Guide To Treating Hair Problems And Acne For Young Adults

A Simple Guide To Treating Hair Problems & Acne For Young Adults

Puberty is something that all of us experience once in our life. The rapid physical and emotional development that teenagers go through is what makes puberty so tough for all, if not most of us. As the body develops, one common product is acne - making puberty even tougher for some than it already is! Coupled with sudden body hair growth, most teens spend the majority of their teenage years worrying about how they look.


What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that can occur to anyone at any point in their lives, but occurs more commonly amongst teenagers. The pores under our skin are connected to glands that produce an oily substance, also known as sebum. During puberty, the hormones tend to cause the glands to produce more sebum, and the oil can cause the dead skin cells of the face to stick to the surface. People who have acne tend to observe whiteheads and blackheads on the face, while in more severe cases, pimples, and pus-filled cysts can appear. Not only can acne be itchy and painful, it also causes a lot of emotional distress in the teenager suffering from it.

Acne is considered to be a very common problem amongst teens in Singapore, with over 80% of adolescents suffering from it. Teen acne usually starts around the time of puberty and can happen to children as early as the age of nine. Statistics have also shown that the cases of acne can be more severe in teens around the ages of 14 and 15.

During the course of acne, some people may also develop acne scars. Acne scars are the result of inflammation caused by skin pores that have been engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. These acne scars cause permanent textural changes and indentations on the skin of the face and are usually a result of severe acne.

Teenage Skin Acne Scars



Prevention of acne scars

While it is tempting to pick on your pimples, did you know that this increases your risk of developing acne scars once the pimple is healed? When you pick, squeeze, or pop a pimple, you increase the risk of inflammation, and this puts you at risk of developing scars. Even though acne goes away on its own once puberty has ended, it is recommended that you seek treatment for your acne to reduce the chances of developing scars.

Some people will seek the professional opinion of a dermatologist and be prescribed with antibiotics to reduce bacteria, while some are uncomfortable with taking medications. And so, here are some options that you can take to improve your acne condition.

1. Acne facial

As acne is associated with having clogged pores, there are some facial treatments that you can get to unclog your pores and leave your skin feeling cleaner, as well as healthier. Some acne facial treatments include the Best Exfoliator & Maskne Facial that is suitable for both acne and sensitive skin. This facial is a highly effective cleansing facial that helps loosen dead skin cells, whilst providing the skin with antibacterial properties!

2. Micro-needling

Some facials in Singapore offer treatments for acne scars with the use of micro-needling. Micro-needling, as its name suggests, uses small needles to create tiny holes in the skin, and the process aims to stimulate the skin’s natural ability to heal on its own. While this does not cause the acne scars to go away completely, the process can visibly cause acne scar reduction.

3. Skin Rejuvenation Facial

Instant Glow & Whitening Facial treatment is ideal for scars and skin pigmentation issues. Using the latest technology in laser face rejuvenation, this facial treatment is effective on a wide variety of skin problems, including the reducing of acne scars. This facial aims to keep your skin looking more radiant and hydrated, while also stimulating collagen growth from within.


Hair Growth

Aside from acne problems, most teens will also see their bodies changing - like the growth of hair underarms, legs, and even on their torsos. Thankfully, with advancements in technology and skilled professionals, it is now easier to remove body hair.

Super Hair Removal (SHR) is the third generation of hair removal procedure that combines the advantages of both laser hair removal and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). A painless method that uses low fluence repetitive laser pulses targeting hair follicles, SHR can permanently remove them.


Glowing Years

Because being young should be a joyful experience, Ceramique Aesthetics would like to encourage all youths to embrace these glowing years with an irresistible promotion on not one, but two facial treatments!

For only $48 (U.P. $188/session), first-time customers to Ceramique can now enjoy two 60-minute sessions of the Best Exfoliator & Maskne Facial that is suitable for both acne and sensitive skin. And that’s not all! If you are looking for radiant and clear complexion, then you are in for a treat. For just $68 (U.P. $280/session), you will get to enjoy two 60-minute sessions of Instant Glow & Whitening Facial, that is ideal for scars and skin pigmentation issues. Hurry, book your appointments today! Leave your face in the hands of our professional beauty aestheticians at Ceramique, and let us work our magic. Book your appointment today!

