Fixing the Icky Skin Situation – Acne Facial at Aeon Medical

Hello!

Sorry I couldn’t get this post up sooner due to the many matters on hand right now but here’s a lookback at a facial session I’ve done at Aeon Medical about a week back when my skin was facing pretty dark times, breakout and all, and how Aeon Medical helped me through it by de-congesting my skin and nourishing it so that it would heal quicker and better.

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So after my quick little introduction to Aeon Medical (shortened because it’s easier to type), my next visit – this post – is a treatment based on the skin results that we had received via the Skin Analysis.

Initially Dr Kim had plans for me to do one of their best-selling procedures, the Winter Glow, which from his description does sound pretty darn amazing. I can see why Winter Glow was one of their best-selling treatments and slots were snatched up so quick they had to halt the promotion.

I know this entry isn’t about Winter Glow but let me explain that a little about that first because it is the next treatment that I had done and I am absolutely in love with it and will write about it asap, because I feel this need to share.

So, Winter Glow is really all about getting that perfect lifted, lightened and fresh face appearance. It’s most ideal for people with pretty good skin already, looking to simply better their skin or perhaps address eensy-wincy problems of dullness and lack of radiance to the skin.

The procedure itself combines laser (for skin brightening), RF (for skin lifting and pore tightening) as well as a blend of Maria Galland products (only the best, nourishing and luxurious) while ending off with a Cocoon Mask (the one I’ve tried, to smoothen, repair and overall relaxation / energizing of the skin).

All that combined into 1 treatment when if you were to go anywhere else this would probably be 3 different treatments where 3 different sessions would be required. So, tell me, doesn’t this sound amazing?

 

Though, I shan’t get ahead of myself because while I was scheduled for that, my skin just wasn’t cooperative and was in pretty bad shape.

I don’t break out often these days and even then it’s that lone spot or two, hardly ever this bad! So, my skin really couldn’t have chosen a better time to freak out on me… though no matter because upon analyzing my skin condition Dr Kim had the proper fix for me.

Given, he did explain that what they do in the Acne Facial (the treatment prescribed for my current skin condition) isn’t entirely ground breaking or too far different from maybe deep cleansing facials offered at other places, the idea is that this is simply a stepping stone – Step 1 – to the final goal of having better skin.

What’s more to allow one place to continually work on your skin would give both you and the clinic / salon experience to see how your skin reacts and understand the different stages and phases your skin goes through.

That said, let me walk you through the Acne Facial session I had, best recommended for outbreaks or those in need of decongesting your skin, where my skin was properly cleansed of oil clogs and also given some acne-controlling and healing treatments.

 

The Holding Room –

Before I start, I want to introduce you to that other holding room I had mentioned during my initial entry.

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The room that is decorated all plush, cozy and posh, complete with lovely diamante in the furniture, a stunning modern chandelier and even fairy lights to add to the atmosphere.

I haven’t seen this place in daylight but I am going to guess that it looks best at night.

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And a frivolous thing to point out, but gives you a clearer idea of their meticulous nature, when they serve tea they provide you a saucer to remove the tea bag to.

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After a little bit of photo snapping and tea sipping, I was ushered to the facial room after a quick conversation with Dr Michael Kim.

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Makeup Removal –

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As always the first step is to remove the makeup and while this step is quite commonplace everywhere, I think one thing I’ve noticed about Aeon Medical is that they are incredibly meticulous in everything that they do.

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It’s not something I can simply pin-point and bring to light but the sense that you get through the course of the facial, the attention to small things and time spent on the smaller things as well shows that trait. It’s likely the Korean influence of things, where being efficient, meticulous, effective and also soothing is important.

Here’s a look at the bumpy and annoying spots that littered my face and plagued my skin for a whole week.

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They don’t look that bad in pictures but in person, trust me, it isn’t pleasant.

