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Wedding Skincare Emergency Fixes

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Woke up and found a huge zit just days before your grand march down the aisle? It happens to the best of us. It’s always good to be prepared for any last minute skincare emergencies, and we’re here to help with that!

Potential Emergency #1: A Huge Zit
If a huge pimple appears a couple of days before your wedding, don’t fret! You can always opt for an intralesional corticosteroid injection, which can reduce the acne size and inflammation relatively quickly. If you’re prone to severe acne, it might be useful to schedule an emergency appointment with your aesthetic doctor in advance, just in case. But remember: under all circumstances, don't squeeze that zit!


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If the pimple is relatively mild, there’s no need to resort to such an extreme option. Instead, wash your face with a gentle acne cleanser. Follow by applying an acne spot cream before getting your makeup artist to work her magic with concealer.

For more information on the acne treatments we offer, head here.


Potential Emergency #2: Red Splotchy Skin
Reddish skin patches can be caused by a number of factors:

If they are caused by an allergy, topical creams and oral medications can help to reduce redness. For more severe cases, an allergy shot might be needed on top of topical and oral medications.

If the red patches are caused by a heat rash, apply a cooling compress or our in-house cream that minimises redness and itchiness to the affected area. Be sure to avoid oil-based cosmetics or creams, as these could clog your sweat glands, further worsening your heat rash.


Potential Emergency #3: Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes can be caused by water retention or lack of sleep.


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Simple home remedies involve applying something cooling to the eye area, such as an eye mask, cucumber slices, or even the back of a chilled spoon! This helps to constrict blood and lymph vessels, which in turn reduces the swelling.

For something more targeted, we offer eye facial treatments that help to reduce puffiness and tighten skin around the eye area. Best of all, these treatments are relaxing and have no downtime!

A diet high in salt and alcohol intake can also cause puffy eyes and bloatedness, so it’s best to cut down on salt and booze at least a week before your big day. Try to cut down your water intake 3 hours before bedtime too. For a more detailed guide on how to prep your skin for your big day, click here.

If you’re looking to prep your skin for your big day, we offer brightening facials and laser treatments to treat any skin concerns you may have.





For more information on our bridal packages and treatments, head here, give us a call at +65 6738 4700,or email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com. We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.

Blog > Pre-Wedding Skincare: How to start & where to begin

Pre-Wedding Skincare: How to start & where to begin

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Getting prepped for the big day can sound quite overwhelming at times – we all hear how brides have flawless skin and glowing complexions on their wedding day, but how? How does one begin a wedding beauty regimen? Where does one even start?


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We break it down for you: here are 3 simple steps you can start off from, and how you can take it up a notch whenever you feel up for it.

#1: ADOPT GOOD SKINCARE PRACTICES

Having good skincare habits way before your big day is crucial – if your skin isn’t in good condition, makeup won’t sit well on it, no matter how much you try.

Start off with a simple cleansing regimen of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising daily.

In the daytime, remember to apply sunscreen, preferably sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

And at night, remember to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup! Not removing makeup properly is one of the major contributors to clogged pores. Clogged pores also create a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria, potentially causing acne breakouts as well. Try double cleansing first with an oil-based makeup remover, followed by a water-based makeup remover.


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Take it up a notch by introducing retinol in your skincare routine. Retinol, or the technical name for Vitamin A, has an astounding number of benefits for your skin:

  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Boosts collagen production
  • Speeds up cellular turnover
  • Lighten age spots, melasma, and other forms of pigmentation
  • Minimise large pores


#2: LEARN TO MANAGE STRESS

Wedding planning can take a toll on even the most organised bride – last minute RSVPs! Seating plans are always a nightmare. Believe it or not, a lot of our skin problems can be triggered by our psychological state of being.

Stress, when not properly managed, can cause insomnia, worsen rosacea, and even trigger eczema breakouts, effectively sabotaging any skincare efforts you may be doing to prep your skin for your big day. Needless to say, bringing stress levels down is the way to go!


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Start off by practising mindful breathing, or meditate with the help of apps such as Breathe or Headspace, when you feel things start to get overwhelming.

The great thing about meditation is that it’s not something that you have to practise for weeks to reap the benefits – you can see positive changes immediately! Not only does meditation reduce your body’s production of stress-related hormones, it also gives your brain a break from worrying about your to-do list.

Take it up a notch by fitting in a yoga class or two – that definitely helps as well! Yoga classes, apart from clearing the mind, also have the benefit of toning your core muscles, helping you look lean and toned for your big day.


