TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre is a specialist dermatology clinic helmed by Singapore dermatologist Dr Teo Wan Lin. Dr. Teo specialises in skin, hair, nail disorders, removal of skin growths, skin cancer & surgery as well as aesthetic dermatology. Having founded Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals, a specialist line of cosmeceutical skincare formulated as adjunct treatments for her patients, Dr. Teo is a key opinion leader in cosmeceutical science and also author of the Skincare Bible – Dermatologist's Tips for Cosmeceutical Skincare. She has published her dermatological research in distinguished medical journals internationally. This included the only pigmentation medical study commissioned by skincare supplement giant, Crystal Tomato® performed at the National Skin Centre Singapore and published in the Journal of Pigmentary Disorders.
The Specialist Skincare Clinic with a Skincare Pharmacy
Evidence-led botanical treatment for chronic skin conditions known as rosacea (skin redness) and cosmeceuticals, have been incorporated into the specialist skincare pharmacy. Active botanical skincare ingredients are compounded into treatments for patients as adjuncts to prescription medications. The dermatologist’s skincare philosophy focuses on targeted management of skin diseases like cystic acne, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, sensitive skin and eczema. Appropriate medical treatment is prescribed where necessary together with adjunct treatment using plant-based skincare ingredients to reduce inflammation.
The clinic is known for its acne treatments, especially in adult hormonal acne & maskne. Dr. Teo was the first dermatologist in Singapore and internationally to publish research on maskne or mask acne that arose globally with increasing face mask usage amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This research included treatments focusing on anti-inflammatory botanicals suitable for use under a face mask and also an ideal face mask design using biofunctional textiles that help to treat mask acne. The research was published in the top international Dermatology journal, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, in 2020. The treatment for acne focuses on the use of botanical actives, such as berberine chlorella vulgaris, which are less irritating on skin, and without side effects. This has been discussed in Dr.Teo’s publications on acne and maskne in top dermatology journals. The clinic also has an onsite specialist compounding pharmacy for skincare, which includes pure hyaluronic acid serum which can be used to reduce skin inflammation in acne, rosacea and sensitive skin. Dr. Teo Wan Lin is widely interviewed for her expertise on sensitive skin, and eczema and combines the treatment with a proactive approach to reduce reliance on topical steroids, while ensuring that there are minimal disease flare ups.
A comprehensive range of acne treatments is available at the clinic, from conventional oral medications such as antibiotics and isotretinoin, phototherapy and chemical peel procedures, to proprietary berberine mask formulations to target acne inflammation and wound healing on the skin. This allows customized treatments to cater to the individual needs of patients, maximizing treatment efficacy whilst minimizing side effects associated with conventional treatments.
Acne Scar Treatment
Fractional lasers are offered for individuals with deeper types of acne scars, as a form of ablative resurfacing. Pigmentation scars such as post-inflammation hyperpigmentation can be treated with 1064 q switch lasers. Ice-pick and box-car type dermal scars will require fractional resurfacing. Cosmeceutical treatment is combined in the dermatology clinic to give best results. Tretinoin is a vitamin A derived cream that helps to stimulate collagen production and is dispensed at 0.01%, 0.025% and 0.05% at the clinic. The clinic’s dermatologist also uses oligopeptides which are retinoid free and over-the counter to help stimulate collagen, having a retinoid-like effect. The QRASER custom cut patches with synthetic biopolymer technology is a favourite of our patients as it helps reduce the appearance of scars with just a single application. It works by drawing water up from deeper layers of the dermis to the surface stratum corneum, causing a lifted and plumped appearance.
The dermatologist clinic developed the best-selling Multi-CERAM as a “Prescription Emollient Device”, which is a steroid alternative to treating eczema using ceramides and anti-inflammatory botanicals. Eczema treatments by Singapore dermatologist, Dr. Teo Wan Lin, focuses on restoring healthy skin barrier function, which is often disrupted by genetic and environmental factors in patients with dermatitis. Her eczema patients are taught by a specialty care dermatology education nurse on wet wrap therapy under the monitoring of a dermatologist.
Rosacea and Colour Correcting Skincare Makeup
The skin centre specialises in the use of evidence-based cosmeceuticals as part of rosacea treatment. In particular, the specialist skin clinic features an onsite customised skincare pharmacy, including customized makeup for sensitive skin and to support patients who are undergoing dermatological treatments. The on-site makeup lab teaches color correction and cosmetic camouflage for patients who need concealing while undergoing medical treatment. Dermatology patients with sensitive skin, eczema, acne and rosacea will benefit from skincare makeup which can heal the skin with anti inflammatory skincare active ingredients.
