Belo Clinic, Rustan’s Makati

*Sigh* I get so exhausted trying to explain how I got an allergy attack and ended up in the Belo clinic at Rustan’s, so I’ll just make things simple by enumerating what happened:

  1. Allergic reaction was triggered by antibiotics. (For the love of all that is good, please stay away from Cotrimoxazole. It probably will kill you faster than it would the bacteria in your system.) I broke out in hives and rashes and suffered mind-numbing migraines.
  2. Went to another doctor and got a less disturbing antibiotic, but that did not remove the hives.
  3. Went to Belo for a skin check-up…
  4. Spanish Peel and Obagi were recommended.
  5. Suffered four sessions of painful peel solutions, once every 1-2 weeks.

Let me just say that it was only my facial skin that got treated. The rest of my body still itched for an entire month. I couldn’t sleep as my hand would be busy scratching at night and my legs and arms would hurt from the open wounds I’ve managed to inflict on myself. Anyway, I ended up going to another dermatologist (will rave about this later) for my health’s sake.

Now, for my beauty’s sake… Belo’s doctor and staff actually did a wonderful job clearing up my face. While I have mixed feelings regarding Obagi, which I reviewed earlier, the Spanish Peel was nothing short of amazing. Sure, I had to suffer about a week of looking like my face was going to fall off — I was really shedding! — but the end results delivered as promised. When my face had finished peeling, after about a week, the skin felt so velvety soft that I couldn’t help but touch it all the time. It was almost a shame that I had to undergo another peeling session after that as I didn’t want to let go of the new softness my skin exhibited.

It wasn’t easy, though. I had solutions applied on my face every Saturday and though most people would’ve peeled completely by Monday, mine only began peeling on Monday. From Monday till Thursday, my face had been so stiff and dry that I could hardly move my lips, which was torture because the nature of my job involves public speaking. Several areas of the skin were burnt and wrinkled and you can well imagine how putting salicylic acid (Obagi Clenziderm) on it could pretty much hurt to high heavens. Spanish peels require you not to wet your face on the first day and not to moisturize until you’ve peeled completely.

Now, imagine repeating the experience for three more sessions…
I am actually quite satisfied with the Spanish peel. I’m also very satisfied with the cleaning sessions that went before that. The doc did try to alleviate the itchiness my entire body suffered by recommending Cetaphil soap and anti-inflammatory lotions, but I was to find out later on that those were only external solutions. My original problem, which is the tail-end of an antibiotic treatment gone bad, was pathological.

The staff of Belo are nice and friendly, although I was nearly turned-off by the hoity-toity atmosphere of the place during my first visit. Many of them are quite stiff, which got me thinking, “Do they all have Botox injected in them? Have they become so obsessed with beauty that they can’t even smile sincerely?” The thought was kind of horrifying. Well, anyway, the great thing about them is that all the people involved in your visit (doctors and staff) will check up on you through SMS the next day. They’re also quite diligent in reminding you of your appointments and stuff so I know I got what I paid for.

Negative points:
I’d be happier if they’d be more concerned about wellness rather than just beauty. People asking me to try this and that treatment when there’s nothing really wrong with me leaves an unpleasant impression. I just really wanted to be well. I’m not interested in becoming paler or becoming an extraordinary beauty. With all the suggestions that got heaped on me, I was afraid that one day I’d come out of there with a face and a body that are no longer mine.

Plus points:
Being a Metrobank (Visa or Mastercard) Classic holder entitles you to a free cryo-whatchamacallit treatment after your next facial.
The Belo First card, which is their reward system. Ugh! I just remembered…I forgot to have mine stamped today


  1. Beatrice Margarita V. Lapa

    September 2, 2009 at 3:38 am

    1. chacha says

    hi skysenshi… im about to try spanish peel bec it was recommended to me when i went to just wondering about the results.. you said that it felt soft..what about the appearance of the skin?

    February 13th, 2008 at 7:25 am

    2. skysenshi says

    Hello, Chacha!

    The skin also looks good. For a moment there, my mom suddenly thought I inherited her naturally beautiful skin. Of course, like all other solutions, you still have to take care of your skin afterwards.

    February 13th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    3. sheenapdahne ( says

    how much will it cost you all in all? for sure sobrnag mahal coz monthly ang treatment mo :(. i’m interested to have powerpeel treatment kasi on their clinic but im afraid baka magamit ko credit cards ko. 😀

    August 11th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    4. skysenshi says

    hi, sheena!

    sorry for the late reply. super i forgot na rin kasi how much it was. it was such a long time ago. pero yah, mahal sha, and gumamit ako ng credit card. using metrobank visa actually gives you a freebie.

    September 6th, 2008 at 6:51 am

    5. borj says

    how much does obagi cost?
    i’m planning to have one eh..

    September 23rd, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    6. skysenshi says

    I forgot how much it was but I know Amazon sells it for about $100 or less? They charge more in the Philippines. A loooot more.

    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    7. leony ( says

    hi!ask ku lng sana kng hw much kng mg paayos ng nose?mlaki kc xa nka2hiya.mag kano kaya abutin?tska hindi kc aku pwide mag tgal sa pinas pti sa mnla,1mnth lng kc bkasyon bnigay sa akin.may isang tnong pa aku wla ba kaung clinic sa davao?pls rply.tnx

    November 30th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    8. skysenshi says

    uh, i’m not from belo. i only reviewed their service and gave them a 7.0 because i’m only partially satisfied.

    and sorry, i won’t be able to help you with this information (nose jobs) because i’m personally against surgical enhancements, although i don’t judge the people who do it.

    December 1st, 2008 at 8:15 am

    9. neeco.b says

    very informative! after one session, you’ve felt the velvety feel but did you already see the results? i mean how your marks are. did they fade, lighten or disappeared(oh i hope haha) ? if not, what session was it that you really saw the amazing results? 😀
    you said that other people supposedly peels overnight? correct me if im wrong. but i myself, am week-peeler, just like you. sadly. 🙁

    May 25th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    10. skysenshi says

    it’s really in the first session that i saw amazing results. the next peels after that weren’t spectactular.

    May 26th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

  2. Mike

    July 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I also had a spanish peel the other day. I've done this before (but just 3 sessions it was cut short because of school work) but the burning sensation while peeling was not present.

    I'm starting to worry because after applying Clyndamycin on my face, 5 hours later it still stings. I can't sleep. Also, the stiffness of the skin is also new to me.

    After reading your post that your skin returned to velvetty soft gave me something to look forward to. Great post. Same experience I can now see the effect on my skin. It's great. A little painful but great. Worth the sacrifice and patience

  3. skysenshi

    July 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Actually, I was thinking back, one session was good enough. I will never repeat this experience, however. I would rather get a diamond peel. No down time.

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