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BDO Supports MSMEs

The Micro, small scale, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are the most challenging hit sector during the pandemic, even if they account for more than 90% of enterprises. They are the backbone of the economy, as MSMEs employ more than 5.3M of our fellow Filipinos.  Governor Benjamin Diokno of the (BSP) Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has stressed the urgency to help Micro Small Medium Enterprises to help sustain their businesses to continue to provide the best essential products and essential services to people each day.  THE OPPORTUNITY Small business owners can now sustain their business operations through the Kabuhayan Loan of BDO Network Bank (BDONB). The MSMEs operating for three years are now qualified to apply for a loan amounting between PHP 30,000 to PHP1 million. They can purchase the needed equipment, buy the required equipment or assets, increase their inventory of stocks, and expand their business in other locations.  A micro-enterprise owner Ernesto Abad, from Los Baños, Laguna

Safeguard's Derma Sense in Hashtag Pimples Anonymous

When I was growing up, I remember those times when I had breakouts and felt inferior going out showing my dreadful pimples. It was then during my adolescence when those annoying pimples unexplainably erupt almost anywhere on my face. But, I was still fortunate enough not to have terrible acnes problems.

When I entered nursing school, I was then I just realized that acne is a vast problem to deal with and the only way to prevent it is to promote health. Mind you, I was also a victim of false information despite having family of health practitioners. Having said this, I was fortunate enough to be invited to watch the play Hashtag Pimples Anonymous few weeks ago that was held at the PETA Theater. I was impressed how the play portrayed the problem of teens, the myths debunked and the ways to prevent and promote health. The play was made in a humorous manner so to entertain everyone and at the same time absorb information through it.

Acne vulgaris (or simply acne) is a common human skin disease, characterized by areas of seborrhea (scaly red skin),comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules (pinheads), nodules (large papules), pimples, and possibly scarring.[1] Aside from scarring, its main effects are psychological, such as reduced self-esteem[2] and in very extreme cases, depression or suicide.[3] One study has estimated the incidence of suicidal ideation in patients with acne as 7.1%.[4]
In adolescence, acne is usually caused by an increase in androgens such as testosterone, which occurs during puberty, regardless of sex.[5] Acne more often affects skin with a greater numbers of oil glands; these areas include the face, the upper part of the chest, and the back.[6] Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in noninflammatory forms.[7] The skin changes are caused by changes in pilosebaceous units,[8] skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland, changes that require androgen stimulation. (Wikipedia)

These are the simple ways on how to deal with acne:
Identify the cause. As what I have mentioned above, Acne is a vast problem to deal with and few predisposing factors are attributed to it so it is important to identify the cause so as to have proper treatment.
Management. Acne has to be treated differently according to its cause. So not every specific treatment works in a general crowd. It is still proper to seek consult with regards as how to deal with our acne problems. If the current treatment makes your acne worsen, stop it immediately.
Promote health. Prevention is better than cure. The only way we can avoid these is to be clean and have ourselves protected by trusted anti-microbial cleanser thus avoiding bacterial accumulation on our skin.

Safeguard Derma Sense leverages Safeguard’s expertise in skin health and antimicrobial cleansing with the launch of a dermatologically tested line of face and body bars and washes that are proven to help visibly reduce acne in 89% of users. “Bacteria are a critical root cause of acne and the first step in managing mild to moderate acne is keeping skin protected from acne-causing bacteria through regular cleansing of the skin using an antimicrobial soap,” shares Dr. Ma. Pilar Lagdameo-Leuenberger, Fellow of Philippine Dermatological Society.

Maro Torres, Brand Manager for Safeguard, explains, “Safeguard Derma Sense recognizes that the effects of acne can be more than just physical, and that the brand has a role to play in empowering consumers, especially Moms and their teens, in facing up to acne.”

Safeguard Derma Sense advocates the adoption of a regular cleansing regimen with a well-tolerated antimicrobial soap that helps reduce levels of skin bacteria and play a part in early acne management.  More importantly, it commits to helping empower parents and teens #FaceUp to acne through resources that aim to pioneer the understanding on the causes, consequences and potential treatment of acne.

A parent’s vital role is much needed during the adolescent stage where teens are dealing with their dreadful pimples and trying to hone their self-esteem at the same time. It is where they try to fit in the society and be confident about themselves not having to feel inferior about their peers with just a single zit. After all, everyone goes through it and only depends on how we deal with it.



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