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Thanks for your question. I’ll answer the 2nd part of your question first. You may call me biased, but personally I would NEVER trust a beauty salon to do any laser procedures.
This is because MOH has clear guidelines which prevent them from using laser settings which are effective, which means if they do have lasers, they are either underpowered or using a higher setting illegally – which would also mean they are completely unfamiliar at dealing with potential side effects. That’s not even mentioning some beauty salons that use counterfeit machines.
So yes, please go to a doctor.
To answer your clogged pore question: First of all, the simplest thing to do would be to use a topical retinoid cream at night, which would encourage skin cell turnover. Retinoids get into the pores and unclog them. The strength of a retinoid should be individualized for your skin type, tolerance and skin sensitivity. Benzoyl Peroxide (another cream) also unclogs blocked pores.
I used both myself when I was having acne and clogged pores – Benzoyl peroxide in the day time, and retinoid cream at night. You can actually buy a cream that combines both called Epiduo. Not sure if it’s available in Singapore, but I got it all the time in the UK from my GP.
If trying these 2 topical creams don’t work well for you, you may want to discuss with your doctor microdermabrasion, rather than lasers for clogged pores. Your doctor may advise you differently though, based on his assessment of your skin!
Clogged pores are better treated with salicyclic acid chemical peels and/or medical facials with dermabrasion (with salicyclic acid solution) as a first line treatment .
Beauticians are not equipped or allowed to perform those procedures or lasers .
It is not expensive to do those treatments at a doctor’s clinic. You will be surprised that sometimes, the beautician charges higher than a clinic for their procedures !