How to control sweat?

In our previous post, we have explained about the causes of sweating and why it is important to sweat out.

Yes sweating is an essential bodily function! But, have you ever been in a situation when you are in a crowded place such as train, bus or even during important meetings where you have to bear the body odor of a person sitting/standing next to you? Yeah we  have all been in that awkward situation.

Excessive sweating can create an ideal condition for bacterial growth which in turn causes body odor. The Apocrine gland is the major culprit behind the production of odor-causing sweat. Excessive sweating and body odor can affect the overall confidence of a person.

Irrespective of sweating being a natural process, we can follow a few methods/regime to control sweat and get rid of the body odor. We are listing down the best tips and tricks below

Cleanliness

  • Cleanliness is the first and foremost step to control sweating and get rid of body odor. Taking bath twice a day can help  control the sweat. Additionally using an anti bacterial  bathing barfor bathing can help to get rid of the odor causing bacteria.
  • Wearing clean clothes which are climate friendly (cotton clothes during summer) can always help.
  • Proper exfoliation of the skin especially in the armpits, around the neck and feet can get rid of the accumulated dirt and gives no place for bacterial growth.

Detox

  • Detoxifying internally is another method to follow which not only helps to improve the overall health but also  reduce the sweating & body odor.
  • Drinking more water, having a balanced diet which has fruits and vegetables, avoiding junk foods, oily/spicy foods, quitting smoking and in-take of alcohol are a few ways to detox .

Medical conditions

  • Sweating could be a  side – effect of certain medication. Once intake of such medicines are stopped, excessive sweating will be regularized on its own. Else, consultation with doctor is a must.
  • Obesity is another major medical condition which causes excessive sweating. Treating obesity not only stops excessive sweating but also leads to a healthy life.

Home remedies

  • Neem and tulsi are the best remedies as they have antibacterial properties. You can either put few leaves of neem and tulsi in the water you bathe or you can make it as a paste and apply it on the body or on the most affected parts and then rinse it.
  • Sandalwood paste is another efficient remedy. It not only cools down the body and controls the sweat but also gives out an amazing fragrance which can keep the body odor at bay.
  • Essential oils such as lavender oil, sandalwood oil, tea tree oil can be added to the water before bathing or can be applied on the skin as well.
  • Scrubbing the sweat prone areas with a slice of lemon/potato/baking soda can help to get rid of the body odor. 
February 10, 2016

Common causes for hairfall

hairfall-causes

In our previous post, we stated the fact that it is normal to shed around 50-80 hair strands per day. You all must have let out a sigh of relief after reading that. If the number of falling hair strands increase more than that, it is considered as hair fall. There are various reasons behind hair fall. The reason could be as simple as a wrong hairstyle which causes stress to your hair strands and make it fall or a hereditary condition which needs a medical treatment.

In this post, let’s see some common causes behind hair fall.

Health condition 

Sudden change in health condition could be one of the main reasons for hair fall. High fever, medicine intake, hormonal changes, any physical trauma etc can result in hair fall. Once the health is back to normal, the hair fall is expected to reduce.

Poor Diet

What we eat, can directly reflect on the healthiness of our hair. Avoiding protein rich foods and intake of imbalanced diet intake can be the causes behind hair fall. Eating a healthy, balanced diet with protein rich foods result in healthy hair.

Styling

We tend to try various products, hair styles and hair styling tools to make our hair look glossy and shiny,like a shampoo commercial model. But over doing of such styling can actually weaken and damage your hair strands which results in hair fall. Make sure you don’t change your hair products frequently. Dry your hair naturally instead of using a hair dryer.  Try hairstyles which doesn’t pull or cause stress to your hair strands. Reserve the usage of styling tools only for special occasions.

Dandruff

Dandruff is one of the main culprits which causes hair fall. Dandruff is nothing but white flakes caused by dry scalp. It is itchy and affects the roots of the hair strands which causes hair fall. Consulting a dermatologist and using anti-dandruff products can clear off the dandruff and controls hair fall.

