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Moles vs Skin Tags: What's The Difference?

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Spotted a growth or mark on your skin but not quite sure what it is? It’s common to assume such growths are moles, but they could be other things like skin tags – another type of skin growth.

Moles and skin tags can differ in terms of colour, size, and how they are formed – and this can affect how they should be safely removed if you wish to do so. We break down the difference between moles and skin tags:

Characteristics of Moles

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Colour
: Moles are growths on the skin that have black, brown, blue, or flesh-coloured tones.

Size: They can grow in a raised fashion or flat on the skin’s surface.

Causes: Moles form when melanocytes – skin cells that gives your skin its colour – grow in a concentrated cluster instead of spreading out over the surface of the skin. The increased skin pigment in that cluster gives your mole its colour. Moles may darken in colour the more they are exposed to sunlight.

Moles can form as a result of genetics, hormonal factors e.g. pregnancy, or sun exposure.

Removal:
Cryotherapy: This involves the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole till it drops off on its own.

Lasers: A targeted laser treatment precisely burns away the mole, sealing blood vessels while keeping surrounding skin intact.

Minor Surgery: For larger moles, Dr Kok might opt for a minor surgical procedure to remove the mole. This is a daytime procedure that does not require hospitalisation – a local anaesthetic will be administered to the treatment area to ensure the procedure is as comfortable for you as possible.



Characteristics of Skin Tags

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Colour
: Skin tags range in colour from flesh-toned to brown.

Size: often looks like a “3D” growth from one’s skin

Causes: Skin tags are small growths of skin tissue caused by friction – when the skin continually rubs against itself. Hence, skin tags tend to occur in areas such as the underarms, neck, or groin.

Removal: Like moles, skin tags can also be removed via cryotherapy: the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin tag until it drops off on its own.

Laser treatments can also effectively remove skin tags, sealing blood vessels while keeping surrounding skin intact.

The good news: you don’t have to worry about them most of the time though – they tend to be harmless. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry and know your ABCDEs when conducting routine mole checks:

The ABCDEs of Mole Checks
Asymmetry: Imagine a line cutting through the mole. If the two halves don’t match, it’s considered asymmetrical – a warning sign for melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

Border: Normal, harmless moles tend to have smooth, even borders. If your mole has a jagged border, it’s best to get it checked.

Colour: Most moles only consist of one colour. A mole with multiple colours is a warning sign that shouldn’t be ignored.

Diameter: Cancerous moles usually tend to be bigger in size – usually larger than 6mm in diameter.

Evolving: Benign moles tend to stay the same over time. If you notice any change in size, colour, or traits such as bleeding or itching, this points to danger.

For more information on our mole and skin tag removal treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria Office Tower, #10-04, along Orchard Road.

We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.

Blog > The Truth About "Bacne"

The Truth About "Bacne"

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Having an acne breakout on your face is hardly fun, what’s more the dreaded bacne breakout? Many of us are especially prone to bacne, or back acne, as our backs are covered with many oil glands, just like our faces.

What’s more, sweat from our daily routine, combined with dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day, can clog pores, giving the perfect environment for acne-causing bacteria to multiply, leading to the dreaded bacne breakout.

The causes of bacne can be more innocuous than we think! We list 3 of the more common causes here:

Skin Products
Sometimes our skin products can do more damage than we think! Some types of body butters or moisturisers could potentially clog our pores, in turn creating an environment in which acne-causing bacteria can thrive and grow.


Poor Exercise Habits
Putting off the post-exercise shower – the longer the delay, the more time sweat and bacteria have to get trapped in your pores. Just changing out from sweat-soaked clothes will help minimise bacteria-to-skin contact, and in turn reduce possibility of a breakout.


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Wearing tight fitting clothing – this tends to trap sweat, in turn clogging pores and triggering breakouts. Try wearing looser clothing, preferably made of cotton – this allows your skin to breathe more easily.


