My acne problems started as early as when I was 11-12 years old. That was also the period where I used tubes of OXY5/OXY10 like a night cream. It contains benzoyl peroxide which is commonly known to remove excess oil and dead skin cells and helps kill acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin. Of course, excessive usage may result in certain side-effects such as dryness, redness, and excessive peeling.
Also, I was into different kinds of outdoor sports back in my younger days, so that puts me under the sun pretty often. This leads to inflammation and redness of my facial skin, which ultimately causes further discolouration in acne scars.
While I may not have been aware of these side effects back then, today, I am more familiar.
What Causes Acne?
Acne refers to a common skin affliction that occurs when the tiny pores on the surface of your skin become clogged by contaminants and bacteria. Your skin’s surface is made up of tiny pores. Each of these pores holds a follicle that consists of a hair strand and an oil gland. The oil that is secreted moves along the strand of hair and out of the tiny opening to help lubricate and moisturise your skin.
This process is essential to your epidermal health. However, it can cause acne if dead cells or bacteria clog up your pores as the bacteria feeds on the waste material and multiplies, which in turn creates inflammation. Another factor is if your glands secrete too much sebum that congests the pores, leading to the formation of blemishes. These congested pores become comedones such as whiteheads and blackheads. These in turn can worsen into more severe forms of zits and blemishes.
What Leads to Acne Scars?
Breakouts tend to penetrate the skin deeply, which means they cause damage far beyond just the topmost layers. As the acne clears, the body works to rebuild the impacted area. This process involves the production of collagen. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, scars can develop.
The type of scar depends on the amount of collagen produced to heal the acne site. Too little collagen causes a depression or pit to form in the aftermath of your blemish. On the other hand, an excess of collagen during healing leads to hypertrophic scarring, raised above the normal surface.
Scarring is more likely to form when a person:
- Has inflammatory pimple sites
- Examples are nodules and cystic acne which tend to be painful and reddish as they penetrate deeper into the epidermis.
- Does not treat their severe acne immediately
- Delays in treatment increase the chances of scars forming.
- Picking at the active acne
- Popping or squeezing the pimple also worsens inflammation and damage to the skin, which manifests later in a more visible scar.
- Has a genetic predisposition to scarring
- Your genes are a factor in the severity of your scarring.
While it has been some time, I was curious to see if I might be able to clear away these scars with some professional help. That’s why I decided to give Geo Aesthetics a try in treating my acne scars since there are not many such affordable options in the market yet.
My Geo Aesthetics Experience
The clinic is located at SBF Center, Level 4, which is a short walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT station exit F. It provides an impressive variety of aesthetic treatments, from skin-related treatments to hair and fat removal procedures.
It has also been featured in various media publications which gives me a further confidence boost.
The staff was very friendly and helpful in assisting me in filling up a pretty long questionnaire that details my personal medical history and allergies. I guess it is better this way just to be on the safe side.
Once I completed the questionnaire, we proceeded with the pre-assessment portion of my session. To my surprise, even though I thought I was the ideal candidate for the Acne Scar Treatment, my beautician advised me otherwise. Based on her years of expertise, she concluded that my most pressing issue was not my post-pimple scarring. It was actually dryness, which I guess is the long-term effect of using off-the-shelf products too liberally.
She also explained that undergoing a treatment that did not match the needs of my skin would cause further dryness and redness. While my scars have been visibly clear these years, I did not want to further aggravate other issues while seeking a solution for my scarring. So I took up her recommendation to try out another procedure (Skin Whitening Treatment) meant to add moisture to my skin instead. She advised that this was the most immediate remedy to my current skin condition.
I appreciate the sound advice and the tips given by my beautician throughout the treatment process. She was very thorough from cleansing to administering the ultrasound, and the lymphatic facial massage which I enjoyed most.
Some valuable tips given that are useful for sensitive skin were:
- Do not use face cleansers that cause excessive dryness.
- Do not use hot water to wash the face. Use room temperature water instead.
- Use hydrating masks 3- 4 times a week, of 10-15 minutes’ duration each time. Wash your face with clear room temperature water after each mask session. Do not leave your hydrating mask over a prolonged period or leave the mask residue overnight. It may result in drying instead.
- Apply a thin layer of moisturiser and sunblock when outdoors.
Experience has taught me that when it comes to tackling complexion issues, the sooner the better. Geo Aesthetics gave me a relaxing and enjoyable treatment that rejuvenated my skin. In addition, I gained a broader understanding of the needs of my skin from an expert. It is also a timely reminder that with professional intervention and consistent steps, I can boost my skin’s condition and my acne scars will recover sooner than later.