Just like ordinary girls, Jennylyn Mercado, Grace Lee, and Phoemela Baranda have their share of beauty issues. Find out how they addressed their skin and body concerns.

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Sure, they all look almost perfect on TV, but this doesn’t mean that stars are exempt from beauty and body problems.

Aside from frequent exposure to UVA and UVB during shoots, sleep deprivation is also common among celebrities.

To be on camera regularly requires a high-maintenance routine. It’s no wonder some spend as much as P150,000 a month on beauty products and services alone.

Dr. Vicki Belo, beauty doctor to the stars, says, “Hindi kasi dapat tinitipid ang sarili. But I also believe that you should get value for your money. If you pay this extra, there’s really a big difference.”

Dra. Vicki—which is how she is known in the entertainment industry—said this last September 10, at the Belo Medical Group’s first press conference for this year.

Her daughter Cristalle Henares, who runs a major part of her mom's beauty business, added, “Our looks affect our outlook. And when you are confident, nothing can stop you from achieving what you want.”

Joining the famous mother-and-daughter tandem at the event were three stars—all of whom go to Dra. Vicki for their beauty woes—who made some beauty revelations.

“HINDI MAPUTI.”  One of them was Jennylyn Mercado, who admitted she once felt insecure about her skin color.

The actress stated, “Ipinanganak ako talaga na hindi maputi…”

To solve what she believes is a dilemma, she now gets her dose of Glutathione IV (Intravenous) injections twice a week.

The desired result, according to Dra. Vicki, is that “The skin is fairer… It looks good and even.”

Aside from skin whitening, glutathione is also known to be a health booster.

Dra. Vicki even refuted claims about the product being unsafe: “Americans take it because they wanna be healthy… It is a master anti-oxidant.”

“MY ARMS WERE BIG.” In her teenage years, Grace Lee’s top insecurity had been about her weight.

She says, her waist line used to measure 30 inches.

But she considered “my arms” to be her major problem.