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Related Articles: What is Your Color?

What is your Color?
 
Color is everything! And it is everywhere! Just look around you. All these great diversity of colors is creating a life that is more meaningful and engaging. Nature itself has devised ways in manipulating these adorations in ways that suites any given purpose. We humans are not exempted on this color variation. And nothing is more pronounced than the color that is endowed to us by our skin.

Our skin has its own natural way of showing off. On a large part, our skin’s color is mainly due to the pigment melanin. Melanin is manufactured by the melanocytes, cells that are found among the basal cells of the epidermis.

If you are thinking that a white man is very different from the black, the answer is no. It is exciting to know that the number of melanocytes found in every human is almost the same regardless of race. The defining factor is whether how much melanin is produced and the number of pigment granules.
 
Aside from giving us our color, melanin also has its own protective function. It protects us from the harmful ultraviolet rays because melanin granules tend to move about the cell’s nucleus and form a shroud over it. If you are “itching” for some tan on the sun, all of us knew that exposure on a given amount of time darkens our skin. In this scene, the melanocytes does not increase in number but because the amount of melanin produced is increased. No wonder, so many white Caucasians are extremely addicted in this activity. But there is warning though, never stay too long under the sun and when the sun is really hot better do something else.

So, be proud of your color! And do not judge anyone rather. Remember, the value of a person is not measured on looks but it is measured on what he or she can do. Like the melanocytes, it’s the amount of activity that counts.

   

Related Articles: Living with the Dead

Living with the Dead
 
Of all the body parts of your body, what is the most adorned and well recognized? Skin. What is the subject of envy of most women? Skin. What is most admired by men? Skin.

Skin is considered the largest organ of the human body and obviously the most exposed. It functions as the first line of defense from outside invaders such as bacteria and viruses. Regulates body temperature and keeps the body’s water content intact. All these important vital functions are performed systematically by our skin thanks o the collaboration of its different kinds of cells both living and the dead.

Yes! Our skin is made out of not only the living but also is in partnership with the dead cells. A scene most commonly depicted on horror zombie movies. Wherein, the dead is partying harmoniously with the living, or the way around. Well in this case, the dead cells are doing just that.
 
According to our well-defined research. The dead part of our skin is called the horny layer which is a sub-part of a major region of the skin called epidermis. These are all located at the outer part of the skin. Meaning, this is the first barrier of the first line of defense of our body.

So why are they dead? This is due to the process of cell production within the epidermis. At first, cells are formed at the most lower region of the epidermis. As time goes by, they move outward and beyond the blue yonder. And finally dying at the outermost part and eventually shed of.

Consequently, the epidermis’ thickness is not evenly distributed throughout our body. At some parts it is at its thickest (including our palms and soles) and some it is at its thinnest. It acts as our natural armor, the region wherein more friction is being received coming from the outside world.

Alright, enough with the scientific stuff, after talking so much about the dead you might have some strange revelations running in your head right now. Nevertheless, the interaction between the living and the dead skin cells is finely orchestrated to keep us healthy as we go on through our wonderful lives. And with all this understanding begotten by us, I am afraid we just scratched the surface. We still have a lot more learning to do about our skin that is obviously more than skin deep.

Related Articles: Acne

ACNE

Acne vulgaris (commonly called ACNE, ZITS, SPOTS, BLEMISHES, PIMPLES, PUNGGOD IN BACOLOD & ILOILO, BUGAS-BUGAS IN BOHOL & DUMAGUETE) is a common skin condition, caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units, skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland via androgen stimulation. It is characterized by non-inflammatory follicular papules or comedones and by inflammatory papules, pustules, and nodules in its more severe forms. Acne vulgaris affects the areas of skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles; these areas include the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back. Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in non-inflammatory forms.

Acne is most common during adolescence and frequently continues into adulthood. The cause in adolescence is generally an increase in male sex hormones, which people of both genders acquire during puberty. For most people, acne diminishes over time and tends to disappear—or at the very least decrease—after one reaches one's early twenties. There is, however, no way to predict how long it will take to disappear entirely, and some individuals will carry this condition well into their thirties, forties and beyond.

The face and upper neck are the most commonly affected, but the chest, back and shoulders may have acne as well.

Causes of Acne

Acne develops as a result of blockages in follicles. The bacteria Propionibacterium acnes can cause inflammation, leading to inflammatory lesions (papules, infected pustules, or nodules) in the skin, which results in redness and may result in scarring or hyper-pigmentation.

Treatments

There are many products available for the treatment of acne.  Treatments show little improvement within the first two weeks, instead taking a period of approximately three months to improve and start flattening out.

A combination of treatments can greatly reduce the amount and severity of acne in many cases. Those treatments that are most effective tend to have greater potential for side effects and need a greater degree of monitoring, so a step-wise approach is often taken.

