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Many people find it challenging to treat acne and pimples. This shouldn’t always be the case. In fact, treating sudden outbreaks and many other cases of acne is easy. Some cases even require just a few controlled treatment sessions and instantly show improvements. This acne treatment is possible in Singapore especially with the dramatically improved procedures for over the last 3 years.

The speed of treatment also depends on the current condition of the acne and the timing of the treatment. If an outbreak occurs within the last 2 days, then there’s a higher chance of successful quick treatment.

Reducing pimples and treating outbreaks is achievable with just a few hours of these safe and effective acne treatments in Singapore.

Here are 3 rules to remember if you want improved chances of successful acne treatment:

  • Non-medical products shouldn’t be applied as it may cause reactions
  • Never squeeze your pimples
  • A last-minute facial can worsen your skin condition

Here are some acne treatment techniques that are medically PROVEN.

How to Cure Acne? – The Best Acne Treatments to Remove Acne Quickly

Dead skin filled, oily and clogged pores are more prone to bacterial inflammation, which often leads to acne and pimple growth. We use targeted acne treatments, such as intralesional steroid injections, to reduce inflammation and quickly remove acne. It is then followed by another acne treatment of low-level laser therapy and topical cream that targets the root causes of acne which are clogged pores and oily skin.

Intralesional Steroid Injections

The most effective acne treatment for cystic acne in Singapore is the steroid injection. A single injection, which only takes 5 minutes for the entire procedure, can immediately reduce the swelling, pain, and inflammation.

Cystic Acne – Large, inflammed and painful nodules. Filled with pus.

Cystic Acne – Large, inflammed and painful nodules. Filled with pus.

Cystic acne nodules such as shown in the picture usually take 2 to 3 weeks to heal on its own. And in most cases, healing on its own still causes scarring. Treating this type of acne with a steroid injection early on can profoundly decrease the chances of scarring and show improvement in just about 1-2 days.

This acne treatment is effective because of its immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also used to treat alopecia areata and keloids.

Only one session of steroid injection is usually needed, and it costs about $60 to treat 1 spot in Singapore.

Excessive amounts of this steroid injection can cause skin atrophy. This is why it’s important to have this acne treatment procedure done by an experienced and skilled doctor for safety and effectiveness.

Low-Level Light Therapy

This acne treatment in Singapore can be used for all types of acne. It is effective for treating milder acne types and for preventing the widespread of acne. 

It only takes 15 minutes of this non-invasive phototherapy treatment to calm the skin down by reducing the inflammation.

Mild but wider area of acne

Antibiotic Creams

Priced at less than $50/bottle, Dalacin T is an antibiotic cream that has the ability to combat acne-causing bacteria on the skin and in hair follicles. It is an effective acne treatment in Singapore. Basically, it’s very safe and the only rare side effect is slight skin dryness. It should be used twice a day and can also be an effective follow-up acne treatment after a procedure of intralesional steroid injection.

Results don’t show as quick as the first two acne treatments mentioned earlier. But this can also show fast results when combined with the treatments above. It takes about 3-5 days to show noticeable effects when used alone.

Mild Acne

Blackheads and whiteheads are a combination of dead skin cells, oily sebaceous glands, and bacteria that lead to mild acne. This can worsen with bacterial infections and appear as red bumps like papules and pustules when not approached with immediate acne treatment. This especially happens when hair follicles are clogged by oil and bacteria.

Adults are usually acne prone around the areas of the jawline and mouth instead of the T-zone (nose and forehead area).

How to Treat Mild Acne?

It’s best to treat mild acne first with cleansers and topical medications to clean the area from bacteria and dead skin cells. Cleansers that help improve oily skin and unblock sebaceous oil glands should contain beta-hydroxy and alpha-hydroxy acids. As for topical medications, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and azelaic are useful acne treatments in Singapore targeting blackheads and whiteheads.

Clindamycin is a topical antibiotic which can treat mild inflammatory acne.

While Retin-A and Differin are topical retinoids that have anti-inflammatory properties and help unclog hair follicles.

Research suggests that using an antimicrobial agent with a topical retinoid is much more effective for treating mild acne compared to using just of the agents alone.

Can Accutane be used for Mild Acne?

Yes, as long as Accutane is taken on an ultra-low dose.

Accutane is also called Roaccutane, Isotretinoin, and Acnotin. It is an acne treatment taken orally.

It is advisable to work with topical creams and medications before going with oral medications.

Does mild acne go away naturally?

