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How to treat Acne

Acne is common in Singapore.  It affects everyone. It tends to appear on face, back, chest, shoulders and neck. It is not dangerous, but can lead to scarring if not properly treated.

Why do I get it?

When you turn adolescent, change in your hormone level may cause excessive oil production in your skin and predispose your skin to infection by bacteria.

Genetics! You may be more prone to acne if your close relatives have acne problems.

Some medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that cause excessive male hormone production can cause acne problems.

Certain anabolic steroids body builders use, or traditional medicine that contains male hormones may also contribute to acne.

What makes it worse?

Hormonal changes around the monthly period in women may cause a flare-up.

Most make-up does not affect acne. However, greasy or thick make-up may worsen acne.

Squeezing or picking the spots may worsen acne and cause scarring

Certain prescribed medicine and some oral contraceptive pills and may make acne worse. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned.

How do I get my acne treated*?

Acne is treatable! Get it treated early. It takes time and patience. It does not go away in days! It may take up to several months, and you may later need maintenance treatment for many years.

It is very important to have one regular doctor looking after your acne so you can be monitored closely.

Treatment usually depends on the severity of the acne. The aim of treatment is to clear spots as much as possible, and to prevent scarring. Treatment can be topical (treatment that you apply to your skin) and/or tablets, as well as by injections or lasers*.

Topical treatment* is suitable for mild acne. Benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, azelaic acid, topical antibiotics and combinations are usually used for mild acne.

If your acne is more severe, you will need a combination of topical and tablets. Tablets that can treat acne include antibiotics, combined oral contraceptive pills and isotretinoin tablets.

Big and swollen pimples can be treated by injection. A small injection is given directly into the pimple to speed up the healing process and minimize scarring. It is quick, effective with minimal complications. It can be done on the same visit.  

Acne can also be treated with laser depending on the types of acne. Laser is safe with minimal complications, but results may vary. Several sessions are usually required for the best results*.

Treatment for acne can take a long time. You should persist with the treatment to see the best results. See a doctor to get your acne assessed properly so the best treatment option can be advised.

Acne is treatable. Get yourself treated early to avoid scarring !

Myths about acne

Stress does not cause acne. However, change in hormonal level during stress or anxiety may contribute to worsening acne.

Poor hygiene does not cause acne too. Excessive washing may worsen acne!

Acne is not directly related to food or water intake.

Let me cover my pimple with a thick makeup and everything will be fine! This is a no. Be very careful of the makeup you put on your face because oil based facial products such as moisturizing cream can make your acne worse.

A lot of people will tell you that medical treatment is ineffective for acne. This is not true! Treatment usually works well if used properly.


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*Note:  The outcomes and results of this medical procedure may vary from person to person. Outcomes and results may not be guaranteed.

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