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Acne & Acne Scars

Medical Dermatology

Learn more about acne, acne scars and other symptoms, and how it can be treated here at LL Cheong Skin & Laser Clinic.

Acne
can affect
people
from ages
10 through 40
and up

What is Acne?

Acne is a type of inflammatory skin condition that causes pimples and pustules in areas where there are many oil (sebaceous) glands, mainly on the face, chest and back. It can show up as congested pores, whiteheads, blackheads and cysts.

Acne develops when oil, bacteria and dead skin cells clog the hair follicles, in turn causing inflamed pustules that leave behind marks or acne scars. Factors that can aggravate acne include diet, hormones, medications and stress.

Signs and symptoms of acne depend on its severity, but they generally include:

  • Persistent red swellings or pustules that are filled with pus (pimples)
  • Closed plugged pores with tiny white bumps (whiteheads)
  • Open plugged pores with dark spots (blackheads)
  • Small, inflamed and tender bumps (papules)
  • Large solid lumps underneath the skin surface (nodules)
  • Painful lumps underneath the skin surface filled with pus (cystic lesions)

How can acne be treated?

Likewise, treatment for acne depends on the cause and severity. Home remedies include removing surface oil from the face by washing with soap and water, or with medicated cleansers. Touching the face, and squeezing or scratching pimples should be avoided.

Oral medications like antibiotics, as well as creams and topical ointments may also be recommended and prescribed.

If home remedies and medications are proving to be ineffective, other less conservative treatments are chemical peel, laser resurfacing and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Such treatments not only prevent acne from worsening, but also help reduce the appearance of acne scars.

The important thing when it comes to treating acne is patience. Most treatment options take 2 to 3 months to start working. It is important to give each option enough time to work before moving on to other treatments.

Acne Scar

Acne Scar

Acne Scars on Back

Acne Lesions

Dr Cheong La

Meet yourDermatologist

Our skin physician, Dr Cheong Lai Leng, is a Ministry of Health certified dermatologist who emphasizes an individualized approach to address your specific concerns whether they are medical, surgical, or cosmetic while maintaining the highest standards for quality and attention to your comfort.

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