Acne (Pimples) and Acne Scar Treatment Malaysia - Guide and Reviews 2021

If you are looking for guides for acne (pimples) and acne scar treatment in Malaysia, you are in the right place.

Sometimes I cringe when I read some of the information out there on the internet. With tons of low-quality self-help e-books out there on acne treatment, I am not surprised if you are confused and overwhelmed with acne treatment information or rather misinformation i.e. recommendations from Facebook friends, neighbours, emails, forum recommendations, search engine results etc.

We have searched around the internet and have compiled the following relevant links in order to facilitate your research for 'acne treatment' in one place. Do go through them and do your own research and hopefully, your acne problem will be solved.

This article has been categorized into several sections.
  • Acne (Pimples) Treatment in Malaysia
  • Acne Treatment Reviews in Malaysia
  • Acne Scar Treatment in Malaysia
  • Acne Scar Treatment Reviews in Malaysia
  • Acne and Acne Scar Treatment Clinics in Malaysia

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The current issue with the internet age is that there is just too much junks out there. It's difficult for a layman to differentiate between what is credible and what is a marketing hype.

Step 1: Read more about acne or pimples from credible websites.

Before you continue to read and trust any information from the internet, it's important to know the credibility of the information out there. One quick way is to check the Alexa ranking of the website.

To know more about How to Determine Website Credibility - How to determine website credibility.

What is acne? 

Acne, or acne vulgaris, is a skin problem that starts when oil and dead skin cells clog up your pores. Some people call it blackheads, blemishes, whiteheads, pimples, or zits.

Most cases of acne fit within one of three main categories:

Comedonal acne. This is the kind of mild acne that involves blackheads and whiteheads. It forms because a component of skin oil called sebum, along with old skin cells, block the pores of the skin. Comedonal acne appears most often on the forehead, nose, and chin.

Inflammatory acne. This form of acne occurs when the area just under the “plug” (the blackhead or whitehead) becomes reddened and inflamed.

Cystic acne. The most severe form of acne, cystic acne develops as the result of an actual infection in the area of the outbreak. Cystic acne often runs in families. It’s often very painful and can result in disfiguring, permanent scarring.

Check out a layperson summary of the acne treatment guidelines from the Malaysian Ministry of Health: Summary of the Ministry of Health Acne Treatment guidelines.

Some highlights:

Risk Factors for Acne: 
i. Smoking 
ii. Stress 
iii. Facial therapy or salon facial massage

Editor's Note: Don’t worry, you didn’t get it wrong. Yes, salon facial massage is a risk factor. If you have acne and are going for regular facial, please stop. In conclusion, there is no single treatment that can work for everyone.

Here are some recommended links for your further reading on acne treatment -
Accutane — the drug that cleared severe acne but was also linked to depression, suicidal thoughts and fetal deformities — is still on the market in its generic form, isotretinoin.

Step 2: Consult your local pharmacist

How to get rid of pimples in Malaysia - If your acne is mild, do consult and discuss with your nearest pharmacist (at Guardian, Caring, Watsons etc.) for recommendations on acne treatment products.
  • Topical therapy is the mainstay of treatment for mild acne. It is also useful for moderate acne where comedones are predominant. It plays an important role in induction of remission and maintenance phases of the treatment.
  • There are a variety of preparations available. The commonly used agents are topical benzoyl peroxide (BPO), retinoids and antibiotics. Newer agents available are fixed combination preparations of these agents.
  • Topical retinoids are to be avoided during pregnancy.
Topical anti-acne products available in Malaysia include OXY 5% and OXY 10% as well as Benzac AC 5% by Galderma.

Benzoyl peroxide - By eliminating dead skin cells and unclogging oil-polluted pores. Brands use benzoyl peroxide as a go-to ingredient that speeds up the process, by using oxygen to 
detoxify pores and release sebum build-up.

Related: Best Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Product Malaysia


If you wish to check out the reviews and discussions on acne in Malaysia, here's the list in no particular order.


You may wish to check out this long discussion thread on acne (started in 2006 and still on-going) -
2006 - "I have browsed through most of the topics in the girl's club and seen no topic related to ACNE, so hereby I create one, therefore we have a place to talk about this issue…"
Started in 2006 -
Latest post in 2014 -


fractional CO2 laser for acne scar -
"I have some icepick acne scar on both cheek leftover from teenage years of acne outbreaks. I seldom get acne nowadays, but if my skin get stimulated by massage (those that you get during facial in the beauty salon), most likely the "hidden" or "suppressed" acne will break out. So i'm quite careful to keep my skin stablised. So far so good…"
March 2012 -

A quick note on forum discussions: Many of these free advice are from non-doctors. So 
please take it with a pinch of salt.

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Step 1: Read more from credible websites.

Use good and reputable websites such as WebMD, NHS, Medscape in order to understand your acne scar condition including prevention and root causes.

Here are some recommended credible links -

Guide to Treating Acne Scars and Skin Damage

If you see signs that your acne is leaving a scar on your skin, you don't have to grin and bear it. There are lots of ways to heal your scars and keep new ones from forming...
Read more:

Do take note that WebMd is one of the top healthcare sites in the world. Its’ ranked as the 2nd most popular site under the health category

Cortisone and Fade Creams

If your scar is red or swollen, use a cortisone cream to calm your skin. The cortisone is absorbed by skin cells and reduces inflammation. You can buy skin creams with cortisone without a prescription. Examples of popular products available from your local pharmacies in Malaysia include Betnovate, Elomet etc. Please take note that:

"Hydroquinone, a popular skin lightener, has recently fallen out of favor and is now being omitted from many fading creams due to irritation and carcinogenic concern,"...


