We put our skin through a lot: frequent travel, exposure to extreme climates and air pollution, and more. These factors contribute to pesky skin woes like acne breakouts, post-acne pigmentation and enlarged pores – all made worse by the humid weather if you’re living in Singapore. We find out more about aesthetic treatments that help to treat acne-prone skin and prevent future inflammations.
W Skin and Laser Clinic
Combat acne with Hydrafacial MD, a monthly facial combining gentle dermabrasion with deep cleansing and hydration. A patented, vacuum-assisted tip is used to suck out dead skin cells for thorough pore cleansing, while a series of skin-boosting, hydrating and brightening solutions are pumped into the skin. If you have an oily complexion in addition to large pores, try Laser Genesis, which penetrates into the dermal layers of the skin, stimulating new collagen production and tightening the complexion without any downtime.
Extend the effects of your treatments with a home maintenance programme to target the three main causes of acne: blocked pores due to the accumulation of dead skin cells, sebum overproduction and the overgrowth of what is known as propionibacterium acne, the main pathogenic bacteria-causing acne. Derived from vitamin A, retinoid gels are something to consider if you’re struggling with mild to moderate acne. Salicylic acid-based solutions also act similarly to vitamin A gels, helping to unclog the pores and lighten brown acne scars.
Aura & Miracles
Exfoliation is key in preventing excess sebum buildup and reducing old acne marks. If you’re strapped for time, try diamond dermabrasion, offered at this cosy beauty spot in Delfi Orchard. The treatment uses the NewApeel DiamondTone method, a process that gently abrades the skin with natural diamond chips while vacuuming away dead cells in sterile and controlled conditions, thus improving overall skin regeneration. Known as the lunchtime peel, this facial allows you to go about with your day immediately after as there’s no downtime. Blackheads and whiteheads are cleared, while pigmentation and old scars are lightened, so you can look forward to clearer, smoother and more even-looking skin without redness or irritation.
For added anti-ageing benefits, try EndermoLift by Endermologie, which uses an FDA-approved technology to revitalise dull skin while stimulating collagen production. Achieve a firmer jawline, lifted cheekbones, as well as smoother and younger-looking skin over time with regular sessions of this non-invasive treatment. The device boasts a 360-degree rotation, which helps to repair damaged elastin tissue caused by stress and aging, as well as increase the production of hyaluronic acid by up to 70 percent. Dull and sagging skin is revived, resulting in a more firm and glowy base.
The Aesthetic Studio
Acne flare-ups are a sign of bacterial infection. The reduced turnover of new skin cells and poor exfoliation of old skin lead to clogged pores and sebaceous build-up, which can irritate the skin and cause it to subsequently be infected by bacteria.
The solution? Apart from at-home, topical products, chemical peels can help to control breakouts, reduce oiliness and lighten acne marks. For optimum results, this clinical facial should be done once every two to three weeks for the first four to six sessions, then every two months to maintain the effects. Another popular treatment offered at The Aesthetic Studio is the Spectra Carbon Laser Peel, a skin rejuvenation facial that uses a specialised laser and black carbon based ink to target sebaceous glands, kill bacteria and gently exfoliate the skin. Sessions are done once every two to three weeks to keep acne at bay and reduce pore size, while lightening any post-inflammatory acne pigmentation.
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