7 acne myths busted?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 | 0 comments

7 acne myths busted?

Here are some homegrown acne myths that we will debunk.  If you’re a Filipino, we bet you have heard this common folklore and it’s about time you hear the truth from the expert, Skin House resident dermatologist, Dra. Cricelda Rescober-Valencia who will get your facts straight.    Menstruation to wash your face can lessen acne  Once you hit puberty, you will hear this suggestion one way or another from a well-meaning person, whether it’s a friend or a relative.  You will be advised to put the blood of your first menstruation on your face to prevent future breakouts.  Believe me, as I know one person who actually did this, who seem to have clear skin to this day.  But before you advise someone else to do this, here is what our derma has to say. According to our resident beauty doctor, you should not do it because it will not only irritate your skin and cause pimples, it might lead to infection.  She also mentioned the obvious that it’s really not hygienic to do so. Myth or truth? MYTH    Are you in love?     Yes, believe it or not, this is something you will hear often when experiencing an acne breakout in the Philippines.  There is even a song dedicated to it: “tigyawat sa ilong, pati na sa pisngi…” Now, before you sing to the tune, let us clarify this one out for all you people in love.   Being in love has no direct correlation to getting pimples. According to Doctor Rescober-Valencia, “If you get stressed because of love, sebum production may increase which leads to acne.”So feel free and enjoy the moment as it will not affect your skin. Myth or truth? MYTH   It’s a teenage thing. Some say pimples or acne will only last until your teenage years: Though this holds true for most people, it’s sadly not always the case because according to our resident dermatologist,“There is adult-onset acne as well as hormonal acne and acne mechanica (due to friction) which can occur at any age“.  If you are experiencing adult acne, the solution is to consult a derma for the best course of action to treat acne so it doesn’t lead to scarring.  Remember that prevention is always better than cure, don’t let acne become worse before going to a dermatologist. Myth or truth? MYTH    Wearing make-up can only make your acne worst! This is another saying we hear so often, to go au naturel.It’s one thing to have the “no makeup, makeup look, and another thing to go bare face.”  Who does that?Our derma mentioned that: Yes, you can experience acne breakout if your makeup brushes are not washed regularly and if you use makeup brands that are not right for your skin. That’s why it is preferable to use non-comedogenic brands. So should you stop applying make-up? No need.  A lot of women with great skin applies makeup.  Just choose the brand that’s right for you.     Can toothpaste help heal your pimples? Yes! Believe it or not, according to the so-called friendly experts, it is supposed to...

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Frequently Asked Questions – Revlite

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 | 55 comments

Updated Photo from the same patient.  First one is after 1 session.  Next set is after 3 sessions (edited). What is Revlite Laser Toning or Skin Rejuvenation? Revlite is a Q-Switched Nd:Yag laser with 1064 nm or 532 nm wavelength that uses non-invasive light energy to gently stimulate skin’s natural collagen. Collagen is the glue that holds the body together. We would literally fall apart without collagen. Collagen in the skin breaks down as we age resulting in wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Furthermore, years of sun exposure and other environmental factors result in pigmentation (like freckles, melasma and sun spots), redness, and enlarged pore size.   Revlite is the best way to treat these skin problems and is indeed proven to minimize pores, treat unwanted pigmentation, rejuvenate the skin, and enhance collagen regeneration and is often called as “Laser Facial”. Basically, Revlite Laser stimulates collagen production which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, lessens or improves pore size, evens out skin tone, removes skin pigmentation and regenerates the skin. Revlite laser can also improve acne scarring and skin texture.   How does Revlite work?   Revlite laser does not affect the outermost layers of the skin and instead passes safely through the upper layers to stimulate collagen beneath the skin. Revlite Laser delivers results with no downtime, which is why patients are more inclined to avail this treatment over other ablative lasers.   5 to 10 treatments of Revlite Laser are normally recommended for maximum results at intervals of 2-4 weeks between treatments. After desired results are achieved, maintenance touch up sessions is recommended especially for treatments of melasma.   Who is Suitable for Revlite Laser Treatment? Patients with concerns in tattoos, pore size, skin pigments, skin texture and laxity will benefit from this procedure. Revlite is the gold standard for pigmented lesions which includes melasma and freckles. It is also being used for axillary pigmentation or any similar indication and laser facial to replace the monthly facials to remove blackheads, whiteheads and the like.   Revlite laser treatment can be used to rejuvenate the skin on the face, chest neck, hands and body. Patients of all skin types including tanned and darker skin tones, can be treated with Revlite. Read the contraindication in the consent form.   What is the Procedure for Revlite Laser Treatment?   Patients will be asked to read and sign a consent form after consultation before going through the treatment. The area of concern with be cleansed and patient will be provided with a protective eyewear. Revlite Laser treatment is fairly comfortable, but those who have low pain tolerance may request for local anesthesia or any pain medication.   Revlite laser treatment averages 15 to 30 minutes or until the skin turns slightly red.   What is the downtime? Initially, a mild erythema or redness is to be expected in the treated area. This usually goes away immediately after the treatment depending on the settings used. Patients may resume with normal activities except for heavy work out and use of tretinoin or other products that makes the skin sensitive to light. A post treatment...

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BOTOX 101

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 | 23 comments

Can you see deep lines in between your eyes?  Do you have deep frown lines, crow’s feet or prominent jaw?  If you have one of these most common facial concerns of men and women, you are probably a candidate for BOTOX®.  Read more to learn about the frequently asked questions. BOTOX® injected to the jaw can reduce the overall size of the masseter muscle, for improved facial appearance and relaxed jaw muscles. This can be used as treatment for TMJ with advised of the Dentist. In some ethnicities like Korean and Chinese, women have a propensity to develop “squarish” or prominent jaw. Only few certified dermatologists have the skill to perform Botox in the Masseter or Jaw in a safe and effective manner.  It is best to come in for consultation and to ask the dermatologist the extent of his or her experience in doing this type of procedure.  Ask for before and after photos of previous clients.  Half of the face is usually covered or cropped for confidentiality.       * The following photos are provided for reference only.  Actual before and after photo will be shown in the clinic.  Usually 50 units are used for the jaw or masseter. You will appreciate that the BOTOX® for jaw reduction is relatively painless. It takes skill and technique to provide this in a relatively painless manner. It will be done in a sterile room, in about 15 to 20 minutes only.  You can go back to work right away since it is a non invasive procedure. If you have always longed for a smaller, more delicate feature, you would want to consider this treatment.  It is more affordable now, than it was before when it first came out in the market.  Patients typically notice softening of the masseter muscle at one week and softening of the jawline at 6 weeks. Some researchers have noticed permanent changes to the jawline after 2-3 treatments. However, it is reasonable for patients to expect long term benefit but not permanent changes. For frown lines, glabellar lines and crow’s feet, the same treatment shall apply with lesser units to be used. Botox will be administered by a board certified dermatologist, and injected into the muscles. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.Due to the improvement in style and technique, you don’t need to worry about the “frozen look”.  BOTOX® now is done in a more natural way.  Some lines may still remain, but the ones that are bothersome will be softened to make the face look more youthful.  Furthermore, studies seem to show that long term treatment with Botox in regular dosages give long term results.  This is advisable as preventive measure in developing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. All our equipments and supplies are original and authentic.  The patient has the option to use Allergan (US Brand) or Botulax.   Questions to ask before undergoing Botox 1.  Be sure to have Botox performed by a Board Certified Dermatologist or Cosmetic Surgeon. 2.  Ask if the Dermatologist or the Cosmetic Surgeon has...

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