We all care for our hair. Every day we shampoo, condition or oil it. But there are basic rules that we forget to take care of.  Apart from these basic rules, you should also care about your diet because it’s always healthy foods that support and nourish hair growth. Healthy food should include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fruits and fish. It is suggested by the doctors that you should consume 12 mg of iron daily.

Here are some of the basic rules you mustn’t neglect:

1. Don’t panic if you lose few strands of hair every day.


2. Wet hairs are fragile and can easily break. So while combing, keep  this thing in your mind and comb it gently. Use broad tooth comb.

3. Cut the end of your hair every week to remove rough split ends.  Also, it’s not good to wash your hair daily. Instead, use some conditioner and oil.

4. Last but not the least, use shampoos with ingredients that suit your hair. Don’t just go for big names. Avoid using perfumes for your hair. The chemicals present in the perfumes can harm your hair.

We all have seen X-men movie series and we know Mystique with her blue skin and extra-ordinary shape-shifting skills. But we don’t really know that apart from mutants, there are some people, in normal life, who have blue complexion.

In medical terms, this skin condition is known as Argyria. Argyria happens when your body is too much exposed to Silver which, over time, leaves a long-lasting effect. Prolonged exposure to small amount of silver or heavy exposure at one time can cause this abnormality. Though rare, Argyria isn’t known for causing serious threats to life, but having a bluish skin type really looks alien.

Paul Karason, the man with blue skin who died at the age of 62 became an Internet Sensation when he discussed about his Blue-man syndrome in NBC’s Today Show in 2008. He earned the nickname “Papa Smurf” due to his white beard and blue skin. In 2013, another case was reported in Daily Mail, of a woman, Rosemary Jacobs who suffered from the same abnormal condition which developed at the age of 11. According to her, nose drop was the reason behind her condition.

Symptoms of Argyria:

Obviously, the one and the most observable symptom will be your skin color turning up blue. At first, it appears as a small area in your body but with time, it can cover your whole body and this depends on the quantity of silver your body is exposed to. Other areas or parts of your body can also indicate signals of Argyria which include:

  • Nail beds
  • Conjunctival membranes
  • Mucous membrane

Sources responsible for silver concentration in your body

  • Antimicrobial health tonics
  • Medication that contains silver salts
  • Colloidal silver dietary supplements, usually marketed as “cure-alls”
  • Silver sutures used in surgery
  • Silver dental fillings

Life isn’t easy for these two girls, Stacey and Emma Picken from the UK as they were born with a rare skin disorder, Harlequin Ichthyosis. Their skin grows six times faster than an average individual.

Even in India, a case was reported on 21st January 2017, when a woman who gave birth to a child with Harlequin Ichthyosis refused to accept her. She even refused to feed the child when they brought her home and said: “I have no idea how did this happen. Me and family are completely devastated. I am in shock as I was really looking forward to becoming a mother of a healthy child, be it a girl or a boy.”

So, what is Harlequin Ichthyosis?

Harlequin Ichthyosis, a genetic disorder causes thickened skin over the entire body. In this rare form of skin disorder, an individual must inherit two recessive genes from both the parents.

Till now, there isn’t any cure for this severe form in which the skin cracks and splits apart.

Signs and Symptoms:

According to Foundation for Ichthyosis  & Related Skin Types, the below-denoted points are the symptoms of Harlequin Ichthyosis:

  1. The infant may be covered with thick skin with distorted facial structure.
  2. The tightness of the skin pulls around the eyes and the mouth, forcing the eyelids and lips to turn inside out, revealing the red inner linings.
  3. The child may suffer from breathing and eating difficulties. The hands and feet may be small, swollen, and partially flexed.

Facts about Harlequin Ichthyosis:

  1. Harlequin Ichthyosis is caused by genetic mutation and it’s not contagious.
  2. Sunburn and Poor bathing habits are not a cause of this disorder.
  3. Each year, more than 16,000 babies are born with some form of Ichthyosis.
  4. Although people with Ichthyosis have difficulties, they live a normal life.
acne care

Acne is a common problem. There are thousands of products available over the counter for everyone but it’s better to consult a Dermatologist for tougher cases of Acne.

