BEST SKIN CARE AND HAIR CARE ROUTINE AT HOME FOR ALL AGES: BY A DERMATOLOGIST

 I myself swear by it whatever is mentioned in article. I follow it routinely. Trust me its hassle free. It’s all about getting into a routine. And it works wonders for your skin and hair.

HAIR CARE AT HOME

  1. Oiling once a weak is must. Oils hydrate the hair, keeping frizz under control. Oil also provides nourishment to hair. Flax seed oil and mustard oil contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. also vitamin A,D,E,K . Coconut oil contains certain things which form a coating on hair strands keeping frizz under control. Kalonji oil is great to stop hair fall.

Caution: Always use cold processed oil. Never buy ones which are prepared by heat. Heat exposure to oil kills it all basic properties. Cold processed is mentioned on cold processed oils and is available in market. Else one can buy from out online store.

Apply oils just an hour before head wash. Never leave overnight or full day. That attracts pollution an also promotes dandruff.

Prefer applying the mixture of oils so that one can reap benefit of all.

  • Shampoo with SLS free shampoos. SLS is a strong cleansing agent which damages the hair. Various brands of SLS free shampoos are easily available. I prefer Anaphase or Triclenz shampoo. Though you can choose any. 
Hair Oils 
  • Hair tonic with Ayurvedic Herbs: various hair tonics are available in market containing growth factors. Growth factors are good for hair. I personally use the one made by us. It’s made by chemical distillation of 7 Ayurvedic herbs: amla, fenugreek seeds, bhrinjraaj, brahmi, ratjyot, curry leaves, kalonji.

Advantages:

It’s water based not oil based, thus doesn’t leave hair oily.

Since it’s water based it gets readily absorbed in hair roots.

It 100 percent natural, thus has no side effects.

Imagine irrigating your hair with Ayurvedic herbs every day.

Apply ever night on scalp.

It’s available at our online store.

  • Hair Masks: Add following Ayurvedic herbs in Alovera : Brahmi, Brinjraj, Ratanjot, Amla, Methi powder . Apply once a week, an hour before head wash.

When I wash my hair without priorapplication of mask, my hair stands after washing are full of frizz. On thecontrary, when I wash my hair after prior application of mask, my hair thesmooth, shiny and have a great bounce.

It looks as if I have blow dried my hair. Methi seeds have mucous which forms a coating on hair strands thus giving such amazing results.

It eliminates my need for post shampoo conditions or detangling serums. Also it eliminates need for monthly saloon hair spas. Saloon spas are full of chemicals, which anyways one should avoid.

In case you find it difficult to procure all these things, one can order the preformed mask at our online store.

 These four practices keep my hair bouncing with a shine.

                                           FACE SKIN CARE ROUTINE AT HOME

  1. Mild soaps for cleansing: Always useSLS free soaps. Soaps are very harsh which slowly damage the skin . Milder thesoaps, less the chemical, better it’s  isfor skin. I personally recommend Dove or the one available at out online store.It’s 95 percent chemical free.
  • Vitamin C in morning:  Vitamin C serum in morning is the best skin care product which should apply. It’s suitable for all age groups and all skin types. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and reduces skin pigmentation.
VITAMIN C SERUM
  • Moisturizer massage: Don’t just apply a moisturizer or a serum. Follow it up with one minute self massage. Exercise done every day helps, not once a month. Similarly facial massage done everyday helps, not once a month.
  • Massage helps boosts blood supply, increasing supply of minerals and oxygen to skin. Also, it helps boost lymphatic drainage. Thus helping skin get rid of toxins.
  • Vitamin A at night: After 30 everybody should start using vitamin a based cream at night. Vitamin a is also called retinoid. Basic ingredient of any anti aging cream is vitamin A. if its present in right amount and right form it’s a good anti aging cream else not. Rest of the things, niacin amide, vitamin K etc. can be added. But presence of retinoid is must.
BEST ANTI AGEING CREAM

                                       BODY SKIN CARE ROUTINE AT HOME

Facial skin can be oily, dry or normal. Skin over rest of the body is normal or dry. Never oily.

