The Stuff That Killed My Pimples And Saved My Life

Woohoo adolescence!

1999 was a bad year for me. It was at that time when the Acne Fairy visited me and showered her blessings like crazy, my whole face turned into a metropolis of swollen zits.

It was horrible, especially in highschool.

My then dermatologist and family friend, Dr. Tess Ferrariz of the Ferrariz Skin and Surgical Center prescribed her own anti-acne formula set that, I swear by my own grave, has cleaned up my face in just a few months.

Here’s what the set includes, and how I used each item:

ACNE SOAP is used for washing morning, noon and night. It felt a little weird not having to see much lather, but it did its job just well.

ERYTHROMYCIN SOLUTION is then applied after the evening wash to prepare the skin for the next step. It is the gentle but powerful anti-bacterial product that gets rid of those pimple-causing germs. It is applied like any normal astringent.

ANTI-ACNE LOTION. Now this is heavy. It is supposed to be used in the morning and at night, but I chose to use it only at night for a very justifiable reason: it is as heavy and creamy as melted ice cream, and it dries up with a thick, powdery residue that makes you look like a kabuki actor.

CLARIFYING LOTION was rubbed on my skin in the morning after washing. It helped in getting rid of the residue from last night’s lotion 🙂


Prior to using these products, my swollen face was red and was stinging and itching really bad. Those sensations went away the day after my first application. (bravo!)

The formula is supposed to kill pimple-causing bacteria, which was evidenced by the reduction of pimple growth in the following weeks after the first application. Note: Reduced  pimple growth, not zero pimple growth.

Drying up the pimples was one of the goals, and I observed that working because of the excessing peeling that happened days after.

Each set of products used to cost P500 and came in handy bottles that can last up to 1 1/2 monthsof daily use. I only had to use 2 sets before I started feeling I didn’t need them anymore. That was the time my face cleared up.

Weeks ago, I passed by Dr. Tess’ clinic to say hi. I was glad to find out that these products are still available, but in bigger packaging (hence the higher but still reasonable prices).

These products are available at the Ferrariz Skin and Surgical Center, Medical Plaza, Santiago Blvd, Gen. Santos City.


I also used these products on my acne-filled back when I was in college. They cleared it up just as expected.


CEE: The Skin Whitening Vitamin… now in gel-form.

People close to me know that I’ve always wanted healthy tanned skin. Having fair skin (my own) has never really appealed to me, as some of my previous posts would tell you.

But tonight, I’d like to bring some light into this new product I’ve discovered in the hope of improving some of my trouble spots like my undereyes and the sides of my nose that are slightly in need of attention.

For those of you who long for lighter, brighter skin, you might wanna check this out.

The Calderon Skin Clinic (Quirino Ave., Gen. Santos City) and the Beauty Box Spa for Men and Women (Nat’l H’way, Gen. Santos City) will soon introduce a curious little product called Vita C Whitening Beads.

It is a clear, odorless gel with tiny beads designed to deliver Vitamin C directly onto your skin.

Research show that stabilized vitamin C has strong potential skin lightening abilities that also imparts a healthy glow. Top Dermatologist Dr. Dina Calderon also shares that Vitamin C is a better alternative for that purpose than Hydroquinone -which is banned in many countries due to cancer risks (!)

(note: Always check your skin product labels for Hydroquinone. It is common in exfoliants)

Back to Vita C.

This product, as previously mentioned, comes in gel form. It is fast-absorbing, non-greasy, and ick-free. I put it on right after my evening hilamos, and it felt light, almost water-like. In a few minutes, it felt like nothing was there. Clean and easy.

I’ll update this post in a few days if I notice any improvements on my trouble spots.

Some notes:

This product is a skin lightening agent and does NOT replace the role of a good moisturizer.

Dr. Dina advises putting Vita C on your clean skin first and letting it dry before putting on moisturizer.

Read more on the effects of Vitamin C on your skin. This product is your new resource for those benefits. 🙂

Words of Wisdom sound funny sometimes…

My mom keeps on sending me information tidbits through e-mail. This one she sent today deserves major sharing. hahaha!

Paraprosdokian  sentences

A paraprosdokian is a  figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax

I asked God for a bike, but I know God  doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk,  I have a work station.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Some people are like Slinkies … not really good for anything,  but you can’t help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

I  thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted pay checks.