Diet
Diets full of refined carbohydrates and simple sugars can increase the inflammation levels in our bodies and activity of sebaceous glands, which can in turn spur acne breakouts.


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If you’ve tried making changes to the above but to no effect, don’t fret! We’ve got your back (absolutely no pun intended). Here are a couple of solutions we’ve got:


Medical-Grade Prescriptions
Prescription treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help to gently exfoliate skin and treat existing acne breakouts on your back. If your case is more severe, a prescription-strength topical medication or oral antibiotic might be more suitable for you.


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Probiotics
As mentioned earlier, digestion is affected by what we eat, especially if it is full of refined carbohydrates and sugars, and the daily stress and anxieties in our lives – this can shift our inner microbial colonies for the worse. When that happens, the inflammation levels in our bodies increase and this can show on our skin. But by taking probiotics prescribed by your medical professional, this can help to restore a healthy environment in our gut and reduce the chances of our skin getting inflamed.


AFA Clay Peel Facials
AFA Clay Peel facials draw out impurities from clogged pores, helping skin appear smoother, softer, and firmer. Over a series of treatments, it is also possible to see improvements in bacne, as well as fine lines, rough skin, and pigmentation. This specialised facial is only available through medical professionals.


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Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are specialised chemical solutions administered by Dr Kok in a controlled setting. These safely encourage the growth of new skin, while lightening bacne scars.

For more on chemical peels and what to expect during the procedure, head here.


Laser Treatments
If you feel that your case is really severe, you might want to adopt a more aggressive treatment method. Laser treatments can help to smooth out acne scars, reduce active acne breakouts and improve skin texture and tone.

For more information on our back acne treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria Office Tower, #10-04, along Orchard Road.

We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.


Blog > How To Reduce Cystic Acne

How To Reduce Cystic Acne

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We’ve all woken up, slightly panicking at the sight of a pimple suddenly appearing overnight, but thankfully most of these flareups tend to resolve themselves within a couple of days. However, there is one particular breed of acne that can persist for days – even weeks! – and leave behind unwanted marks and scars: cystic acne.


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This form of acne tends to be characterised by large, red bumps that are swollen and painful when touched. Also known as nodulocystic acne, this is the most severe form of acne.

It occurs when your pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells, allowing acne-causing bacteria p. acne to accumulate and multiply, resulting in inflammation that occurs deep within your skin. Unlike your standard pimple, cystic acne doesn’t develop a white head, but rather becomes large, fluid-filled cysts that develop under the surface of the skin.


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Given its severity, slathering on over-the-counter acne creams may not have the same effect on cystic acne – and in fact, might make things worse! Over-the-counter acne treatments are generally not designed to penetrate so deeply into the skin, and might leave you with dry, flaky bumps and irritated skin instead.

Rather, cystic acne is best treated with:

Oral Medicine
Medicine prescribed by a medical professional, such as Accutane or antibiotics, can help to reduce inflammation.

Such medicine can help to reduce oil production and reduce the occurrence of acne-causing bacteria, in turn helping to prevent acne breakouts.


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Medical-grade topical creams
Topical creams that contain antibiotics can help to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation.


Blue Light Therapy
Blue light, at a specific wavelength of 415nm, has been scientifically proven to be effective against acne-causing bacteria. This makes blue light therapy facials great for reducing current cystic acne while preventing future breakouts.


Depending on how your doctor diagnoses your skin condition, he/she may prescribe you a combination of oral medicines, light therapy, and medical grade creams.


What about laser treatments?
While laser treatments, such as carbon laser peels, are great for reducing standard acne breakouts, they’re not so effective when it comes to cystic acne because it doesn’t treat the root cause of the inflammation.

But in the event that the cystic acne leaves behind marks or scars, laser treatments can help reduce the appearance of the scar by encouraging the growth of new skin.


For more information on our cystic acne treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit us at Wisma Atria Office Tower, #10-04, along Orchard Road.

We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.