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I have been asked this question a few times. Trust me, it is not an easy question to answer. But I am not surprised why people asked this question. With our advanced technology and emerging new techniques and skills in the field of skin and aesthetic medicine, achieving a desired look has never been easier. More and more people are aware of the things they can do to look better. Information can be obtained easily and for free via internet, social media and blogs.
A lot of people ask me this question: Does higher SPF mean better skin protection?
We talked about eczema/dermatitis in another article. In this article, I am going to focus on contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is one of the most common skin problems in Singapore. It is a rash caused by your skin reacting to a substance it has come into contact with. We have patients coming in every day with red, itchy and irritating rashes that appear within hours. The two types of contact dermatitis are:
The terms eczema and dermatitis mean much the same. It basically refers to inflammation of the skin. Eczema is one of the commonest causes of dry, sensitive skin in Singapore regardless of age group. It causes red, itchy skin which may also blister. It affects up to 10% of people at some time in their life. Without proper treatment, it can cause a lot of psychological and social distress. There are two main types of eczema/dermatitis: 1) Atopic eczema
Fungal skin infections are common. Sometimes, they are not easy to get rid of completely. Prevention is the key! These are the 6 ways to prevent fungal skin infections: 1. Appropriate clothing Wear clothes that fit loosely and made of breathable materials when you go out into a warm and humid environment. Fungi flourish in hot and humid weather. Wearing appropriate clothing keeps your body cool and dry, therefore preventing fungal skin infections.
Fungal skin infections are extremely common in Singapore due to the warm and humid climate. They are easily misdiagnosed and mistreated. They can cause a lot of frustrations and embarrassment due to their appearance. The truth is that fungal skin infections are not difficult to treat. These are the common fungal skin infections we see in Singapore.
Genital warts are small lumps that develop around the genital region and/or around the anus (back passage). They look like solid blisters or small cauliflowers. They can appear in hands and feet too but these are different types of warts and they are usually harmless. The culprit is a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although there are over 100 types of this virus, most genital warts are caused by types 6 or 11. Warts that appear on hands and feet are caused by different types of HPV.
If you notice these growths on your penis, do not panic. They are called pearly penile papules (PPP). Pearly penile papules are common, benign growths on the head and neck of the penis. They appear in up to 15-20% of men. They appear as flesh-coloured, smooth rounded bumps, often arranged in parallel row or concentric rings. Sometimes, they may be mistaken for STD warts. The fact is, they are not due to an STD. They are simply prominent glands and they are generally harmless.
Keloids are scars that continue to grow even after the skin has healed. They are not easy to get rid of. Although not harmful, they may present cosmetic concerns. These are the top 10 remedies you can try at home while waiting for your medical keloid treatment to take effect.
You may know someone who has a growth that looks like this. This is a keloid. Keloid is an overgrowth scar tissue that develops around a wound usually after a wound has healed. It is more common than you think. When skin is injured, scar tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, it grows excessively and forms a keloid. The cause is not known. Are keloids dangerous?
Skin pigmentation is a widespread problem in Singapore regardless of age and sex, and is especially a beauty concern among women. It manifests itself as dark or light patches of skin. To make things worse, they usually appears on the face.
Let’s face it. Your sweaty underarm is unsightly during a meeting. Your sweaty forehead and your body odor are really not very attractive on your first date. Your sweaty palms constantly smear your own handwriting and cause a big mess. Thankfully, you can do something about it. You can try these 7 steps before you seek help, or while you are trying out medical treatment! (Click here to learn more about medical treatment for hyperhidrosis)
Most of you notice that your look changes gradually as you age. Do not be alarmed. It is a natural aging process. As we age, our faces naturally lose fat and collagen. They start to loose and sag. Smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. Dermal fillers are materials (Hyaluronic acid) injected into the areas of the skin to enhance these skin changes, therefore reduce the effects of age on the face. You do not have to undergo a surgery to achieve a younger look.*
A lot has been said about having a wrinkle free face. People have tried all sort of commercial facial wash, cream, ointment and so on. The truth is, all these products are really not very effective. Some suffer from facial irritation, rashes, allergies and dry skin, ending up having a worse facial skin. Why the fuss? It is really not hard to have a wrinkle free face!
Beauty is about being comfortable in one’s own skin. Everyone wants a flawless skin. The truth is, it is not hard to have a pigmentation free skin.