Hair Loss Treatments
TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre also specializes in hair loss treatment, by first detecting any underlying health conditions that could be causing the hair loss and treating that at its root cause. In Singapore, the warm humid tropical climate often causes excessive proliferation of microorganisms including yeast and bacteria on the scalp. This leads to inflammation of the scalp and dandruff which inadvertently causes hair loss. This condition is known as seborrheic dermatitis. Hair loss treatment at the dermatologist clinic starts by regulating scalp microbes with proprietary shampoo formulations, prior to adjunct treatments such as phototherapy and topical copper peptide to stimulate hair growth.
The hair loss treatments offered by the dermatologist clinic include red and yellow LED light therapy. The clinic is specialised in medical device development under its biomaterials research arm. It’s RASER Hair Loss Comb is an FDA-approved home hair regrowth device for male and female pattern hair loss. It contains laser diode therapy with radiofrequency that has been proven to stimulate the hair follicles. The approach undertaken by Singapore dermatologist, Dr. Teo Wan Lin, to hair loss is also to restore the scalp microbiome balance with the clinic’s proprietary formulation Deep Cleanse Shampoo. The shampoo contains therapeutic levels of zinc pyrithone and salicylic acid. Copper Peptide Serum, which is available via Dr.TWL Dermaceuticals is a favourite with many of the dermatology centre’s international clientele, made available internationally from Singapore via their web store. The cosmeceutical for hair loss is used as a potent scalp antioxidant and has no irritation side effects, unlike minoxidil which is used for hair loss. It is also suitable for patients with sensitive, dry scalp as the formulation helps to restore the scalp microbiome balance.
A firm believer in natural beauty, Dr. Teo focuses on treatments that enhance skin health and radiance. The clinic is equipped fully with state of the art lasers and HIFU technology, specially curated by Dr. Teo to rejuvenate the skin. TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre also offers comprehensive under-eye and periorbital rejuvenation services. CO2 laser resurfacing, plasma nitrogen, personalised cosmeceutical eye creams, customised biofunctional textile, proprietary cosmeceuticals and home-use rejuvenation devices are available to patients.
Having been the first accredited dermatology clinic in Singapore to implement a seamless Tele-Dermatology service, the clinic’s telemedicine protocol is robust, and serves international and local patients effectively. Dr. Teo and her team of qualified nurses and pharmacy technicians ensure a pleasant and efficient Tele-Dermatology experience. The entire process is regulated according to Telemedicine guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health Singapore, ensuring that the quality of care in a virtual dermatologist visit is equivalent to that of a face to face visit.
Dr. Teo emphasises an integrative approach to both medical and cosmetic dermatology. This includes nutraceutical dietary and lifestyle modifications. Her research work in dermatology focuses on restoring the skin microbiome, or the balance of good bacteria and microorganisms for healthy skin. Dr. Teo has helped countless dermatology patients in emotional and mental wellness via a psychodermatological approach, which is a crux in the comprehensive dermatological care offered by the specialist clinic.
Pigmentation, Dark Spots and Wrinkles
For skincare rejuvenation, Singapore dermatologist, Dr. Teo Wan Lin, emphasizes a holistic approach. Depending on the stage of photo aging, a cocktail of treatments and cosmeceuticals will be tailored for the clinic’s dermatology patients. Severe photoaging may require fractional resurfacing. Milder cases and those who want a brighter, more radiant complexion can start with non-ablative lasers, such as the 1064 Q-switch laser also used to treat skin diseases such as melasma and hyperpigmentation. In combination with cosmeceuticals like Kojic acid and arbutin, the dermatology clinic’s target is eliminating pigmentation via in-clinic treatments for a period of 2-3 months before starting on a home-maintenance regime to minimise return of pigmentation.
Undereye Dark Circles, Sagging and Wrinkles
TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre’s popular undereye treatment effectively targets skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles with plasma nitrogen resurfacing technology, potent anti-oxidant drug delivery and effective post operative care. The dermatology centre in Singapore also combines novel biofunctional textile technology developed in-house by their biomaterials research arm that incorporates anti-ageing metallic nanoparticles to reduce facial wrinkles. The CUIONS technology has been incorporated into the dermatology clinic’s eye mask patch which is used with their CUTISCOOL CMC gel pack after treatment, for post-treatment recovery and maintenance. The Elixir-V eye cream contains whitening niacinamide, oligopeptides broccoli extract LARECEA to lift and tighten the undereye area.
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