivotal to our health that the level of it in our cells is becoming a predictor of how long we will live! Amongst its slew of benefits include anti-aging effects on the skin, with visible overall dermal whitening when taken regularly, to impart on lackluster complexions that unbeatable healthy glow and skin clarity. In addition, newer studies have demonstrated the superiority of a sublingual (under the tongue) route of consumption over traditional oral intake.

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Rudolph nose best

Face mapping experts link the nose to your heart and suggest a blood pressure evaluation if you’re constantly plagued with zits that make you resemble Rudolph. Decrease your intake of spicy or pungent food, cut back on red meat, and look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, flax seed and fish. In addition, since this area is choke-full of dilated pores with a propensity to clog up and lead to breakout, looking into ways to reduce your pore size will certainly help to nip your skin woe in the bud.

As a standalone treatment or as part of the comprehensive Pore Perfection Program, the Laser Peel is the ideal way to slough off dead cells and shrink down pores without the use of harsh chemicals. This state of the art approach to skin rejuvenation resurfaces and replenishes the skin at the same time with the use of gentle yet deep penetrating laser energy to exfoliate the rough and damaged outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal younger, softer, and fairer skin underneath. It refines skin texture by minimizing pore size as it renews environmentally and sun-damaged skin with improved skin tone and density. In addition, it can also help regulate oiliness and control blemishes of the T-zone in particular, including the nose area.

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Zits on cheeks

Do you smoke, have allergies or guilty of both? This could be the culprit behind those recurrent zits on your cheeks. Quitting the ciggies is a no brainer but if you’ve allergies, perhaps you should get proper medical help to control them.If neither of these affect you, don’t let your body overheat by consuming more cooling foods like barley water, lemongrass and green bean soup. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic such as meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar and adding more alkalizing items including leafy green veggies and wheatgrass juice.

Unlike most spas where conventional microdermabrasion is performed solely as a mechanical form of exfoliation, Aqua.dermabrasion available @SW1 Spa is an improved and highly efficacious treatment to gently exfoliate the epidermal layer and promote a thicker healthier dermis while smoothing and refreshing the skin. Working differently from your traditional microdermabrasion,  a spiral shaped tip with multiple abrasive edges replaces the usual flat ones, allowing better exfoliation several times over as the tip is moved on skin’s surface in a planning motion. The gentle jet of accompany fluid not only reduces friction to increase the comfort level of the procedure, continuous moisture application softens the skin and sebum; making it much easier to extract impurities and blast them away. Vital nutrients are delivered trans-dermally with the saline at the same time, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with an unbeatable post therapy glow. An oasis for blemished complexions affected by direct or passive cigarettes smoking and other environmental assaults, Aqua.dermabrasion is an affordable and fuss-free procedure with no complicated special post treatment care to take note of nor any significant downtime that will hinder your daily routine.

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Blame your hormones on chin and jawline acne

These are the areas where adult-onset acne tend to rear its ugly head. Acne on or near your chin and jawline might be traced back to a hormonal imbalance, which can be caused by stress or menstruation. Clocking enough restful sleep, drinking spearmint tea and taking omega-3 supplements are some suggested ways to tackle breakout involving these areas. You might find it useful to have your hormonal levels properly assessed too.

“Hormonal acne can be relatively easy or extremely difficult to treat.” Says Dr. Low Chai Ling medical director of the SW1 Clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic). “A consistent routine should be put in place whatever the case, and whatever course of treatment you choose, having the patience to endure a waiting period which can be a prolonged two to three months is crucial even for powerful prescriptive oral contraceptives and/or androgen blocker such as spironolactone.”

While waiting for the effects of your systemic hormonal therapy to fall into place, topical treatment bears a synergistic effect in the restoration of a blemish-free complexion.The Purity Program is a comprehensive approach to tackle moderate to severe acne from various angles, using proven and FDA-approved modalities. The V Beam Perfecta diode laser effectively tackles inflammation and red, angry looking lesions, i-Clear photobiomodulation targets the clearance of acne causing P. bacterium, while Exilis Lift which engages radiofrequency waves as a source of therapeutic energy penetrates deep into the dermis to help regulate sebum production from the over-active oil glands. Working cooperatively in a synergistic manner, these scientifically proven modalities aim to provide a long term solution to keep breakouts in check and restore clarity to troubled skins. A side benefit of the Purity Program is the positive impact on moderate acne scars and fine lines in the long run, secondary to the collagen and elastin boosting capacity of RF waves that is harnessed as the energy source by Exilis Lift. With these super-duper trio giving you a double whammy skin rescue, this comprehensive treatment plan is as close to 100% patient satisfaction as one can get, restoring and refining flushed, stubborn blemished complexions with dazzling satisfaction.

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