Acne Journey: Laser Skin Treatments + Skincare

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Hey guys, it’s been a while since my last post and I wanted to pop in to give y’all some updates.

Work hasn’t been the kindest and I have lots of sleep debt to be paid. I’m also guilty of not sticking to my cleansing and skincare routines diligently. Which is why I’m so thankful for my monthly treatment at The Clifford Clinic.

I’ve been getting skin laser done at The Clifford Clinic ever since my last Agnes Acne Treatment back in November 2019. It has become a routine for me and since the clinic is a convenient 2 mins walk away from my office, it makes life so much easier for someone with a full-time job like myself.

On a monthly basis, Dr. Gerald Ee usually alternates between Q Switch and V beam lasers to maximize the effectiveness. Here’s what it’s for:

Q Switch Laser

This is literally a polish remover but for your skin. It’s one of the most popular laser treatments and is really good for people suffering from acne scars, sunspots, freckles, pigmentations and even for tattoos. Q Switch laser treatment stimulates collagen regeneration whilst refinding skin texture. My own experience with this laser is that it helps with my skin discoloration, reduce acne redness and minimize my pores. Closed comedones will also start to surface a few days after the treatment.

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V Beam Lasers

Known for being a Vascular laser, this goodness is my personal favorite, simply because it’s 1. less painful, 2. immediate results & 3. targets my skin problems. This laser treatment is excellent for treating broken capillaries, rosacea, acne lesions, scars, fine lines, and even melasma. I’m sure the list goes on but out of the 6 mentioned, it checked 5 of my skin concerns. I like this a lot because I can see a significant difference immediately. My skin usually looks brighter, less inflamed (less red), and clearer the next day.

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Both skin laser treatments have ZERO DOWNTIME! This is so important for me because I have to go to work the next day and I cannot afford to have scabs/peels etc.  

I think it’s really a clever idea to combine both lasers, even though it sounds similar. Other than getting laser treatments, I’m also consuming antibiotics like Doxycycline pills to reduce skin inflammation and treat acne from within.

On every visit, the staff over at The Clifford Clinic will take photos of my skin to record my progress. I got them to share with me some of the pictures and the comparison were really remarkable.

Fyi, I usually rush through the cleansing part before the photos were taken, which is why my skins look extra red and irritated. (I just have very sensitive skin, usually, it’ll subside after awhile).

Here’s a raw comparison:IMG_7023Even though laser treatments are great for achieving better skin and it’s non-ablative, but it’s not “the more the merrier”. It may not be suitable for all skin types too, Dr Gerald Ee will customize the routine and tell you what works best.

Here are also some of my personal tips pre and post-laser.

  • Avoid exfoliating/scrubbing your skin. For pre-laser, this may cause micro wounds (for acne skin) or make the skin more senstive than usual, which amplifies the sensation of heat/pain. Likewise for post-laser, you skin is still weak, so give it a break.
  • Avoid being under the sun for too long. Sun exposure is bad for post-laser because you skin is raw and sensitive. Wear sunscreen and avoid outdoor actitivities!
  • Avoid using acne creams 1-2 days after laser. Although Q Switch and V Beam are relatively gentle on the skin, it’s still best to avoid harsh acne products when your skin is still vulnerable.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
  • Try to not wear makeup the next day (or go with minimal makeup). Reason being, I believe that your skin needs time to heal and breathe, especially after getting a treatment. Likewise for facials too. I usually try to go with minimal makeup at least for the following day.


Battling with acne is a long journey, and honestly, there is no shortcut. But what makes me the happiest is seeing a difference in my skin texture and waking up every day to better skin. Environment, hormones, and stress is still a pain in the ass to deal with, especially since it triggers acne so easily for people like me. This is why I’m always looking forward to visiting The Clifford Clinic to combat it.

Usually, I like to book my session in the evening to maximize my time. After work, I’ll either go to the gym (exercising helps you to sweat = flush toxin = better skin) first or go straight to the clinic. Despite having time flexibility, they are almost fully booked every day, so I have my appointments booked 3-4 weeks in advance.

Dr Ee also prescribed a few creams to add into my skincare routine but I found myself sticking to this 2.


Soolantra cream and Stieva-A cream.

Both creams helps with active acne. But here’s how it works:

Soolantra Cream is a medication used to treat rosacea, bumps and blemishes. It also contain anti-inflamatory ingredients to help with acne. I like this because it’s gentle on the skin and help to reduce the redness and bumps.

