COMMON FAQ ON ACNE
1. WHY DO ADULTS HAVE ACNE? ISN’T IT A TEENAGER PROBLEM?
Adults have acne for multiple reasons. Hormonal imbalance is not uncommon like in teenager. Mismanagement of stress, sleep, lifestyle and exposure to unnecessary amount of heat and humidity. Rarely, adult female acne can be a manifestation of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
2. ONCE I AM TREATED AND RECOVERED FROM ACNE, WILL IT RECUR AGAIN?
Acne cannot be cured but can be managed. Recurrence is always possible as long as you are not menopause or andropause where androgenic hormones are minimally present or hypo active.
Treatments such as Bio P2X is clinically proven to manage acne relatively well, but recurrence due to lifestyle mismanagement cannot be managed by any therapist except the acne sufferer himself or herself.
3. SHOULD I SQUEEZE MY ACNE?
Acne squeezing will hasten the resolution of acne but will have high chances of outcomes such as scarring or post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. So pick your choices….
1. WOULD I GET PIGMENTATION THE MOMENT I AM EXPOSED TO THE SUN?
Pigmentation due to sun is normally referred to as tanning. This will happen to all people who are Type 2 skin and beyond such as Chinese and Malay skin. Type 1 skin will get burn when exposed to too much sun, but will not have pigmentation, for example Celtic European skin. However, pigmentary problems such as freckles, melasma, PIH etc, must have other associated causes or genetic tendency to be triggered or worsened.
2. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO PREVENT IT?
Sunblock, sun hat, apparel protection is the best form of protection, thus prevention.
3. CAN TREATMENTS REALLY HELP TO GET RID OF ALL PIGMENTATION?
Treatments can help to manage and clear pigmentary problems but not to get rid of them. Lasers, IPLs and pigment inhibition creams are particularly useful but not curative. The underlying causes must be managed and the skin must be protected from UV and even visible light.
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Dr Goh Seng Heng