Our team of highly trained beauty aestheticians can help relieve your acne and body hair growth issues, reach out to us today to find out more!

3 Things That You Need To Know About Anti Aging Skincare

Aging is a natural process that all human beings go through - not just internally but externally as well. With our skin being the largest organ in our body and also the most exposed to external elements, it is no surprise that signs of aging often show up on our skin first. Wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sagging skin are just some of the few things that might happen to our skin. Reducing such indications are often the target of most anti-aging treatments but there is so much more to anti-aging than that. As our knowledge of the aging process increases, our treatments and skincare products improve as well.

Even though we may not be able to control the natural aging process, that does mean that there is nothing we can do. If you are interested in creating an anti-aging skincare routine but have no idea where to start, this guide is just for you!


3 Things To Know About Anti-Aging Skincare

1. Understand the role of oxidative stress in our skin

Oxidative stress takes place in your body when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants. Free radicals are unstable oxygen-containing molecules that interact with other molecules in the body and cause a chain reaction. That’s where antioxidants can help - they typically give one electron to free radicals so that it can be less reactive. While our body produces free radicals naturally as part of its daily functions, having too many of them leads to oxidative stress and this is also the main culprit for skin aging.

It is impossible to avoid oxidative stress but certain external factors can accelerate it - such as spending too much time in the sun. The strong ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun interact with the skin cells and create free radicals that break down the collagen in our skin and stimulate melanin production. Collagen is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of our skin and its loss leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. Melanin is a pigment that protects our skin from UV rays but overproduction can lead to an uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation spots.

As a result, many skin specialists strongly recommend wearing sunscreen daily to protect against sun damage and accelerating oxidative stress on the skin. In fact, it is often said to be the most crucial anti-aging skincare product as it helps reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the skin. As Singapore experiences strong UV rays all throughout the year due to its location near the equator, it is doubly important for us to commit to including sunscreen in our skincare routine.



2. Look for antioxidants in anti-aging treatments and products

Since antioxidants are the key to reducing the reactivity of free radicals, it makes sense that anti-aging treatments include them. Popular antioxidants that are often found in skincare are Vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A and its derivatives (retinol, tretinoin, and tazarotene) is a well-researched molecule that has been shown to accelerate the skin renewal process and stimulate collagen production, thus reducing wrinkles and restoring that ‘bounce’. Vitamin C derivatives (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) are best known for fading hyperpigmentation and increasing collagen production. As for Vitamin E, it aids cell renewal and accelerates the healing process, which is why it is often found in moisturisers.

While there are other antioxidants that help in reversing the effects of oxidative stress, these vitamins have been shown to have the most effectiveness. As such, if you are looking for skincare products and facials with anti-aging benefits, these are the products to look out for.

3. Always hydrate your skin

Moisture is a crucial compound in ensuring that our skin forms a barrier against external elements. This is typically the role of sebum - a lipid produced by our skin’s sebaceous glands that hydrate our skin and is an important component that holds together our stratum corneum - the topmost layer of skin. As we age, our skin produces less sebum, thus resulting in dry and flaky skin. Dry skin means that skin cells have shrunk, causing gaps in the stratum corneum and making it less able to prevent harmful substances from penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin. Not only does skin become more sensitive, but it also results in fine lines and wrinkles.

Subsequently, using a moisturiser daily should also be an important part of your anti-aging skincare routine. In addition, going for regular facials can provide an extra boost of hydration that your skin will be thankful for.



The Journey To Youthful Skin Starts Now

It is a common misconception that we should pay attention to anti-aging skincare only when we have reached a certain age. However, it is often more difficult to undo the effects of aging than to prevent it. That’s why the phrase, ‘prevention is better than cure,’ is very appropriate when it comes to aging. In fact, if you are wearing sunscreen on a regular basis, you have already started an anti-aging skincare routine! With the above tips, we hope that you have a better understanding of the aging process and how you can best reduce its effects. Don’t be afraid to consult an experienced skin specialist if you would like to know more about anti-aging!

Our facial spa is staffed with highly trained skincare professionals who can customise facial treatment according to your skin needs and goals! Contact us today to find out more