Better skin, fewer stretch marks for actor Mark Lee

Not all marks caused by acne breakouts will fade. Find the right treatment strategy for the different types of acne scars.

Not only are acne breakouts frustrating, but they can also leave a visible and lasting impact in the form of acne scars. Just ask actor-host Mark Lee, who has lived with acne scars and scars since he was a teenager.

These days, the 52-year-old said his skin had “improved a lot” and even became more supple. It’s a big improvement over the days when you had to apply lots of layers of makeup while filming to cover up your acne scars.

Over the past few years, Mark has worked with experts at Clifford Aesthetics to improve his complexion using a combination of acne scar removal treatments.

“I did the live sessions on Facebook, and a lot of people wondered why my complexion looked better, so I think the treatments helped,” Mark said. “Also, I think a lot of people got sensitive skin wearing face masks during the pandemic, but I don’t have that problem just yet.”


Ms Dorethy Ngo, operations manager at Clifford Aesthetics, said the medical spa has seen an increase in the appearance of ‘maskne’ (acne resulting from wearing a mask) during the pandemic. If not well managed or treated, maskne can also leave scars.

According to Clifford Aesthetics, acne scars can appear after a rash when the body tries to heal by regenerating skin tissue destroyed by acne. Scarring occurs when the body produces too much or too little replacement skin tissue during the healing process.

Ms Ngo said, “When the body generates excess skin tissue to heal an acne lesion, it results in the formation of a hypertrophic scar (raised scar) or, in more severe cases, a keloid. On the other hand, when there is not enough skin tissue generated, the resulting skin depression is known as atrophic scar (depressed scar).

For those struggling with acne breakouts or acne scars, there are various options available with the Acne Scar Removal Protocol from Clifford Aesthetics.


CO2 acne scar treatment is generally used to treat depressed acne scars, which can occur with inflammatory acne. The treatment works by resurfacing the skin, making depressed scars less noticeable.

Common forms of depressive scars seen in Clifford Aesthetics customers include ice pick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars.

One of the most common but difficult to treat types of scars, ice pick scars are usually found on the forehead and upper cheeks, where the skin is thinner. They tend to appear wider near the surface of the skin, but narrow as they sink deeper into the skin.

Rolling scars are indentations or pits with sloping edges, with varying depth and uneven appearance. They are usually found on areas with thicker skin, such as the lower cheeks and jaws. Boxcar scars are indentations on the skin characterized by their sharp edges and may appear dark brown or red.

“A wide variety of lasers, like our Q and V light treatments, can be used to simultaneously treat various types of skin conditions,” said Ms. Ngo. “Examples include acne scars, active acne breakouts, rosacea, skin discoloration, and hyperpigmentation.”


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