Some of you might have been reading about my Enerpeel chemical peel treatments to reduce acne, acne scaring and improve my skintone.

This was my skin on Aug 19 when I first visited Dr Phua at Asiahealthpartners

For some reason my skin is flaring up alot more than usual this year. I’ve never used to get as many spots on my cheeks, chin and even neck area. Lovely Dr Phua then recommended me a series of peels to loosen out clog skin and dead skin cells, and aid in the removal of acne.

I had the Enerpeel Jesnner’s during then.

This was my skin after my 2nd peel done 10 days after the first one . Dated 28th Aug.

I had the Enerpeel – Salicylic acid peel done to dry up the acne i had.


2 weeks on: my  journey towards radiant skin continues, and what the Doctor ordered was: Spectrapeel laser.

Things were alot better from when i first entered the clinic looking like the above, however in September – due to my work load and working for nights on end without sufficient sleep. My skin started to flare up much to my dismay. So Suddenly in September this was how my skin looked. I’ve always been 1 to react really badly to the lack of sleep and from stress . hahaha

In this aspect: there’s not alot I can do…isn’t it?

Thank goodness there’s Dr Phua to take care of my skin.

so here goes:

I underwent the Spectra Laser Peel – a powerful yet gentle carbon-assisted laser treatment..


Laser Spectra® for Acne
Spectra® Peel is a carbon-assisted laser skin rejuvenation treatment, which uses a photothermal effect and photochemical superficial peeling to control acne inflammation, reduce sebum production, unplug pores and minimize pore size. Spectra® Peel can also improve some acne scars, uneven pigmentation and poor skin texture.

Dead skin, sebum, skin oils and colonizing bacteria (Proprionibacterium acnes) clog pore openings (blackheads and whiteheads) and enlarged pore size all contribute to acne. This safe and non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure is highly effective in controlling oily skin and sebaceous activity; unclogs and minimizes pores to reduce breakouts and improve appearance.

What can Spectra Peel do for me?

Regenerates collagen

Removes surface discoloration

Lightens melasma and spotty pigments

Reduces all types of acne

Evens skin color

Softens skin tone

Decreases pores size

Reduces or removes fine wrinkles

There is minimal discomfort and patients can return to work immediately afterwards. The protocol intervals are between 14 to 21 days with repeated treatments from 4 to 6 treatments for best results. This procedure can be performed on the face, chest or back.

here is what the process is like


What makes it special?

It’s highly effective in controlling acne inflammation, reducing excessive oil and sebum production, unclogging pores and minimising pore size. It also reduces redness from past acne inflammation, diminishes brown spots and improves acne scars, uneven skin tone and texture and fine lines.


Whom is it for?

Anyone of any age who suffers from acne, enlarged pores, fine wrinkles, oily skin or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


How many sessions?

Visible improvement, especially to active acne, can be seen after the first treatment. For optimal results, a series of six treatments at intervals of two to three weeks is recommended.


Recovery time?

The treatment takes about 30 minutes and you can resume normal activity immediately afterwards. This was me about to drive home…after treament.

personally it was painless and comfortable enough for me to be talking to the doctor during intervals while i was having my skin treated with the Spectral Peel Laser :) Here’s how the whole experience was for me and perhaps it can benefit you too. Personally I get outbreaks of acne and it is particularly bad this month as I’ve mentioned earlier, I also have open pores which I hope to minimize :) over the next few sessions.


Advantages of Spectra Peel

No chemicals to cause adverse reaction to the skin (as found with chemical peel)

No harsh sand papering of the skin (as seen with derma-abrasion)

Ability to return to immediate daily activity, requires no downtime

No scabs, pain, bleeding, or infection (as can happen with laser resurfacing)

All patients regardless of the color of skin can be treated

Is Spectra Peel painful?

A brief heat sensation can be felt each time the laser delivers a beam of light. However, with numbing cream applied before hand, it aids in minimizing this.

When the numbing cream is cleansed off, the clinical assistant helps to apply a coat of carbon onto my face.  Looking like I have a beard, and somewhat like a pirate ? hahah


That’s the spectrapeel laser behind me (that black aparatus)

Spectra Laser Treatment explained


What is a Spectra VRM III Laser Treatment?

