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Have summer-ready skin!

With hotter and more humid days lately, you just know that summer has arrived! As you are busy planning exciting trips and getting your body beach-ready, don’t forget to prep your skin for the summer, too. Here are some summer tips to make your skin all set to face the hottest season of the year. Save your sunburned skin Been enjoying the heat for too long? Overexposure to the sun’s harsh rays will cause your skin to turn red, sensitive, and irritated. To soothe and treat sunburns, soak a towel with skim milk and apply to the affected area for five to 10 minutes. You may also apply aloe vera gel (if you’re not allergic to it) several times a day on the sunburned skin to help with the pain. Leaving plain …

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Go with your gut

What comes to mind when you hear the word probiotics or live bacteria? You might associate it immediately with its presence in organic beverages such as yogurt, kombucha, or kefir, and also its ability to aid in proper digestion. Yes, those are both true, as probiotics and live microorganisms are “good” bacteria that promote optimal gut health, but did you know that a healthy stomach equates to healthy skin too? Skin=gut? The gut comprises 70 percent of the body’s immune responses, so for it to function well, the gut flora must contain a lot of “good” bacteria to be able to keep the nutrients you ingest, flush out the toxins, and keep the bad bacteria from multiplying. Probiotics and prebiotics help in keeping the gut healthy and at its peak. The …

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A case of the Hives

Have you ever had a severe allergic skin reaction? A rash breakout? Those itchy, red, swollen, and raised patches of skin that suddenly appear out of nowhere? Hives, or clinically named urticaria, have no single cause but have a wide variety of triggers, depending on the individual’s skin sensitivity and state of overall health. Why are some susceptible to them, while others aren’t? Are hives something to be concerned about? What is urticaria? As described above, urticaria appears as slightly raised pink or flesh-colored skin called weals (or wheals) that are itchy, sensitive to the touch, and may form into clusters called plaques. These may become sore when scratched and have a burning sensation. It may happen anywhere on the body, at any time, and to anyone. In fact, one in …

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Beauty marks

Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, our very own Nora Aunor. These are popular celebrities that are distinguished by their beauty mark or mole. Some people find moles as assets, something that accentuates their facial features. Depending on its size and placement, moles do complement a person’s overall look. Meanwhile, some are bothered by it, having them surgically removed. Have you ever wondered how moles form and why they differ in size, shape, and color? Are moles cancerous? Let’s find out. A mole is clinically named melanocytic nevus or nevi, if pertaining to two or more moles. It is named so because it forms when melanocytes, the skin’s pigment-producing cells, form or cluster together. Usually, moles are harmless, common, and may appear in any part of the body. The appearance and quantity of moles …

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Itching to know

The summer months are coming. Oh how time flies! Don’t we all have some good and bad beach memories? Like that time you learned how to swim, or that time you learned how to surf! Or how about that time you had an itchy rash after swimming? Cercarial dermatitis, or swimmer’s itch, happens when larval form cercariae causes an allergic skin reaction when it latches on humans, confusing it with a bird as its host. These cercariae’s life cycle begins when they penetrate into the organs of the host, usually a bird, and then resides in the organs near the intestines until it lays eggs. When the host defecates, the eggs are released from the body with it and hatches, called miracidium. Then, they swim their way to snails, and …

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Hair raising!

Finding loose strands on your hairbrush every time you brush or comb your hair is normal. In fact, we can shed as much as 150 strands a day! But there may be certain life events or health-related issues that may lead an individual to shed more hair than usual: pregnancy or childbirth, getting off hormonal treatment, stressful events or situations, severe illness, significant weight loss or extreme dieting, or sometimes, a skin condition that affects the scalp, among others. This type of hair loss can be classified as Telogen Effluvium or Anagen Effluvium. It is important to know that hair undergoes a life cycle. The anagen phase is when hair grows. It usually takes three to four years for the hair to stay in the anagen phase. Roughly 85 percent of the hair …

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A hairless situation

They always say that when a woman changes her hair, she is about to change her life, and that is true. Hair length, color, style, and cut can make or break a woman’s—or even a man’s look! Moreover, hair can add confidence, project youthfulness, and can boost a person’s mood in an instant. This is why hair salons are found in almost every corner and countless hair care products are available in the market for every type of hair. And this is also why male-pattern baldness, or clinically named Androgenic Alopecia, is a hair condition that matters to many. Androgenic Alopecia is the most common type of hair loss. It is a genetic disorder that affects as much as 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women in their …

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No go for Impetigo

            Have you had itchy sores near your nose or mouth when you were younger? Or maybe you had a classmate or friend who had it? Learn the causes, cure, and prevention of this skin condition called impetigo. Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that is common among children ages two to five years old, though it may also occur in older individuals as well. It is caused by the germ Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, or a combination of both. Impetigo appears in two ways: non-bullous impetigo forms on the nose or mouth as small and red swelling sores with pus that eventually seep out and form yellow, tan, or brownish skin called crusts; and bullous impetigo may appear on other parts of the body as larger sores and may take a …

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Sore about Psoriasis

Psoriasis sufferers know this all too well: that embarrassing feeling you get when scaly patches of pink and white crusty flakes that show on their skin become visible for others to see. While psoriasis is not contagious, those who have it cover themselves up to keep others from staring at them or, worse, avoiding them. Sometimes, this negatively affects a person’s way of living and outlook on life and it is highly encouraged that patients seek treatment immediately. There is continuing research on the causes of psoriasis and, as far as we know, it is a skin condition that is strongly genetic and affects the immune system. Psoriasis starts when certain stimuli trigger skin cells to grow at a rapid rate and, instead of shedding off, the skin piles up …

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Don’t be a flake

Flaky scales that fall on your shoulders or that red itchy patch on your scalp or behind your ears? Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that is commonly mistaken as dandruff, psoriasis, an allergy, or a rash, but it is actually a skin disease that needs to be treated differently. A main misconception is that it is caused by poor hygiene, but the real reason may be more complicated than that. No one knows the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis, but it may be linked to one or a combination of factors like changing weather conditions, increased oil secretion, abnormal oil composition, Malassezia yeasts, stress, genes, certain drugs, or an underlying illness that can vary from acne, alcoholism, depression, eating disorders, or even HIV. It is common in babies aged …

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