Summit Books’ latest release “What’s Up with My Skin?” is both a creatively executed guide series and an informational primer: A quick read not only for teens dealing with skin issues but also for parents who encounter the same questions and concerns for their kids.
Written by the Founder and Lead Dermatologist at SKINCELL – reputed as the go-to skin clinic recommended by some of Metro Manila’s most discerning crowd – the guide series includes a primer on the most frequently encountered skin issues observed by teenagers such as acne, body odor, body hair, eczema, dandruff etc.
It even has a section dedicated to cosmetics and whitening.
“What’s Up with My Skin?” was created with colorful illustrations and written with a comforting and clarifying tone: The author wanted to present each topic and chapter, mixing empowering knowledge in chic, still-life form.
“I’ve been a dermatologist for almost 20 years and I consulted for quite a large number of patients. The most common cases were often related to teen-related skin issues,” says the author Dr. Clarissa V. Cellona.
“Understandably, the challenges in managing teen skin can be very distressing not only to the young patient but to the parents as well.”
Because of her vast experience, Dr. Cellona (or simply Dr. Issa as referred to by her patients) decided to write an easy-to-read pamphlet developed in a highly educational format about the skin’s biological changes during puberty.
Her top-of-mind she says, was to “dispel all these skin myths and correct all the wrong information found on the less-than-trustworthy sources online.”
“Sure, everything is available on the internet. But are the parents and kids getting the right information … or are they getting disinformation in return?” Dr. Issa asks.
Aside from leading her group of Board-Certified Dermatologists and highly trained personnel at SKINCELL, Dr. Issa is also an active consultant at the St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City where she heads the Environmental Dermatology Unit.
She graduated from the INTARMED Program of the University of the Philippines – UP College of Medicine and trained in Dermatology at the UP-PGH. Dr. Issa then completed her fellowship under the mentorship of renowned American dermatologist Dr. Howard Maibach at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
A member of the Philippine Dermatological Society, Dr. Issa was inspired to tackle the complex topic of teenage skin during the height of the pandemic. She hopes that her guidebook can help the youth navigate the physiological and anatomical changes they will experience during their adolescent years.
“This book is dedicated to my only teenage son Angelo as well as all the youth out there. They are all very fortunate to grow up at a time when it is now easier to treat their skin concerns due to advancements in medicine particularly in dermatology.”
“What’s Up With my Skin?” will be made available at select Summit Books Online Partner Stores, SKINCELL clinics and SKINCELL on Lazada.
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