October 1, 2020
While some people may have it lucky with clear skin, some of us don’t. Acne affects every one of us differently. Hormonal imbalance, stress and diets are few of the many factors that contribute to acne outbreaks. In some cases, even if these factors are under control, acne caused by inflammation and clogged pores may still plague you in your adulthood.
For some people, the effects of acne may become so severe, leaving a mark or scar on their face. This can be damaging to their self-esteem and confidence. But you don’t have to worry about the permanence of these blemishes because there are many ways to treat them.
Acne marks, also known as Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), are caused by the overproduction and deposition of melanin to the skin. This occurs as a response to the inflammation of mild to moderate acne breakouts, resulting in the discolouration of your skin.
On the other hand, there are 2 classes of acne scars - atrophic and hypertrophic. Atrophic scars are scars that heal below the top layer of the skin. The skin will appear to have shallow indentations or depressions.
There are 3 types of atrophic scars:
1. Ice pick scars are indentations that are narrower and deeper than other scars. They are characterized by narrow pitted depressions in the skin. They are usually severe cases of scarring and are most common on the cheeks, chin and jawline.
2. Boxcar scars are broad indentations, characterized by its box-like depressions with sharply defined edges. They look like chickenpox scars and often appear on the cheek and temples.
3. Rolling scars are indentations that are characterized by its sloping edges, giving the skin an uneven appearance. They are the most common type of acne scar and also the easiest to treat. Hypertrophic scars are where the scar rises above the skin’s surface and will appear raised rather than pitted. This occurs when scar tissue builds around the non-inflamed skin. They are characterized by thick red lumps.
There are many types of treatment you can choose from - ranging from laser treatments to light therapy treatments or even peeling treatments (spoiler alert, it involves diamonds)!
If you’re thinking about getting a laser treatment, there is the EMX Laser treatment which targets increasing collagen production to smooth the appearance of acne scars and pores.
Another laser treatment you can consider is the Twin Laser treatment, a unique process that uses 2 different types of lasers to heal marks and pigmentations.
PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) is a light therapy treatment you can choose if you’re an active individual because there is zero downtime! It uses Blue light and Red light and together with a photosensitizer and an oxygen source, it treats the inflammation of acne outbreaks and helps to lighten the skin tone and smoothen the skin texture.
If you prefer a more natural process, you can always opt for the good old traditional facial treatment. No machines and you can enjoy small chit chats with your medi-aesthetician!
The Clarifying facial begins with a gentle massage of the face, followed by cleansing, exfoliation and extraction of impurities. It ends with a soothing mask to hydrate the skin, giving it a glowing and brighter look.
And lastly, the 3-step aqua acne peeling treatment that uses diamonds. Now you may be thinking, diamonds?! Yes, Diamond Microdermabrasion is the first step of this peeling treatment. It uses clinical-grade diamond chips to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells to improve the appearance of acne marks and pigmentation. Next, is an aqua exfoliation that targets the deeper skin layer. It achieves deep cleansing, removal of oil clogs and superficial melanin deposits (acne marks). Lastly, to prevent the skin from drying out, a hydrating serum is infused into the skin.
Even though you may suffer from severe acne outbreaks, there are many acne treatments for you to choose from. You don’t have to live with the effects of acne anymore!