 

Extractions –

While I have said that I don’t mind the idea of extractions and (in fact) welcome them, when my skin is flaring up as such I actually cringed for what’s to come when the therapist informed me that she would be starting with the extractions.

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I think my treshold for pain isn’t too bad so I was able to sit through it and not disrupt or disturb the therapist when she was busy getting the gunk out of my face.

Even on spots where it did hurt a little more – and she always checked if I’m alright – I said I’m okay so that she would continue as per usual.

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I’d rather sit through that short ordeal of pain and have the icky stuff removed than opt for the easy way out and compromise on that!

 

Ampoules & Ultra-sonic Machines –

The next step was an ampoule – specifically for acne skin because it was both healing and also acne fighting at the same time – that was first dabbed and massaged into the skin.

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To allow even better penetration of the ampoule and amplified effects, an ultra sonic machine was used to further ‘massage’ it in.

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The head of the machine is this huge and smooth metal ‘bob’ (for lack of a better description) that the therapist slowly massages across all surfaces of the face – nose and little nooks and cranies like the small space between the nose and lips.

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The machine starts off feeling cool but slowly warms up. There is no pain or any sort of prickling sensation, it just feels like this bulbous massaging machine that’s actually quite comfortable. I’m sure the effects are transmitted via ultrasound that you can’t feel anyway.

 

The Finishing Masks –

I like to think of a basic facial’s steps like a night time routine so the ampoule and ultra sonic step would be the the ‘active ingredient’ or the ‘serum’ part of the routine and this (masking) would be the nourishing and healing one which wraps it all up.

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The first mask that was applied is a Sulfur Mask. Sulfur is a key ingredient for acne skin types to use because it helps draw impurities (like sebum and dirt) from the skin while tightening the pores and give your skin an overall clarity.

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After the Sulfur mask was applied, the next step is to place a modeling mask on just to keep everything under wraps. It’s quite a common practice with most facials it seems as I remember even the old school facial sessions I attended as a teen doing something similar.

My guess is this helps to further nourish the skin and the encapsulating aspect of the modeling mask helps enclose it all and ensures absorption and all that.

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I was left to rest, and let the mask set, for about 15 minutes or so before the therapist returned to remove the hardened masks and cleanse my face.

She also went ahead to put on some toner, and moisturizer (from Maria Galland, woots) to my face to help wrap up the facial session. Again, as with Maria Galland products, it felt really nourishing when she was massaging it into my skin and while it may feel rather thick initially, it sinks in eventually (relatively quick) leaving your skin soft, smooth and nourished.

I think I’ll really just cave eventually and get myself a Maria Galland moisturizer, they’re amazing.

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That final step wraps up the whole routine and that was it but I wasn’t sent off empty handed with raw and sensitive skin.

 

Given my skin condition right now and how it requires special care, so they don’t clog or get inflamed, Dr Michael Kim ‘prescribed’ me a couple of Aeon’s house brand skincare products to use.

They’re pretty simple yet targeted (for Acne skin) stuff – a facial cleanser to properly clean out the infected areas (not to be used daily less it dries the skin out), a water-based moisturizer (so that normal moisturizers don’t clog the extracted spots) and a Spot Treatment that flipping hurts but I know it’s drying out the zits and killing the bacteria in the meanwhile.

I’ll do up a more indepth post to talk about their skincare products given that this post is running long and contrary to my usual impression of a clinic’s house brand, these aren’t basic in any sense and actually address the skin concerns in a very refined way – both purpose and also the texture / experience of using this. It could even standalone as a skincare range I’m sure.

So, more about these soon, alright?

 

Though meanwhile, back to my face!

Here’s a look at how it was right after the facial (which isn’t something I’m jumping to show because the spots are raw and red) and in comparison how much everything has healed in the span of a week.

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Right after the treatment

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Right after the treatment

Makeup-wise, I went with tinted moisturizers and lightweight yet nourishing stuff that offered a slight dose of coverage for skin tone evening purposes as opposed to a full coverage foundation. I even skipped concealer on the spots because – why clog them?