But sometimes even Dermatologists suffer from painful cystic pimples. London based dermatologist, Anjali Mahto has shared some of her pictures on Instagram.

“I have suffered from spots since 1992 and still continue to do so in 2017. I am not a perfect dermatologist with perfect skin — and nor do I aspire to be. Acne gets me down in the same way it affects any adult sufferer.” She wrote as the caption for her post.

The hardest thing about having adult cystic acne has been coming to terms with the realisation that I am never going to be “cured” but the best I can ever hope for is “control” of my skin. I have suffered with spots since 1992 and still continue to do so in 2017. That’s not to say there haven’t been periods where my skin has cleared up – it has (sometimes even for a few years) – but the cysts usually return over time. The good news is that when it does come back it usually responds to oral treatment. Psychologically accepting that I am never going to “grow out of it” has been a battle through most of my 20s and 30s. Now, closer to 40, I am learning to accept that my skin will be up and down – but when it is down, I need to treat it properly and revert to medication if I need it to minimise the risk of further scarring. I am not a perfect dermatologist with perfect skin – and nor do I aspire to be. Acne gets me down in the same way it affects any adult sufferer but learning to accept treatment when I need it and enjoying the periods my skin is good has become key for good mental health. Acne can be treated and scarring can be prevented but I think we are recognising more and more it can be a chronic problem for some that may always come and go. Acceptance of this is probably the most important part of the psychological battle. Sometimes it isn’t down to what we are eating or sleepless nights or heavy make-up or anything else we are doing wrong. It is just the luck of the DNA draw in terms of our unique combination of hormones and genetics. If you are suffering with your skin there are always solutions. They do not come with the guarantee that after a round of treatment your acne will not return, but there is always something that can be done and no one needs to suffer or just put up with it. If you are struggling with your skin or it is affecting your mental health please seek early intervention from your GP or dermatologist. (Trust the dermatologist who’s had topical creams, laser, antibiotics, the pill, chemical peels, spironolactone, metformin and 9 courses of Roaccutane in 25+ years! I have tried everything🙈) #dermatology #dermatologist #boardcertified #acne

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When the small pores on the skin get blocked by dead cells, dirt, oil or bacteria, it causes acne. Apart from its appearance and the pain, it leaves behind scars. Following a perfect product isn’t the only process but you should consider the natural way of dealing with the scars.

See this: Top 5 Foods to get rid of Acne Scars

“If you are suffering with your skin there are always solutions. They do not come with the guarantee that your acne will not return, but there is always something that can be done. If you are struggling with your skin or it is affecting your mental health please seek early intervention from your GP or dermatologist.” She wrote for her Instagram snap.

Winter skin care

Skin Care guide to battle winters

Winter is coming. As your skin has to battle dryness, dullness and other things that ruin your beauty, you should take care and nourish your skin to stay safe from such disasters.

Here are some of the techniques that you could use in winters:

 

Reduce your shower time – If you shower for more than 15 minutes, your skin will lose its moisture and will leave your skin dehydrated.

 

Moisturizer – As we all know that winter steals the moisture from your face, so in order to keep your skin soft and supple, you must use good quality moisturizer. Use a product that suits your skin type. Don’t just purchase big brands.

 

Cleansing oil – Oil is an essential part which doesn’t let your skin to become dry and dull. You must use non-comedogenic products that won’t block the skin pores.

 

Essential vitamins – Vitamin C nourish your skin and rejuvenate the skin cell which is why your food menu must have ingredients that are rich in vitamins. Also, drink lots of water. As water removes harmful toxins from the body and boosts body metabolism, you should care about this.

 

Night Time Care – Before snuggling back into the bed, you must put on some cream as a protective layer.