Spectra VRM III is a CE and FDA approved non-ablative laser used in the treatment of many aesthetic conditions. Its advantages of being non-ablative means that it delivers the benefits of much more aggressive procedures
  • without the discomfort and downtime
  • patients return to their normal lives immediately after treatment
  • improved patient satisfaction

When would you need the spectra laser treatment?

This treatment is recommended for people who have:
  • Inflammatory Acne
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Fine Wrinkles
  • Oily Skin
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Melasma (soft laser peel + laser toning)
  • Unwanted tatoos (black, blue, brown, red, tan, purple, orange)

Advantages of Spectra VRM III Laser Treatment

  • This Spectra laser treatment avoids prolonged downtime and PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) – common with AHA / TCA chemical peels and ablative CO2 lasers.
  • It can also be used in combination with Vit C iontophoresis, LED phototherapy, microdermabrasion, RF, IPL or fractional laser therapy for better outcomes

Mode of Action

Spectra mode
  • photothermal stimulation of the epidermis and dermis
  • gently heats the microfine carbon particles in the SpectraLotion™ and exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin
Acne reduction
Q-switched mode
  • photomechanical destruction of the microfine carbon particles in the SpectraLotion™ along with removal of outermost layer of dead skin
  • skin tone and texture are improved
  • cells associated (fibroblasts, mast cells, macrophages) with skin rejuvenation are stimulated resulting in collagen remodelling

Now for the fun part- :

Here are the results after my first treatment.

This is my skin taken on the 20th of sept. 10 days post treament.

No make up on my cheeks or anything. just lip stick :)

Again for contrast – this was before the SpectraPeel. What do you think? :) My schedule is starting to free up as well, so as much as what the doctor can do for your skin. Your sleep and skincare works together with the treatments administered too.

Doctor Phua mentioned my cleanser might not be working too well for my skin and thus I’ve switched to using Japanese – skincare brand ORBIS which just launched in singapore.
I’ve also switched to Heliocare gel based skinscreen SPF90 and purchased some sunblock pills too :) .

I love the fresh scent of Heliocare gel sunscreen. Most sunscreen have a strange chemical smell but Heliocare doesn’t which is what I love most about it. Heliocare ultra series – is only sold at clinics and you can get them at Asiahealth too. I bought mine at Aesthetics Asia 2013 from Neoasia who’s the distributor of brands such as Neostrata, Enerpeel, Heliocare and more during the tradefair when I was there to interview Dr Marino Petratros, one of the pioneers of chemical peels and laser treatments who practises in NYC. These products are not sold outside of clinics, so you got to get them prescribed or direct from your dermatologists.

Protection Has Never Been More Complete!

Heliocare Technology

Fernblock®, the main active ingredient of Heliocare Oral, is currently the only agent known to provide oral sun protection, making it a major scientific breakthrough in sun damage control. Fernblock® is the patented fern extract of Polypodium Leucotomos (PLE), a plant that has been used for generations in South America as a folk remedy for skin conditions.

PLE is 100% natural and has been used safely with no side effects or drug interaction for more than 30 years in Europe. Benefits of the Polypodium Leucotomos Extract (PLE) include:

  • Increased tolerance to the sun
  • Antioxidant effect
  • Prevents depletion of immune cells in the skin
  • Protection of skin cell DNA

Heliocare range of products offers maximum defense against sun damage with an exclusive combination of phytobiological, physical and chemical filters, and the latest photoprotection technologies.

About Asia Health Partners – Dr Vanessa Phua

Dr Vanessa Phua has a history of training in ophthalmology and aesthetic medicine internationally. Educated in the United Kingdom, with an ophthalmic microsurgical background, Dr Vanessa Phua has an interest in aesthetic medicine. This includes a range of non-surgical and minimally-invasive forms of anti-ageing enhancements. Her signature treatments are Joie De Vivre Face & Body Contouring and Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift. Dr Phua is certified by the HyaCorp Institute in Face & Body Filler contouring. This procedure is non-surgical, with minimal recovery time, yielding instant, natural, soft curves, and has coined it the Joie De Vivre range of aesthetic enhancements. The Joie De Vivre suite of enhancements has escalated in popularity since its inception as a non-surgical, safe, and friendly procedures.

