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Zap that zit!

Breakouts can be a bummer! And believe me, having a blemish or two can definitely ruin one’s day! Don’t fret, though, because this week, I’ll let you in on the popular and effective over-the-counter anti-acne ingredients that will leave you confident and in the clear. Acne can be described as having comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), blocked pores, papules (red and raised bumps on the skin), pustules (pus-filled bumps), and cysts (deep bumps that are painful when touched). It is caused by four major factors: the growth of P. acnes or propionibacterium acnes, overproduction of sebum or oil, clogged pores, and skin inflammation. Hormonal activity, which starts at puberty, and environmental factors, such as stress, lifestyle (like smoking and alcohol consumption), and diet may trigger acne. As a result, the following …

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Pretty ugly

All Natural, Non-Toxic, Organic We all have encountered these in the beauty and personal care products we buy, and immediately, we are assured that it is safe for use. But be minded that not all products labeled such as “Contains Natural Extracts” or “Made With Organic” come from 100 percent natural ingredients. More often than not, it has added chemicals to it, and is just a marketing phrase to sell the product. So how do you know that your mascara is safe for use, or your shampoo won’t cause health problems in the future? Consumers encounter those attractive, catchall phrases mentioned above because in truth, the beauty industry is largely unregulated, such that any company can add almost any chemical on their product, tested or not, and even have the option to …

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Whitening wonder

In a culture where white is beautiful, almost everyone has heard of or have tried glutathione, a popular whitening ingredient featured in countless products available in the market today. Glutathione is so well-known you won’t miss it in an aisle of beauty products where it can be found in different forms, from lotions and soaps to pills and powdered drinks! But is it true that glutathione is not effective when taken orally? Is it safe for the body? This week, let us uncover the facts and debunk the myths about glutathione. 1. Glutathione is a chemically produced substance to lighten skin. FALSE: Glutathione is a naturally occurring substance in our body consisting of amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamate. Contrary to popular belief, skin lightening is not glutathione’s main function nor is it a …

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When acne strikes… Again!

When you have adult acne, you feel and look like you haven’t left your teenage years. What’s worse, it not only affects how you see yourself, it also affects how others see you. Acne can be a debilitating disease, physically and psychologically, but you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than half of women in their 20s have hormonal acne, and it doesn’t end there, as there are still women up until their 40s who still have it. Men also have cases of hormonal acne, but studies say it is more prevalent in women in certain age groups. This week, let us learn the main causes and triggers of hormonal acne, and how you can start the path to clear, healthy, and acne-free skin! Acne is a …

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Happy in heels

They say that when it comes to heels, the higher, the better. People take notice when a woman walks in her favorite pair, because she instantly looks good, stands taller, and appears more confident. This is why almost every woman owns a pair of high heels. And we have to admit, sometimes we sacrifice comfort over style, no matter how much it hurts to wear them. Wearing high heels may look good, but it also may come with a price. This week, let us talk about what most women can relate to: corns and calluses. Corns and calluses are often used interchangeably as they both appear as hard areas of thick and dry skin. There is, however, a difference. Corns, also called clavus, clavi, or heloma, are usually round or circular in shape, may …

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When you’re spotted

Have you ever wondered why Michael Jackson’s skin color has changed through the years? A quick Google search about the King of Pop and you will see the drastic change on his skin. While he was of African-American descent and had predominantly dark skin, he had been seen with white patches on his body, and he reportedly covered himself in make-up and eventually bleached his skin to hide the patches. Michael Jackson is among the one percent of the world’s population that has a skin condition called vitiligo. This week, let us find out why some people have vitiligo, if it is contagious, what the treatments are, and the ways one can protect one’s skin if one has the condition. Melanin is responsible for providing the skin its color, and melanocytes …

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Seeing red

Ever noticed a red and raised skin formation on your torso, face, neck, or any other part of your body? Were you suddenly worried that this red, mole-like growth might be skin cancer? Let us answer these questions and learn more about the causes and treatment for cherry angiomas, those red bumps that form on your skin that most probably are the ones you were worried about. Cherry angiomas, also called Campbell de Morgan (named after an English surgeon who observed it), senile angiomas, or cherry haemangiomas, are red, round, and usually raised skin formations that form and look as such because of the unusual growth of blood vessels inside it. Cherry angiomas may appear on almost any part of the body, but is more commonly seen on the torso, shoulders, …

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Scarred no more

Time may heal all wounds, but not all scars fade in time. In fact, some even worsen through the years, like keloids. Keloids are shiny, hairless mounds of excess skin that sometimes form after a wound. This irregularity in appearance makes a keloid unpleasant to look at especially when it appears in visible places of the body, like the face, neck, or arms. And because most of us place importance on having smooth, youthful, and flawless skin, having keloids can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, such that it may affect one’s self-esteem. This week, let us learn the effective treatments for keloids, and how they can be avoided. Keloids come from the Greek word cheloid, or crab claws, because of their mounted appearance on the skin. Keloids are raised scars that formed abnormally …

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Hair unwanted

Were you born balbon? Having a lot of body hair is a challenge for women, especially if they have extra hair on the arms, legs, underarms, and upper lip, but these are quickly solved with the common hair removal techniques such as shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, and lasers. Unfortunately, some women suffer from excessive body hair, such that they go beyond being balbon and grow visible hair in places where men usually have them, such as the chin, stomach, chest, or back. This may look unpleasant, especially for women, leading to distress and discomfort. At times, it may even affect their daily life and restrict them in doing some activities. This is called Hirsutism. Let us learn how one can have it, if there is a cure for it, and the …

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No to B.O.

“First impressions last.” That statement has been said a lot of times, because more often than not, it is true. And more than looking good, how you smell can make or break one’s perception of you! Notice how humans gravitate toward good or pleasant smells, like a certain perfume, flowers, or a room, and how we are repelled by smells that are foul and pungent such that we try our best to avoid or stay away from it? We are attracted to people who smell nice because we associate them as pleasant, have good hygiene, and responsible enough to take care of themselves. At the same time, smelling good adds to one’s confidence and self-esteem. This is why those with body odor bear the burden of shame and embarrassment, especially when …

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