4 Common Skin Problems Filipinos Have to Deal With
And what you can do to make them go away.
In the Philippines, skincare products are all the rage. Filipinos are presented with different products to try to help improve their skin’s appearance and overall health. However, there are some skin conditions that still arise, no matter how great your skincare routine is. Here are the top four skin problems that Pinoys experience.

1. Acne vulgaris

Acne is characterized by pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Some people rarely get acne, while others experience breakouts on a regular basis. We’re not just talking about small pimples, but big, red, inflamed bumps that are often painful. Acne is caused by hormonal changes in the body, improper skincare, bacteria on skin, excessive oil production, and external elements like dirt and pollution. Treatment of acne depends on its severity—a dermatologist can provide sound advice for this condition.

2. Eczema

Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a type of skin condition that is “thought to be due to ‘leakiness’ of the skin barrier, which causes it to dry out and become prone to irritation and inflammation by many environmental factors,” said the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. This condition is often associated with asthma, allergy rhinitis, or food allergy. Symptoms of eczema are sore, itchy, and dry patches of skin often seen in the face, hands, neck, and legs. Frequently moisturizing your skin helps lessen the occurrence of these symptoms.

3. Rashes

Skin rashes are small bumps on the skin that are red, itchy, and at times, scaly. Rashes develop when the skin comes into direct contact with an element that causes a severe allergic reaction. Rashes could be triggered by skincare products, makeup, and even medications. In these cases, this condition can be treated with medicated creams and lotions. It could also be a symptom of diseases like psoriasis and measles—schedule a trip to the doctor if rashes don’t go away.

4. Warts

A wart or kulugo is a skin growth brought about by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that enters the body through a section of damaged skin. When the virus contaminates the top layer of the skin, the top layer will grow quickly. Soon, warts develop. Warts differ in shapes and sizes. They could appear flat and smooth, or as bumps with a rough texture. Do note that these bumps are contagious! Other people can also get infected when you share personal things with them like a handkerchief, so keep this in mind before letting anyone borrow your personal effects. To have them removed, it’s best to visit a dermatologist.