Mild acne can go away on its own with proper skin care and a healthy lifestyle. But most of the time, they still don’t heal naturally without the help of acne treatments.

To stop mild acne from worsening, it is best to treat it with topical medications.

You should also remember not to pick and squeeze your pimples in the hopes of making them go away quickly. In fact, popping your pimples can just worsen the condition because the inflammation will spread. When your face becomes inflamed, this will cause more pimples to grow.

Moderate Acne

Moderate acne consists of inflamed and infected hair follicles and oil glands because of the bacteria trapped inside the pore by dead skin cells. These come out as papules and pustules. This condition requires attention from a doctor because, at this point, it will need more than just acne treatment or topical medications.

You may need an oral medication such as oral doxycycline. For people who experience frequent moderate acne or are prone to scarring, an oral isotretinoin is recommended.

Severe Acne

Cystic and nodular acne falls under severe acne category. Both of these require prompt treatment to keep them from getting worse like infection and scarring.

Severe Acne Treatment – Treatment Differs from Acute Acne Flare

An acne condition is considered severe when there more than 100 comedones, 5 cystic acne spots, and more than 125 pimples. The treatments used to target this condition has different strategies compared to early onset acne.

Severe acne is effectively treated with comprehensive acne treatments that are available here in Singapore.

Severe Acne requires more comprehensive treatments

Here’s a case I worked on with a patient who has severe, long term acne. Note the difference between the treatment program.

Jennifer, 32 years old, works as female corporate sales executive. She can’t avoid the fact that her stressful job demands her for late nights and fortnightly travel to tropical or temperate countries.

She tends to scar easily. There are boxcar and ice-pick acne scarring over her cheeks.

She also has the tendency to experience acne flare before her monthly period and every time she is stressed at work.

She has been using Clindoxyl (antibiotics) from the pharmacy as her acne treatment in Singapore.

Jennifer wants to get rid of her severe acne condition with a one-stop solution. To make this happen, I factored her medical history, lifestyle, and work demands into one, personalized acne treatment plan that will be effective for her.

Her acne treatments need to be:

  • Preventive – it has to stop the condition from adding up as she tends to scar easily. She can’t continuously experience frequent, recurrent acne flares.
  • Efficient – because of her busy and demanding work, Jennifer has limited time to spare. Her schedule only allows her a monthly acne treatment session of no more than 30 minutes.
  • Compatible with her lifestyle – as it’s part of her work to meet clients on a daily basis, she needs an acne treatment with minimal downtime (peeling and skin redness should not exceed a day)

Her acne treatment plan:
Her acute acne flare of cystic acne is treated with cortisone injections. If the large cysts are pus-filled, needle drainage is required. Doxycycline or Augmentin antibiotics are needed to better treat the infection.

Aside from her acute acne flare, her existing acne will also be treated with these treatments:

  1. Clinic treatments (monthly treatment and customised to her current skin condition on that day):
Pico Laser15-20 minsMild redness – 1 day
Chemical Peels15 minsMild redness and dry skin – 1-2 days
Medical-grade Facial30 minsMild Redness – less than 1 day
Low-level Laser Therapy15-20 minsMild redness – less than 1 day
  1. Home Treatments:
    • Creams
      • Vitamin A-based (Retinoid) Cream like Differin to reduce sebum production
      • Clindoxyl for new active acne spots
    • Skin-care
      • Cleanser with salicylic acid to prevent comedones
      • Non-comedogenic moisturiser and sunblock
    • Oral
      • Antibiotics: doxycycline
      • Accutane/ Oratane/ Isotretinoin

Maintenance treatments are essential for sustainable results

You shouldn’t stop taking care of your skin after acne treatments and rescuing your skin. A good long-term maintenance treatment that controls acne is recommended to prevent any scars from forming.

Long-term care such as picolaser, chemical peels, and hydrafacial help control oil production and reduce bacteria that triggers acne.These are all acne maintenance treatments being offered in Singapore.

Prevention is better than cure, most especially when it comes to acne scars. Acne treatments should be considered as soon as possible. Around 20% of acne sufferers who experienced severe acne develop permanent acne scars. And guess what caused this? LATE TREATMENT! Read this article I wrote about acne scars to learn more.

You don’t have to worry much about your acne as long as you approach it with an acne treatment right away! Always remember that treating acne early has a higher chance of complete recovery.

These effective and innovative acne treatments discussed are all available in Singapore. Just be sure to have your procedures done by an experienced and skilled doctor!

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