Acne vulgaris (Acne) is one of the most common skin conditions especially to teenagers who are in a stage of puberty where the sebaceous glands which secretes sebum into the hair follicles are active. There are many types of acnes such as whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts and nodules. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) approximately 80 percent of people between ages 11 to 30 have the said condition at some point. It is not a threat in our health, but it can lower one’s self esteem especially if it is a very severe case. There can be many causes of acne, it can be due to medications, cosmetics, emotional stress, and hormonal factors where the androgen, a type of hormone rises as the adolescent stage begins.
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) and Averrhoa bilimbi (Kamias) are the ingredients in making a medicated whitening facial soap as a treatment for Acne vulgaris (Acne). In the past, Aloe Barbadensis is commonly used as a treatment for minor skin irritations, inflammatory skin disorders, burns, and acnes. It is made up of 98.5 percent water which can sooths and moisturize the skin as the acnes heal. Averrhoa bilimbi (Kamias) is an elongated fruit that contains acidic properties which can help lighten the scars caused by the acnes as it heals. Given by their medicinal properties, it is a suited ingredient in making a medicated whitening facial soap.
Statement Of The Problem
This research attempts to find out the feasibility of the Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) and Averrhoa bilimbi (Kamias) as an active medicated whitening ingredient in facial soap. More specifically, it seeks to find answers to the following questions:
1. Is the Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) and Averrhoa bilimbi (Kamias) an effective ingredient for medicated whitening facial soap?
2. Does it cause any harmful effects to the skin?
3. What kind of effects does the soap do to the skin?
Objectives Of The Study
The research that will be conducted will seek answers and information needed in answering feasibility of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) and Averrhoa bilimbi (Kamias) as medicated and whitening ingredient in facial soap.
1. To identify if the soap is an effective medicated whitening facial soap that can heal Acne vulgaris (Acne).
2. To determine the good and harmful effects the soap does to the skin.
Significance Of The Study
Seeing that the skin is the largest organ in the human body, it only makes sense that proper care is needed to keep it healthy. The study will be essential in raising awareness to the society that Acne vulgaris (Acne) is not a shameful condition. People are even experiencing shaming and bullying especially to those people with severe cases, and that is why it is important to make a soap that will treat the condition and at the same time lighten the scars as it heals.
The consumers especially the Grade 12 Senior High School students of University of Santo Tomas who are suffering from Acne vulgaris (Acne) because of academic stress. They will also be enlightened and thus the study will extend the knowledge on previous researches about treatments to Acne vulgaris (Acne).
Scope And Delimitations
The study covers the feasibility of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) and Averrhoa bilimbi (Kamias) as medicated whitening soap that can treat those who are suffering from Acne vulgaris (Acne) and lightens the scar as it heals. This will allow the researchers to determine the effectiveness of the soap in treating the condition as well as its other effects on the skin.
The research will not consider the age, gender, social status, ethnicity, religion, and other factors except for the skin condition which is the Acne vulgaris (Acne). The research will be conducted through going room to room and find a suitable subject for the experiment. Consent will be needed to be able to carry out the experiment.
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World Health Organization resource. Aloe vera gel. Retrieved from http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js2200e/6.html
Invasive Species Compendium. (2018), Averrhoa bilimbi (bilimbi). Retrieved from https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/8081