Laser Treatments for Acne Scars

In one to three sessions, laser skin resurfacing using fractionated laser technology can even out the skin surface and increase the formation of new collagen. Collagen is a protein that's a building block of the skin. The new collagen can help fill in acne scars.

The acne scars laser treatment involves the technique of laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing procedure not only treats acne scars but also gives you a glowing and younger looking skin. In general, CO2 lasers are the gold standard when it comes to treating scars, wrinkles and photo-rejuvenation. It’s also not uncommon for most people to try completely ineffective methods, from DIY home treatments to beauty spa facials and underpowered lasers.

Related: Laser Treatment for Acne Scars in Malaysia.

Dermal Filler Treatments for Acne Scars

Dermal Filler injections can help fill in the indentations left behind from deep acne scars. But the downside to fillers is that they need to be repeated every 4 to 6 months, as the product reabsorbs into the skin over time.

Related: Dermal Filler Malaysia.

How to Prevent Scars or Help Scars Heal

  • Stay out of the sun. Exposing scars to the sun can cause them to darken and slow the healing process. Ultraviolet rays stimulate melanocytes (pigment-producing cells), leading to further discoloration. 
  • Before heading outdoors, put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Reapply after swimming, after sweating, and after more than 2 hours in the sun. 
  • Don't pick and squeeze. Scars, which are made mainly of collagen, are your body's way of repairing itself. Acne scars are typically indented because of collagen loss from intense inflammation. 
  • Picking leads to more inflammation and injury of your skin, which add to the discoloration and scarring. Squeezing or trying to pop a pimple causes pus and bacteria to filter deeper into the skin, bringing on more collagen damage. 
  • Don't use vitamin E on scars. You may have heard that applying vitamin E to a scar will help it heal faster. But according to a study from the University of Miami, applying the nutrient directly onto a scar can actually hinder its healing. In the study, vitamin E either had no effect or made matters worse for 90% of the patients, and 33% who put vitamin E on the skin developed a contact dermatitis.

Step 2: Consult a Skin Specialist or Visit an Aesthetic Clinic

If your acne scars don't fade away on their own, it may be time to consider booking an appointment with your dermatologist or your local aesthetic clinic.

To find an aesthetic clinic in Malaysia, check out Best Aesthetic Clinic in Malaysia.

To find a skin specialist in Malaysia, check out Skin Specialist in KL.


Acne scar forum discussions and reviews in Malaysia

Problem Acne Scars
"I currently have acne scars and try a lot of product to get rid of it. Can anyone give me suggestion which product that good and really work based on your experience.."
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Back Acne Scar Treatment Malaysia

"My Bacne (Back Acne) is always my concern when it comes to sexy outfit for me. I lost my confident when it comes to my back. This is also one of the reason I can’t wear singlet. I’ve been looking for quite a lot of solution/treatment for my bacne. I did google a lot of DIY treatment I may do it at home, the result is not that good and it actually take longer time to cure, the acne might come back too."
Read more:

Reviews: Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment in Malaysia

I have decided to have my very first try on Fractional CO2 Laser after my last week consultation on Mediviron UOA Clinic (You can read back my post at here). Christmas Day is coming very soon but my face still keep on "pop out" pimples non-stop and sometime acne marks just so annoying. So, I chose to try the Fractional Laser Resurfacing (It is a new technology which promises to deliver results approaching that of deep chemical peels / ablative laser resurfacing, without the discomfort and inconvenience of a lengthy healing period) for an obvious result.

Laser treatment for acne scars
Jul 21, 2010 by af156
Hello !! I would like to know any1 know anything about the llight /laser treatment to remove or lighten acne scars ? My scars are not the moonface type.. just lots of marks(spots) around the jawline. Have anyone been to Dermalaze in Damansara Uptown? The dermatologist in Tmn. Tun quote me around RM600++ for the whole face per treatment of 30mins. But 1 treatment might not e enuf . She said if only the jawline will be less but hv to look at it .
Please anyone can shed some light on me ..
Thank you very much.

Problem Acne Scars
Edited by Azlayla: Mar 25 2012, 04:20 PM
Hai gorgeous people...
I really need your help huhuhu
I currently have acne scars and try a lot of product to get rid of it. Can anyone give me suggestion which product that good and really work based on your experience

Editor's Note: Unfortunately, there are not many independent online reviews on Fractional CO2 Laser treatment in Malaysia. If you have found any, please let us know in the comments below.

How Much Does Fractional Laser Treatment for Acne Scars cost in Malaysia?

This depends on the type and extent of scarring you have, and nature of treatment required.

To illustrate: For severe and extensive acne scars, your doctor may suggest 3 – 5 x sessions of laser resurfacing. Fractional CO2 laser treatment average price range in Malaysia: MYR 1,500 - 2,000 per session.

Please note that there are other types of lasers other than CO2 such as pico fractional devices, Q-switch, Spectra laser etc. Do ask your doctor which type of laser she will be using.

Below are some references.

Hi, it is about RM 1,500 per treatment if not mistaken.

Beauty Review - 4th Fractional CO2 Laser + PRP at My Clinic
1 session of fractional co2 laser: MYR 1,800 (full face)




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