When people say beauty is skin deep, that is exactly what they mean. Yet despite the fact that beauty is but a superficial feature of desirability, this has not prohibited individuals from pursuing spending significant resources and time in pursuit of being beautiful.
Understandably of course, the factors that make a person physically unattractive, except perhaps for ageing, can now be addressed by the sophisticated evolution of science and technology. But understandable too, some of these factors are not merely physical and effects are not simply psychological but can be physiological and health threatening as well.
Beauty and the Case of Acne
One of the more common and pervasive skin problem is acne and is in fact one of the more dreaded universal disease and this is the same case in Singapore the disease is common among different race, gender and age.
Acne, scientifically known as acne vulgaris, is a skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from skin and causes a variety of imperfections and blemishes like pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, oily skin and even scarring. The more common affected areas are face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, chest and back which parts of the skin with relatively high number of oil glands.
Despite its commonality across different age groups and gender, acne more substantially affects young adults. Physically too, acne is very common among younger demographics because it is associated with puberty and hormonal changes. Acne is associated with increase in production of hormones such as testosterone and estrogen, which is usually common during adolescence. Study shows that 3 in every 4 people aged 11 to 30 years are stricken by the disease. Among other age groups, emotional stress, menstruation and greasy cosmetics can also cause acne.
But more than that, teenagers, being in their stage of social and physical development are more susceptible to the psychologically damaging effects of any physical deformity or imperfections. In other words, since young adults are more prone to physical insecurities, they are more affected by acne and acne scars which can result to loss of confidence, insecurity complex even outright depression.
Regulating the Effects of Acne
In Singapore, acne treatment differs based on degree of the problem. In mild cases, over-the-counter medications such as soaps, creams, pads and lotions can be applied to the skin and help treat the disease. But for more severe cases, such as when there are nodules or painful bumps under the skin, Singapore cosmetic centers provide more drastic treatments including dermatological procedures against scarring when acne leaves undesirable marks on the body.
Some of the ore common treatments available in Singapore is acne scar treatment which simply uses cutting edge laser technology in dermatology procedures. A new method, the thermage skin tightening treatment, is also growing in popularity as a safe and effective skin tightening clinical procedure. Thermage skin tightening treatment uses heat to tighten underlying layers of the skin and produces instant and visible reduction of wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin in the neck or brow area. However, thermage skin tightening is very costly and is therefore not advisable when treating only minor skin imperfections like acne scars treatment. It is also not suitable for everyone since human physiology responds differently to heat treatments.
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