Everyone wants to put their best face forward every day. When we look in the mirror in the morning, however, we usually see blemishes we wish we didn't have: freckles, pimples, clogged pores, and worst of all, wrinkles!

Most of these problems are a result of aging and the environment—two things we can't do much about since we can't exactly turn back time or move to an unpolluted, UV-free, completely sanitized environment. Other times, our skin problems are a result of lifestyle choices or an illness.

The more you understand your skin and how it works, the better you can prevent problems in the future. Here is a guide to explain the most common of skin problems, as well as some suggestions on how to treat them and minimize or mask their appearance.

 

(First published in the April 2006 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines, Beauty section as "About Face;" adapted for use in Female Network)

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