A Complete and Honest Review of The Best Acne Treatments in Singapore
Throughout the years, advances in medical research have given us new ways to combat infection. This includes different procedures and treatments for one of the most prevalent – and alsothe most irksome - skin conditions: active acne. Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition that is affected by factors such as stress, hormones, and use of certain medications, skin care, and/or cosmetic products. It is possible to treat occasional breakouts and moderate cases of acne with a variety of acne gels, foams, lotions, serums, or kits. These acne removal products typically contain an active ingredient that works by destroying acne-causing bacteria:
- Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid is great at unclogging the pores. If you are going to add this to your skin care routine, make sure that itis used consistently; otherwise, the acne will return and your pores will get clogged up again.
- Benzoyl peroxide: This compound is known for its capacity to destroy acne-causing bacteria and remove dead skin cells, which, aside from oil, also clog pores.Products containing benzoyl peroxide must be used diligently for at least four weeks to produce noticeable improvements. If you incorporate it in your routine and you fail to use it regularly, there will be a recurrence of acne.If you have sensitive skin, you may experience side effects like redness, burning, and stinging when using this active ingredient.
- Sulfur: This helps against clogging of pores and inhibiting the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
- Alpha-hydroxy acids: These multitasking ingredients help lessen inflammation.
- Retinol: This is found in topical retinol creams or gels and it treats acne by stopping the growth of pimples. Retinol is highly effective as an active ingredient but if you decide to use it, it may take a long time (eight to twelve weeks) to see the results.
If the patient is suffering from moderate to severe acne, he or she will be prescribed with oral medications for a period of two to three months. Antibiotics are effective at fighting acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation. If the acne does not respond to any antibiotics, your doctor will prescribe oral retinoids like oral isotretinoin. Isotretinoin is great for severe cystic acne. Before using this drug, however, make sure that you discuss the side effects with your doctor. Isotretinoin is known to cause depression, liver failure, and birth defects, so make sure to use this with caution and with proper guidance from your doctor.
Finding the best acne removal products and treatments in Singapore is not an easy feat, but you can follow some general guidelines to make it more manageable. One of those is to start using lower strength acne products first. You shouldstart slowly – over the course of several weeks, if possible. This way, you are giving your skin enough time to adjust to the treatment. Another thing you should remember is to never mix acne products with different active ingredients. If you absolutely must, use the products separately to avoid adverse skin reaction. And if you are using a product with an active ingredient during daytime, do not forget to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen or a wide-brimmed hat every time you step outside the house. Your skin is much more susceptible to sun damage if you are using an active ingredient in your routine. You must also learn to follow the application instructions that come with the acne products because using an acne treatment is not as easy as covering your face with cream or whatnot and then expecting the acne to magically disappear overnight. Follow the instructions and if your dermatologist give you a treatment plan, be sure to use everything that your dermatologist has included in the treatment plan. As much as possible, do not skip or switch any products or medication. Every item in your treatment plan is carefully curated – from the order in which they are supposed to be used down to the prescribed time of usage – in order to maximize their efficacy. The last but definitely not the least, you need to be patient. The process of treating acne can be long and laborious, but do not fret or lose hope! You will see great results if you follow the prescribed treatment plan properly.
If over-the-counter medications do not work, there are alsoother clinical treatment options that you can consider. You can try chemical peels, facials, microdermabrasion, or radio-frequency technology. Chemical peels and facials are effective at exfoliating the skin, targeting the sebaceous glands, and controlling most (mild) acne breakouts by neutralizing the acne-causing bacteria. These two can also brighten and rejuvenate dull, damaged skin. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is performed to remove the topmost layer of the skin to reveal a new, fresh layer. The abrasion from the device used stimulates the production of new collagen, too, so that after the first treatment, significant improvement in the appearance and texture of the skin is instantly visible. Radio-frequency technology is also used to treat acne. In Singapore, it is known as AGNES, a long-term solution to recurring breakouts and cystic acne. AGNES uses a fine needle and energy from radio-frequency waves to by destroyindividual sebaceous glands and ultimatelystop acne from coming back repetitively. This is often recommended to people who experience having pimples on the same spot on their face, or for those who have tried most acne treatments with little to no success.AGNES is very effective as an acne treatment but because each pore is very tiny, the process is a very tedious one, and several sessions are required to fully remove stubborn acne. The testimonies from patients who have had it are overwhelmingly positive, though. Most patients experience less breakouts after the initial session and those who have continued with (and finished) the treatment plan got up to 90% clearance in acne. If you wish to learn more about the AGNES treatment, feel free to visit the Veritas Clinic. Our well-trained staff and experienced doctors will be more than happy to assist you in your journey towards having an acne-free visage.