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.

Read more: https://drgerardee.com/q-switch-laser-singapore/

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.

Read more: https://drgerardee.com/v-beam/

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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Deeds

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

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

Base:
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

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

Eyes:
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

Lip:
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 😉