Dry skin feels stretched and itchy after bathing. That’s because soap and water rips off body’s natural moisturizer. Best skin care regimen for dry skin people would be;

  1. Oil before bathing: As soon as you enter the bathroom and remove clothes, apply any oil all over your body. It would form a protective layer. Thus preventing soap and water to rip of the skin’s natural moisturizer.
  • SLS free soaps while bathing: Soaps are very harsh detergents. Majority of the ones available in market are very harsh irrespective of brands. Always buy SLS free soaps. 95 percent chemical free. SLS free body wash is available at our online shop too.
SLS FREE SOAPS
  • A good moisturizer after bathing: Apply a good moisturizer immediately after patting yourself dry. Application immediately after bathing is much more effective than application later on. That’s because immediate application would lock in the moisturizer skin has just absorbed while bathing.

I guess you have got a fair idea as to how to take care of the skin. Do follow the instructions and comment how did you feel about the same.

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 BEST TREATMENT FOR PIMPLES SCARS: PERMANENT RESULTS IN SAFE WAY

No one modality would help treat pimples scars. Scars come in all sizes. They vary in depth, width, length and surface changes. Accordingly the treatment modality is chosen. Following treatments are available. Permutation and combination works best. So, let your dermatologist chose the best for you.

Remember:

  1.  Every scar can be made less visible but never invisible. Nobody can erase 100 percent appearance of scars. Improvement up to 60 to 90 percent can be expected depending upon the initial scar appearance.
  2. Improvement takes time. Number of sessions is required done at 15 to 30 days interval.So around 2 to 8 months can be required for improvement.
  3. Procedure is rendered comfortable by prior application of numbing creams. So don’t worry about pain factor.
  4. Make sure to get it done by a qualified dermatologist only. For only a dermatologist would be having an in depth knowledge of all the modalities. Never get it done by Ayurvedic doctor or a spa.

Various treatment modalities for scar treatments are:

  1. Shouldering of Margins: The margin of the scars are ablated or burnt out. So that punched out scar becomes saucer shaped. Thus it’s less visible. Brown crusts are formed for few days post treatment which falls off owns it’s own.
  • Surgical Excision and Suturing: The scarred skin is cut and margins sutured together. Thinnest possible suture is used so it doesn’t leave suture marks. Sutures are removed after seven days.
  • Fractional Radiofrequency:  Micro needles and Radiofrequency both gets inside skin. They break the old scar tissue and stimulate skin to form new collagen. As new collagen forms it keeps filling the scars from beneath. As bricks form walls, collagen is the main building block of the skin.
  • Derma roller: Derma roller is a small hand held devicewith micro needles all around. It’s rub on skin in to and fro direction. Needles piercing the skin break the old scar tissue. Also micro injuries to skin stimulate the skin to form new collagen. Thus, healing the scars.
Dermaroller
  • Derma pen:  Derma pen is a hand held device with projects out micro needles in skin. It also works on the same principal as derma roller.
  • PRP: PRP stands for platelet rich plasma.Person own is taken, growth factor separated from it.Growth factors are injected into scars.
  • Co2 ablative Laser: Co2 fractional laser burns or ablates skin in multiple channels in criss cross pattern. New skin fills the ablated skin columns. Thus, healing the scars.
  • Non ablative laser: Non ablative laser are milder version of ablative laser. They also ablates the skin in multiple channels in criss cross pattern. But is lesser strong stimulus as compared to ablative ones. Thu post healing time after every session is less compared to ablative ones.

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SKIN CARE  AND HAIR CARE MISTAKES TOBE AVOIDED AT ALL COST

In life and in skin it’s better to take precautions than repent later. For many times, damage cannot be reversed. Lack of knowledge may propel us to do certain things which may cause permanent damage. Going by the popular adage prevention is better than cure lets have the quick review of the common practices which should be avoided to prevent irreversible damage to skin and hair.

  1. Throw those fairness creams: Have you ever seen a single person getting fair with fairness creams? Still these Multinational companies manage to do business worth crores. They ploy the desire of Indians to look fair. Don’t fall for their marketing gimmicks.

