All about Acne + pimples Singapore 2019 Guide | Ask Dr Daniel Chang

Happy Birthday Singapore! What better way to celebrate this awesome day than to embrace the GORGEOUS sea of red. Speaking of red, one persistently pesky skin condition Singaporeans are no stranger to comes to my mind… U guessed it, the unstoppable angry red pimple 


We all remember that persistently pesky, diehard red spot that starts at our teenage years and evolves throughout our adulthood. For some of us, it lasts even longer … *sigh*

So what causes pimples on your face? And what is acne?

Pimple is a result of obstruction of your pore. Overtime inflammation caused by P acne bacteria sets in. The result
is those angry red, gigantic pimples that resemble tiny little half erupting volcanoes lol.

How do you quickly get rid of a pimple?


To tell you the truth, I speed by the adage, more haste equals less speed.
Quickfix: In some cases, I recommend an injection of shincort. This magically flattens your pimple.

What is the best treatment for pimples?

Every skin is different, every skin is unique. There is no best treatment. Whats important is finding a regime that
suits your skin and prevents the formation of acne, which can lead to your unsightly acne scars.
I recommend my D.C triple therapy:

  1. Laser-light * This cleans up your face, prevents sebaceous (oil) glands from producing too much sebum and kills
    your p. acne bacteria
  2. Retin A combined with antibacterial cream
  3. I generally avoid oral medication unless we are dealing with stubborn, moderately severe acne
    How can I stop getting pimples on my face?
  • The key is to control the triggers. Pimples, or acne occurs when we have pore obstruction by either dirt, debris,
    oil, dead skin.
  • Acne is contributed by
  • 1. Oil 2. Acne bacteria 3. Contaminated skincare / cosmetics

What causes acne on your nose and chin?

Our cheeks, nose and chin are the most visible part of our face. They form an inverted traingle.
Our forehead is not so crucial, because we can conceal with our fringe lol.
Hormonal Adult Onset Acne is common in our population. In my experience, nearly 30% of working adults experience jawline acne, especially
nearer your menses.

What is the best treatment for acne?

There is no best treatment. It is more important to find the skincare regime that best suits your face, and to tweak it
as your stress levels vary.
Post vacation, post big meal, pre menses are hot periods for breakouts.

How do you clear up acne?

  • The key is to control the triggers. Pimples, or acne occurs when we have pore obstruction by either dirt, debris, oil, dead skin.
  • Acne is contributed by 1. Oil 2. Acne bacteria 3. Contaminated skincare / cosmetics
  • If we do not keep acne in check, we are contributing to the formation of unsightly acne marks and scars.

How much does acne scar removal cost?

Acne scars can be divided into

sunken scars – atrophic
raised scars – hypertrophic ones

Is there surgery for acne,acne scarring?


This is rare and in my opinion not necessary.
I stick to minimally invasive treatments and our results for acne and acne scarring have been pretty good.

How much does laser for acne cost?

In Singapore prices vary. I shall state the two extremes.
Quick fix, no frills 1 min lasers – These can be as cheap as $50 per session
Time tested, precision based lasers – $350 per session

Should I go to dermatologist for acne? Can a dermatologist get rid of a pimple?

Acne, Pimple is a very common and prealent skin condition. Do you see a specialist for simple cold cough and flu? The choice is yours. =)

Which laser is best for acne scars?

Here i think even with the best tool in the world, a novice craftsman can only do so much. On any given day, I would choose an experienced physician over any expensive sexy laser machine.

– Dr Daniel Chang

Can acne scars be removed permanently?

Yes and no. Heres the science behind this. All treatment is geared towards producing skin injury, which triggers the neocollagenesis process. The new collagen formed stays with you, and it is this collagen that helps to repair your
scars. Ageing is a dynamic process and with the passage of time, collagen in our skin is progressively lost.

Do acne marks go away with treatment?

Acne marks are different from acne scars. Acne marks are red brown spots that occur as a result of acne inflammation. In my experience, these discolouration can be fixed with a 3 step formula.

– Dr Daniel Chang

Do acne scars go away on their own?

Unfortunately no. Scars are the result of excessive collagen breakdown in localised areas. With time, more collagen is broken down, so left on their own, scars can only get worse.

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