My Battle With Acne and Acne Scars

Acne scars are my nemesis. Since my late teens and mid-20s, I have been suffering from active acne. It lasted about 10years, until I was 30+. Now, I am 38 years old, and while the acne has subsided, I am left with terrible acne scars.

It started in army days where physical activity caused my sebum and dead skin cells to keep accumulating and of course hygiene was a huge issue. At that time I didn’t have the funds to see a skin doctor, so I relied on drug-store products which I believe aggravated the acne situation.

Things started to calm down in my 20s but by this time deep acne scars had begun to set in. These were deep pitted scars which looked an awful lot like the potholes drivers swerve to avoid. Apparently these type of acne scars are called boxcar scars.


I also had a couple of acne scars classified as Ice Pick scars – these resemble a deep giant pore on the skin.

Which acne scar treatment worked best for me?

I tried many treatments but to cut the long story short, let me tell you what worked the best for me. I first heard about Illumia Medical from a friend and decided to check them out because they are known to treat Acne and Acne Scars with great success.

The medical director recommended a combo of Fractional CO2 Laser with Rejuran Healer.

Figure 1 – Doctor performing the CO2 Laser

CO2 Laser

The CO2 laser is a gold standard for acne scars and skin resurfacing. It uses a continuous wave of CO2 laser energy to stimulate collagen and encourage tissue regeneration. There’s a focused pattern that forms on the skin after treatment which looks like microspots – this is normal and shows how precise the fractionated beams are.

Pain level – very low as topical numbing cream is applied ★★★★★

Downtime – 3 days ★★★★

Results -fresher, younger and tighter looking skin, smaller pores, lighter acne scars. ★★★★★

Cost – $800 and totally worth it. ★★★

Overall Rating – 5 out of 5 ★★★★★


Figure 2 – Rejuran Healer Package

Rejuran Healer

Basically composed of Salmon DNA, Rejuran Healer is an injectable used to improve skin tone, heal elasticity and stimulate skin regeneration. This is all good if you’re after a solution for lightening acne scars.

Rejuran healer comes in a ready filled syringe with a needle already attached. The doctor then injects it all over the face.

Figure 3- Doctor performing Rejuran Healer treatment

Now the truth is, do not be fooled by the innocuous looking tiny needle lol….  Rejuran Healer is pretty damn wicked and packs quite a bit of owww. Apparently it has something to do with its chemical composition. It feels a bit like a stab wound, but I grit my teeth and go through with it because you can’t expect to win a battle against acne scars without some pain can you?

Pain level – moderate to high ★★★

Downtime – 4 days ★★★

Results – very obviously younger and healed skin ★★★★★

Cost – $1000 but worth it ★★★

Overall Rating – 4 out of 5 ★★★★


Will I be going back for another session?

Yeah totally man. In fact, I improved so much with just one session, I literally cannot wait to see what session 2 is going to do for me

Before treatment photos

Immediately after (went straight to the gym)

Figure 4 – Day 0 – Immediately post treatment

There were tiny blood specs on the mask provided by the clinic. Looks scary but it is normal – it actually motivated me knowing that it is healing! It comes mainly from the Rejuran injections which greatly helped with the healing and pore minimzation.


Day 1

Figure 5 – Day 1

Day 2

Figure 6 – Day 2

Day 3

Figure 7- Day 3 and can’t wait for the next session


Day 4 – Photoshoot!


Where I did it?

Illumia Medical
501 Orchard Road #05-12 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880
Tel: 6464 6459


Co2 Laser Skin Resurfacing – $800
Rejuran Healer Injection –  $1000

Do I recommend it?

YESSSS! So I generally am loving the results. The doctor recommended 3 sessions for me and I decided to sign up for it. The results are significant and many friends have commented that my skin has improved.