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The field of aesthetic, or cosmetic medicine, is one that is continually growing and evolving; resulting in more natural results with little or no down time.

Dr. Komathy Rajaratnam, one of Singapore’s leading doctors in the field of aesthetic medicine and dermatology – and a graduate of the National University of Singapore – has an in depth understanding of each person’s needs, and focuses strongly on both the quality and safety of the procedure; as well as the end result being a natural look.

Below Dr. Komathy discusses acne in teenagers and what some of the treatments are:

Teenage acne is common but difficult to treat. It does not respond easily to treatment due to the strong hormonal influence and has a huge impact on the psyche, leading to poor self-esteem and at times depression.

Acne in boys tend to be worse and more likely to be cystic that leave bad scars. Treatment has to be a combination of various creams and methods, as there are many factors involved in causing acne.

This means more than one type of acne cream and the creams to be combined with procedures and or oral medications such as antibiotics and vitamin A.

Start with a set of the following: cleanser, acne lotion and sunblock. The cleanser and sunblock should be specific for oily and acne prone skin.

The sunblock is necessary to prevent dark spots from occurring after the pimple has resolved. Acne lotion with retinoic acid and antibiotics require prescription.

In addition to *topicals will be chemical peels, blue light treatment and oral medication such as Isotretinoin and hormonal preparation such as Diane.

Chemical peels are a favourite for mild to moderate acne as not only does it reduce and control acne, but also removes dark spots. These days with chemical peels, oral antibiotics are not necessary after one month.

In case of severe cystic nodular acne, isotretinoin is the recommended treatment. It is the only treatment that can be termed a cure for acne.

Best to seek treatment sooner to avoid scars. Scars are more difficult to get rid off than acne! See a doctor who treats acne so that the problem could be resolved quickly.

Acne Scars

Many in the past have had to live with a badly scarred face. These days with evolving technology, acne scars can be treated. The available treatments include fractional lasers, TCA peels and subcision.

Those with tan skin, be aware that certain fractional lasers carry a higher risk of hyperpigmentation

* A topical medication is a medication that is applied to a particular place on or in the body. Most often topical administration means application to body surfaces such as the skin or mucous membranes to treat ailments via a large range of classes including creams, foams, gels, lotions, and ointments.

This post is sponsored by The Lifestyle Clinic, one of Singapore’s leading aesthetic medicine and dermatology treatment clinics.



3 December 2019
Fantastic article, thanks for sharing.


Dr. Komathy Rajaratnam
1 comment
23 September 2019
Do you have Acne scarring on your back, butt or chest? Acne on the back, buttocks or chest can be disfiguring. The picture usually is an area with large inflamed nodular acne, blackheads, pitted scars and pigmented marks.  Acne in these areas can be difficult to clear because the acne is usually deep seated and has a hormonal influence. Best to seek help from a dermatologist. Ideal treatment is oral Isotretinoin as it stops cystic acne completely. Best to start treatment as early as possible to prevent more scarring as scars are the most difficult to clear.  Isotretinoin is also ideal as it is the closest to a long term prevention of acne. Normally we will remove the dark marks through chemical peels and then either continue with peels if acne is of mild severity or start oral Isotretinoin for the moderate to severe or persistent acne. Diane, an oral contraceptive pill is an alternative treatment for women with such condition. Final picture is skin devoid of acne and scars mostly gone.