Dr Vanessa Phua has a history of training in ophthalmology and aesthetic medicine internationally. Educated in the United Kingdom, with an ophthalmic microsurgical background, Dr Vanessa Phua has an interest in aesthetic medicine. This includes a range of non-surgical and minimally-invasive forms of anti-ageing enhancements. Her signature treatments are Joie De Vivre Face & Body Contouring and Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift.


Joie De Vivre body contouring
Dr Phua is certified in performing body contouring filler rejuvenation using Macrolane Body Fillers. This procedure is non surgical with minimal recovery time, yielding instant rejuvenation and contouring results which are safe, natural and aesthetically pleasing.


Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift
Dr Phua has been trained in Serdev, EZ lift, Revitalizing Happy Lift, Silhouette threadlift procedures from which she has helmed her signature technique, Papillon Revitalizing Lift. The Papillon Revitalizing Threadlift is ideal for those who desire a more contoured and rejuvenated visage, especially for areas such as the brow, midface, jawline and neck, for both anti-ageing and rejuvenation purposes.


Hair Restoration
She is also certified by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery in hair transplant techniques, and plays an integral role in pioneering Singapore’s most comprehensive hair restoration centre in Asia HealthPartners, where she performs hair and eyebrow transplants regularly.


The first US FDA approved device for skin lifting-Ultherapy
Always at the forefront of non-invasive aesthetic treatments, Dr Vanessa Phua was among the first handful of Singapore aesthetic physicians to offer Ultherapy™ the world’s first FDA-approved focused ultrasound face lift in 2009. “She was also the first physician trainer to treat patients with the new, 1.5 mm depth transducer for eyelid and lip rejuvenation in April 2012”.


Outside of her profession, she is a wine enthusiast and an avid freelance wine journalist.

Credentials: BMed Science, BMBS (Nottingham, UK) MRCS (Edinburgh), MMED (S\’pore) Ophalmology Dip Practical Dermatology (Cardiff, Wales, UK) Registered/Qualified Laser physician Member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine Committee Member of the Society of Aesthetic Medicine, Singapore Member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology Surgical Thread lift certified (Serdev, EZ, Happy Lift, Silhouette) Filler rejuvenation for Body & Face Contouring certified Thermage certified Physician Ulthera (Focused ultrasound skin lifting) certified Physician Certified Regional Trainer to Aesthetic Physicians for Filler rejuvenation with Teoxane Laboratories (Geneva)

Contact:Asia HealthPartners304 Orchard Road Lucky Plaza #05-06Singapore 238863

Tel: +65-62358411

E-mail: drvanessaphua@asiahealthpartners.com

Chemical Peels – Enerpeel

Nowadays, one can get a derma peel at your aesthetician’s clinic without undergoing redness, itchiness, and other visible/tangible signs of peeling, there’s no “downtime” so to speak. And you can go back to work without experiencing discomfort, or worse, ridicule from work mates LOL. A perfect lunch time quick fix.

Dr Vanessa recently did an Enerpeel JR on my skin to help remove some scarring and acne that I have lately when I dropped by her clinic at Lucky Plaza.

After treatment,your skin will look younger, tighter and “fresher” than before. I noted that it results in smaller pores too (hurray).

I promise to post pictures of my before and after effects as soon as I can.

This is me removing my make up….

I actually liked their facial wash :) it smells fruity and was very gentle and not drying.

Ok so this is me…sans make up.


Lo & Behold. this is ….the current problem I have with my left cheek

:( Dr Vanessa recommended 4 peels – 1 peel per month for my skin. I’ll be posting a photo each week to track the progress :)

Meanwhile : My Doctor has a really cool hello kitty speaker set lol. My mom loves it too.

Here’s an unglam shot of my face being treated lol

Before, those peelers were physical and mechanical exfoliators, your doctor would apply them topically and you would be asked not to go out for some time. Dermatological advances are exponential just like other technologies, everything has improved by leaps and bounds. Let us be thankful that chemical peeling, or “chemoexfoliation” has been fine tuned already, given that these peelers have triple the advantages with reduced complications. It is now localized or more customized; there is an appropriate chemical agent for every skin worry, targeting areas depending on the problem.