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#3: GET PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

Most brides tend to seek help from an aesthetic doctor to achieve their goal of having glowing, radiant skin for their weddings.

Start off by seeking facial treatments that address your skin concerns:

Hydradermabrasion:

This aesthetic facial treatment uses the healing powers of water and oxygen to achieve the double effect of exfoliating dead skin cells and deeply cleansing pores. The active infusion of medical-grade serums also help in visibly hydrating skin.


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Medical-Grade Facials:

At LS Aesthetic, our facials are not only designed to relax, rejuvenate, and pamper your skin, but also treat any skin conditions you might have, such as acne, pigmentation, or overall skin rejuvenation.

Our facials can include ultrasonic cleansing, which deeply cleanses your skin with the use of ultrasound technology, as well as mild enzyme peels to speed up cellular turnover, and brighten skin.


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If you are particularly worried about dark eye circles, we also offer eye facials to lighten and brighten the undereye area, through the infusion of active serums.

Take it up a notch by going for laser treatments to further treat any skin problems you may wish to get rid off before your big day!

Laser Treatments:

Laser treatments are useful in treating a variety of skin concerns, such as acne, pigmentation, mild wrinkles, or unwanted body hair, while remaining non-invasive and requiring little to no downtime!

Most lasers are great as lunchtime beauty fixes – get your treatment done in less than half an hour, and feel free to apply makeup and resume your daily routine immediately after.


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Dark eye circles can also be treated with specially-targeted eye laser treatments, which help in reducing pigment and managing the appearance of blood vessels – both of which could be the causes of your dark eye circles.

And the best part of seeking professional help is, all the planning is done for you! No need to worry about where to start or how to begin prepping your skin for your big day – your skincare treatments will be planned and scheduled for you, based on your needs.

For more information on the bridal packages and treatments we offer, head on here.

Feel free to reach out to us! Give us a call at +65 6738 4700 or email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com. We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.

Blog > 7 Acne Treatments That Your Derm Would Approve

7 Acne Treatments That Your Derm Would Approve

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We know that sense of dread when you see a zit emerging… and the first things we reach out for: spot treatments! Over-the-counter acne patches!

But those don’t always work, so what do we do when we want our acne to go away, fast?

At LS Aesthetic Clinic, we’ve rounded up various acne treatment programs we offer that cater to a range of acne conditions, as well as those acne scars that just won’t go away.

  1. LASER TREATMENTS
    At LS Aesthetic Clinic, we offer multiple laser programs to treat acne and acne scars.

    Laser Treatments, Acne Peels, & Hydradermabrasion for Acne-Prone Skin | LS Aesthetic Clinic


    • Carbon Laser Peel
      This involves the application of a carbon cream on your face prior to your laser treatment and has the effect of:
      • Reducing acne breakouts
      • Minimising pore size
      • Lightening acne scars
      • Controlling sebum production

    • Lasers for Acne & Acne Scars
      Our other laser programs, such as the Dual Yellow laser, also help to address acne concerns by reducing breakouts and facial redness, smoothing out acne scars and promoting the growth of newer, smoother skin.

      And the great thing is, most of these laser procedures are tolerable, comfortable, and have no downtime! Feel free to apply makeup or resume your daily activities immediately post-treatment.

  2. ACNE PEELS
    These are mild chemical peels that can safely resurface the skin while reducing the appearance of acne scars.

    Laser Treatments, Acne Peels, & Hydradermabrasion for Acne-Prone Skin | LS Aesthetic Clinic


    If you find yourself backing off after hearing the word “peel”, don’t fret! At LS Aesthetic, we have acne peels that work their magic while having absolutely no downtime and no peeling of the skin afterwards. You’ll be able to resume your daily activities right after treatment!
  3. ACNE FACIAL PROGRAMS
    We offer a series of customised acne facial packages to not only reduce acne breakouts, but also clear comedones and reduce hair follicle infections (which by the way, can be perfect breeding grounds for acne bacteria). This can be done through the use of specialised machines we use, to provide services such as:

    • Microdermabrasion
    • Hydradermabrasion
    • Ultrasonic Cleansing

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      Our acne facial treatments can also be combined with laser treatments for even more effective results!
  4. BLUE LIGHT THERAPY
    Since acne is actually caused by p.acnes bacteria, having blue light therapy actually helps to eliminate the bacteria before they multiply and cause that unwanted acne breakout.