Remember the fact that nobody, just nobody can become fairer than the color their genes have decided for them. Disadvantage of grabbing a fairness cream is you never what it contains. Many contain steroids. Now steroids might give you initial fairness, but on long term use (as in three to four months of continuous use only) would start showing its darker side on your skin. It may lead to skin thinning, skin darkening; pimples flare up, thin visible blood vessels etc. And once these changes appear it’s very difficult to reverse them.  At least,  not without spending a bomb on lasers.

Apart from steroids they may contain other harmful elements. The study for Science and Environment ‘s  pollution monitoring lab has found mercury in 44 percent of all the fairness creams . Presence of mercury in cosmetics is completely illegal and unlawful. Mercury is neurotoxin and may damage kidneys and lead to skin discoloration.

Aroma magic fair lotion, a product of Blossom Kocher Beauty Pvt. Ltd.  Has the highest mercury level at 1.97ppm, followed by Olay natural white (1.79 ppm) , a product of Procter and gamble, India and Ponds White Beauty (1.36 ppm) of Hindustan Unilever Ltd.

Instead what one should target at is removing years of tan which one has accumulated over the years due to sun exposure. You must be shades darker now than what you were when born. So consult a dermatologist who would guide you how and what creams lasers and peels can help de tan you.

  • Never usehair removal creams: Hair removal creams are very strong chemicals whichwork by denaturing proteins. Thus, these creams have very high potency ofcausing skin darkening. They may cause darkening even after first use. Thusswitch to other measures of Hair removal.
  • Never use razor where you don’t have hair or have very soft hair: In case you use razor at areas where there are hardly any hair, hair over that region might start growing thicker. Thus, restrict use of razor only to thick hairy skin regions. Never touch very thin baby hair , else they would turn thicker. It’s called paradoxical stimulation.
Never raze off or wax baby hair on face , else they would turn thicker. Just bleach them. 

Thick hair can be safely waxed or razed off without fear of paradoxical stimulation. 

  • Never use Loofah every single day: Loofah gives micro injury to skin, which if delivered every day may lead to permanent skin darkening after long time. Thus, restrict its use to remove dead skin at once a week frequency. Daily use can lead to skin darkening called amyloidsosis. And there is no treatment for that. 
Amyloidosis : Skin Darkening caused due to daily application of Loofah. 


  • Never use SLS containing soaps: Commonly used soaps like: Lux, Lifeboy etc.contains a chemical called SLS. Using it is equivalent to using a harsh detergent on your soft skin every day. It’s bound to damage skin barrier and leave it prone to eczema and skin allergy. Thus, switch to SLS free soaps like:Dove etc.
  • Neverkeep laptop on your lap directly: Always keep a barrier in form of pillowor wooden table in between laptop and legs. Direct heat from laptop delivered to skin can lead topermanent dilatation of blood vessels underneath. This condition is calledErythma Eb Igne. Though harmless otherwise, it doesn’t look cosmeticallyappealing.   
Eythema Eb Igne : Side Effect of directly keeping the laptop on laps.
  • Never get laser from saloons: One should approach only and only dermatologist who has complete knowledge of complex laser physics and it’s interaction with skin of various colors. Never from saloons, spas, Ayurvedic or homeopathic doctors who have no knowledge of skin and lasers. And majority of time they use cheap Chinese laser instead of US FDA approved lasers.   
  • Never burst an acne: Else it would surely leave a scar.
  • Never use Betnovate / Panderm / Quardiderm without dermatologist advice: These are steroid based creams which can permanently damage skin in form of skin thinning,causing hair growth, pimple, stretch marks etc. at the region applied.
Side Effects of Steroid Application : Skin Darkening 
  1. Avoid very frequent steaming of face: Frequent steaming of face can lead to open pores.
  1. Avoid lip licking: Frequent lip licking done inadvertently, leads to drying of lips and its darkening.

  1. Avoid leaving oil on hair and scalp: oiling hair is a very good practice to get healthy hair. Apply oil half an hour before head wash, massage it , whatever soaps into hair root is beneficial for hair ,hats left over the scalp and hair just attracts pollution and dust , damaging the hair. Thus, never leave oil after washing hair, apply it half an hour before bathing and wash it off with good shampoo.
  1. Avoid cutting nail too deep at edges: Cutting at the side edges of the nail may cause to penetrate deep into skin and thus causing a painful condition called ingrown toe nails. Cut them straight at edges.

