Acne Vulgaris

Acne can occur in adolescents and adults. It can be persistent, with onset usually during teenage  years.

It affects up to 15% of women, and is reported to be less common in men. Acne can be  predominantly inflammatory, with papules (zits) and pustules, or predominantly comedonal (whiteheads).


Deep inflammatory lesions and macrocomedones may result in scarring.

How does adult acne differ from acne in adolescents?

  • The acne is very persistent and may continue into the 30s and 40s
  • Affected women often complain of large pores
  • Premenstrual flares are common
  • Macrocomedones (large whiteheads) are more common than in younger individuals. Environmental factors particularly oily face creams, smoking and stress are aggravating factors.

How is acne treated?

  • Mild acne can be treated with creams containing benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics and tretinoin
  • Moderate acne may require oral medications such as antibiotics and oral contraceptives
  • Severe acne can be treated with oral isotretinoin. It is usually well tolerated and can result in long term cure. However, it must not be taken in pregnancy.
  • For moderately severe acne, a pulse dye laser treatment is use such as Blue Light Therapy
  • For mild acne and scars, a chemical peel or micro-needling injection with PDRN or fillers are used 
  • For deep acne scars, we uses a Fractional Laser 





Dr Lynn Chiam…

Dr Lynn Chiam graduated from the National University of Singapore and subsequently received her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (Internal Medicine) United Kingdom. She completed her specialist training in dermatology...

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Why choose Children & Adult Skin Clinic?

No two individuals are the same. Our treatments are customized to each individual’s unique skin type & needs.

Through consultation with our doctor, a thorough analysis will be undertaken to determine the ideal treatment methods for the best possible results.

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