Informative Pages You Should Be Following On Facebook


A lot of people would agree with the idea of Facebook and other social media apps being a waste of our precious time. Boy, I couldn’t keep track of the total hours I spent on Facebook when I should be on a “study break.” Most of the time, those study breaks were longer than the actual studying. But then, why not make Facebook a tool to learn new things, and also to share some ideas to other people?

With that, I leave you these Facebook pages that I highly suggest you follow (mostly health-related and for Filipinos). These will make the minutes spent on scrolling your newsfeed definitely worthwhile. Now you don’t only rely on your doctor, whom you only see once in a blue moon, for health tips and advice.

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)

They usually post infographics regarding timely infectious diseases.

Department of Health

It helps to have a daily reminder to keep a healthy lifestyle!


World Health Organization

They share relevant tips about healthcare, of course.


Sometimes, we forget that we are part of a bigger picture. It feels good to be a part of a greater cause i.e. caring for the environment.



TIME usually posts articles on how one could be happier, and less stressed in work and in life. It also highlights entries on success. It’s a fact that a person’s mental and emotional health has a great impact on the physical being as well.



Philippine Dermatological Society

Make sure to see their older posts for more tips and information about common skin diseases.


Washing your face helps remove dirt and oil from your face, but don’t overdo it! Frequent washing can lead to dryness and irritation and can cause more breakouts. Yikes! As a general rule, it is enough to wash your face twice a day using mild soap and water. Then, gently pat your face dry once you’re done.

And last, but definitely not the least, IN FULL BLOOM! Duh! Shameless, I know. Haha!


You have the option to make these pages a priority in your newsfeed, actually. If you click “see first,” every new post would automatically show up at the beginning of your feed once you log in. Nice, right?

What are your favorite informative Facebook pages?


THE READING LIST: On exercising when you’re such a lazy bum, the many uses of laser for the skin, and your grocery cart must-haves


How are you, guys? I’m a bit nostalgic since clerkship year would officially end in nine days. We actually had our last practical exam yesterday. My batchmates and I would get our medical degree during our graduation ceremony next month. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. Four years has passed by swiftly!

Meanwhile, note that every Tuesday, the blog would be posting a list of articles from the web, all about health and beauty. I was inspired by the blog Summer Tomato to do this, actually. There are just so many stories and news out there that are worth sharing. Here’s the first one!

Happy reading! Feel free to share your favorite articles this week on the comment section below.



Do you breakout ’cause of make-up?


Sometimes, I wonder if the make-up products I’m using are the ones causing my acne breakout once in a while, aside from the monthly surge of hormones or stress from hospital work. My curiosity made me take a look at the products I use on my face and research if these are comedogenic (read: acne-causing, scroll down to learn more). I always thought that once a product is labelled as “non-comedogenic,” there is a guarantee that it wouldn’t be a culprit of acne eruption.

As it turns out, I was wrong.


Here are some of the products I use whenever I need to look made up.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

Comedones are simply known to us as whiteheads and blackheads, which are the result of clogging of pores. These are tiny “bombs” that would eventually transform into acne. Hence, once a product is labeled “non-comedogenic,” it would seem like the neatly packaged facial cream or foundation would cause no “harm” (read: pimple eruption). But then, I learned that it doesn’t always hold true, given that this label is not actually regulated. There isn’t a universal standard on how a product could pass a comedogenicity test. Also, one ingredient may cause pore clogging in one person but not in another.

Meanwhile, there are studies that showed how certain substances caused comedone eruption on rats’ ears. Listed below (in alphabetical order) are the chemicals that tested positive for comedogenicity (from studies I had access to). You may want to check the ingredient list of the products you are using (instead of just trusting their claims of non-comedogenicity right away). Check their boxes, or the internet if you’ve already thrown them out.

  • butyl stearate
  • cocoa butter
  • decyl oleate
  • isocetyl stearate
  • isopropyl isostearate
  • isopropyl myristate
  • isopropyl palmitate
  • isostearyl neopentanoate
  • lanolin*
  • myristyl myristate
  • octyl palmitate
  • octyl stearate
  • sodium lauryl sulfate
  • squalene monohydroperoxide

*This is usually found in blushers, i.e. xanthene, monoazoanilinines, fluorans, and indigoids.

**You may want to take a screencap of the list using your smartphone and use it when buying cosmetic products at the mall.

After checking the ingredients of the cosmetic products I use, I came to the conclusion that I have been using products that are likely non-comedogenic. Again, I put the blame on the monthly surge of hormones for my acne breakouts. But then, what works for me may not work for you (and vice versa), so the products I’ve posted here may not be suited for everyone.

One study actually remarked that the problem of acne caused by comedogenic ingredients in cosmetics today is almost negligible. This is why I really look up to people doing research; they make the world a better place (read: pimple-free, hehe).

I would say this sunscreen I’ve been using daily for almost a year is non-comedogenic. Click here for the list of ingredients.

Meanwhile, the following chemicals may contribute to a decrease in acne:

  • nicotinamide
  • lactic acid
  • triethyl acetate
  • triethyl ethyllineolate
  • prebiotic plant extracts (more details here)
I have been using this moisturizer twice daily. Despite having lanolin alcohol (on the list aof comedogenic chemicals above), it has prebiotic extracts (barley and cucumber). They may have been balancing the effects of each other since I don’t think my occasional breakout would have been caused by this. Nonetheless, I really love this moisturizer. 

Aside from choosing the right products, there are two more things we should do.

  1. Always remove make-up before going to sleep.
  2. Regularly clean make-up brushes and sponges to avoid growth of acne-causing bacteria that would later on invade our pores.

Here’s a confession, I can’t remember the last time I cleaned my brushes either. Ooops. So, goodbye for now as I have to look for hydrogen peroxide to clean my brushes.



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