Between treating your acne scars early and late, some people choose to have theirs treated late, thinking their acne scars will improve without treatment over time. Skin doctors do not agree. “Acne scars look deeper as people get older, particularly as they approach their 40s, because natural aging results in collagen loss and general loss in facial volume or fat” says Dr Michelle Lim, Medical Aesthetic Consultant at the SW1 Clinic. “Younger skin also regenerates better so theoretically, acne scars treatments started in your 20s or 30s are also more effective.” For these reasons, she chooses more aggressive treatments for her patients in this younger age bracket. Another obvious motivation for treating acne scars early? “There is a definite advantage to having a crystal clear complexion socially and even for work. It’s like going to the mall with and without makeup on and feeling like I get different treatments from people depending on how I look” says Amelia, IT Consultant. Is it difficult to have acne scars erased? Dr Michelle Continue Reading
Navigating through school and puberty in general are already tough enough for most kids, some do just fine and others take a bit more time. But if there is something you can count on during teenhood, it is acne. Approximately 80 to 90% of teens deal with a range of acne-related skin problems, usually clogged pores and inflamed acne. In severe cases, deep, hard cystic ones which scar. WHAT CAUSES TEENAGE ACNE In teen acne, the usual acne-causing culprits are the sebaceous (oil) glands. Under normal circumstances, these make sebum – a natural moisturizer for our skin. However, an overproduction of sebum can clog the hair follicles, which are also channels for sweat and oil. This combination of oil, dirt and debris creates a opportunity for bacteria to grow, resulting in pimples. You might be surprised, but doctors have noted that a majority of teenagers do not actually adopt the correct skincare routine to combat acne! A basic anti-acne skincare routine should consist of a facial wash for oily Continue Reading
As we grow older our skin goes through many different phases depending on our hormones and how much we indulge in life’s excesses. To help you understand your skin better, we look at what happens to our skin during our thirties, forties and fifties and give you the best beauty tips for each stage. Read More: 5 Anti-Aging Must-Haves for Graceful Living 30s WHAT IS HAPPENING? More babies are born to women aged between 30 and 34 than in any other age group. Pregnancy is a good skin care conditioner and it’s common for women to appear to ‘glow’ during this time. This is because a healthy hormone production of oestrogen and progesterone can give your skin a healthy look. Read More: 5 Ways to Tackle Stubborn Zits FAULTS & FIXES: Pregnancy spots: Some women complain of ‘pregnancy spots’. This is an overgrowth of blood vessels lying deep in your skin caused by too much oestrogen. During pregnancy, your skin texture may also start to become drier and tougher because Continue Reading
BY LISA WILLIAMS It’s a given that acne is annoying, anytime. But it gets progressively more frustrating and uncomfortable in summer when our smooth-skinned friends are peeling back the make-up layers while we’re left working out how to swim in foundation. Before you punch that poreless friend who repeatedly tells you to “let your skin breath in the summer and your spots will go”, consider these shortcuts to clearer skin. Read More: Is Skin Lifting Without Surgery Possible?
As if having sexy husband (ahem! New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady) is not enough, Gisele Bündchen has given women worldwide one more reason to turn green with envy – the former Victoria Secrets model has 2 adorable children, and not a single stretch mark! We all know pregnancy does things to our bodies. Things which may make a previously confident woman quake at the thought of stripping down at the beach or even in front of her bedroom mirror. While women like Gisele may be genetically blessed (or so she claims), advanced treatments are now at hand to tackle these common skin problems effectively and help shore up your body love. SKIN speaks to Dr Low Chai Ling, medical director of The SW1 Clinic, ex-founder of The Sloane Clinic for some advice. The Problem: Stretch Marks Ninety percent of women will get stretch marks over their lifetime. Yes, 90. Those shiny marks that snake across the tummy – caused by rapid over-stretching with resultant thinning, tissue tearing Continue Reading