Aesthetics, Conditions Services

Acne Clearance

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions worldwide. It affects the vast majority of youths and a large proportion of adults. It can affect how you feel about yourself and your appearance, and has been known to contribute to low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. 

What is acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition in Singapore, and it occurs when the hair follicles on our skin become clogged or blocked with oil, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells. This leads to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples (papules and pustules), or cysts, and usually affects the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders.

What Causes Acne?

As explained earlier, acne is caused when our hair follicles become blocked with oil, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells but there are several factors that contribute to the formation of acne, these are:


Hormones: when boys and girls go through puberty, they experience an increase in the hormone androgen, which causes oil glands (sebaceous gland) to enlarge, thus increasing the production of oil or sebum, ultimately leading to acne.


Genetics: some individuals are more prone to acne due to their genetics, if you have a family member with acne, your chance of developing acne is significantly higher.


Stress: stress stimulates the production of cortisol, a hormone which contributes to the development of acne.


Diet/medication: a diet rich in sugar and some medications, such as those that contain corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium, have been known to cause acne.

How does acne clearance work?

At Zest, we treat or clear acne by targeting the bacteria, sweat glands, and skin cells that contribute to its development. Our treatment involves one or more of the following:

● Broadband light therapy

Also known as BBL™ therapy, it is a non-invasive treatment option for acne clearance. At Zest, we use Forever Clear BBL™ Hero for our patients. It works by using light energy to target oil glands and kill bacteria. Additionally, Forever Clear BBL™ Hero also encourages the regeneration of skin cells.

● Laser

One of the most sought after treatment for acne and acne scars, lasers work by targeting overactive oil glands, stimulating the production of collagen, and encouraging skin resurfacing. At Zest, our Fotona Dynamis laser uses heat to target oil glands, minimise inflammation, and increase the production of collagen.

● Chemical peel

Enerpeel®, delivers anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients deep into the skin, while also exfoliating and cleansing your skin.

Benefits of acne clearance

Our doctors will advise you on the best treatment option for your issues.

  • Early treatment of acne can prevent acne scarring
  • Prevents mild acne from becoming severe
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Boosts self-esteem
  • Non-invasive
  • Safe and effective

Suitable candidates for acne clearance in Singapore

Individuals with the following issues are suitable candidates for acne clearance:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Pimples (papules and pustules)
  • Nodules
  • Cysts