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Frequently Asked Acne-related Questions

Here is a list of frequently-asked questions on acne by male and female patients in Singapore.

Do all acne scars go away?

Some do, and some don’t. Mild or superficial scars may improve gradually with time. Certain scars such as ‘box’ scars, ‘ice-picked’ scars and deep scars may not resolve with time.

Can you remove acne scars?

Yes, I can. There are different treatment options to treat different types of scars.

What is the best treatment for acne scars?

Mild scars can be treated effectively with chemical peels, microdermabrasion or lasers. Deep scars may respond to Laser resurfacing, minor skin surgery or Pico Fractional Laser.

How long will it take for acne scars to go away?

It will depend on the types and severity of the scars. Mild ones may respond within weeks while more severe ones in months.

Do acne scars go away naturally?

Yes, some mild scars may improve gradually with time.

How do you fade dark acne scars?

Sometimes acne scars may appear pigmented. It is a condition we called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. They can be treated with medicated creams and for more resistant cases, laser toning treatment.

How do I get rid of acne scars fast?

Acne scars can be treated effectively by doctors. There are different treatment options for different types of acne scars. New treatment such as PICO Fractional Lasers can even improve deep and stubborn scars significantly within weeks.

At what age does acne go away?

It depends. Adult-onset acne may last up to late 30s to early 40s for some.

How did I get these bad breakout?!

From a medical perspective, there are 3 main causative factors for facial acne. They are 1) skin sebaceous secretion 2) facial pore/duct blockage and 3) bacterial infection. Various elements may affect any of the 3 causative factors leading to the formation of acne. They are hormonal disturbances, stress, poor sleep, diet, medication, illness and hygiene issues.

Does acne go away on its own?

Mild and occasional facial acne may resolve spontaneously without treatment. Severe, recurrent and persistent acne will require treatment, otherwise, they may lead to scarring.

How do you get rid of acne permanently?

The right word is ‘controlled’. Acne can be controlled very well with proper care and treatment until your skin condition improved after some time. After that, you may have temporary or long term remission from acne.

How can I clear up acne fast?

Treatment will depend on your acne severity and health condition. If appropriately tailored, you should respond swiftly and have your acne cleared up promptly.