Stieva-A is used to treat acne and rough textured skin. This has slightly stronger effect, as my skin will usually start to peel and feel tender after using it. I gave up using a few times because it make my skin very vulnerable but Dr Ee strongly recommend to go through with it and use it religously every night as it really helps to clear clogged pores. I’m still trying to accept it but one thing for sure is that it definitely helped to dry up my pimples.

On top of this, I would also like to recommend some of my holy grails!!!


It’s not at it’s prettiest because I’ve been using this for the longest time. As much as I love The Clifford Clinic’s Balancing cream, on days when my skin is extremely dehydrated, I like to drown myself in Clinique’s Moisture Surge Gel-Cream. This is my second tub, and I love how it’s not heavy but enough to make my skin feel dewy and moisturized.


Also my second tube. This is Korea’s popular Medicube Red Erasing Cream. I usually use this at night when i’m not in a rush to sleep because it’s slightly thick and takes a while to absorb. It works wonders as a toning cream when you don’t want to wear makeup out. You will definitely want to try this if you have acne scars, redness and dull/discoloured skin. It soothes, moisturizes and brightens your skin, it’s 10/10. But it did took me awhile to get used to the texture.


I’m a die-hard fan for sheet masks because they are literally shortcuts. On days when I have no brain capacity to sit through my skincare routine, I like to slap on a mask and go straight to bed. 2 of my favourite sheet masks are Leaders Insolution – AC Dressing Mask Dr. Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution Mask. Both masks have amazing soothing effect that helps to reduce skin irritation, redness and it’s especially moisturizing too. Sometimes I use it for consecutive days and it doesn’t break me out too.

But of course, I try different products all the time and although it’s not the best for sensitve acne skin like mine, I like to explore and change it up. So if you have any favourite skincare product, I’m all ears.

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This is me during good-skin day. I’m still trying to maintain a stable skin condition and I’m thankful I’m working with The Clifford Clinic to achieve better skin. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions/concerns, I’ll be happy to address them (at least I’ll try to).

I’ll update on my skin soon, stay tune for more lifestyle blogspots coming up too.

Cheers and good night.


Acne Journey With The Clifford Clinic


Today, let’s get raw and talk about my biggest insecurity.


I have had acne for the past decade and tried all sorts of, whatever you can think of. My acne is hormonal, and it flares up during pre-period or at times of stress. Of course, genes  and a bad lifestyle contribute, like sleeping late and eating junk food. *guilty*

While I do have good days, I came to a point to accept that my skin will never be 100% clear or marks-free. You have no idea how much effort and money I have invested in my skin. It’s crazy…


I promise you good-skin-people that acne is a painful thing. I remember staring at myself in the mirror, crying and feeling awfully ugly. Thankfully (not really) we have all the beauty filters & apps to delete any traces of skin texture, bumps, scars, and acne, to superficially remind me that I am not that hideous.

Coming across all these people online with baby skin, it definitely crushed my self-esteem but I also know that acne is more common than you think. I’ve seen lots of influencers sharing their acne journey and getting help with lasers and treatments too.

Which is why I decided to consult The Clifford Clinic.

I was very skeptical initially because I did carbon lasers, chemical peel prior and it didn’t work at all. But I’ve seen so many positive transformations and it made me desperate to give it a try.

Here’s what they offer for acne skin.


Super hesitant to post but figured I should provide some pictures to show you my skin condition. This was taken with flash, you can see all the acne, redness, scars and large pores. My skin was really dull too.

Dr. Gerard Ee attended to me when I visited The Clifford Clinic. I honestly think he was so nice and the whole consultation just made me feel so safe and assured. Dr. Ee analyzed my condition and prompted me to do their Agnes Acne Treatment.

In layman term, it’s basically a treatment that uses radiofrequency to zap your skin sebum through a micro-needle. It emits an electric-like current that apparently destroys your problematic sebaceous glands. Chances are, you will less likely break out around the targeted area.

For more details, click here to read what Dr. Ee wrote about this treatment.

