I believe in treating acne from within and having a good skincare routine at home to properly tackle skin issues. However when I first moved to Singapore I got cystic acne on my cheeks, not sure what was the real cause – was it the change in food that i consume daily, was it the stress, was it the change in the environment that caused the acne? Until this day I still don’t know the cause.
Working in a corporate environment where you always want to look good, be it your outfit, your physical appearance, etc. I felt the need to do my best to get rid all those nasty cystic acne. During that time the acne came in a painful cyst. I can feel there was inflammation deep inside the skin. Not only that i hated seeing my reflection in the mirror at home, but also the redness can be seen through my make up. I had trouble in the morning putting concealer to cover the redness.
I decided enough is enough and i will just go through the route of visiting skin clinic. My impression of going to skin clinic is generally not good. I feel that the skin doctor does not really know things and will just push treatments, antibiotics and products instead of looking deeper into the cause of the skin issues. So I googled for skin clinic in Singapore and there you go, I found Dore Aesthetics at the top of my search result list hoping that this one will be different.
It’s been around 5 months since I started going there for acne treatment. The package consists of 12 sessions including laser treatments and chemical peels. The clinic itself is located conveniently in Tanjong Pagar, at SBF Center. Most of their customers are office workers and they do come during lunchtime to do treatments. It is possible because their laser treatments require no downtime i.e. you don’t see the typical redness after laser treatment.
What do I think about the treatment? Is it effective?
Honestly, the first thing I think about it is EXPENSIVE. 12 treatments cost a whooping SGD5,000+ (more than average people’s monthly salary I believe!). With this price tag, I expect superior treatment, or at least a very knowledgable dermatologist. The reason why I went to the clinic was to prevent reoccurrence of cystic acne and also to improve my skin texture. I guess among the two reasons the first one was the driving force, the one that made me think the 5,000 price tag might be worth it. The desperation for healthy, cystic acne-free skin and the anxiety of reoccurrence of the cystic acne, that was the driving force.
Effectiveness for reducing reoccurrence of acne
Throughout the time I undergo the treatments, I also started doing water therapy and taking Vitamin B5 (I wrote about it in one of my previous posts) which I think contribute more to my current state of skin than the treatment itself. Why do I think so? There was a time when I didn’t take the vitamin for sometime and I got my acne flaring up. Also, things like good diet that I always emphasized as solution for good skin are still the main factor influencing my skin. Regardless of me going to the clinic, whenever I travelled and let go of my inhibitions (read: eat all those mouth-watering junks) my skin will break out.
This proves once again that skin treatments only treat the skin externally and what happens internally in your body will still largely determine your skin health.
I asked the beauty consultants when I subscribed for the treatment, “how effective the treatments in reducing acne or reducing reoccurrence of the acne?”. The answer is “it depends”. Clients with more persistent acne will be prescribed antibiotics, something I am against to. So i told her straightaway that it is a no-no for me. And she also went saying, “we suggest continuous treatments to maintain the skin”. Also, a no-no for me – it will mean that i will need to spend another thousands of dollars for more treatments, which again will not guarantee results.
Effectiveness in improving texture
I would say it is not effective in improving texture as I don’t see any visible result on that aspect, which is quite disappointing for me. Also, i have this particular spot on my cheek which is reddish for some reason. I have been asking the dermatologist about removing that redness and also asking what is the possible cause of that red spot. I expect some explanation of what might be going under the skin. After paying 5,000+ for this package I expect good explanation from a skin expert – otherwise how to justify the money spent?! The answer is quite disappointing: she asked me to try a cream for a week, for which i need to spend extra money. She didn’t offer possible reason of the redness to satisfy my curiosity, leaving me going back to the internet again to try to find the answer on my own. Disappointing interaction I shall say.
In case you might be considering their package…
…the advertisement on the website might be alluring. They have some celebrities endorsing the service. Keep in mind that if you are tight on budget, you may want to rethink the package. The result that some of the customers have might be the result of continuous maintenance as well, which means many thousands of dollars – won’t be a problem for you if you have a lot of money to spare. Also, they may offer you antibiotics for acne if your acne persists despite the lasers and peels. I am against antibiotics generally because they destroy good gut bacteria as well and guys, good gut bacteria are needed for good skin (google it if you don’t trust my words).
If you are patient enough (i wasn’t at the time I subscribed to the package!) to undergo a more natural route, start with changing your diet and lifestyle into a healthier one. Incorporate anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, probiotics and all these goodness into your diet. At the end of the day I still believe what your lifestyle, what you put into your body everyday will determine your skin health more than anything else.
Anyway, hope this helps you to make your decision about such skin treatment if you are considering one!