Having a flawless and porcelain skin is everyone’s dream but many of us are not gifted with such a perfect skin. People look for advanced skincare products or seek help from dermatologists to cure their skin problems.
According to Dr. Wong Kwok-on, acne is the most common skin condition among his patients. When pores are filled with oil secretions from sebaceous glands, hair follicles connected to the oil glands will be clogged, resulting in inflammation.
Zi Long, the host of a midnight radio show, has been suffering from acne since adolescence. With his late-night job, his skin problem is only getting worse. After a medical consultation, he carried out an experiment on his face.
On one side, he followed the traditional skincare formula in the market: cleanse, tone, moisturize, then put on a facial mask.
On the other side, he applied a simple moisturizer after gentle cleansing, as recommended by his dermatologist.
A week later, he saw the contrasting results on his face. He had been using too many products suggested by the market!
Certain medications with steroid or immunosuppressive drugs may stimulate hair follicles, causing acnes.
Some tumors like adrenal or pituitary tumors cause an overproduction of certain hormones, and this leads to acne.
Patients who suffer from serious acne problems long after puberty or those with acnes covering not just the face but other parts of the body as well should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Whitening skincare products are very popular among ladies who long for fair complexion. Many would rather stay indoors all day long to avoid suntan or, if they go out, they put on sunscreen with high SPF (sun protection factor).
Some of them would go as far as bleaching their skin in various ways. Many South Asians who use bleaching facial cream for a prolonged period of time look significantly fairer, but they also look swollen from proteinuria, which is a sign of kidney disease. While the mercury in bleaching creams can whiten the skin, it is also poisonous and detrimental to the kidneys.
The best beauty regime is actually the simplest. Thoroughly cleanse the face and apply a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. When acnes appear, consult your dermatologist who may prescribe antibiotics for certain areas of the skin.
Use a sunscreen with SPF30 and reapply every two hours. Most importantly, avoid facial creams that claim to bleach your skin.
Remember: beauty should not cost you your health.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Jan 29
Translation by John Chui
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