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Notes from your derma BFFs: Here’s how to take care of your skin 

By Jerald Uy Published Jun 04, 2024 1:00 pm Updated Jun 04, 2024 2:24 pm

In the age of short-form vlogging, everyone can claim to be a skincare expert. But unless your idol is a dermatologist or recommends products approved by skin doctors, don’t take her every word for it, especially when it comes to taking care of your sensitive skin.

Model, now a mother, Jess Wilson should know. “During the lockdown, I really enjoyed using every single product I could find in the market and that did not do well for my skin,” she shared while revealing that she was struggling with dry skin. 

“(Now) I constantly see my dermatologist; we’re best friends!”

Wilson was among the personalities invited to promote the importance of skin health at the launch of “Skin Awareness Month 2024”. The country’s leading dermatology product distributor hopes to spread the word about how it is advancing skincare with the power of science.

“Skincare is self-care. A healthy lifestyle is a must; don’t just rely on the topicals,” shared Dr. Coreen Copuyoc, a board-certified dermatologist, reiterating Wilson’s advice to always drink water. “You need to help us also. You need to commit for you to have good skin.”

Cetaphil Skin Science: Your guide to sensitive skin and its benefits

Cetaphil is a skincare product line known for not containing active ingredients, making it the dermatologists’ go-to treatment for sensitive skin. It is used today by millions with sensitive skin from all over the world. 

Now with improved formulation, Cetaphil is the dermatologist-recommended product for addressing the five signs of skin sensitivity that stand in the way of you living your best life, Under the Cetaphil banner which promotes superior hydration to the skin are Gentle Skin Cleanser, Daily Exfoliating Cleanser, Moisturizing Lotion, Rich Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+. 

There’s also Bright Healthy Radiance, a Cetaphil innovation tailor fit to those with sensitive skin but wanting to correct dark spots caused by sun spots or hyperpigmentation, Cetaphil Baby for newborn skin, and Cetaphil Pro AD Derma for atopic-prone skin. Each addresses every skin concern to encourage Filipinos to make the switch so they can start and achieve their own unique skin stories.

Dr. Copuyoc reminded the public to regularly use gentle cleansers and moisturizers as consistency is key to significantly improve skin’s health over time. She added that it is also important to keep the skin hydrated to prevent dryness and irritation.

“Never skip sunscreen, even on cloudy days, as UV radiation can penetrate clouds and cause skin damage,” she said.

Dr. Copuyoc also shared the correct moisturizing routine for Cetaphil users. In the morning, cleanse with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, moisturize with Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, and protect your skin with Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+. Before sleeping, cleanse again with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or a Cream to foam cleanser and apply Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. She also added that women should start moisturizing in their 20s so their future selves could thank them for it.

Benzac (Benzoyl Peroxyde): Treatment for acne-prone skin

In her teens, Wilson also struggled with acne before being a model, showing that healthy skin is attainable. One effective product to treat mild acne that effectively targets its root cause is Benzac (Benzoyl Peroxyde).

You can follow a scientific-based routine to cleanse, treat, and rebalance the acne-prone skin. First, use , Daily Facial Cleanser, gel to foam cleanser, another new cleanser offering from Cetaphil washing away impurities and effectively reduce oil production in two weeks. Next, apply Benzac Spots Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxyde) that kills 94% of acne-causing bacteria. Then use Benzac Microbiome Equalizer to moisturize and rebalance your skin’s pH. Finally, don’t forget to apply Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Dr. Bea Chan, a board-certified dermatologist, emphasized that consumers need to be patient and give the product time to work to significantly improve the health and appearance of their acne-prone skin:

She also warned against popping pimples. “As tempting as it may be, popping pimples can push bacteria deeper into the skin, leading to more inflammation and even scars,” Dr. Chan said.

She added that acne-prone patients should also patch-test new products before using them over large areas to ensure it doesn’t cause irritation.

Galderma Aesthetics: Achieve beauty on your own terms

Galderma also has a range of Restylane and Sculptra products that provide enhancement fillers, skinboosters, and biostimulators used for the personalized treatment of different patient profiles, especially those in their 40s and above. 

But before you proceed with these injectables, Skin 101 Founder and Medical Director Dr. Jennie Francisco-Dias reminded the public to always start with a detailed consultation with a qualified aesthetic professional who can assess their skin’s condition and discuss realistic outcomes.

Know the difference between fillers, skinboosters, and biostimulators. While all are effective, they serve different purposes and produce different results,” she explained.

Part of the campaign is to bring light to the proper ways of taking care of sensitive skin through informative videos and its skin manual. With Skin Awareness Month, Galderma reaffirms its position as the best skincare choice for every Filipino because of its dermatologist-prescribed credentials and brand medical heritage.

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