Say goodbye to irritating and drying acne products!
Has it been a frustrating experience to continuously use anti acne products without seeing effective results to fix your acne problems? Do you shudder at the thought of being on a lifetime of acne skincare and medication? Initially, there wasn’t much development in terms of a permanent cure for acne. However, a discovery made by Japanese scientists and in collaboration with a Korean dermatologist gave acne patients hope! Let’s explore more about the incredible technology of AGNES treatment.
In the past, oral and topical medications including acne creams and pills were the solution to acne. However, they end up drying the skin and caused peeling alongside symptoms like cracked lips and dry eyes.
This ‘solution’ also did not tackle acne at its root. It is common for patients to experience recurring acne once they had stopped using these pills and creams, and sometimes, the acne occurs even worse than before. Why does this happen?
Researchers in Japan found that for certain acne causes, pimples appeared on the same area of the face repeatedly, some even on the same exact spot. Out of the thousands of pores on the face, they learned that the same few hundred faced blockage again and again. This resulted in recurring acne breakouts. It was also interesting to know that these affected pores were responsible for most acne breakouts on the face – between 80% to 90%. It can be a nightmare to deal with recurring acne alongside enlarged pores and oily skin.
The focus is placed on selectively treating these problematic pores. Subsequently, researchers learned that there was a possibility to achieve a cure over 83% of non-inflamed acne and over 93% of inflamed acne with 3 treatment sessions in a year! By treating these problematic pores, there was no acne recurrence for a year after going for the last treatment.
This has led to an important discovery in the history of acne treatment, allowing our doctors at The Clifford Clinic to offer a permanent cure for acne in Singapore!
Find out if you are suitable to undergo this treatment.
Acne Treatment Strategies
Do you currently suffer from acne? Don’t lose hope just yet – if you have exhausted all your efforts in trying over-the-counter medications with little satisfactory results, consider consulting our doctors, Dr. Gerard Ee and Dr. Chow Yuen Ho.
Possessing over 18 years of experience and expertise in acne treatment in Singapore – we are committed to continuously refine our strategies in order for us to create a unique set of methods and techniques to best fight off acne for good. Our deep commitment for knowledge and research has also led us to develop 10 different treatments to date, including a variety of dermatologist prescribed skincare, oral medications and creams that are only provided at our clinic.
Finding the best acne treatment in Singapore involves researching for a qualified aesthetic clinic, and competent doctors with the professional know-how to clear up acne on a case-by-case basis.
Consult with our doctors, Dr Gerard Ee and Dr Chow Yuen Ho – both well-trained and proficient doctors in various aesthetic procedures, including the treatment of acne. Depending on your skin condition and goals, a safe, effective and long-lasting acne treatment plan will be designed specifically for you.
Call us today at (65) 6532 2400 to book an appointment on any of our cosmetic services and treatments.
Let’s check if you are a suitable candidate for AGNES treatment.
Do you experience recurrent acne that constantly recurs on the same parts of the face, even when the rest of the face is relatively clear?
Are there certain pimples that recur on the same exact spot on your face repeatedly?
Have you went for other conventional acne treatments with some success, but noticed the acne return again or worsen once you have stopped the treatment?
Do you have special requirements like rosacea or pregnancy which make you an unsuitable candidate for traditional acne treatments?
Do you prefer to be using acne creams for a long-term period, or rather invest in a treatment that will cut down your need for creams and continued treatments for acne?
Get treated for acne and see long-lasting results with AGNES today! Call us now at 65322400 for more information.
AGNES treatment tackles the root problem of acne by selectively targeting the acne prone follicles and hyperactive sebaceous glands on the face. When the oil glands are overactive, pores become clogged with excess sebum in combination with dead skin cells, debris and other impurities that will cause acne.
Our doctor will examine your face up-close using a magnifier to locate all the pores on your face that are blocked and damaged. The AGNES machine comes with insulated micro-needles and a very fine wire that delivers a tiny electrical current or radiofrequency energy with precision on the treated area. When the offending sebaceous glands are destroyed, the size of the gland is reduced which means lesser oil produced. No oil means there is no blockage, so the pores do not get clogged and inflamed! Hence, pimples will not develop!
