Acne and acne scar treatment at commercial spas do not work for me

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Can acne and acne scar treatment in Ho Chi Minh City at local spas bring you the result you desire?

Question: “Doctor, I have tried many treatments for acne at other spas, I have even purchased acne scar treatment programs in Ho Chi Minh City and acne extraction sessions but none of them seem to work for me. My friends at school have told me about acne treatment programs at Grace Skincare Clinic but I am still skeptical. Could you please explain what makes acne treatments at Grace Skincare Clinic better than the spas I have tried, and could you share some tips to help me get rid of my acne and my acne scars? Thank you so much!” (Jiyeon, 24yo)

Answered by Dr. Hun Kim Thao, Dermatologist (CK1) – CEO and Chief Medical Director of Grace Skincare Clinic, Ho Chi Minh City

Hello Jiyeon,

Thank you for sharing your concern with Grace Skincare Clinic. Many customers often mistake between a skincare/ dermatology clinic and a spa or a beauty salon. I hope my explanation below will clear the confusion for you as well as other readers as we have many clients who come here seeking the best acne and scar treatment in Ho Chi Minh City.

The short answer to your question is “NO, you do not have to live with acne forever. And you have found the right place to get great skin health results from scar treatment in Ho Chi Minh City”. But first, we need to address the confusion between spas and clinics. We will start with the definitions of a spa and then a skincare clinic, and then we will briefly explain why Grace Skincare Clinic should be your go-to spot for all skincare and dermatology needs including scar treatments in Ho Chi Minh City.


We call a spa in modern days rooted in the term “Salus per aquam”, which translates to aqua therapy. Traditionally spas offered water-related services only, for instance, sauna and aromatherapy to relieve stress, stimulate blood circulation, and detox the body. Nowadays, service offerings have expanded to facials, massages, waxing, and even laser treatments.

However, services at commercial spas tend to yield very short-term benefits, mostly because spas do not have a strictly medical focus and are not bound by medical requirements like a clinic. Spa treatments are more likely to be based on popular skincare “fad of the day” and will not be supervised by medical professionals.

Eye-catching advertisements and really low prices by spas have successfully attracted countless customers because they offer diverse services such as acne and acne scar treatment, melasma treatment, or skin whitening.

This popularity happens even with the warnings about the potential for skin damage, sometimes permanent skin damage which we end up treating at the clinic from clients seeking help. As mentioned above, commercial spas have no medical standard or regulation and do not have certified medical experts to direct services, products, and operate devices.

In conclusion, the spa is a good choice for when you want a relaxing massage or relaxing facial, but for the safest and best skin health results including more intensive and invasive treatments such as scar removal, acne, skin lightening, or micro-needling, you are best to choose a prestigious clinic or hospital with experienced medical staff so you can avoid harm and damage to your skin.

Dermatology clinic

A dermatology clinic is an authorized practice that offers skin examination and other intensive skin treatments, performed and supervised by certified dermatologists only. Most premium clinics need to go by strict standards from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding procedures and medical treatments, while medical devices generally are safe and high grade with approvals by FDA (USA) and CE (Europe).

When you visit a reputable dermatology clinic such as Grace Skincare Clinic, your skin will get examined and analyzed by a dermatologist. She will also draft a personalized treatment program and skincare regimen for your specific skin condition to ensure the effectiveness of the treating, healing and caring process. This ensures the safest and best results for acne and scar treatment in Ho Chi Minh City.

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About your acne case and what you have tried so far

In my opinion, we should first determine the cause of your acne. About 85% of teenagers your age have acne. There are many causes for acne such as hormonal imbalance, bad skincare habits, stress, polluted environment, poor diet, or excessive face oil that results in clogged pores. We can only draft out a plan to battle acne effectively when we have sorted out the potential causes. After we address the root cause, we can consider the best methods for scar treatment.

Dr. Hun Kim Thao – An excellent and dedicated dermatologist in HCMC
As one of the leading dermatologists in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Hun Kim Thao is also well respected as a professional and dedicated dermatologist who practices with the highest medical ethical standards. After 11 years of practicing medical and cosmetic dermatology, in December 2016, Dr. Thao along with her husband, Mr. Gregory Nathan, decided…

To get rid of acne for good, your skin needs to be examined and treated by your seasoned dermatologist instead of a non-certified staff. Improper handling of acne is very likely to be ineffective and can leave even more acne scars.

In an acne treatment program at Grace Skincare Clinic, your designated dermatologist will draft your customized treatment program and prescribe a few topical and/or oral treatments for you, while our skilled nurses will follow the treatment progress. If you would like to learn more about acne treatment, scar treatment, or other skin care services offered at Grace Skincare Clinic, please “Book Now” for an appointment with our dermatologists.

Again, thank you for your question.

Warm regards.

Reviewed by Dr. Hun Kim Thao

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