About Skin Station

Our Chairman and CEO, FRED C. REYES has been doing research and developing new advanced skin care products for SkinStation, which are now available under the DERMAX Professional brand. He is a multi-awarded cosmetic Chemist. In 2008, he was the recipient of Achievement Award in Industry conferred by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, the umbrella group of Chemists associations in the country. The Outstanding Professional Award in Chemistry came next, in 2011, from the government's Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

DERMAX Professional is the exclusive skin care line of SkinStation. It has established a cult following among the urban sophisticates. “DERMAX uses only the best, the latest, and the safest ingredients at clinical strength, definitely at par with the world’s best. With DERMAX, we have no cost constraint. Our only aim is to delight our customers,” declares Fred Reyes.

We present to you articles written by Fred Reyes himself which appeared in the SKIN SMART column in Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section.

Miyerkules, Marso 20, 2013



Pores are the skin openings of hair follicles, and the channel for the skin’s natural oil to reach the surface. Because their size is determined by genetics, pores cannot be made smaller, no matter what the cosmetic advertisements tell you.

Likewise, hot towels and hot showers followed by cold towels and cold showers do not open and close pores. Pores have no muscles to support the claim that they can be made to open and close. Well, there is no harm in this “hot-cold” theory if it makes you feel good.

Certain conditions may make pores appear larger. Blackheads and whiteheads, for example, may temporarily stretch the oil ducts on the nose, cheeks, and chin and make pores appear to be larger. Repeated squeezing of blackheads and pimples may lead to tiny, pitted scarring, which could result in permanently widened pores. It is best that we leave the extraction to the professionals.

Facial astringents with alcohol, as well as facial masks can produce temporary shrinking effect. Pinching or gently slapping the cheeks to make them pink has a similar, temporary pore-shrinking effect. The astringent or mask or the slapping causes irritation of the skin and swelling around the pore, thus making the opening appear smaller. Any shrinkage, however, is insignificant and short-lived. 

While there is no way you can shrink pores permanently, you can prevent pores from getting larger by following this simple step: Cleanse your face two to three times daily with an exfoliant soap like DERMAX AcneX  transparent soap to keep pores open and prevent build up of dead skin cells around and inside the pores.

AcneX exfoliant soap is part of the DERMAX Professional product line of SkinStation  The advanced soap formula has double encapsulated salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid recognized by experts as the best exfoliant that has the ability to work around and inside the pores. When pores get clogged with dead skin cells, the skin’s natural oils get trapped and form blackheads and whiteheads. This will not only cause enlargement of the pores but will likely degenerate to the more serious episode of acne breakouts.

Read also:
How AcneX Soap Was Developed

This was published in the March 26, 2013 issue of Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section. The author , Fred C. Reyes, received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. He is the CEO of SkinStation and can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph. 

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