    Why blue light though? Blue light – specifically at a wavelength of 415 nm – has been scientifically proven to kill acne-causing bacteria by effectively shutting down the bacteria cells’ metabolisms.

    Blue light therapy can be easily tailored into our acne facial programs for a more holistic approach towards fighting unwanted acne.
  5. ORAL MEDICATION
    For those with moderate to severe acne, stronger medications can be prescribed to keep acne under control. These medicines work by reducing oil production, as well as killing acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation.

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  7. INTERLESIONAL CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS
    Relax! This doesn’t sound as scary as it seems. A mild corticosteroid is injected directly into the acne cyst and studies have shown that within 24 hours, your acne cyst will disappear! It will feel a little like an ant bite, as with most injections, but at LS Aesthetic, we take steps to make this process as comfortable for you as possible.

    Do take note though: this is generally considered as a last resort option for a severe cyst, or an emergency solution if you want to get rid of a sudden huge zit before an important social occasion.
  8. MEDICAL-GRADE ACNE SKINCARE
    It’s important to adopt a holistic, 360° mindset when it comes to fighting acne. Hence, apart from acne treatments, having a skincare routine specially tailored to treat acne is just as important.


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    At LS Aesthetic, we offer a complete range of skincare products ranging from cleansers and scrubs, to moisturisers and acne creams, for various skin types and conditions.

    Our skincare range is medical-grade, meaning that it meets high medical-quality standards, and is also sourced from reputable medical suppliers.
So when you see zits that don’t seem to go away, don’t despair! There’s always a treatment for that.

Dr. Allan Kok understands the emotional distress acne can cause and has more than 10 years of experience treating various acne conditions. For more information, give us a call at +65 6738 4700 or email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com. We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.

Blog > 5 Common Misconceptions About Acne

5 Common Misconceptions About Acne

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Acne: a lot of us have it, but more often than not, we get confused by the numerous myths surrounding acne and what causes it.

LS Aesthetic Clinic tackles 5 of the most common acne myths head-on, and clears up the confusion surrounding these myths.


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MYTH #1: Greasy foods cause acne.
There is little scientific evidence to prove that greasy or oily foods cause acne outbreaks. However, dairy-related products have been proven to aggravate acne formulation.

MYTH #2: Acne is caused by dirt on my skin.
Acne is not caused by dirt, but rather by p. acnes, a type of bacteria that occurs naturally on our skin. However, if p.acnes bacteria is trapped in clogged pores, the bacteria will multiply, eventually leading to an acne outbreak.

Hence, it is important to exfoliate your skin regularly, to ensure that your pores are not clogged by excess sebum or dirt that provide a breeding ground for p.acnes bacteria to multiply.


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MYTH #3: Having acne means I don’t wash my face often enough,
That’s definitely not true! You can’t get rid of acne breakouts simply by washing your face more often. In fact, washing your face too frequently and aggressively can lead to more irritated skin and make any existing acne breakouts much worse.

Instead, wash your face 1 – 2 times a day with warm water and a cleanser containing glycolic or salicylic acid – these are active ingredients proven to be effective in fighting acne.

MYTH #4: The stronger the skincare product, the better it is for treating acne.
This is not always true. Using products that are too harsh for your skin can actually be counter-productive – this just leads to traumatised, irritated skin, and that’s what we definitely don’t want!

Use what your dermatologist recommends, follow his/her acne skincare protocol, and you’ll be just fine.


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MYTH #5: Drying up acne spots with toothpaste or other drying chemicals can help to clear acne.
People often think that putting toothpaste, alcohol, or other drying chemicals can help to clear dry up a pimple. But in fact, when your skin is dry, it produces even more oil. If more sebum is produced and this ends up clogging your pores, any p. acnes bacteria trapped inside can easily multiply, leading to further acne outbreaks. Using proper acne targeted spot treatments recommended by your dermatologist will be more effective in clearing up those unwanted pimples – fast!

So, whenever you find yourself swimming in the sea of myths surrounding acne and acne formation, ignore them lest you end up doing something to aggravate an acne breakout instead! Speak with your dermatologist about acne treatments, such as laser treatments, oral medication, or acne facial treatment programs, as well as skincare routines that will work for you, and your skin will thank you.

Dr. Allan Kok knows the distress that acne can cause, and has more than 10 years of experience in treating different acne conditions. For more information, give us a call at +65 6738 4700 or email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com.We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.