Contrary to laser or micro-dermabrasion, chemical peeling does not depend on machines for its effectiveness given that its formulation acts out and solves the problem once they are dispensed by a dermatologist since it contains active ingredients that act in synergy with the body’s aqueous system. One can get chemoexfoliation not just in the face, but other parts as well, like the neck, the back areas, and even hands.

With Enerpeel, a chemoexfoliation can treat keratosis, chrono/photoaging and hyperpigmented lesions or what is popularly known as liver spots in just minutes.


Chemical skin peels are effective skin treatments used to improve and smooth out the surface of the facial skin. A chemical solution is applied to gently remove the top layer of skin from the patient’s treatment area – usually the face, neck or hands – taking blemishes and signs of ageing with it and promoting skin cell renewal. Peels are a popular option to remove fine lines and wrinkles and to heal skin that has been damaged in other ways.

Superficial chemical peels are a good option for many people as they have a gentler effect and do not give visible skin peeling, inflammation or significant redness compared to medium and deep chemical peels. They can be used on many skin types, with little or no “down time”.

The latest Enerpeel® technology, is a patented carrier solution which restrains the acids activity until it is absorbed to accelerate through the skin, enhancing its activity.

Enerpeel® means uniform and enhanced absorption of the active ingredients; with two to three fold improved skin penetration.

The result:

1) Less surface trauma.
2) Faster surface recovery with erythema reducing rapidly.
3) Enhanced remodeling/collagen stimulation.

FAQsWhat Happens During a Chemical Peel?
During a chemical peel, the patient’s treatment area will be cleansed thoroughly, and the chemical peel is applied to the skin using a gentle brush. After treatment, a soothing cream is applied, and sun protection is reinforced.

Does it hurt?
Some patients will experience a mild tingling sensation for five to ten minutes, which can be followed by a stinging sensation. These are usually temporary.

Who May Benefit from a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels can be used to treat a wide range of problems, and are not just an anti-ageing solution. Chemical peels are commonly used to reduce and treat:

Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Age Spots, Freckles and Dark Spots
Dehydrated, Dull Skin
Mild Scars
Rough Skin Texture

How Many Peels Do I Need?
Whilst you may see some minor benefits after a single peel, doctors recommend a course of about 4 peels, each 1 week apart as the full benefits of the peel builds up over a course of treatments.

Is it safe?
Yes, chemical peels are generally very safe. Some people – those who take birth control pills or fall pregnant after the treatment – may be at risk of experiencing a colour change in their skin after the procedure, but this should be fully explored and discussed at consultation.

Treatment starts from $180 per session at various aesthetics clinics.

There are many types of Enerpeels of which I’ve tried JR and MA.

Enerpeel® for the Eyes and LipsEnerpeel® EL is a gel-based solution that is especially designed for the sensitive eye and lip areas. At FreshSkin we  increase the concentration by layering the product/ This allows us to achieve similar result as we would with a high strength acid, but without the irritation and redness.

Enerpeel® by MAEnerpeel® MA is a great “all purpose” peel.   It is a non-aggressive, yet high performing treatment that can be used in all seasons and with any skin type and is especially effective on Rosacea prone skin.

Enerpeel® by SASalicylic Acid 30%

This skin peel is specifically designed for acne sufferers. Its oil production reducing effect, along with two other active ingredients – triethyl citrate and ethyl linoleate – have been shown to reduce the four main visible signs of acne. This skin peel is particularly effective during the inflammatory phase of acne that is characterised by papules and pustules.

Enerpeel®PAEnerpeel® PA contain several solutions that are effective at decreasing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature skin aging as well as seborrhea, mild hyperpigmentation and in cases of stubborn acne.

Enerpeel®JREnerpeel® JR contains salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol, (Jessner’s formula) but utilizing Glytone’s ENERPEEL technology allowing for a superficial to medium exfoliation and very little downtime. Enerpeel® JR is very helpful at improving hyperpigmentation and melasma, and leaves the skin looking  younger,  tighter and “fresher” than before.

There’s also Enerpeel for eyelids

Here’s a video that illustrates how it works