Many adult acne sufferers come to us after poor results from over-the-counter treatments, going to spas who promise miracle results, or going to other clinics for unnecessary and expensive light therapy or laser treatment plans that generate minimal results. The good news is that adult acne is successfully treated every day at Grace Skincare Clinic.

Treating the Causes of Adult Acne

Dr. Hun Kim Thao, Medical Director, and Co-founder holds an advanced degree in dermatology, has treated more than 30,000 clients in her 14-year career, and is considered the leading expert on acne care in Ho Chi Minh City. Through her vast experience in helping clients achieve clear skin and improved skin health, Dr. Thao and our staff adhere to a conservative treatment approach generally involving oral and/or topical medications and a facial care program.

Realistically, successful treatment for adult acne takes 2 or more months to achieve healthy skin results. This involves not just treating the skin surface, but identifying and eliminating the root cause of your adult acne. Many clinics or spas only treat the symptom, so the result is that your acne is almost certain to return.

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At Grace Skincare Clinic, we focus on the root cause of your acne, so we can eliminate the cause of your outbreak. With most clients, we need to address the sebum that is clogging your pores, so it is common for our client’s skin to go through several stages before we achieve clear skin results. At the same time, we can also address cosmetic skin issues such as inflammation and dark spots from PIH.

Grace Skincare Clinic’s Solutions

Dr. Thao has treated enough acne cases in her career, that she knows the exact treatment process to address adult acne for each of her client’s skin conditions.

Generally, clients will need to visit the clinic for a series of individual treatments one to two weeks apart. The average client achieves significant acne reduction or clear skin in 10 – 12 weeks after starting treatments. Some clients may take a longer time depending upon the severity of their acne and their other factors.

Dr. Thao will prescribe oral and topical medicines for your specific skin condition. You will have you return to the clinic to monitor and revise medications after she evaluates how your skin is responding. These follow-up appointments to monitor and revise medication are critical to your success in achieving clear skin.

Additionally, Dr. Thao will recommend various facial care to support the best skin health. This will range from acne extraction facials performed by licensed and trained Nurses and Vitamin C facials to address inflammation or fruit or chemical peels to help jump-start the skin’s own natural healing processes and smoothen your skin texture.

“Clear Skin” Treatment Program

Utilizing her enormous acne treatment experience, Dr. Thao has developed a series of 6 “Clear Skin” treatment plans that allow our clients to commit to a dedicated skincare program (at significant price reduction compared to individual treatments) to address their specific acne problem.

Dr. Thao must evaluate and approve you for a specific “Clear Skin” program as these medical treatment plans are not offered to any client.

We offer 6 different “Clear Skin” programs that include Dr. Exams, comprehensive skin evaluation using A1 Smart technology, acne extraction facial, Vitamin C facial, fruit peels, and chemical peels. Please contact Grace Skincare Clinic to find out if our “Clear Skin” programs are appropriate for you.

Acne has always been an obsession with teenagers, and even with female office professionals. However, acne can cause anyone at any age to lose confidence and prevent you from work and social activities. So, after you have visited many clinics for treatment or you have tried expensive cosmetics, does the acne persist or get worse?…

“Facial Care”

Additionally, Dr. Thao has designed specialized facial care, a 7-step facial process performed by our licensed and trained Nurses that includes the beneficial use of steam to open clogged pores and remove dead skin cells and sebum that clog your pores. We offer facials with acne extraction and facials with vitamin C to make certain you do not experience dark spots from PIH (Post-inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation). Grace Skincare Clinic also offers fruit and chemical peels to help with the surface and appearance of the skin.

Lastly, our Beauty Advisors and Nursing Staff can help by recommending topically applied skincare products or medicated creams.

Advice on Lifestyle Changes

Addressing adult acne also requires your awareness and action. We recommend the following.


Opt for products that contain the following:

  • Salicylic acid: This ingredient is known for unclogging pores, reducing redness and swelling. Hence, it is an effective way to get rid of acne breakouts. Plus, it is mild on the skin.
  • Benzoyl peroxide: This is a chemical that can help treat mild-to-moderate acne. This is however a harsh ingredient and, hence, should be only on the affected area rather than the whole face since it leads to excessive drying of the skin. It is nice to always have one handy since they can help zits disappear really quickly.
  • Retinoid: these skin creams (Retinol) contain derivatives of Vitamin A that can lead to faster new skin regeneration or cell turnover and therefore help unclog pores as well as remove wrinkles and fine lines. However, this product can sometimes cause dryness and redness of the skin but this typically dissipates over time. Our Dermatologist can prescribe and best advise on the way to use retinoids.
  • Glycolic acid: this is a naturally occurring substance found in many plants such as sugarcane, pineapple, and beetroot and acts as an exfoliant. Glycolic acid is used in facial peels at Grace Skincare Clinic and can help clear away dead skin, unclog pores and prevent acne. Since it also helps remove fine lines and wrinkles, it can also work as an anti-aging agent.

Stress control

Learn to combat stress as this is one of the greatest causes that lead to acne. Try meditation, cardiovascular exercise, or any other activity which helps you relax. Even simple deep-breathing exercises can help.