A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don’t need it.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says “In an emergency, notify,” I put “DOCTOR”.

I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with “Guess” on it…so I  said “Implants?”

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good  ideas!

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it  back.

A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.

Hospitality:  making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were.

I discovered I scream the same way whether I’m about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my  foot.

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.

I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.

I always take life with a grain of salt, plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.


I can be sexy… :-)


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How many times have you caught yourself looking at a picture or someone and thinking any of the following:

“Oh, I want to have that body!”

“I wanna wear that, but she’s skinny. I’m not.”

“Why are some people so perfect?”

“I’ve gotta hit the gym soon.”

“Summer’s coming up. How will I look good in a bikini?”

“Eat less, exercise more. Eat less, exercise more…”

…and then you realize that your lifestyle will never allow it?

Haven’t you wished there was a magic wand that you can just wave to get that shape in a snap?

Well, there is. And it’s at E-Derm.

It’s not just a magic wand, though. E-derm clinics have something more complex than that. It’s called

e-Sculpt Ultra.

E-Sculpt Ultra combines the latest in body sculpting technology with the convenience of simply lying down.  It is non-invasive and is completely painless.

E-Sculpt Ultra targets your problem areas, making sure that the right amounts of bulk are carefully treated to disappear. It breaks down fat deposits, and firms and smoothens the skin to reveal a leaner, tighter, natural looking healthy body from the inside out.

It’s time to say bye-bye to those double-chins, flabby arms and batwings, beer belly, pouches, thunder thighs and cellulite. Come to e-Derm and experience getting the body you want without practically having to do anything.

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Another take on Ageing Gracefully…


E-Derm Center is one of the newest and most hi-tech beauty and vanity service destinations in Pampanga… just a short hop from Manila. They have the latest technologies in self-improvement procedures at relatively affordable prices. See website below for more details.

Ageing gracefully is now one of the modern woman’s goals. It is said that graceful ageing is proof of living a good life, and is a path towards a beautiful prime. A woman who has aged gracefully is said to have a glorious glow about her – that fresh, bright skin, the charming smile, and the sparkle in her eyes that send out a message of a life well lived.

In this world of fast food, overtimes, traffic jams, pollution and the like, to age gracefully becomes a bigger challenge. Personal care if often overlooked and, as a result, a lot of us start looking older than we should. The hard part of it is that this rapid deterioration of aesthetic vitality is often left unnoticed until it catches us by obvious realization.

Now, what do we do? Bringing back physical youth doesn’t seem to be very easy – we think of surgeries, exercises, downtime. Hardest part of it is, we constantly worry about looking too “fake” after these procedures. And society isn’t always that friendly once your results become too obvious.

Good thing there is Thermage.

What is Thermage?

One of the modern wonders of cosmetic science, Thermage is a treatment that does the magic of reverse ageing in the fastest, most painless of procedures. It targets your problem spots such as sagging skin, wrinkles and lines, buldges and cellulite.

Thermage treatments can be applied to specific areas of your face. Do you want those lines and wrinkles to disappear? Do you want smoother, firmer skin? Do you want to get rid of those puffy bags under your eyes  and lift those eyelids to bring out a more exciting sparkly look? Do you want to have a thin face with a blooming glow just like your favorite artista? Thermage is your key.

Just one or a few Thermage treatments can have a continuing improving effect for 6 months or even more. Best part of it is, it looks and feel very natural.

Sounds easy? It is.

A quick, painless stop at E-derm promises you these benefits without having you to break from your normal activities.


Having fresh, fine skin is always the first step in looking young and glowing.

Regardless of age, your skin will always be the measure of personal care.

Modern lifestyle packs all the elements that can strip the beauty off your skin.

Good thing there is Fraxel.

Fraxel is a procedure that promises you the best looking skin you can ever have.  It smoothens your face by slowly clearing up scars caused by pimples or surgery, improves tone and texture, reduces surface discoloration and tightens your pores.

And as skin naturally regenerates, Fraxel aids in this process by stimulating the surfacing of fresher skin as well as healing damaged tissue.


A life well lived gives us all the reasons to laugh, smile, frown and scowl. Unfortunately, it also leaves us with strong evidence – lines, drops and sags.