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SKIN GLOW: 100% GUARANTEED RESULTS WITH DERMAROLLER , HYALURONIC ACID AND PEELS

We all want or shall I say crave for a glowing skin. Let’s first understand what brings a skin glow and the mechanism to get it?

Any surface which reflects light smoothly or coherently would appear shiny. In contrast a surface which reflects light haphazardly in different directions, would appear dull and non shiny.

Thus, to get a skin glow first requirement is a smooth surface. Smoother the surface, better the glow. How do we make our skin smooth? 

Superficial layer of skin is dead and uneven. This needs to be exfoliated to get a smoother surface.

Best way to exfoliate it is by peel off peels. A medicine is applied on your skin, so that skin visibly peels off after few days. Thus, leaving a smooth skin behind.

Either retinoid or TCA based peels are applied. They can be dangerous if not applied properly. Consulting a good dermatologist is recommended.

Secondly, any dehydrated surface is uneven .Any surface which absorbs water gets smoothened out. One can understand this with the analogy of comparing dehydrated skin with a raisin and a well hydrated skin with a fresh grape.

Our next target to get a glowing skin to increase the water content in skin. What retains water in skin?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance present in skin which absorbs 10,000 times more water. Thus, responsible for keeping skin hydrated.

People which naturally glowing skin have high amount of hyaluronic acid in their skin.  On the other hand, people with dry skin have lesser amount of same in their skin, making it look dull and lusterless.

How to increase hyaluronic acid content in skin? Hyaluronic acid 2mg/ml can be infused inside skin with the help of a dermaroller.

Derma roller is a hand held device which when rubbed over skin in to and fro moment creates micro channels in skin. After which skin glow serums are rubbed over skin. They penetrate deep inside skin through these channels.  Post penetration, it remains there for long. Absorbs water and makes skin look bright.

Dermaroller 

Micro needling with derma roller has added advantage that it stimulates skin to form new collagen. Collagen is the main building block of the skin. It’s responsible for its strength and tautness. As new collagen forms, skin gets tighter and brighter. Tighter skin reflects light better adding to kin lusture.

Dull Dry Skin 
Skin Glow after the treatments 

CONCLUSION:  Combination of above two methods:

 Peel off peels to exfoliate superficial dead layer of skin

Infusion of hyaluronic acid in skin which absorbs 10,000 times more water

and micro needling which boosts collagen, is a sure shot wayto skin glow.

ACNE: CAUSES AND TREATMENT

 Hitting the root cause is the mainstay of treatment for any disease. Curing the symptoms is like cutting the branches. Thus curing symptoms is not going to help in long term.

  1. There is a hormonal and minerals imbalance in body which leads to regular break outs.
  2. Increased cortisone: Stress leads to increased cortisone. Excessive cortisone leads to acne break out.  Regular meditation is the cure. Releasing the stress by writing it down is the solution.
  • Increased estrogen: Increased intake of genetically modified food especially soybean, corns, milk leads to increased estrogen. Increased estrogen is one of the main factors which lead to repeated breakouts.

Most commonly genetically modified foods are:

  1. Milk: Everybody in India is consuming packed milk. That’s mainly taken from exotic breed of cows. Milk taken from indigenous breeds of cow is healthy and safe. If one can have access to that milk, then only consume milk. Else skip milk altogether.
  2. Stop earning cornflakes in morning breakfast. For they are made of genetically modified corn.
  3. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener. Avoid it all cost.
  4.  Papaya, tomato, potato, rice are other food items which are majorly GMO. Take care to buy the non GMO variety. That is, buy as far as possible organic or naturally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Increased androgen:  Androgen levels can rise in body as part of PCOD syndrome. Polycystic ovarian disease is a kind of hormonal imbalance in body where excessive androgen is produced.
  • Basically estrogen gets converted into androgen in fatty tissues. Thus weight loss is the ideal treatment for PCOD.