With over 18 years of experience in acne treatment, The Clifford Clinic in Singapore has garnered substantial knowledge on all acne related conditions so patients can find a solution to their acne woes and reclaim their self-confidence. Our doctors are trained and highly equipped to carry out this process, which may be tedious and time-consuming as the size of the pores are very tiny. A full face session may be completed within 30 minutes, depending on the condition of the patient’s skin. After the treatment, it is common to experience redness on the face for a day. On the next day, a second session is necessary for our therapist to extract the dead skin cells from the pores without any pain or discomfort.
After the first treatment session, there is usually a decrease of 50% to 70% of acne breakouts. After the third session, up to 90% clearance of the skin can be seen. There may be variation as the numbers differ from one patient to the other. Occasionally, a small touch up session may be required after a year. Since the targeted areas are dealt with directly, it is unlikely for acne to recur, making AGNES treatment an effective, permanent cure for acne patients in Singapore.
Doctors with over 10 years of experience
The Doctors at the Clifford clinic has over 10 years of experience in aesthetic surgery procedures. Rest assured that you are in safe hands. We have hundreds of patients just like you who came to us, all leaving satisfied and happy with their results.
Our Certified Acne Doctors
Dr. Gerard Ee
Dr. Gerard Ee is the founder and medical director of The Clifford Clinic. He is fully accredited in cosmetic treatments including fillers, Botox, light therapies, and more. Driven by his passion for sharing his expertise across the medical community, Dr. Ee has accumulated his surgical experiences internationally from working in the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, National University Hospital (NUH), and Singapore General Hospital (SGH).
Dr. Chow Yuen Ho
Dr. Chow Yuen Ho is the founder and medical director of The Clifford Clinic. With over 10 years of clinical practice experience, the reputable aesthetic doctor specializes in non-invasive aesthetic and acne treatments. Dr. Chow has accomplished so much in this field. He served as the founding Director of Medical Informatics at SGH and then as the Managing Director of the Asian division of Alert Life Sciences Computing.
Acne Treatment Step 1 - Facial Treatments
At the start of the treatment, the key is to control inflammation. Using the right combination of treatment strategies, medications and aftercare products – we are able achieve a successful outcome on limiting redness and inflammation on the skin.
HydraFacial is a patented technology which utilizes vortex cleansing to cleanse the pores and remove micro-blockages – which are responsible for pimples and acne breakouts. Debris and congestion, such as blackheads and whiteheads, are cleared out from the pores simultaneously as the facial works to cleanse, extract, and hydrate the skin.
Through the gentle exfoliation process, a new layer of skin will be uncovered. By preventing the pores from getting clogged and congested, there is better acne control.
At The Clifford Clinic, we combine HydraFacial with Alphalight – a treatment which applies photodynamic (PDT) therapy to eliminate deep-rooted bacteria. In just one session, patients can often observe reduced skin redness and inflammation. Nonetheless, it usually takes between 5 to 10 sessions to effectively clear up the entire face.
Acne Treatment Step 2 - Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are a crucial part of any acne treatment plan. By producing intense monochromatic light varied by a narrow band of wavelengths, lasers are able to target the P. acnes bacteria residing on the skin which is responsible for acne breakouts.
Additionally, different lasers of varied wavelengths can be used to target the excessive blood vessels surrounding the inflamed areas, including the scars and pigmentation left behind when the acne heals.
If you are looking for a treatment with zero downtime, the Q-switch and Vbeam laser are your best options. Under the hands of a skillful doctor, laser treatment for acne is fast and offers excellent results. One session can take anywhere between 10-15 minutes, and patients are able to return to their daily activities after the treatment.
Acne Treatment Step 3 - Localised Acne Treatment
Amongst the recent acne treatment developments in Singapore is AGNES – offering a permanent and long-term solution to cystic acne and painful breakouts.
By targeting the source of the problem, AGNES is able to selectively shrink the sebaceous glands to effectively minimize recurrent acne.
When you notice that acne often recurs in the same exact spot, this is a tell-tale sign that the particular pore is damaged by scarring. Using AGNES, our doctors will be able to look at your skin under high magnification to identify the damaged pores, individually treating them with tiny bursts of RF energy to shrink the oil glands – significantly reducing the chances of acne recurring over that specific pore.