These surface depressions outline our age. Think of them as markers that highlight lines in a good book.

Too bad they don’t look too appealing you’d want them out.

E-Derm offers derma fillers and procedures that improve the appearance of these flaws: Juvederm, Restylane and Botox. These procedures promise you a more youthful and natural glow by targeting and eliminating your problem spots that’s quick and hassle-free.

Dermal Fillers also make good alternatives to surgery-free facial augmentations. Need a sculpted chin? Want gorgeous cheekbones? Ask your E-derm specialist for the best procedure for your requirement.

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Most experts say that the best time to use a moisturizer is in the morning (right after your bath) and the evening (right after your last hilamos) – just when your skin has been towel-dried.

Most moisturizers contain ingredients that “lock-in” moisture in the skin. The water absorbed by your skin during washing is probably the best form of moisture you’d wanna lock in.


Moisturizing your skin offers a myriad of benefits that will make you happy. Count in:

1.) It prevents dry skin (duh?)

2.) It prevents winkles (yay!)

3.) It promotes cell regeneration and, for some products, exfoliation (good, good.)

4.) In principle, moisturizing you skin should prevent it from getting too oily, therefore reducing the causes of pimple breakouts 😛

5.) Some moisturizers come with Sun protection, skin lightening, skin toning and skin rejuvenating effects, to mention a few. All good stuff.

If you do find yourself in the middle of a hot, stressful day, you might want to run to the restroom and give your face a cool splash. This helps wash away ugghs, refreshes you and your mind, and most importantly, it remoisturizes you. If you have a moisturizer on hand, reapply.

IMPORTANT: Put on moisturizer on clean skin only.



I’ve always liked St. Ives products. They’re good and affordable.

I got this jar for about P225.00, and I’m looking at it lasting about 6 months.

My mom used to have this Collagen Elastin formula (I don’t know exactly what this is, but I read Collagen and Elastin are natural in, and good for the skin :-P)

What I like about this product is that it’s light, non-greasy and it smells good. It feels clean.

I’m wondering if I should put it in the fridge…




I’ve always been curious about this product hanging at Macho Mucho.

Interesting note on the Maca Root. I have no idea what it is, but it promises to re-energize the skin.

This product does feel fresh and clean when you put it on. It smells a little too manly, but I don’t really mind.

Importantly, for someone with my lifestyle, it’s packed with SPF 15 (anti-UVA/UVB).

LITTLE KITCHEN: It might be your next favorite corner restaurant

Dining is like love-making. It’s always best when it’s full of passion and creativity.

And that’s exactly what goes into each dish served at the Little Kitchen.

Located at the corner of Quirino Avenue and Zapote Street somewhere near the heart of General Santos City, the Little Kitchen restaurant offers you mare than just good food, it does it with fine taste for a truly hearty experience.

Owned by the charming and lovely dentist Margarita “Aret” Macaranas – Dometita, a passionate cook herself, Little Kitchen gives you a mix of different cultural flavors from European (pizza, pasta, chicken cordon bleu) to Oriental (Korean kalbi chim, ebi tempura and chao fan) to Filipino (sizzling bangus sisig and buco pandan with lychee) in an environment that reminds you of the richness of the Mediterranean and the warmth of the Filipino mother.

The food I’ve mentioned are my personal favorites. But it doesn’t end there.

Today, I god a good bite of the Shrimp Scampi Pizza (which is not tinipid sa ingredients in any way), the tomato-basil pizza (a surprising favorite because of the simple but rich flavor – go figure), the tuna pasta (creamy macaroni with just a hint of the fish we will soon celebrate)  and the Doc’s specialty, the Pasta Margarita (note: I know it’s “margherita”.. but I named it after her).

I felt bad because I was too full to have a serving of my usual meal ender, the buco pandan with lychee. I saw the yummy crepes and chocolatey bread pudding pass by, but I was really full.

At the Little Kitchen, you are not expected to come, eat and leave just like that. That’s how other restaurants feel. Here, she wants you to sit down and treat your dining as a sacred, artful act… one to be enjoyed with every sniff, bite and smile. This is a place where relaxed dining is the essence… that same feeling you get when in the warm company of friends or family around the dinner table.

Have your next meal at the Little Kitchen and do yourself a good MacArthur as you say “I shall return!”

Surely you will.