Dermatologist sees bullish skin care business in Davao City this year

January 14, 2011 1:58 am 

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 13 — A leading dermatologist here sees a bullish skin care business with the increasing demand of services in Davao City.

Dr. Karen Alabado, part owner of Skin Doctors and secretary of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) of Southern Philippines said they expect a good business year in 2011 even as she said 2010 was a real good year.

Alabado attributed the increasing demand with the growing skin clinics especially in Davao.

"It only shows that with many clinics offering services for the skin, the demand is continuously increasing. This is a 10 billion dollar industry in the US," she said.

But she stressed that PDS accredited clinics is strongly advocating skin safety even as she said it is a must that everyone must protect their skin from ultra violet rays as this would damage the skin.

"Protection is a must for all and it must start while young when we were babies. It's not late though to start doing this by using sun block always," she said.

She said it will help when one consults a dermatologist with regards their skin condition so that they will be given the right and appropriate skin protection suited for their type of skin.

"Still it is prevention that helps the public to avoid complication," she stressed.

In Davao Region alone, she said has about 17 clinics accredited by the PDS spread out in the cities of Davao, Tagum and Digos while Southern Philippines covering those in the Visayas and Mindanao has about 50 accredited clinics.

PDS accredited clinics can be distinguished with the Seal of Excellence displayed strategically in the clinics.

She said the PDS in its effort to assure skin safety amongst Filipinos via its Skin Safety Campaign conducts education drive regularly to include the publication of guidelines or articles on skin and certain skin care ingredients.

With this ongoing campaign, she said more people become on the skin protection and seeking proper medical treatment.

The increasing awareness of the public also helped in the demand which contributed to good prospects in the business.

Alabado emphasized however that those needing medical treatment must be handled only by doctors.

“Of those seeking medical treatment at Skin Doctors, 80 percent are women and 20 percent men. However, for basic services like facial cleaning and firming, they noticed a 50-50 percent number of clients for both sexes," she said.

Among the basic services that posted high demand are on facial cleansing, body firming, hair removal and skin rejuvenation.

"On the average we have over 30 clients are seeking basic services daily in our clinic but I handle the medical treatment and all our branches have in-house doctors that holds clinic daily," she said.

On the other hand, she said clinics in Davao have equipment of quality standards and at par with those being used in Manila and yet cost of services is affordable lower by 25 percent.

She said they have clients around Mindanao and as far as Cebu and the Balikbayans.

She said with the opening of more malls here, there will be more skin clinics to rise even as they expect Manila-based dermatology clinics to branch out in Davao which is a welcome move because the industry is so big and many still are needing medical and skin care. (PNA) LOR/Digna D. Banzon/ldp

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