TRIED EVERYTHING FOR YOUR SKIN BUT NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK? STOP THE SELFDIAGNOSING AND GET PROFESSIONAL ADVICE INSTEAD.
QHOW CAN I PREVENT FINE LINES FROM FORMING? Fine lines are early stages of ageing so you can’t prevent them entirely. You can delay its onset by using good skincare and plenty of sun protection. It is a myth that using anti-ageing creams early will help prevent onset. Most anti-ageing products tend to be too rich for younger skin and may cause acne breakouts. At The DRx Clinic, depending on your skin type, we will recommend a range of treatment skincare, Derma-Rx, to help maintain the brightness of the skin.
QWHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER AESTHETIC TREATMENTS? There is no age barrier to having aesthetic treatments as long as it’s safe. Even in babies, portwine stains are removed via lasers. Having acne treated in the early stages of puberty or having an unsightly mole removed is also considered an aesthetic treatment. At my practice, I get patients in their 20s coming for Botox to reshape their jawline, giving them a sharper face.
QWHAT CAUSES ADULT ACNE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO TREAT THEM? Adult acne is often caused by hormonal imbalances, which are worsened by monthly periods, stress, or lack of sleep. Some are due to genetic factors and unsuitable skincare. I would start clients on topical and treatment skincare. In more severe cases, oral medication may be prescribed in combination with skincare. Most ladies get cyclical breakouts; it is important to treat them early to prevent marks and scarring. Other prevention methods involve getting adequate rest and sleep, drinking lots of water, managing stress as well as eating less dairy and sweetened food.
QSHOULD SOMEONE WITH OILY SKIN USE MOISTURISER? Yes but only water or gel-based moisturisers. Sometimes in our climate, you may not need to moisturise at all, especially those with hyperactive oil glands. Avoid creamy moisturisers and products that are too rich as these products will cause breakouts.
QHOW CAN I ENSURE I AM GETTING THE RIGHT ADVICE FROM A LEGITIMATE SKIN EXPERT LIKE YOURSELF? Aesthetic physicians only work in clinics and usually they will display their credentials in their clinic. Doctors like myself are also registered with the Ministry of Health and our names can be traced from their website. So if you’re stepping into a questionable institution, demand to see the said doctor’s qualifications. If in doubt, just ring up the Ministry of Health.
QWHAT ARE MALAYSIAN WOMEN DOING WRONG IN TERMS OF SKINCARE? Many Malaysian women are using products unsuitable for their skin. For example, there is too much emphasis on hydration where sometimes it may not be necessary, especially those with oily to combination skin, and especially in our weather. Should you be travelling to a drier climate, then necessary changes to your range and regime need to be made.
QWHAT SKINCARE ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE IN HER 20S? She usually doesn’t need much, perhaps a good set of treatment skincare to prevent blackheads and whiteheads, to give her the glow, and to maintain an even tone. Most importantly, she should apply sunblock regularly to prevent premature ageing.
TO TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR SKIN NEEDS, IT’S BEST TO LEAVE IT TO AN EXPERT. RESIDENT AESTHETIC PHYSICIAN AT THE DRX CLINIC, DR. JASON YIP, SHARES HIS KNOWLEDGE.