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Better skin, fewer pockmarks for actor Mark Lee

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

Better skin, fewer pockmarks for actor Mark Lee
Actor-host Mark Lee shares more about his journey to smoother skin with Clifford Aesthetics. Photos: Clifford Aesthetics

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

Not only are acne breakouts frustrating, they may also leave a lasting visible impact in the form of acne scars. Just ask actor-host Mark Lee, who has been living with acne scars and pockmarks since his teenage days. 

These days, the 52-year-old said his skin has “improved a lot” and has even become more supple. This is a vast improvement from the days of having to apply copious layers of makeup during filming to cover up his acne scars. 

For the past years, Mark has been working with experts from Clifford Aesthetics to improve his complexion using a combination of acne scar removal treatments. 

“I’ve been doing live sessions on Facebook, and many people wondered why my complexion looks better, so I think the treatments have helped,” Mark said. “Also, I think many people have experienced sensitive skin while wearing masks during the pandemic, but I don’t have this problem so far.”


Ms Dorethy Ngo, operations manager at Clifford Aesthetics, said the medical spa has seen an increased occurrence of “maskne” (acne arising from mask-wearing) during the pandemic. If not well managed or treated, maskne may also leave behind scars. 

According to Clifford Aesthetics, acne scars can occur after a breakout when the body attempts to heal by regenerating skin tissue destroyed by acne. The scarring occurs when the body produces too much or too little replacement skin tissue during the healing process.
Said Ms Ngo: “When the body generates an excess of 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. In contrast, when not enough skin tissue is generated, the resulting skin depression is known as an atrophic scar (depressed scar).” 

For those struggling with acne outbreaks or acne scarring, there are various options available with Clifford Aesthetics’ acne scar removal protocol. 


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

Common forms of depressed scarring seen among clients at Clifford Aesthetics include ice pick scars, rolling scars and boxcar scars. 

One of the most common but difficult types of scars to treat, ice pick scars are generally 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 run deeper into the skin. 

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

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


Gold PTT, short for Gold Photothermal Therapy, uses selective photothermolysis to alleviate acne vulgaris, which is a form of acne characterised by a mixed of inflammatory and non-inflammatory skin lesions.

Gold PTT utilises specialised gold nanoparticles to convert photon (light) energy into thermal (heat) energy, which is then used to heat sebaceous follicles that cause acne. This is to help reduce oil production. The idea is to treat acne at its source to reduce the frequency of acne, lowering the risk of acne scarring. 

Acne scars are formed when the skin heals incorrectly after an acne outbreak, causing collagen structures in the skin to become misaligned. Local Dynamic Micro-Ultrasound (LDM) with Bellasonic is an option used to disrupt the misaligned collagen structures and stimulate collagen. By enhancing the regenerative process, the treatment aims to discourage acne outbreaks and the formation of acne scars.  


Also known as photofacial, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can be used to treat various types of skin conditions simultaneously. Examples include acne scars, active acne breakouts, rosacea, skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation.

It uses multiple wavelengths of pulsating light to heat and break down pigmented or damaged skin cells in the affected area.  

According to Clifford Aesthetics, the various scar removal protocol treatment options are mild and patients typically experience minimal discomfort to the skin. 

“Each treatment can be used on its own to combat acne scarring, but for faster and better results, we recommend a combination of two or three types of treatments,” said Ms Ngo.

Learn more about how Clifford Aesthetics tackles acne scars. 

*Treatment outcomes may vary, depending on the severity of the skin condition.

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