There are a number of treatments that have been proven effective:

Topical Bactericidals

Widely available OTC bactericidal products containing benzoyl peroxide may be used in mild to moderate acne. The gel or cream containing benzoyl peroxide is rubbed, twice daily, into the pores over the affected region. Bar soaps or washes may also be used and vary from 2 to 10% in strength. In addition to its therapeutic effect as a keratolytic (a chemical that dissolves the keratin plugging the pores) benzoyl peroxide also prevents new lesions by killing P. acnes. Unlike antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide has the advantage of being a strong oxidizer (essentially a mild bleach) and thus does not appear to generate bacterial resistance. However, it routinely causes dryness, local irritation and redness.

Care must be taken when using benzoyl peroxide, as it can very easily bleach any fabric or hair it comes in contact with.

Topical Antibiotics

Externally applied antibiotics such as erythromycin, clindamycin, stievamycin, or tetracycline kill the bacteria that are harbored in the blocked follicles. While topical use of antibiotics is equally as effective as oral use, this method avoids possible side effects including upset stomach and drug interactions.

Oral Antibiotics

Oral antibiotics used to treat acne include erythromycin or one of the tetracycline antibiotics (tetracycline, the better absorbed oxytetracycline, or  doxycycline, minocycline, or lymecycline). Trimethoprim is also sometimes used. However, reducing the P. acnes bacteria will not, in itself, do anything to reduce the oil secretion and abnormal cell behavior that is the initial cause of the blocked follicles. It has been found that antibiotics such as minocycline also improve acne. It is believed that minocycline's anti-inflammatory effect also prevents acne.

Hormonal Treatments

In females, acne can be improved with hormonal treatments. If a pimple is large and/or does not seem to be affected by other treatments, a dermatologist may administer an injection of cortisone directly into it, which will usually reduce redness and inflammation almost immediately. This has the effect of flattening the pimple, thereby making it easier to cover up with makeup, and can also aid in the healing process. Side effects are minimal, but may include a temporary whitening of the skin around the injection point; and occasionally a small depression forms, which may persist, although often fills eventually.

Topical Retinoids

A group of medications for normalizing the follicle cell lifecycle are topical retinoids such as tretinoin (brand name Retin-A), adapalene (brand name Differin), and tazarotene (brand name Tazorac). Like isotretinoin, they are related to vitamin A, but they are administered as topicals and generally have much milder side effects. Topical retinoids often cause an initial flare up of acne and facial flushing.

Related Articles: The Skin









The Skin
The body is a magnificent piece of workmanship indeed. Different parts perform functions that are vital to its survival and one of them is our skin. The skin is our largest organ. As you can see it runs from head to toe. It serves different functions such as regulating body temperature, maintaining water and electrolyte balance, and sensing painful and pleasant stimuli. So, before you go to your favorite derma clinic I think it is a better idea to know a few facts about your skin.

As you can see, you don’t have to become a dermatologist to understand a few medical terms. The skin is not just a thin piece of flesh that covers us. It is as complex as any body part. It has three layers namely:

  1. Epidermis
  2. Dermis
  3. Fat layer
The Epidermis is the relatively thin, tough layer of the skin. Ever wonder how we shed our skin? Most of the cells in our epidermis are keratinocytes. They came from the Basal Layer, the deepest layer of the epidermis. Those keratinocytes gradually make their way up towards the surface of the skin. Upon reaching the surface they eventually shed giving way to younger cells from below.

Now, peeking inside epidermis, you may find out other parts. One of them is stratum corneum. When taking a dive into your backyard pool you don’t damage anything inside your body. Why? It is because of stratum corneum, it is the outermost portion of the epidermis, relatively water proof and prevents most bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances from entering your body.

What is the color of your skin? White, black or brown? If you love your skin color, you would like to say thank you to your melanocytes. Melanocytes produces the pigment could melanin and it is one of the main contributors of your skin color. Aside from color, it also has another important function; it protects you from the harmful rays of the sun.

Dermis is the next layer in our list. It is a thick layer of fibrous and elastic tissue that gives flexibility and strength to our skin. It contains nerve endings, sweat glands and oil glands, hair follicles and blood vessels.
The Sweat Glands produce sweat in response to heat and stress. Sebaceous Glands secrete sebum, an oil that keeps the skin moist and soft, into our hair follicles. Hair Follicles produce the various types of hair found throughout the body. Blood Vessels provide nutrients to our skin and also regulate body temperature (like the radiator inside your auto). And Nerve Endings that is responsible in saying “Hey! Look at me I am hurt!”

Is Fat a good thing or not? That depends on how it functions. If you are looking into the third layer of the skin that serves as an insulator from the outside world (protects you from extreme hotness or coldness), serves as a protective padding and as an energy storage area. Then, that is a good thing.

The skin is our first line of defense, the organic radiator and our “First Impressions Lasts…” body part. Just like anything else if you want your skin to serve you well you must take good care for it. If you want to be beautiful and healthy, start with your skin, because nothing beats Natural Beauty. If you do not believe me, just ask your friendly neighborhood dermatologist. Now, I think you are ready to visit your derma clinic.

