WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne is inflammation of the sebaceous (oil) glands of the skin. At first these glands become blocked (blackheads and whiteheads) and then inflammation can lead to red bumps (papules), yellow heads (pustules), and even deep, tender cysts.
Acne is a common disorder of adolescence. It appears usually on the face, but can extend onto neck, chest and back.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF ACNE?
Acne is related to the increase in the levels of the male hormones during puberty in both sexes. Although the increase in hormone levels is normal, some people seem more sensitive to it.
Bacteria on the skin grow in the blocked gland and release fatty acids, which are irritating and set up inflammation.
WHO GETS ACNE/PIMPLES?
Most young men ages 13- 18 will get acne. It is worse in males ages 18- 19. It is slightly less common in girls; for them it is worse around 14 years and around period time.
WHEN WILL ACNE SETTLE DOWN?
It usually settles by the age of 20, but may continue longer in severe cases.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT ACNE:
A WORD TO PARENTS
Your son or daughter hates acne and finds it embarrassing. It is not due to the way skin is washed or what is eaten- it just happens.
It will not help if you are overanxious; give support and encouragement instead, especially following your doctor’s instructions.
This varies according to the severity and persistence of the problem and the person’s skin type.
Avoid any foods that may seem to aggravate your acne (such as chocolate or milk), but special diets are not advised. However, have a sensible, nutritious meal.
SOAP AND WASHING
Special soaps are unhelpful. Use a normal soap and wash gently and often- do not scrub.
Avoid oily or creamy cosmetics and all moisturizers. Use cosmetics sparingly. Water- based lotion / cosmetics are preferred.
HAIR WASHING AND SHAMPOOS
These make no difference.
This is not recommended; avoid picking and squeezing.
This is not of proven value.
This can be very beneficial (includes sunlight and controlled artificial ultraviolet light). However, avoid extreme exposure to ultraviolet light. (This includes avoiding sunburn).
ACNE LOTIONS, CREAMS AND GELS
Many preparations are useful. These include sulphur, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoic (tretinoin) lotions.
ANTIBIOTICS FOR PIMPLES
Those taken by mouth are of proven value, especially long-term tetracyclines. Topical antibiotic preparations are also effective.
Women who have acne and require oral contraception can benefit from some pill preparations. Ask your doctor or dermatologist.
A Comprehensive Allergy Test can be done at our medical clinic. Please make an appointment for a consultation with Dr Don Lau at Tel: 6694 1661.
Comprehensive Allergies Test for up to 101 allergens:
* Food Allergy eg Seafood, Nuts, Eggs, Fish, Meat, Fruits, Seeds or Vegetables.
* Dust/Mold Allergy
* Insect Sting Allergy.
* Pet/Cockroach Allergy.
* Eye or Skin Allergy
* Sinus Infection/Allergic Rhinitis
* Drug/Latex Allergy
Health Assessment & Screening Packages
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Skin Problems - Treatment for Allergies, Dermatitis, Eczema & Urticaria/Hives
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Up to $400 per Medisave Account per year can be used for Vaccinations under the National Adult & Childhood Immunisation Schedule - Influenza, Pneumococcal (PCV13/PPSV), Human Papillomavirus (HPV2/HPV4), Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap), Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) and Chickenpox (Varicella).
Part of MOH's Swab & Go Home programme. Our clinic can carry out the COVID-19 Swab test for anyone who meets the MOH medical criteria. All individuals aged 13 and above, diagnosed with ARI will be COVID Swab-tested. Cost of Swab test to be borne by Ministry of Health Singapore.
Part of the National Influenza Sentinel Surveillance programme with MOH. If you have a fever of > 38 degrees with a cough, our clinic is able to test for COVID-19. For children below 12 years old with clinical diagnosis of HFMD (eg fever, oral ulcers, rash), our clinic can test for Hand Foot & Mouth Disease (The tests are for surveillance purposes only).
Dermatology Problems - Acne, Dry Skin, Warts, Corns & Calluses on Feet
Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine in Singapore
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccine has now been approved for use by private clinics in Singapore against the COVID-19 virus under the Special Access Route. It is the first China-made vaccine to be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
To date, more than a billion doses of the Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV have been administered. The vaccine has also been approved for use in over 50 countries around the world.
If you would like to receive the Sinopharm vaccine or booster, please make your appointment at MD Int'l Medical Centre at Tel: 6694 1661.
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COVID Symptoms to watch out for:
SARS-CoV-2 Virus Infection of Human Organ Tissues through Cell ACE-2 Receptors:
Ministry of Health Recommendation :
For recovered persons who had not completed a primary series before infection:
Asymptomatic patients may not display no symptoms of illness. Vulnerable people should get vaccinated against Influenza as the stop gap until the COVID vaccine is found. The Flu vaccine would protect susceptible people from, as well as exclude the Flu and H1N1 viruses should they start to show URTI or ARI symptoms.
- Latest Influenza Vaccine
The latest Influenza Vaccine is now available. It protects against the Flu and H1N1 Viruses. In the event that a person displays flu-like symptoms after the Flu vaccination, both Flu and H1N1 may be excluded in his diagnosis, and treatment can be sought quickly should the patient have contracted COVID-19.
Ministry of Health Safety protocols are adhered to at all times for the safe vaccination of you and your family.
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Medical Services available :
Public Health Preparedness Clinic
National University Health System Primary Care Network
Singapore Ministry of Health Chronic Disease Management Programme (CDMP)
The information provided in this website is for knowledge purposes only. It does not constitute medical advice.
Should you encounter any medical problem that you are unsure of, always consult your doctor or health care provider for assistance and medical advice.
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Please contact us at Tel: 6694 1661 to make an appointment.
Please make an appointment for the following at Tel: 6694 1661:
* Supervised COVID ART Test / Pre-Event Test
* Pre-Departure PCR Swab Test / Serology Testing
MBBS (Monash), B Med Sc (Hons) (Monash), Dip Pract Derm (Wales, UK)
The Chiropractic Association Singapore, Japan Chiropractic Register, American Chiropractic Association, California Chiropractic Association
Physiotherapy-trained NBCE The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
YAMAGATA Chihiro 山懸千尋
· Injection for Supraspinatus or Bicipital Tendonitis / Epicondylitis / Trigger finger / Plantar Fasciitis
· Tendon Sheath Injection
· Excision of small Skin tumours / Lipomas / Nail bed / Ear lobe cysts / Meibomian cyst
· Removal of Skin sutures / Skin tags / Sebaceous cysts / Various foreign bodies / Corneal foreign body
· Liquid Nitrogen Therapy
· Treatment of Plantar Warts / Calluses / Corns / Ganglions
· Splinters under nails
· Olecranon and Pre-patellar Bursitis
· Ear syringing
· Embedded earring stud
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