I didn’t know how I used to manage or prefer heavier foundation coverage on my bumpy breakouts back in the day but it’s not something I would feel comfortable with right now.

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The next day, with tinted moisturizer (makeup)

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The next day, with tinted moisturizer (makeup)

So after that scary ‘after’ image, here’s how it my skin looked a week after the Acne Medical treatment. With religious use of the skincare products provided to me, of course.

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The skin healed incredibly quick, at least by my standards (I usually take awhile to heal), and I think the extraction definitely helped because all that congestion and gunk was removed so my skin can heal better without any ‘disturbance’. The treatments also probably provided some nourishment and help to nourish the skin and speed up the healing process.

Not to mention the skincare products I was sent home with that helped with after-treatment care as well.

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Of course it takes the skin a lot longer to recover from the acne pigmentation (the slight darkness after a spot heals) that occurs even after the skin is healed and the bump is gone but I’m glad I got a little help Aeon’s Winter Glow facial treatment to lighten and brighten the skin! :)

That post is to come, real soon, because they’re only offering it (Winter Glow) for a limited time so the sooner I get it up, the better for you all!

 

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Thanks for reading!

Aeon Medical & Aesthetic Centre is located at Scotts Medical Centre @ Pacific Plaza (9 Scotts Road, #06-02/03)

Call 6733 2002 for further details on treatments, pricings and to make appointments.

For those curious about the Acne Facial I had done, mine was a little customized for my skin condition, breakouts by slightly dry, so what you get should you sign up may vary pertaining to your skin’s needs.

In terms of price, it’s around the range of S$1,000 onwards for a package of 5 sessions because where acne is concerned, follow-up is best but they do have individual sessions should you want that. Where skin is concerned, it’s always best to call to enquire for more accurate information!

NEW – L'OCCITANE's Angelica Lemon Range (For Oily / Combination Skin)!

Fairly new, that is.

L’OCCITANE’s Angelica Lemon range has been available for a month or so but if you are wondering what sets this apart from the existing Angelica and Iris Angelica that was introduced last year, well… read on!

If you have oily / combination skin that flares up with angry spots now and then, could use with oil control and needs a little love and hydration amidst repairing and ‘disciplining’?

Well, I think the Angelica Lemon range could be what you are searching for!

Back when I held my Festive Angelica Giveaway, I asked for participants to list their skin concerns. A good amount of the replies I got included oily / combination skin, pores, and in some cases oily yet dehydrated skin at the same time.

With that, I feel the launch of the Angelica Lemon range would perfectly address many of your needs and concerns!

How does Angelica Lemon Work? –

The added ingredient of Zinc along with Organic Lemon Essential Oils help to regulate sebum production and keeps oilies at bay (for as long as they can fend it off!), as well as purifying and tightening the pores. Thus with regular use, your skin should see an improved condition of being less oily with an overall better complexion!

All that aside, the base formulation of Angelica (Angelica Root & Angelica Water) helps with the nourishing aspect and improves hydration along with protecting the skin from free radicals (which damages your skin and speeds up the signs of aging, eeps!).

While the Zinc and Organic Lemon Essential Oils cleanses and fixes your skin concerns, the Angelica formulation provides comfort and soothes the skin so it doesn’t act up!

Voila, that’s the best way to explain this one-two combo found within the Angelica Lemon range as simply as possible!

Angelica Lemon, like the Iris Angelica range, is an add-on to the exisiting (and extensive) Angelica line from L’OCCITANE. What you get with this range is a few key items to introduce to your regime as opposed to a whole new routine from A – Z with Angelica Lemon.

The 3 key products found in this range would be the:

  • Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser
  • Angelica Lemon Ultra Mattifying Toner
  • Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid

Rightfully the Ultra Matte Fluid was the stepping stone to the Angelica Lemon range as it had been formulated with the key ingredients (Organic Lemon Essential Oil and Zinc) while being launched earlier with the Angelica range. To put it simply, this isn’t new but it is now roped in with the in-crowd and properly brought to light again.

