This month, Dr Georgia Lee, medical director of the TLC Lifestyle Practice Clinic, tells you how to combat adult acne and post-acne scarring.
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I’m in my early thirties and battling acne, even though I had good skin in my younger days. What can I do to combat this? Li Fang
First, try to determine the cause of your acne. It could be due to the use of new products, so try and remember if you experienced an increase in breakouts after starting a new regimen. Your acne could also be due to hormonal issues – signs include irregular periods, an increase in body hair and mood swings. Another common cause: medications or supplements. Have you noticed a relationship between these and your acne? Once you figure out the cause of the acne, you can reduce the likelihood of breakouts.
In the meantime, use over-the-counter anti-acne products such as benzoyl peroxide cleansers, and switch to a water-based moisturiser. You should also cut back on the makeup.
What’s the quickest way to get rid of post-acne scars on the cheeks? Pamela Koh
Try a topical cream with brightening ingredients such as arbutin, mulberry and liquorice extracts, and vitamin C – these are gentle and less likely to cause irritation. If you want something more potent, go for products with ingredients such as hydroquinone and retinoids.
I spent years doing outdoor sports when I was younger. I just turned 40 and have only started wearing sunscreen daily recently. Is there any way to undo the sun damage? Maisurah Ismail
You can’t undo the damage caused by sun exposure years ago, but you can definitely improve the current state of your skin. Continue being diligent with your sunscreen and stay out of the sun, especially between 10am and 2pm, when UV rays are at their strongest. You can also start using skincare packed with antioxidants; these can help to reduce free-radical damage. If you have existing pigmentation, try laser treatments to lighten it.
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