Acne / Rosacea

Acne and rosacea are common in women of all ages. Acne tends to be more prevalent amongst women, and can be resistant to standard treatment. Rosacea, however, typically manifests in middle-aged women and can be mistaken for acne. Rosacea tends to be more chronic and requires longer-term treatment.

Treatments for acne and rosacea:

1. Topical antibiotics
2. Topical benzyl peroxide
3. Topical retinoid
4. Topical treatment to target spots and pigmentation
5. Oral antibiotics with topical
6. Oral retinoid with topical
7. Oral contraceptive pills
8. Cosmeceuticals selected for acne/oily skin to complement other medicated treatments

Other treatments which can complement management of acne:

1. Hydradermabrasion procedure that simultaneously combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection. Expected results are the improvement of appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin.
2. Lightening cream (hydroquinone or peptide or botanical range) to lighten pigmentation
3. Laser treatment to help even your skin tone and reduce redness on your skin

Acne scars come in various forms:

a. For shallow, depressed, and rolling scars; one can consider fractional CO2 laser or injections of fillers
b. For ice picks; one can consider skin surgery or application of trichloroacetic acid

Our dermatologist will go through all the options available and discuss the pros and cons of each option.

There are 2 components to rosacea: the inflamed bumps and the background of prominent red blood vessels. Therefore, you will usually need 2 forms of treatments: medical and procedural.

Our dermatologist will be able to diagnose this condition and guide you on the right treatment.

Medical treatments available:

Topical gels, Oral antibiotics, and various suitable treatment methods depending on your condition

Procedural treatments available:

1. Pulsed dye laser
2. Intense pulse light

Dry & Sensitive Skin

Hormonal imbalance during pre-menopausal and menopausal age can aggravate underlying skin conditions, such as eczema or causes dry and sensitive skin. Using the right moisturiser is crucial in maintaining the moisture on your skin. Our dermatologist and clinic staff will be able to recommend the right moisturiser for your skin.

Quite often, skin diseases may appear around this age, for example, eczema, and psoriasis. If your skin rash does not improve with moisturiser alone, our dermatologist will be able to guide on further management of your skin condition.

Hair Loss / Excessive Hair

Hair loss – Androgenic alopecia

A person typically losses between 50-100 strands of hair a day. However if you notice thinning of your hair with receding hair line, please consult our dermatologist early. There are available effective treatment that will help restore or prevent early hair loss.

Treatments options available are:

1. Topical minoxidil
2. Other substitute botanical topical treatment
3. Oral supplements
4. Oral medications as prescribed by Dr Liew, depending on your age, sex, and condition
5. Low level laser therapy (LLLT)

Excessive hair – Hirsutism

Hirsutism means unwanted male-patterned hair in a woman. Sometimes, hirsutism can be linked to an underlying medical condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Effective treatment options available are:

1. Topical treatment
2. Intense pulsed light
3. Laser – Diode Laser

Obstetric Dermatology

Skin changes during pregnancy or just after pregnancy is not uncommon. The common physiological skin changes are stretchmarks, melasma (pigmentation on the face), hair & nail changes, and increased blood vessel – related skin growths, example pyogenic granuloma and spider naevi.

However there are other skin conditions which are specific to pregnancy, for example, atopic eruption of pregnancy (similar to eczema but these women may not have any history of skin allergies previously), pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (also known as PUPPP), and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, and pemphigoid gestationis.

Fortunately, the last 2 mentioned skin conditions are rare but can be severe and have impact your unborn babies. You may already have an existing skin condition, which can be exacerbated by your pregnancy, for example acne, rosacea, psoriasis, etc.

Our dermatologist Dr Liew, who was a consultant in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore has the knowledge and expertise in looking after pregnant women with skin conditions. She will assess your skin condition and arrange the necessary tests and discuss the best treatment options that are safe for you and your baby.

Dr Liew can also work closely with your obstetrician to best manage your skin conditions. She can also discuss the prevention measures to reduce your stretchmarks, pigmentation for example, and will offer the appropriate treatment subsequently after your pregnancy.

Skin Changes In Women Of All Ages

Hormonal changes in women from early puberty to menopause age can sometimes give unwanted effects on the skin, e.g. hirsutism (excessive hair growth), hair loss, skin pigmentation, dry and sensitive skin, acne and rosacea, etc.

Our dermatologist believes in personalised preventative measures in treating these problematic skin changes in women. Our dermatologist uses non-invasive treatment and methods to prevent premature ageing of skin.

We have a range of cosmeceuticals for different types of skin:

— Oily/acne skin
— Dry skin
— Sensitive skin
— Ageing skin
— Pigmented skin
— Sunscreen for different skin types

Skin Pigmentation

Pigmentation is a common problem for any of us living in the tropical climate, and especially in Asians.

Two main forms of skin pigmentation is lentigo (superficial) and melasma (deep).

Depending on pigmentation type, our dermatologist will be able to discuss treatment options available:

1. Oral supplements;
2. Topical treatment, usually with short term hydroquinone, retinoid and peptide based; or
3. Laser with combination of pigment laser, pulse dyed laser or intense pulsed light.

Sunscreen is crucial in preventing pigmentation. Sun protection before and after laser treatment is crucial. Numbing cream can be applied to make this treatment more comfortable. Downtime is usually minimal, except for pulsed dye laser where you may bruise for 3-10 days.

Vulva (Genital) Skin Conditions

Vulva skin disease (commonly misinterpreted as vaginal) is actually a type of skin disease found on the outside area of the vagina. It is a subspecialty in women’s dermatology.

Diagnosis of vulva skin conditions is quite often delayed due to social embarrassment and mis-diagnosis. In most cases, vulva itching is due to irritant contact dermatitis, due to over-washing and usage of various topical product. Most women are compelled to wash frequently when they start to experience itching, which is often misinterpreted as infection or unhygienic genital care.

There are other vulva inflammatory skin conditions such as lichen sclerosus, which can be debilitating to women, causing permanent scarring, leading to urine and sexual dysfunction. Early recognition and treatment will be able to prevent these complications and also prevent skin cancers.

Skin cancers or growths in the genital is also not uncommon. If you suspect a growth or ulcer which does not settle, please do not hesitate to consult our dermatologist.

Skin infections, in particular, candidiasis and also sexually transmitted infections are not uncommon in women. We would recommend a regular sexual health screening for those who are sexually active.

Dr. Liew is renowned in managing vulva skin conditions. She founded and managed the vulva clinic at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore, and ran clinics at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London – renowned for its treatment of genital skin diseases.

About Dr. Liew Hui Min

About Dr. Liew Hui Min

Dr. Liew Hui Min is an accredited consultant dermatologist from the Ministry of Health and the General Medical Council UK. Her clinical interest includes paediatric dermatology, women’s dermatology and general adult dermatology. Having trained in major London Hospitals, Dr Liew returned to Singapore in 2014 as a Consultant at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) where she specialised in paediatric, women, obstetric and vulva dermatology. Currently, Dr Liew practices at SOG – HM Liew Skin & Laser Clinic located at Gleneagles Hospital and Parkway East Medical Centre.

Clinic Info

Gleneagles Medical Centre
6 Napier Road, #06-01
Singapore 258499

Clinic Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri (8:30AM – 5:30PM)
Wed & Sat (8:30AM – 12:30PM)

Parkway East Medical Centre
319 Joo Chiat Place #02-08
Singapore 427989

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