Not to confuse anyone it will still stay named as Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid while it stands together with the Angelica Lemon range!

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Before we dive into the products, I want to preface this by saying my skin is currently in Normal and mildly Dry days so these products are not a match for my skintype. Even with that said, I am still sharing my thoughts based on how I felt they work on me though I can’t be a proper judge of the properties these carry (oil control etc).

Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser –

Everyone loves a foaming cleanser… right? It’s just so much more fun to squish a ball of foam around and smear that on your face? No?

Jokes aside, the Ultra Foaming Cleanser does foam and it certainly cleanses well. The foam it produces isn’t a watery drippy mess either and is actually a nice light-weight foam that while seemingly ‘dry’ does sud up well on the face and leaves you feeling squeaky clean. Yes, it does end up feeling a tiny bit drying for me, making my skin slightly taut post-wash though I’m sure oily skintypes would appreciate the thorough cleanse – though remember to moisturize after!

Digressing to the scent, for those who adore the fresh and crisp celery-like scent the original Angelica range carries, you’ll be sad to know the Angelica Lemon products smell fairly neutral with no celery whatsoever. Boohoo for me.

Angelica Lemon Ultra Mattifying Toner –

If the Angelica toner felt a little too hydrating for you, you’ll be glad to learn that this Ultra Mattifying Toner seems to be lighter in texture (not as heavy / hydrating on the skin) without as much of a stick after. It is still a western toner so it isn’t completely weightless and has some moisturizing elements to it, as opposed to the water-like quality of some asian toners. Though it is just as well because even though your skin is oily, it doesn’t mean it should be deprived of moisture!

In terms of the mattifying aspect, I can’t be the best judge but it did hydrate my normal / mildly dry skin adequetely. As a personal preference I still enjoy using the Angelica Toner more as it felt more hydrating and nourishing for my skin concern.

Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid –

A lightweight gel-fluid-like moisturizer to ease and introduce oily skintypes to using a moisturizer because often times when you have oily skin, most cream (or even gel) moisturizers can feel a little too thick or heavy on. For me personally, I feel this is really light weight and best for use during the day. While L’OCCITANE claims you can use this both day and night, if you sleep in drying conditions, it’s best to use a moisturizer that is a little thicker just for that extra moisture.

While the Ultra Matte Fluid didn’t really agree with my normal / midly dry skin (it made my skin feel dry and broke me out a little by day 2), Hubs with his oily / combination skin loves it. He uses it in the day and enjoys how light-weight it feels yet hydrating it is through the day. He has also noted that his face feels less oily by the end of the day and he doesn’t feel the need to splash or wipe his face through the work day, that’s got to be a good thing!

Since he has been using it for almost a month now, he has also noticed the effects of the Angelica ingredients as he noted that his skin seemed to regenerate and hea
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lot quicker and better – a pimple scar of his has smoothed out over use.

Not just hubs but a handful of people I have spoken to swear by this product, namely those with oily skin concerns looking to keep oilies at bay and to feel better in their skin through the day!

In all…

While my skintype isn’t the most ideal for test-driving these Angelica Lemon products, I can imagine that this range will easily be loved because it targets the concerns of a large amount of Singaporean women (and men) out there.

Hubs has been testing this range for me, after I did my initial 1-2 week run with it, and he’s been enjoying the benefits that he sees in his skin. Previously he would randomly mention mid-day that his face felt a little oily or that he wanted to splash up to refresh himself. Though these days he doesn’t seem to do that anymore and his skin does appear more hydrated and certainly less oily through the day!

I can’t say that if it works for him it will work for you since everyone’s skin is different but it is certainly worth a look.

If you’re considering only 1 item, why not start with the Ultra Matte Fluid!

Thanks for reading and stick around because, as you would have guessed, I’ve got a giveaway just around the corner! ;)