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ADC - BOHOL
Bohol - “City of Friendship”
Since February 2004
Bohol is also known as a province of prayerful people. Not only that, people living in the said province has it natural hospitality. Always giving the best to the guest and gives a warm welcome to them as much as they could. Boholano are patent to the quote” don’t be shy, treat our home as your own”. It is naturally spoken by the home owners to their visitors. To make them feel that they are always welcome.
 
ADC - DUMAGUETE
Dumaguete - "City of Gentle People"
Since June 2005
Dumaguete City is not only the city of gentle people and the city of Universities, but Dumaguete also has great holidays and so-called fiestas where people can relax, enjoy and most importantly taste the delicious food that will be served. One of the annual events in Dumaguete City is the Dumaguete City Fiesta which is being held every November 24. This even is packed with parades, special food displays and the Miss Dumaguete Pageant in which young ladies from Dumaguete compete for the coveted crown.
 
ADC - ILOILO
Iloilo - "City of Love"
Since October 2004
Iloilo city is the heart city of Panay Island most especially the province of Iloilo and Guimaras. Iloilo City was located at Western Visayas. Iloilo City was also the home of Dinagyang Festival and ParawRegata Festival. Dinagyang Festival is the biggest and grandest festivals held in Iloilo City
 
ADC - BACOLOD CITY
Bacolod City - "City of Smile"
Since December 2004
Bacolod City is notable for its world famous MassKara Festival held during the 3rd week of October. Known for being a relatively friendly city, it bears the nicknames "City of Smiles”. Bacolod will charm you with the genuine warmth and hospitality of her people in harmony with their lilting melodious accent. The Bacoleños will delight you with food and cuisine that is as vigorous yet as subtle as the legendary Ilonggo gentility and taste for the good life. Basically, it is called the “City of Smile” because of its people. Every where you went, people smile at you even if you’re a stranger to them and especially when they’ll know that you’re a tourist. Most of the tourist that visit Bacolod would definitely come back.
 
ADC - MARIKINA CITY
Marikina - "City of Good Discipline"
Since November 2002
Marikina City is one of the cities and municipalities that comprise Metro Manila, and is the most industrialized city in the National Capital Region.
Marikina City was given the title "The Shoe Capital of the Philippines" because of its remarkable shoe industry and since then it has become an ideal location for industry, business, commerce and for residences.
 
ADC - PASAY CITY
Pasay - "Premiere Get Away of the Philippines"
Since October 2001
The number of business centers and tourist attractions in Pasay contributed to the city’s growing economy. Pasay is home to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), a massive complex which houses prominent structures such as the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the Coconut Palace and the World Trade Center. Popular theme parks such as Star City and Boom na Boom are located near the CCP. The Cuneta Astrodome, home of the Philippine Basketball Association, the Villamor Airbase and the SM Mall of Asia are also located in Pasay City.
 
ADC - CALAMBA LAGUNA
Calamba, Laguna - "Modern Industrial Center in the Calabarzon Region"
Since April 2004
Calamba City is a first class city in the province of Laguna, Philippines. Situated only 54 kilometers south of Manila, about an hour by chartered bus, Calamba City is a popular tourist destination with its hot spring resorts, most of which are located in Barangay Pansol, and the Canlubang Golf and Country Club, site of many Philippine Opens. Calamba is also an important modern industrial center in the CALABARZON region as shown by the large number of industrial parks and business estates that are located in the city. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 360,281 inhabitants (281,146 people in 58,466 households in 2000 census).
 
ADC - LOS BANOS LAGUNA
Los Banos, Laguna - "The Summer Get Away in the Calabarzon Region"
Since March 2003
Aside from its importance in academics, science and research, Los Baños is a well-known tourist destination. Because of the town's proximity to Metro Manila, Los Baños' hot spring resorts are frequent weekend or summer getaways for residents of the vast metropolis and tourists from other places in the Philippines and abroad. Tourists who visit Los Baños also come to the several native delicacies stores in the town to buy the town's famous Buko pie (coconut meat pie).
 
ADC - SAN PABLO LAGUNA
San Pablo, Laguna - "City of Seven Lakes"
Since December 2002
Although it is a city with many business establishments, San Pablo City retains much of its rural communites. San Pablo City is widely known as "The City of Seven Lakes" because of its seven crater lakes - Sampaloc, Palakpakin, Yambo, Bunot, Pandin, Muhikap, and Calibato. San Pablo's lakes are important to the city's eco-tourism industry and its economy. For so many years, they have provided livelihood and leisure activities to the city's residents as well as tourists.
 
ADC - STA. CRUZ LAGUNA
Sta. Cruz, Laguna - "Capital City of Laguna Province"
Since May 1990
Santa Cruz may not have natural tourist spots and no wide areas to develop but one thing the townsmen of Santa Cruz are proud of are the local foods available in the town. Santa Cruz boasts of the famous white cheese or kesongputi, freshly made from carabao's milk.
 
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