The entire process was about 2 hours-ish for me. Here’s my experience:

Step 1: Cleansing your face to make sure no dust, oil or makeup residue

Step 2: Numbing your face for 30 mins (they did 2 layers of anesthetic cream for me to enhance the numbing effect)

Step 3: Extraction for excess sebum

Step 4: actual process (refer to the aforementioned)

I was warned that it’s going to be VERY painful but the actual thing was rigorous. Ok, I have minimal pain tolerance but it was a crazy 5 mins of my life. 8/10 pain. No joke. I was squeezing the assistant’s hand, while Dr. Ee attempts to drive a conversation to distract me.

Me in my head: “Beauty is pain… beauty is painszjnxa, beauty is AHHH PAINN”


Smile of relief after drowning my eyes in tears inside the protective goggles. I was also super horrified at the sight of my face after the treatment. I was left with a swelling face filled with marks and holes from the microneedle.

Luckily all these marks will subside in several days and I continued to tell myself, “This will all be worth it, plus I’m in good hands”. I went home feeling pretty hopeful.

I was also given after-care creams and instructions to properly take care of my skin for the following days.

Day 2 post-treatment, I was informed to return to do a quick 10 mins drainage for any excess pus & debris left after the treatment. Light extraction was done to make sure my skin was completely gunk free. Although my skin was still red and bumpy, Dr. Ee said that the recovery was good as scabs were already forming on the wound.


The next few days of recovery were pretty much spent like this. I was very self-conscious at the state of my skin but by day 4 it was already largely improved. It was visible that the marks were fading, and I didn’t have any active acne forming too. However, my skin was peeling slightly and felt really dry. Which Dr. Ee claimed to be a good sign. (Thankful for this constant reassurance)


Day 5, going back to work. There were still visible dry patches but I was able to cover the redness and marks with makeup. My complexion also looks a lot brighter somehow.

IMG_54172 weeks after, I literally woke up like this. I felt extra confident and good because I received a lot of compliments on my skin. People around me could actually see a visible improvement. I still have pimples here and there, but you can see my skin got so much better. I also went back for a Q switch laser, which greatly helped with brightening my skin and getting rid of pigments.


Here’s a close-up. I do want to point out that despite the high potential to stop recurring pimples, I still don’t have perfect skin. But that’s ok because this is only the start.

I’m typing this 1 month after my treatment and despite the significant improvement, I am still breaking out a little. Especially given my lifestyle habit of sleeping late, eating irregularly, etc, plus constipation, not drinking enough water and having the urge to try new products constantly, my skin is bound to break down. I blame myself. I also found it hard to dedicate my time to go through the multi-step skincare routine, ultimate hassle.


That being said, I will never compromise the 2 most important steps to skincare, which is, cleansing and moisturizing and these 2 babies are absolutely great for people with skin like mine. It’s not drugstore priced but definitely worth the buck. I’m only saying this because I’ve been using it diligently (evident from the picture) and here’s my thought:

  1. Balancing Cleanser: Gentle and left my skin feeling soft and clean without the tightening feeling, I like how it’s mildly soaped too.
  2. Balancing Facial Cream: Super moisturizing yet not oily AT ALL! It’s a good makeup base and I spam this like crazy at night and wake up with soothed and well-hydrated skin. Low key love the smell too.

These 2 products are specially formulated for acne skin and can only be bought at the clinic itself. Would I repurchase? A big YES. It doesn’t do wonders but it’s those trusty products you should always have that will only do good.

I have pipelined my appointments with The Clifford Clinic and I can’t wait to share more about my experience with them.

If you’d like to consult on Agnes treatment or other acne treatments, please call in to book for a consultation. Be quick because they’re really packed.

Call: 6532 2048
Whatsapp: 8318 6332

They are located conveniently at:

24 Raffles Place
#01-03 Clifford Centre
Singapore 048621
(Exit A from Raffles MRT)

See you there!

Trying out the V Beam laser in my next visit, stay tuned for more deets 😉




(pssst.. Car selfies are the best!!!)

Here’s what I used for my everyday “Korean-ish” makeup look:

Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Primer
Hera Black Foundation Cushion
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter (oh sis my favvv)
Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher, Shade #11 Peach Chouz Wafer

4U2 Super Slim Brow Pencil (cheap dupe for Anastasia brow wiz)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Bobbi Brown Luxe Eyeshadow, Shade Heat Ray
Etude House Leopard Runway Play Colour Eye Palette
Kiss Me Heroine Mascara
Kat Von D Eyeliner

3CE Velvet Lip Tint, Shade #Daffodil

and then I always finish it off with Urban Decay All Nigher Setting Spray to lock all my hard work in!

Cheers 😉