Blog > A Step-by-Step Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

A Step-by-Step Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin

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Acne – most of us have it, but many of us don’t know how to properly handle it. For those with acne-prone skin, having a good skincare routine is a good first step to fight acne growth, and lighten blemishes.

At LS Aesthetic Clinic, we offer a wide range of medical-grade skincare products not just for your daily skincare routine, but also to address any skin problems, such as acne.

We’ve also put together a comprehensive day and night skincare routine specially for those with acne-prone skin, along with tips on how to best take care of your skin!

DAY

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  1. Scrub
    • Using a facial scrub helps to gently remove dead skin cells on the outer surface layer of your skin.
    • This prevents a buildup of dead skin cells, which can otherwise cause clogged pores, in turn trapping dirt and bacteria which can cause acne breakouts.
    • If you prefer to exfoliate your skin at night, feel free to skip this step in the morning.

  2. Cleanser
    • Use a facial cleanser to ensure that any remaining scrub particles are thoroughly removed.
    • Given that acne-prone skin tends to be on the oily side, an astringent cleanser, such as our Acne Cleanser, is useful in removing excess sebum. Our Acne Cleanser has astringent properties, but is also specially formulated to ensure that it is not overly drying for skin.

  3. Toner
    • For those with sensitive or normal skin, look for a gentle toner that softens and calms skin. Our Rosewater Toner has skin-replenishing ingredients that sooths and refreshes your face after cleansing.
    • For those with very oily skin, the use of a toner with slightly higher astringent properties, such as our Toner A33, can help to further remove excess sebum.

  4. Eye Cream
    • Always apply your eye cream before any other face creams, so that it can absorbed first before the application of other products.

  5. Acne Face Cream
    • For those struggling to tackle comedones, whiteheads, and blackheads, using a face cream specially targeted for acne-prone skin can help to minimise acne growth and clear skin.
    • Our Acne Face Cream contains the active ingredients zinc and niacinamide, both of which have anti-inflammatory effects, help to reduce sebum production, and reduce acne breakouts.

  6. Moisturiser
    • Using a moisturiser ensures that your skin is kept hydrated. Opt for an oil-free moisturiser to ensure that your skin is adequately moisturised without making your skin even more oily.
    • If your skin is on the dry side, you have the option of applying moisturiser first before acne face cream.

  7. Acne Spot Treatments/Acne Blemish Treatments
    • Spot treatments specifically targets active acne lesions, helping them to subside more quickly.
    • Acne blemish creams or gels can be applied to blemishes that previous acne breakouts have left behind, and can be highly useful in lightening unsightly blemishes.

  8. Sunblock
    • Use an oil-free sunblock to prevent the clogging of your pores.


NIGHT

Acne Skincare Tips | LS Aesthetic Clinic


  1. Makeup Remover
    • At LS Aesthetic Clinic, our Makeup Remover contains micellar water, which draws out dirt on your skin, including makeup, excess sebum, and grime, without stripping your skin of its natural oils and moisture.
    • If you prefer the option of double cleansing, use an oil-based makeup remover first, before using a water-based makeup remover to ensure all traces of the oil-based makeup remover is cleansed.

  2. Cleanser
    • Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser to remove debris, oil, and any remaining makeup remover.

  3. Scrub
    • At night, a facial scrub should be used after your facial cleanser to ensure that all makeup, dirt and debris accumulated from your daily activities are cleansed away before exfoliating. The general rule of thumb is to always exfoliate on clean skin!
    • Gentle scrubs can be done daily, once a day, but for those with more sensitive skin, stick to exfoliating your skin twice a week.

  4. Facial Sheet Masks
    • Facial sheet masks are a great way of restoring skin-loving ingredients to your skin. For those with acne-prone skin, look out for masks specially formulated for acne-prone skin, and avoid masks that have high alcohol content.

  5. Toner
    • For those with sensitive or normal skin, look for a gentle toner that softens and calms skin. Our Rosewater Toner has skin-replenishing ingredients that sooths and refreshes your face after cleansing.
    • For those with very oily skin, the use of a toner with slightly higher astringent properties, such as our Toner A33, can help to further remove excess sebum.

  6. Eye Cream
    • Always apply your eye cream before any other face creams, so that it can absorbed first before the application of other products.

  7. Acne Face Cream
    • For those struggling to tackle comedones, whiteheads, and blackheads, using a face cream specially targeted for acne-prone skin can help to minimise acne growth and clear skin.
    • Our Acne Face Cream contains the active ingredients zinc and niacinamide, both of which have anti-inflammatory effects, help to reduce sebum production, and reduce acne breakouts.

