What is Acne?

Acne typically appears as small red inflamed bumps on the face.

People with acne tend to face this spectrum of skin issues.

  • Comedones (Blackheads or Whiteheads)
  • Papules (Small red bumps)
  • Pustules (Red bumps with pus)
  • Cystic Acne (Large and painful red bumps, usually containing pus)
  • Nodular Acne (Large and hard skin-coloured bumps that persist for weeks to months)
  • Acne Scars

How does Acne form?

Simply put, acne occurs when the opening of a pore is blocked by excessive sebum and dead skin cells. 

The blockage results in accumulation of sebum which stimulates the growth and proliferation of P.Acnes bacteria.

The body’s immune system is called in to combat the increase in P.Acnes bacteria causing inflammation which is seen as redness, pain, swelling and formation of pus.

When sufficient pressure builds up, the acne "ruptures" and the pus and contents drain out, leading to the recovery phase of acne. Some patients may develop red marks (post inflammatory erythema), brown marks (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) or scars.

Aim of Acne Treatment

Dr Edwin has a 3 pronged approach in treating acne.

1) Acne Prevention

2) Treatment of active acne

3) Reduction of scars and post inflammatory erythema (red marks)

Treatment Options

Medical Grade Topical Skincare Products - Formulated by Dr Edwin Lim

Comedone Control Complex
A serum containing natural botanical extracts which acts to regulate sebum and effectively reduce open pores, whitehead and blackheads.

Anti Blemish Serum
Contains multi-herbal complex and botanical extracts to kill acne causing bacteria, minimise breakouts, regulate sebum, reduce inflammation and accelerate healing of red acne marks.

Acne Spot Cream
Prescription product containing antibiotics to kill acne causing bacteria, reduce inflammation and speed up acne resolution.

Comedone Control Complex

Oral Medications

For moderate to severe acne, Dr Edwin usually prescribes oral antibiotics for a period of 2 to 3 months. This antibiotic is different from the usual ones that are used to treat cough and colds.

In cases of severe stubborn acne, Acnotin is recommended for a duration of 9 to 18 months depending on body weight.


Dr Edwin has developed an Aquapure Medi-facial protocol combined with OMEGA Blue LED light specifically targeting acne. It combines several steps containing AHAs, BHAs and other active ingredients to achieve the following benefits -

  • Deeply cleanse and exfoliate
  • Remove excess sebum
  • Kill acne causing bacteria
  • Soothe skin redness
  • Lighten marks
  • Stimulate collagen for improved scar healing


The Acne Pro Yellow Laser treatment treats acne by using a special wavelength of 577nm to kill P. acne bacteria, shrink sebum producing sebaceous glands and reduce post inflammatory erythema (red marks).

Another Laser that Dr Edwin uses is the Carbon Spectra Laser "Hollywood" Peel. It helps to reduce sebum production, brightens skin. kill P.acne bacteria and reduce post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (brown marks).

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