I am a 38 year old man who struggled with active acne throughout late teens and mid 20s, for over 10 years.
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 Centre for Cosmetic Aesthetics from a friend and decided to check them out because they are known to treat Acne and Acne Scars with great success.
Dr Liu Han Ping is the medical director there and he recommended a combo of Fractional CO2 Laser with Rejuran Healer.
Mixto CO2 Laser
The mixto co2 laser is the gold standard for acne scars and skin resurfacing. It uses a continuous wave of CO2 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 mixto’s 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 but totally worth it. ★★★
Overall Rating – 5 out of 5 ★★★★★
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.
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 – $750 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)
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!
Day 4 – Photoshoot!
Dr Liu Han Ping
Where I did it?
Mixto Co2 Laser Skin Resurfacing – $600
Rejuran Healer Injection – $750
Do I recommend it?