  8. Acne Spot Treatments/Acne Blemish Treatments
    • Spot treatments specifically targets active acne lesions, helping them to subside more quickly.
    • Acne blemish creams or gels can be applied to blemishes that previous acne breakouts have left behind, and can be highly useful in lightening unsightly blemishes.

Now that you have a rundown on the step-by-step routine, taking care of your skin shouldn’t feel like such a daunting task! For further acne-related queries or concerns, feel free to consult our Medical Director, Dr. Allan Kok - give us a call at +65 6738 4700 or email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com. We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.



Blog > The Complete Guide to Chemical Peels

The Complete Guide to Chemical Peels

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Always wanted to learn more about how chemical peels can rejuvenate your skin but fear the thought of how they sound? LS Aesthetic Clinic breaks it down for you: what chemical peels really are, how they work, and why there really is nothing much to fear at all.

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What are chemical peels?
A chemical peel is an aesthetic treatment used to promote the growth of new, rejuvenated skin, through the application of a chemical solution, which encourages the exfoliation of dead skin cells.


What can it do for my skin?
Chemical peels can be applied to the face, neck, or hands. The benefits are multifold! They can:

  • Reduce fine lines caused by UV damage and aging

  • Reduce pigmentation (age spots, freckles, or melasma)

  • Improve the appearance of mild scars (e.g. acne scars or chicken pox scars)

  • Treat certain types of acne

  • Promote the growth of new, smooth, and rejuvenated skin

  • Improve skin texture and tone


Are chemical peels safe?
When a chemical peel is administered by an experienced doctor, it is a very safe procedure.


Do they hurt? Is there any downtime?
Chemical peels may sting slightly, but they do not cause a lot of pain. It will most likely feel like a prickly sensation that most patients report as highly tolerable.

What you feel will also depend on the type of peel you choose! The stronger the peel, the stronger the prickly sensation you are likely to feel.

The level of downtime also depends on the type of peel you choose. While mild peels have no downtime, stronger peels might see your skin peeling and a couple of days worth of downtime.


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What are the different types of chemical peels?
There are essentially 3 types of chemical peels:

  1. Superficial peel: Also commonly known as the “lunchtime peel”, this form of chemical peel only penetrates the outer layers of your skin, gently exfoliating dead skin cells and rejuvenating your skin without any form of peeling or downtime. Such peels often contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), which include naturally-occurring fruit acids such as glycolic or citric acids.

  2. Medium peel: These use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to penetrate the outer and middle layers of your skin, and can be effective in treating moderate wrinkles, pigmentation from aging or UV damage, as well as acne.

  3. Deep peel: This is the most aggressive form of a chemical peel that penetrates several layers of skin to produce skin rejuvenation from within. This allows for a faster rate of new collagen production as compared to other peels, but also results in aggressive skin peeling and a longer downtime period. At LS Aesthetic Clinic, we do not offer or recommend deep peels as there are better treatment alternatives with less downtime.



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What can I expect during a chemical peel?
While procedures vary depending on the type of peel, your skin will be cleansed thoroughly, followed by the application of a medical degreaser to ensure that the treatment area is free from any oils.

The chemical peel will be applied onto your skin for a controlled amount of time, following which your skin is cleansed with cold water or a neutralising agent to stop further chemical reactions.


How do I take care of my skin after a chemical peel?
Always, always avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun! Use a mild cleanser in your skincare routine, and make sure to apply moisturisers and sunblock liberally to speed up the healing process.

If you opt for a stronger peel, refrain from picking at any peeling skin too!


Who are good candidates for chemical peels?
Most patients who wish to treat their acne, wrinkles, or pigmentation concerns are generally suited for chemical peels, but it is advisable to give your doctor an accurate medical history, such as existing cardiac or diabetic conditions, so that your doctor can choose the chemical peel that is best suited for you.

Those with darker skin tones can run the risk of getting uneven skin tones should they opt for overly aggressive chemical peels. If this applies to you, do consult your doctor on what chemical peel works best for you! You can still have good results, but should opt for superficial or less aggressive peels just to be on the safe side.

If you’d like to get in touch with us on the chemical peel treatments we provide and what works best for your skin condition, give us a call at +65 6738 4700 or email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com. We provide honest advice, quality care, and affordable prices.