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Get Rid of Acne And Scars Fast! Dr Justin Boey Shares From Personal Experience

acne problems

Acne and acne scars on your face affect how the world sees you. It is not uncommon to feel self-conscious of your inflamed pimples and zits. An unexpected breakout is annoying enough, but follow it with the dark marks it leaves behind makes it worse. Good thing both of these are treatable!

While there are plenty of approved treatments, it is recommended to know your skin type and condition before trying any of it. These solutions are not “one size fits all”. With the right information and an effective treatment plan, you can get rid of these frustrating acne and acne scars fast.

Many people have tried relatively unadvisable solutions in the hopes of getting rid of acne. However, these methods usually turn out ineffective and sometimes even worsen the condition.

Here are ways to treat your acne whether mild or severe effectively:

Prevent acne – Cleansing is the most important step

Cleansing to Prevent Acne
Cleansing to Prevent Acne

Cleansing helps remove bacteria and combat excess oil on your face – both of which are responsible for clogging the pores. Pores clogged with dead skin cells and oil is a breeding ground for bacteria which leads to acne growth. Cleansing is especially important before hitting the hay.

Skin naturally restores and heals itself while you sleep; this gives your acne and skincare products the chance to work their magic. Failure to cleanse your skin correctly can trigger excess sebum production which causes clogged pores, acne, and acne scars.

But also keep in mind that cleansing too much may strip off your skin from natural oils – this can lead to dryness and irritation. It is best to cleanse twice a day to make sure you don’t overdo it. Always be sure to wash your face off from dirt, grime, and oil from the day to give way to your skincare products.

It’s also recommended that you identify your skin type to match it with the right kind of cleanser. Skin types such as dry, oily, and combination have different products that work well on them. A product that works on dry skin may not work well on oily skin and may even worsen its condition.

Treat acne early – just like any conditions!

How to treat acne?
How to treat acne?

Timing plays a big role in whether that acne worsens or subsides. Leaving pimples to linger on your skin for some time can do more harm than good. Mild acne can also worsen in the long run and lead to acne scars.

One of the best preventions is to treat it as soon as you see or feel it growing. Treating your skin early on can stop the acne from getting worse. This will prevent the skin condition from progressing to a deep and painful acne, such as cystic acne. You will want to avoid this type of infection, especially on your face, as it usually leaves a long-lasting scar.

Treating acne when it first appears can also help you get faster results from your acne medications – whether treating a mild or severe type. It takes less time for the medicine to work on a few zits compared to a breakout.

Acne Treatment Products – Can I get rid of acne overnight?

How to get rid of acne?
How to get rid of acne?

You might think popping your zit can help stop it from progressing. But this actually spreads the skin infection and may lead to unwanted acne scars.

Spot Treatments

To effectively heal acne overnight, stick with your skincare regimen and apply some preventive measures. Use your favourite cleanser, put on a moisturizer, and apply a spot treatment preferably with salicylic acid or benzoyl. This will remove dead skin cells that clog pores and kill bacteria.

Oral Medications

Antibiotics can quickly reduce any inflammation. It targets acne-causing bacteria in and around the irritated follicle. Antibiotics also help reduce the excess production of oil. This treatment should be taken with the guidance of your doctor as it comes with side-effects.

Antibiotic Creams

Antibiotic creams containing clindamycin can combat bacteria that are responsible for developing acne. It is an easy and effective at-home-treatment. This will heal the acne faster and take the swelling out quickly. Antibiotic creams can drastically reduce the chances of acne scars to develop.

Steroid Injections

For severe acne such as cystic acne, it is best to ask your skin specialist for steroid injections to reduce pain and calm the inflammation. Although it won’t heal overnight because of its severity, this acne treatment will show effects in just 1-2 days given the infection is deep inside the pores.

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars?
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

Acne scars are caused by pimples or cysts that develop lesions underneath the skin. The more prolonged acne and zits are left untreated, the higher the chance they can turn into acne scars. Popping them can also contribute to scarring.

You should especially look out for inflamed acne as they tend to leave marks behind. This is because dead skin cells, excess sebum, and bacteria make their way into the pores and clog it. This causes the pores to swell, which breaks and expands the follicle walls.

If this happens deep into the pores, like with cystic acne, the lesion will be much worse and destroy healthy skin tissues. This is what causes the long-lasting acne scars that are a challenge to get rid of.

Treat scars early – Regain your clean complexion

Lutronic Infini Treatment Singapore
Lutronic Infini Treatment Singapore

Acne scars don’t go away on their own and may stay with you for a long time. Some people may recover from acne and regain their clear skin, but some are left with these disfiguring acne scars. Treating it immediately will not just clear the skin but help prevent long-term acne marks.

Leaving acne scars untreated for a long time can become more costly in the long run as the number of procedures required increases. Older skin will need more collagen stimulation to smooth out the blemishes. Accumulated exposure to the sun can cause overproduction of melanin which makes acne scars darker and even harder to get rid of.

You can start by protecting your skin from harmful UV Rays as it causes more damage and delays healing. Apply sunscreen on your face and body for an extra layer of protection. Also, avoid picking at scabs as it interferes with the healing and remodelling process.

Since acne scars are something that needs to be treated not just on the surface but deeper into the skin, medical procedures are highly-recommended for faster recovery.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels offered by aesthetic clinics are not the ordinary solutions that you can do on your own at home. This is a medium to deep chemical peel that effectively treats depressed acne scars. It stimulates collagen production and eventually improves scar appearance.


Subcision for Acne Scars
Subcision for Acne Scars

Rolling and ice pick acne scars cause depressions on the skin which makes it challenging to deal with. However, they are effectively treated with subcision. This releases fibrous tissues underneath the acne scars. It stimulates the production of new collagen which then pushes the skin back up to level it with the rest of the skin’s surface.

Laser Treatments

This helps with resurfacing many skin defects and help you achieve smoother and flawless skin. This works by replacing the skin’s top layer with a new appearing skin. It helps with boosting collagen production which raises acne scars to match the rest of the skin. This is also useful in reducing redness caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


Medical Director

After graduating from the National University of Singapore, Dr Boey’s journey in aesthetics brought him to esteemed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Queen Mary University of London in diverse cities like Seoul, London, Boston and New York.