D.  Low zinc: Low levels of zinc in body are yet another reason for acne breakouts. Too much indulgence in carbohydrate rich food like: pastas, pizzas, cakes, cokes etc. also depletes body of its zinc stores. So get your zinc levels checked. In case found low have diet rich in zinc. Like

Meat eggs, shellfish, seeds: pumpkin, whole grains, legumes, beans,

  • Low Vitamin A: Vitamin A deficiency is yet another cause of acne breakouts. Get your Vitamin a levels checked. In case found low have food rich in same.
  • STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE AGAIN AND AGAIN:Unknowing we keep touching our face several times a day.  Thus, transferring bacteria to face.
  • AVOID USING OILY SKIN CARE PRODUCTS: Let your moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen have Non –  Comedogenic written on them.
Check for Non Comedogenic Labels on Skin Care Products 

  • That means they are water based not oil based. Already skin is producing excessive oil,layering it up with further oil would just aggravate the problem.
  • FIND OUT WHICH FOOD GIVES RISE TO ACNE IN YOUR CASE: Different people get acne after consuming different  food items. Some get it after fried, some after sweet, some after spicy, milk, tea, dry fruits.
  • Find out your culprit food item by observation and stop eating that particular food.

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5 WAYS TO GROW HAIR HEALTHIER

  1. Know what is normal and don’t panic unnecessarily.

Medically hair grows only by 10 to 12 cm per year. In case, you are havingthis much growth, be happy. Nothing to worries guy!

40 to 50 strands of hair falling per day is absolutely normal. Hair fall beyond this range should make one seek medical attention.

  • 2. Apply hair oil once a week. It’s extremely important.

Whichoil? Mustard or flax seed oil are great options. They both contain omega 3and omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin A, D, E, K.

When to apply? Apply just an hour before head massage. Follow it up with 5 minutes massage if possible.

Don’t leave overnight or entire day. Only the oil which seeps into hair roots help. Oil left on scalp for long duration promotes dandruff.

Caution:Make sure to buy cold processed oil. i.e. It has been processed by crushing the seeds and no heat or chemical was used to extract the oil. Later two processes spoil the basis properties of oil, leaving it less impactful.

Flax Seed Oil 
  • 3. Wash hair at least 3 to 4 times a week. The amount of pollution present in air, double of it gets deposited in scalp. Wash it off before it does the damage. 3 to 4 times in a weak, is a must. One washing everyday is also fine.

Which shampoo is best: Sulphate free shampoos are best: Anaphase plus Shampoo, Triclenz shampoo are good options.

  • 4. Dietplays an extremely important part in hair growth.

Ideally 40 to 50 percent of diet should be raw then only enough vitamins and minerals get into your system. Food processing, kills the nutrition in food.  So have daily dose of fruit, sprouts, salads, curd in your diet.

Also have amla, and seeds mixture every day.Seeds mixture containing pumpkin seeds, water melon seeds, f lax seeds etc. iseasily available in market. Chew one teaspoon in morning. Its filled withvitamin and minerals.

Have raw food : amla, dates, seeds, almonds etc. on daily basis. 

  • 5. Hair growth serums containing the chemical extracts of ayurvedic herbs like :brahmi, brhinjraj, ratanjot, kari, hibiscus flowers, neem , haldi, methi , amlaand many more is available at our online store www.dranvika.com  .Indian ayurveda has stood stand of test of time in treating diseases.
  • Thus, we prepared this serum infused with all the goodness of ayurvedic herbs. It contains no preservatives and is so natural that one can even drink it without harm. Not that you have to drink it.
  • 6. Saloonhair procedures like rebonding, straightening, coluring for sure damagesthe hair . Every day women visit my clinic complaining how their hair lost allvolume and shine post these saloon procedures.

Hair spas suggested at saloons is not the answer to saloon damaged hair. First you damaged your hair with chemicals. Next you want to repair them with chemicals. Is it possible? Don’t get into this trap of chemicals.

First rule, in case you really want to go ahead with these saloon treatments, leave first 4 inch near the roots. Don’t touch this part of hair. Rest of the hair strand one do these saloon treatments.

Repair the damage done by applying curd and oil before head wash. Use each of them once a week.

One can also try our hair mask available at our online store. It contains cold processed almond oil and flax seeds oil mixed with all ayurvedic herbs. Apply on roots and strands an hour before head wash.