Another cutting-edge treatment is the Gold Photothermal Therapy (PTT) treatment. During Gold PTT, gold nanoparticles are delivered into pores and sebaceous glands using a 40kHz Ultrasound device called Bellasonic. Only bellasonic can utlise the correct wavelength to deliver the gold nanoparticles into the oil glands before heating them with specialised lasers like the 800nm Diode Laser and the 1064nm Long-pulsed Laser. The targeted heating permanently modifies the pores and glands, reducing their secretion and in turn reducing acne permanently.
The gold nanoparticles are perhaps the most important component in this treatment. These specially designed nanoparticles have highly customisable optical properties, which make them ideal for various therapeutic applications from acne treatment to cancer therapy.
When used as an acne treatment, gold nanoparticles convert photo energy to heat when excited by specific wavelengths of light emitted by specialised lasers. The heating modifies the sebaceous glands, resulting in a decrease of active acne. Gold PTT is a safe treatment with no side effect observed when treating enlarged facial pores and active acne.
The Clifford Clinic is the first to introduce AGNES and Gold PTT acne treatments into Singapore. As the pioneers for AGNES and Gold PTT in Singapore – we have come up with a proven safe and successful acne protocol that resolves even the most stubborn acne.
Acne Treatment Step 4 - Topical and Oral Therapy
Besides clinical acne treatments, you will need to make sure that your daily skincare routine is well-balanced and optimized for your specific skin type in order to maintain your results.
Using a selection of dermatologist prescribed skincare can help you improve oil control, without facing excessive dryness of the skin. Oftentimes, acne-prone skin is lacking in 2 types of free fatty acids, i.e., linolenic and linoleic acid. In order to replenish this, our oil glands overproduce sebum, causing the skin to be oily and shiny-looking.
At The Clifford Clinic, our signature Clifford Balancing Cream product is able to restore the levels of these crucial free fatty acids – all without causing excessive oiliness to the skin. We also carry a diverse range of topical and oral medications that are customized to suit your individual skin condition for best results. For patients with severe cystic acne and nodular acne, oral medication may be required.
Complications of Acne Treatment
The most common complications of acne treatment are redness, peeling and flaking. This is mostly due to the creams that are used during the treatment, which can be somewhat drying and irritating to the skin. Some of the drugs that are used as part of the treatment can also cause photosensitivity.
Even though a little bit of irritation and dry skin is inevitable – it is of utmost importance that the skin is well-hydrated and protected from the sun after the treatment. In addition, our doctors will constantly review the levels of dryness and irritation of the skin and adjust the treatment accordingly.
Overtime, the skin will adapt to the treatment and become balanced. This usually takes an average of 4 weeks after the start of the acne treatment.
Patients typically see immediate improvements in their acne after treatment is initiated. However, there are some patients (roughly 10%) who may actually get an acne flare-up after starting treatment. However, this is not a cause for concern – your skin is simply purging out the impurities and blockages.
Yes, it is possible for acne to be completely cured! 90% of our patients have good responses to their treatment and see a significant improvement in their skin. The remaining 10% may still face persistent acne – in this case, a longer-term acne treatment is recommended.
The two most common types of acne are adolescent and adult acne.
While adolescent acne, which happens during your teenage years, is easier to cure by simply controlling the excessive oiliness of the skin until your skin stabilizes – adult acne is far more persistent. The agnes treatment is a cure for stubborn adult acne, allowing one to cure the acne once and for all.
Lasting up to decades, there are a number of triggers that onset adult acne, such as hormones, stress and environmental pollution. The earlier you undergo treatment, the faster you will be able to experience clear skin.
Why Choose Us?
Acne treatment in Singapore has advanced over the years, with the invention of modern and better technologies that can tackle and resolve even the toughest cases of acne.
If you are suffering from persistent acne that defies other conventional forms of therapy – we would like to invite you to a consultation with our doctors. Trained with over 18 years of combined experience in the aesthetics field, Dr. Gerard Ee and Dr. Chow Yuen Ho are familiar with treating all types of acne, many of which have been considered as “untreatable”.
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Our acne treatment plan involves not only eliminating your acne problems, but also the scarring that comes with it. We invite you to book a consultation with us to discuss how we can remove your acne problems for good. Just imagine a flawless face with no signs of acne or scarring.
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