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Excess baggage

Sleeping has been called  “beauty rest” because a lot of skin repair happens while we sleep. If one does not get an ample amount of rest, it easily shows through tired, dark, and puffy eyes the next morning. And why? The skin around the eyes is the thinnest, most sensitive part of skin in the body, which is why dark and bluish blood vessels are easily visible after a long sleepless night. What’s more, dark circles and eye bags immediately make one look aged, which is why some resort to daily makeup to cover or conceal it, while others resort to popular remedies, like placing cold tea bags to reduce eye puffiness, or applying eye creams that are readily available in supermarkets and beauty stores. But do these immediate eye …

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A dose of (anti) sunshine

Sunscreen has been a part of everyone’s skin regimen, as it is one of the most important factors in protecting the skin from the harsh free radicals that can lead to skin aging or worse, skin cancer. This is why the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) can be found in almost anything you put on your ski—lotions, creams, sprays, makeup, you name it—that it is impossible to miss putting it on. Excessive sweating, however, or hours spent under the sun might actually make one forget to reapply, which is why some of you might be open to the idea of sunscreen that you can take orally! Did you know that there is sunscreen in the form of a pill? But, is it as effective as topical sunscreen that people are used …

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Wonder antioxidant

Some of you into health and fitness might have heard about this antioxidant or might have even been taking this as a nutritional supplement, but more of you might be wondering what this is. Is this “wonder antioxidant” worth adding to your diet? Astaxanthin is a carotenoid (responsible for giving the vivid and vibrant color to a lot of plants and other species such as algae, shrimp, and salmon while also encouraging good health). It’s one of the most powerful, most effective antioxidants today. Antioxidants are the skin’s natural anti-agers and infection fighters that primarily fight off disease-causing inflammation by protecting the body from free radicals that damage cell structures. Well-known antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E. These antioxidants not only benefit the body’s internal organs, but consuming them regularly also …

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Ending Erythrasma

Aren’t we all feeling the intense heat of the summer? While you are enjoying your trip to the beach, don’t forget to check your skin from time to time as you might acquire Erythrasma, a skin infection that is prevalent in hot and humid temperatures. This week, learn why and how one can have this bacterial infection, and what can be done to cure or prevent it. Ever notice a slight itch or a growing reddish, pinkish, or brownish rough and dry area on your armpits, between your toes, under your breasts, between the buttocks, or your groin? These scaly skin formations are called Erythrasma. It is caused by the overproduction of the bacteria Corynebacterium minutissimum. This skin disorder is not genetic and can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, …

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Hear this out: learn about Chondrodermatitis Nodularis

The ear is an important part of the body that we often neglect to protect, like forgetting to apply sunblock on the sides and backs of the ears, missing cleaning and caring for them properly and correctly, or failing to clean items that come in contact with the ear (pillows, earphones, earrings, etc.). External ear infections may not be as common as other skin diseases, but they should not be ignored as well. This week, let us learn about Chondrodermatitis nodularis, a painful skin infection on the ear that may cause serious discomfort if left untreated. Chondrodermatitis nodularis, also called ear pressure sore, Winkler’s disease, or chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis (or anihelicis, depending on its location in the ear). It is a raised lump, usually around 6mm in diameter, and looks sore …

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Hands down

Hands are an important part of the body. We touch, feel, and hold through our hands. This is why most people take good care of their hands, nails, and fingers. While for some with hand eczema, they hide theirs with embarrassment which, at times, affect their daily life. What is hand eczema, and what can we do about it? Is it contagious? How does one get it? Let’s find out. Hand eczema, also called hand dermatitis, may be both a genetic and environmental skin disorder that can occur to any individual, no matter how old they are. As much as 20 percent among dermatitis patients have it, and its severity can be from mild to severe. Hand eczema is not contagious; however, it is more apparent among those with a case of …

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Free from flares

We have learned from last week that healthy skin definitely starts from within. Food and skin are directly correlated, which means that eating certain kinds of food can either improve or worsen a person’s skin condition. This week, let’s break down the right diet for each skin condition and how proper food choices can help prevent or stop breakouts or flare-ups altogether. Break away from acne Since different cultures have different diets, they face varying skin issues, too. In fact, it has been studied that people in certain regions, like those who consume low-glycemic, locally produced food, have healthy skin and no acne compared to individuals in areas like the US whose diet mostly include eating high-sugar, fried, and processed food and who have acne problems even as adults. This goes to show that to keep breakouts at …

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The clear skin diet

For decades, research has continued to confirm the link between food consumption and an individual’s skin condition. Apparently, the saying “” is true. While nutritious food is essential for overall physical health, it has been found that the skin benefits a lot from it as well. This is why the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients is essential for the skin to protect itself from cellular damage, defend itself from viruses and bacteria, and delay aging, all while looking smooth, radiant, and clear. So what kind of food or diet is needed to achieve “fabulous” skin? In today’s column, learn the anti-inflammatory, anti-glycemic diet that can ultimately be your skin savior just by choosing the right kind of food. Inflammation is the root of disease, from heart attacks to cancer. …

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Spot the difference

Today’s column talks about sun spots, and if you think that only middle-aged individuals have them, read on. Contrary to popular belief, sun spots are a growing skin concern not only by older individuals; in fact, younger ones are beginning to have them, too. Not to be confused with the lighter-colored, flat, and smaller-sized freckles, sun spots are dark, sometimes slightly raised patches of skin that usually appear in clusters. At times, sun spots are also confused with other skin conditions like moles or lentigo maligna, a type of skin cancer. Sun spots are also called liver spots, age spots, skin spots, and senile or solar lentigines. Unlike freckles that are usually hereditary and commonly present among lighter-skinned individuals, sun spots can affect anybody, regardless of skin color. These spots are the …

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Under the sun

“Ouch! It stings!” When you feel your skin gets sensitive, irritated, and turn red from the sun, you know you have sunburn. While the skin can heal in a few days or weeks from sunburn, its long-term effects are irreversible since sun damage occurs at a cellular level. You might not notice it now, but constant exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can lead to premature aging and worse, skin cancers, later in life. How do we protect our skin from aging and sun damage? Dermatologists, beauty bloggers, magazines, health experts, and maybe even your loved ones have stressed long enough the importance of wearing sunscreen. When applied regularly and correctly, sunscreen can effectively protect the skin from the damaging UVA (those that cause premature aging) and UVB rays (those that cause …

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