Thanks to social media celebrity and businesswoman Camille Co, the public gets an instant and free consultation from the celebrity skin-care expert, Dra. Vicki Belo.
In her recent vlog entry, Camille, invited Dra. Vicki to answer some skin and beauty concerns raised by her followers.
In the 40-minute video, which may be viewed on Camille’s YouTube channel, the two gave special focus on acne problems. But they also covered topics about dark spots, dark underarms, botox, fillers, threads, nose job, skin myths, skin-care routines, skin-care ingredients, laser hair removal, laser treatments, facials, and so much more.
Let’s zero in on acne problems for now. Here are some of Dra. Vicki Belo’s tips—summarized by pikapika—for you to bid goodbye to those huge pesky pimples:
1. Choose your sunblocks well. “Sometimes sunblocks are oily especially if it’s from the States. They are meant for countries that are not humid.” Which means, look for sunblocks developed for tropical climates.
2. Sleep Early. “It’s much better to sleep earlier like 10:00 or 11 in the evening and then wake up early in the morning.” She says it’s not how long you sleep, but how early. 10pm to 1am is supposedly the window-time for cell regeneration.
3. Eat less dairy. “This is also genetic, it’s in your blood. Not everybody reacts to it, but for some people, dairy is inflammatory.” Cheese and milk, are dairy. “Don’t eat too much of it since it causes acne,” says Dra. Vicki. And she added eggs, too!
4. Wash—NOT JUST—your face properly. “One of the things I see that causes a lot of acne are people who don’t wash their face well. When you wash your face you tend to leave or forget to wash your neck as well which causes pimples around the hairline or jawline.” The unattended soap buildup in the jawlines and hairline are breeding ground for acne.
5. Use organic toothpaste. “If you have pimples around the mouth, check your toothpaste. It might contain a high concentration of fluoride. Use organic toothpaste like those with baking soda or Sensodyne.”
6. Use clear shampoos. “‘Yong shampoo na super ganda for the hair? ’yong [for] super shiny and silky very bad for your skin. Yes, it’s good for your hair, it makes it soft but for your face, it makes you oily and it blocks your pores. Use clear shampoos—baby shampoo and stuff that you can see through. If concentration is milky, bad ’yon usually.”
7. Lessen nut intakes. But chocolates are fine! “What causes acne is the nuts in the chocolate,” says Dra. Vicki. If it’s just chocolate or dark chocolate ’yong bar lang, it’s fine. But if you eat with peanuts or almonds, no. It’s the oil in the nuts that causes acne. And chips and anything fried causes acne.”
8. Clean—and blow-dry—your make-up brushes. “Clean it well and don’t leave it damp. Cause a lot of people, clean it and they just leave it to dry…in the banyo where it’s dark and it’s humid. You know you can increase the number of bacteria in your brushes. Use a cold blower to dry your make-up brushes or use sterilizers.”
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