Conclude: Oiling once a weak, wash thrice a week with sulphate free shampoo, have natural diet and avoid saloon chemical procedures. Rule out specific causes of hair all by consulting a dermatologist . 

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CAUSES OF HAIR FALL AND TREATMENT 

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Xantholesma : Fat over eyelids is treatable

XANTHOLESMA : FAT ON EYELIDS

Eyes  are gateway to one’s inner self.  It better be beautiful. Fat deposits around eyes may spoil their beauty . Lets  know everything about them .

WHAT IS XANTHOLESMA?

Deposition of fat on eyelids skin, both upper and lower is called Xantholesma.

HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

There is no reason behind it. Many may be having high cholesterol levels in blood. But the deposition in skin can happen with or without high cholesterol deposition.

HOW CAN IT BE REMOVED?

There are multiple ways to remove a Xantholesma.

Best modality in my last 10 years of experience has been surgical excise and suturing. Under local anesthesia the skin containing fat is removed and sutured. Sutures are removed after 7 days. It’s safe since surgery is just limited to skin.

Laser ablation or ablation with radiofrequency or chemical ablation with 70% TCA are other modalities. These later modalities may not treat every time and run the risk of leaving a fibrotic scar. Also chances of recurrences on the same place are very high.

Advantages  with surgical excision is, recurrence never happens on the same place. And for sure the lesion would be gone.

Xantholesma : Sutures are hardly visible after the treatment.

HOW MUCH TIME DOES SURGICAL EXCISTION TAKE?

Depending upon the number of xantholesma lesions and their width, it can take anywhere between half an hour to an hour.

WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME OR AFTER CARE POST SURGICAL REMOVAL OF XANTHOLESMA?

Slight pain and swelling may or may not be there for next few days. A course of anti inflammatory and antibiotics is prescribed by the doctor. Person can return to work, the next day. There is no rest period involved.

IS THE SURGICAL EXCISION FO XANTHOLESMA SAFE AROUND EYES?

Yes, absolutely. Since treatment involves only skin. We are not going deeper than that. Surgery is rendered very safe. It doesn’t have any long term after effects.

WILL XANTHOLESMA REMOVAL HURT?

No, since done under local anesthesia, procedure is rendered comfortable. 

WILL  PILLS OR CREAMS NOT WORK FOR XANTHOLESMA REMOVAL?

No, no oral pills or creams would work to remove Xantholesma.

CONCLUSION :  Fat deposits on eyelids is calledXantholesma. They may appear without any cause or due to high bloodcholesterol. Surgical excision done under local anesthesia is the best cure.Laser or chemical ablation can be done but are not very successful.

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5 MYTHS ABOUT PIMPLES

Everybodyseems to be having their own cure for acne. Not everything works. Some maydamage skin further. Let burst certain myths surrounding pimples.

  1. Pimples affects only teenage: False.  Acne or pimples can affect all age groups. Right from a one year old child to middle age to old people. Though reasons of occurrence can be different. In teenage it’s more of over activity of oil glands, in middle age they occur under influence of androgenic hormones.
  1. Bursting them would help them heal faster: False. Never burst acne. Bursting them is a sure shot way to invite a scar. 
Never burst acne , else they surely leave a scar.
  1. I use anti – pimple face wash, still I get them: Face wash is not the complete treatment. It’s just 5 % of the treatment. Proper cream and oral pills as prescribed by your dermatologist would help. So just don’t rely on face washes for cure. The contact time of medicine in face washes with skin is too short to give any visible result.
Face Wash is just 5 percent o anti acne treatment.
  1. Anti – pimple facials would work: False. Oily creams and massage is a big no for pimples.Thus, keep steer away from facials when you have acne, else it would surely flare. Medially we never advice to burst pimple or use oily creams on face.Facials are doing just the opposite, massaging with oily cream.
Saloon Facials would flare up acne with a creamy massage.
  1. Betnovate is the treatment : False. Betnovate is a steroid which may initially cure acne, but the moment you leave it, explosive flare up of acne would happen. If one uses Betnovate for long, it may lead to excessive hair growth and permanent darkening of face.
Betnovate : It would treat the pimples initially but they would flare up the moment you stop using them. 
  1. Colgate would help them heal better: Please don’t resort to any of the unscientific measures for healing acne. They may leave a worse scar.