Cut down on carbohydrates and dairy products. Yes, white rice is a carbohydrate.


Drink plenty of water and keep the body well-hydrated. This helps cleanse the body of toxins, thereby also boosting skin health.

Tea tree oil

Try regularly applying tea tree oil to your skin. We use it in our facials at the clinic with great benefit. This is a natural ingredient that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Most importantly, it is gentle on the skin and can therefore be used regularly. Using tea tree oil, in itself, has been found to be more useful than using face-washes that contain tree oil as an ingredient.

Dead skin removal

Exfoliating the skin to remove dead skin is very beneficial, however, it is best to seek advice from our Dermatologists on the best ways to exfoliate your skin. This will depend on your skin type, your current skin condition, and your medical history. You must be careful to avoid doing this excessively as it can stimulate even more oil production.

Remember, when your adult acne gets out of control, come see us at Grace Skincare Clinic, we are always here and we always care.

Contact Us

Grace Skincare Clinic
An international cosmetic dermatology clinic in Vietnam using FDA and CE-approved medical devices and treatments.

Mayfair Suites, 102ABC Cong Quynh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
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Tel: 0822-531-223
Hotline: 0961-796-809

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Lencci Tran

0-09-2019 "I would love to thank Dr. Hun Kim Thao and her amazing staffs for helping me through a skin improving journey over an almost year while I was staying in HCM. I received acne facial and peel every other week and the service was superb! Each procedure was well explained and Dr.Thao was very attentive. I loved her holistic way of approach to improve patient's skin. Not only she prescribed very effective acne gel but also shared great tips such as reducing the amount of simple carb intake, cutting down sugar, and most importantly highlighting the importance of getting enough sleep. She even recommended a well known doctor in town who could help me with my sleeping problem. In addition, the price was very reasonable and I was very happy with all the service I got from Grace Skin Clinic. Oh Dr. Thao even asked her staff to make me a cup of tea one day as she she thought I looked overly exhausted. I was very moved. How warm hearted she is! I will definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to check up their skin and improve their skin. Amazing place!"

Youngjoo Shin – Expat living in HCM 

This place is amazing; they help me improve my terrible skin condition which had affected my identity, and my confidence for many years. I have been visiting Grace Clinic during summer time for the past two years, and every time I am here, they create a different program in order to fit my skin condition and my limited time. Furthermore, people from Grace Clinic always greet me with warm hearts. They once invited me to have boba tea with them which made me no longer feel like a customer but a friend which it has created a friendship overtime. I cannot stress how highly I would recommend this place. Again, they are amazing and very professional. There is one thing, you can do walk-in just fine but it would be better if you schedule the appointment so they can prepare and create the best service for you.

An Nguyen – HCMC University Student (Overseas)

I absolutely love the ladies of Grace Skincare. I was staying in Saigon for 6 months and came here with acne and a congested skin from my travels. So happy I found them! Their prices are reasonable compared to other “expat” clinic that I went to. I bought the 10 facial package for a really good price and am really happy with the result of my skin after following all of their consultations. Acne has cleared up and now we’re focusing on my other skin concerns such as dark spots and hyperpigmentation. I highly recommend this clinic. They truly want you to walk out with skin you feel confident in. I’m going to miss this place and the ladies I got to connect with during my time here.   Amazing results · Expert facials · Great deals · Professional products ·Licensed skin care professional · Experienced skin care professionals

Deanna Hong – HCMC, Yoga Instructor

Hey guys it’s been 3 weeks since we came for our treatment. I can honestly say it’s the best I have had done.  Andrew and I look fresh without being overdone. We both had people say how refreshed we look after our holiday. Honestly they wouldn’t be saying that if they knew how much beer and yummy Vietnamese food we consumed when we were there. I can honestly say Andrew and I will be back. And I am telling all my friends how fantastic you guys are and how professional the consultation was. I have yet to find someone in Australia who is so thorough. Thank you, Kylie

Ms Kylie, HCMC, tourist

I had a acne treatment here last month and now it's improved a lot. I must say that this place is very professional, modern equipment, especially the thoughtful doctor! I'm impressed!  

Ms Nana, HCMC, tourist

Grace Skincare Clinic has a great and friendly service and that have a centrally located clinic. I highly recommend them!

Alexis Linh Ly, HCMC- Business Owner

The owners are wonderful people. I had a good experience and can sincerely and highly recommend everything about Grace Skincare Clinic!

Sandra Menhart – New York, NY, Visiting Profesor

I was so embarrassed with the scars and pigmentation marks on my face. These are from old sports injuries and harsh products on my legs from childhood accidents. I am fed up with using so much concealer makeup on my face and am never able to wear a skirt with confidence. I heard about the Grace Skincare Clinic pigmentation lightening treatment from a friend.  I took 6 treatments & used skincare product as Dr. Thao  instructed  and now my skin is beautiful and permanently clear. It was worth every penny.

Laura May

as Tet is coming, I highly recommend this place for a weekend retreat, skin detoxing or even an urgent package to soothe and smooth your skin. I got back my healthy skin after just 02 week following the instruction of Dr Thao Hun and it cost me 200,000 for medical consultation fee only. Wonderful!

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