The skin is the body’s outermost covering. As such it is also the most visible. Unsurprisingly, the pursuit of external beauty has always involved a focus on the skin. Of course, other body parts such as the eyes, nose, chin, eyebrows, and hair are also important body features in terms of beauty but the skin has always been central in achieving physical desirability and appeal. And people go to great lengths to protect and revitalize, even change the color and complexion of the skin.
Take for example how the art and science of dermatology and skin care continue to become relevant even changing historical and cultural definitions of beauty. Or perhaps, it is the growing public consciousness for well-being and beauty facilitated by increasing availability of scientific health data and increasing sophistication of treatments and technologies that can even curb natural bodily processes.
But there are most basic technologies and treatments than these. They are also understandably more suited to more fundamental skin problems.
Basic Skin Diseases
In Singapore, acne is one of the most common skin diseases and is in fact a globally dreaded skin disease across genders and age. Acne is also known as acne vulgaris, it is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from skin. Affected areas are part of your skin that has a relatively high number of oil glands including the face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, chest and back. It causes pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, oily skin and potential scarring.
In Singapore, as perhaps elsewhere, acne affects anyone but more strongly, teenagers. Aside from the physical effects, or precisely because of it, acne can cause loss of confidence, insecurity complex even outright depression. Physically too, acne is very common among younger demographics because it is associated with puberty and hormonal changes. Sebaceous glands activate due to the increase on hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. In fact study shows that 3 in every 4 people aged 11 to 30 years are stricken by the disease. Among other age groups, emotional stress, menstruation and greasy cosmetics can also cause acne.
Acne treatment in Singapore is an evolving practice and industry. In mild cases, over-the-counter medications such as soaps, creams, pads and lotions can be applied to the skin and help treat acne. For more severe cases, such as when there are nodules or painful bumps under the skin, there is a growing number of cosmetic centers in Singapore most of which have dermatologist or skin experts that can offer professional advice for treating and managing acne including scarring which results from acne. More than that, acne scar treatments are affordable, even for teens.
Cosmetic centers in Singapore also have facilities for more drastic treatments like acne laser treatments and thermage skin tightening treatment which is slowly being recognized as a legitimate, safe and effective skin tightening clinical procedure. Thermage skin tightening treatment heat to tighten underlying layers of the skin and produces instant and visible reduction of wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin in the neck or brow area. However, thermage skin tightening is very costly and is not ideal for everyone especially when treating only more minor cases of skin imperfections like acne scars.