Conclusion: Bursting, Colgate, Betnovate , Anti: pimple facials, Face washes are not the treatment for acne. Consult a dermatologist for proper cure.

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5 TYPES OF WHITE SPOTS ON SKIN

Not every white patch on skin is vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin disease where white patches form all over skin. The moment anyone sees a white patch, one starts dreading if its vitiligo. This article is written to banish the fear of white patches. For not every white patch is vitiligo.

  1. P. ALBA:White patches with diffuse border are seen in children between 22 to 4 years of age. These mainly occur on face. These occur due to nutritional deficiency.Skin dryness is second main reason for occurrence. Nutritional supplement and moisturizers is all it takes to fade them away.

  1. PITYRIASIS VERSICOLOR: It’s a fungal skin infection. Occur mainly in people living in hot and humid countries like India. Multiple white patches with clear border occur on upper chest or upper back. Antifungal treatment as prescribed by the dermatologist would heal.

  1. VITILIGO:It’s an autoimmune disease where body immune system starts attacking the colour producing skin cells. Thus, giving rise to white patches. There is no reason for its occurrence. Course of the disease is variable. It may remain restricted to certain small patches or may spread to involve larger body areas. Phototherapy and immunosuppressant remain the main line of treatment.

  1. IDIOPATHICGUTTATE HYPOMELANOSIS:  Multiple small white patches occur on arms and leg. Usually affect people in 40’s and 50’s. With age the colour producing cells of skin starts dying. Thus, giving rise to white skin patches. Nothing to fear. There is no cure for it.

  1. POST TRAUMATIC HYPOMELANOSIS: Any skin rash secondary to any cause may leave the skin a shade lighter to darker. Thus a trauma or skin disease can leave white skin patches. If trauma was superficial, skin recovers the colour in due course of time.

P ALBA 
Tinea Versicolour 
VITILIGO 
IDIOPATHIC GUTTATE HYPOMELANOSIS
POST TRAUMATIC HYPOMELANOSIS

CONCLUSION: There can be multiple reasons for white patches on skin .All have different etiology and different treatment . So better consult a dermatologist .

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  1. Tie your hair. This would prevent colors from reaching the scalp and hair roots.
  2. Wrap a scarf. It looks stylish and at the same time gives protection to hair.
  3. Oil hair if possible .That would make it easy to get rid of color later.
  4. Paint your nails. Again this would prevent color to stain the nails. Once you remove the nail paint, color get removed automatically along with it.
  5. Smear the entire body with coconut oil. It not only prevents color to get into the skin pores but also help get rid of it easily later.
  6. Layer yourself with sunscreen with SPF 30 on top of coconut oil. Follow the 6 table spoon rule: half a tablespoon application on face, neck and both arms each, a full tablespoon over back, chest, and both legs each making it total of 6 tablespoons.  Sun protection is important because wet skin tans easily.
  7. In case of oily face or acne prone skin, avoid coconut oil application on face. Apply a oil free moisturizer instead. 
  8. Wear full sleeves clothes if possible. Again this help color in coming direct contact with skin.
  9. Coming to the most important and irritating part: Removing color post holi. Dab cotton in coconut oil and rub wherever the color is. Rub in to and fro direction all over. Pour water Again rub it with new cotton swab dipped in coconut oil. Keep repeating till a significant amount of colour comes out. After last rubbing leave for ten minutes and then just wash it off with soap. Don’t rub soap multiple times in desperate attempt to rid of color. Alkaline PH of soap irritate the already irritated skin.
Women walked into clinic four days after Holi complaining colour not going from skin…
Colour gone within minutes after cleaning with cotton dipped in coconut oil .
  1. Post holi do apply moisturizers all over body post bathing for few days. This help heal irritating skin.
  2. Avoid, saloon treatments like facials , clean ups , beach and dermatologist’s skin procedure like lasers etc. a week before and after holi. 
Skin covered with cloth 
Covered skin saved from colours….
SKIN PROTECTED FROM COLOURS UNDERNEATH CLOTHING . THUS WEAR FULL SLEEVES. 

                                         Wishing you a skin –  friendly colorful holi.  

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