Acne Treatment singapore


What is acne?

When our pores and hair follicles become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, it leads to a skin condition called acne. Acne causes pimples, papules, nodules, blackheads, whiteheads, inflammation, scarring, and/or cysts to develop.

Acne typically occurs on the face and back but can appear anywhere on the body. A recent study showed that while acne is more prevalent in adolescents, it can happen at any age after puberty. Some are more susceptible to developing acne.

common causes of acne in Singapore?

Acne is directly caused by clogged pores, hair follicles, and oil glands due to the overproduction of sebum (oil) and bacteria. The reason this happens varies greatly from individual to individual. Several indirect factors can lead to this excessive production, such as:

  • Hormonal imbalances: certain hormonal and endocrine disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and Cushing syndrome can lead to acne. The menstrual cycle can also cause females to experience acne. This is because low levels of oestrogen and high levels of hormones such as testosterone, insulin, and glucocorticoid result in the overproduction of sebum.
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  • Age: acne is most prevalent in girls aged 14 to 18 and boys aged 16 to 19. While acne often improves as a person reaches their mid-20s, it can continue well into adulthood for some people.
  • Contact irritation: certain skincare and personal care products such as moisturisers and face washes, as well as dirty makeup sponges and razors, can also cause acne.
  • Genetics: having a family history of acne can also be an indirect cause of acne.
  • High humidity air pollution: the environment can also play a role, as high humidity and polluted air can lead to blocked pores that irritate the skin.
  • Medications: certain medications such as antiepileptics and corticosteroids can trigger acne in some people.
  • Diet high in carbohydrates and sugars: evidence suggests that a high glycemic index diet can lead to acne problems.

What are the usual symptoms of acne in singapore?

  • Blackheads: develops when open pores and hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells.  
  • Whiteheads: develops when oil and dead skin cells block hair follicles and pores and form a white bump on the skin.
  • Cysts and nodules: painful and hard lumps under the skin that may contain pus.
  • Papules: red bumps on the skin without pus.
  • Pustules or pimples: pus-filled papules.

Is acne painful?

Specific forms of acne such as pus-filled cysts, nodules, and pustules can be painful and swollen. Whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples typically do not cause any pain or discomfort. Some types of acne can also be itchy and cause discomfort, redness, and inflammation.

Who is at risk of acne in Singapore?

Anyone is at risk of developing acne in Singapore due to the high humidity.

However, some individuals with the following factors are at a higher risk of developing acne:

  • Lifestyle: certain habits may put you at risk of worsening acne. These include having an unhealthy diet, not cleaning your makeup products properly, or overwashing your face. Having a high-stress lifestyle and not getting enough sleep can also lead to hormonal changes in your body which can cause acne. 
  • Age: teenagers are more prone to developing acne. In Singapore, it affects up to 88% of adolescents and is the most common skin condition for teenagers.
  • Medical history: certain medical and endocrine diseases can indirectly cause acne symptoms.

Family history: your genetics can make you more susceptible to developing acne.


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How is acne diagnosed?

Acne is normally diagnosed by a doctor through a visual examination of your skin. Your doctor may also require a detailed medical history.

What are the treatment options for acne in Singapore?

The treatment for acne depends on your medical history and the severity of the skin condition. 

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Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the main cause of acne?
The main cause of acne is excessive oil buildup in the pores of your skin to the point that they become clogged. This leads to inflammation, cysts, pimples, pustules, nodules, and other symptoms of acne.
02. How can I improve acne?
There are many ways to improve acne, such as over-the-counter lotions, chemical peels, laser therapy, or even just changing your lifestyle.
03. Why do I have acne as an adult?
Acne is more common during teenage years but it can happen to anyone at any age. Some reasons that people develop acne as adults are underlying medical conditions, genetics, high stress, poor diet, environmental factors, or reactions to certain medications.
04. What food causes acne?
Consuming too many oily and greasy foods that lack nutrition and are high in carbohydrates and sugars, such as heavily processed foods like potato chips, pastries, sweets, fried foods, and sugary drinks, can lead to acne.


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