Acne is a common skin problem that plagues a majority of those staying in Asian countries, where the hot and humid weather contributes to excessive sebum production, leading to clogged pores and hair follicles, resulting in increased risk of developing acne.The most important factors that contributes to this condition are genetic, followed by hormones, stress, diet, and wrong choices of skin care. In severe cases, it may lead to acne scars due to deep inflammation and cyst formation.Acne can be mild and non-scarring, such as black heads and white heads, or extreme and scarring.

At TDOX, we recommend combination therapy starting from using the correct skin care routine, BHA or AHA peels, light therapy, diet modification (low glycemic index diet and reduction of dairy intake) and prescription tablets.

Botulinum toxin has been shown to decrease sebum production and improve acne, so can be used in oily and sebaceous skin. For those with oily skin, Botox can offer relief. MesoBotox involves injecting multiple small doses of Botox into the skin of the face to reduce the activity of sweat and sebaceous glands as well as the superficial layer of facial muscles.Recent studies showed that 50-75% improvement in the oil production occurred in most patients with some noted an improvement in sebum production and decrease in pore size.

This treatment uses a chemical to strip off dead cells and excess oil from the skin surface in order to allow new, healthy cells to regenerate at accelerated speed. The chemical is also able to penetrate the sebaceous glands and helps to unclog pores and remove blackheads. This accelerates the healing of active acne and old scars while also helping to brighten the skin and reduce pore size. At TDOX, we will customize a peel based upon your acne type and your skin sensitivity. Our peels AHA or fruit acid peels, and BHAs or salicylic acid peels. In patients with very sensitive skin we use lactic acid. Some patients require one peel; others will require a series of peels spaced between 2-4 weeks apart.

FotonaStarwalker offers a laser acne treatment protocol that provides a truly comprehensive solution to the problem of acne. Its laser light safely penetrates into skin to effectively target overactive sebaceous glands and to reduce the risk of developing new acne inflammation. For active acne, the laser safely penetrates the skin to an optimal treatment depth to thermally and selectively destroy overactive sebaceous glands therefore reducing acne inflammation.In addition, we also offer Carbon Laser Peel to treat acne. A thin layer of carbon is placed on your skin. This carbon is absorbed by your oil glands and acts as a target for the laser. This causes a photo-accoustic effect, in turn killing the bacteria that causes acne. These laser treatments accelerates the healing process and stimulates collagen remodeling, an important step in the long-term treatment of acne.

For acne prone skin, our experts will assess and prescribe you the suitable medicine to treat active infection. Tablet antibiotics should always be combined with a vitamin A cream to help reduce antibiotic resistance. A course of antibiotics ranges from 12 weeks to 12 months or longer. Antibiotics are most effective against papular and pustular acne. Anti-hormone treatmentsare aimed at targeting hormones that can increase oil and sebum production. For females we recommend the oral contraceptive pill. In most cases it may take up to 2-3 months before anti-hormone treatments come in to effect. For faster control of your acne, we recommend combination therapy.

LED light therapy is a treatment for rejuvenating skin. It is an effective way to obtain a glowy and younger-looking skin without needles. It helps to banish blemishes and breakouts. This treatment is non-invasive, risk free, painless and is suitable for all types of skin. Benefits include accelerated skin healing from scaring or other skin or laser treatments, firmer and tighter skin, improvement of skin texture and skin tone, and reduced pore size, acne and acne scars.