Poor maintenance

Handling the hair strands roughly, not washing the hair frequently, exposing the scalp to pollution, dirt, extreme weather conditions can cause hair fall for sure. Always make sure that you comb your hair gently with wide tooth comb and don’t comb it more than twice a day. To get rid of the accumulated dirt, wash the hair frequently. Make sure to cover the scalp while stepping out. Proper maintenance can control hair fall to a greater extent.

Environmental changes

 Environmental change is another major reason behind hair fall. Sudden change in the water used for hair wash, change in climatic condition and change of place can trigger hair fall. Once the body gets used to the new environment, the hair fall should be controlled.

Emotional stress

 Emotional stress could be one of the reasons behind hair fall. Stress can make the hair follicles move faster towards the resting phase from the growth phase. This results in heavy hair fall. Following some stress buster methods such as proper sleep, listening to music, break from hectic professional life, and going for a counseling etc can not only stop the hair fall but also improves the mental and physical health.

Apart from these common causes, there are other factors such as hereditary, patterned baldness etc which causes severe hair fall. These conditions require medical consultation and extensive treatment. Let’s look in to detail about these conditions in our next blog post.

Hair-growth-cycle

After writing about the hair mechanism in our previous post, we are going to clarify what causes hair fall in this post.

A tiny thin hair strand which won’t even cause a smallest of pain while cutting can cause a huge pain when it falls on its own. We think about it, stress about it and try hard to stop it. We all must have read/researched about hair fall and ways to prevent it at least once in our life.
Well, let us clarify something first which can make you happy.
Shedding of 80-100 hair strands per day is totally natural and normal. This process is called as shedding and not hair fall. It is part of the hair growth cycle. So yes we have to know about the hair growth cycle first.
The 3 stages of hair growth cycle are

  1. Anagen Phase
  2. Catagen Phase
  3. Telogen Phase

Hair growth cycle

Anagen Phase

Anangen phase is considered as the growth phase for the hair strands and this stage lasts up to 2-7 years. The number of years a hair strand remains at this stage is determined by genetics and other internal external factors. The more the hair remains at this stage, the lengthier is the hair strand. About 85% of the hair strands on our head go through the anagen phase.
Catagen Phase
Catagen Phase is considered as the transition phase and this phase lasts for only 10-14 days. During this phase, the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the root. This cuts the essential blood supply for the hair growth and stops the growth.
Telogen Phase
Telogen Phase is considered as the resting phase and lasts up to 3 months. During this phase, the hair follicle remains rested. The hair strand sheds and once the telogen phase is over, new hair growth starts. 10-15% of the hair strands on our head go through telogen phase.
The beauty of the nature is that each hair strand has its own growth cycle which makes sure that all the hairs won’t fall out of our head during the Telogen phase. It is evident now that irrespective of any preventive measures you take, the hair strands at the telogen phase are going to shed.
Many of few must have let out a sigh of relief after reading this but don’t waste your time counting the number of hair strands to check whether it is within the 80-100 limit.
When the shedding exceeds 100 strands per day, it is considered as hair fall and proper treatment is required to control it. There are various reasons behind hair fall and let’s look in to it in detail in our upcoming posts.

How to prevent pimples naturally

The fear of a getting pimples/acne on face starts during teenage and never stops again. As we have mentioned in our previous post, even a tiny pimple on face can increase the stress level.

Nevertheless, there are certain preventive measures one can follow to avoid pimples. These methods can also improve overall health of facial skin.

Keep your face clean:

Clogging of pores by excess oil/sebum, dirt and other impurities is one of the main reasons for pimples.  Therefore, make sure that you keep your face clean by washing it twice daily with a soap free mild cleanser.

Eat Healthy:

Eating vitamin and mineral rich balanced diet can cleanse the skin internally and avoid pimples. Drinking more water can eliminate toxins and results in a healthy skin without pimples.

Watch what you apply on face:

Any kind of facial cream, mask, makeup can be the reason behind your breakout. Well these products may not be particularly harmful to your skin but one or few of the ingredients  in such products can be the major trigger for pimples. Even a few natural ingredients can cause pimples. Therefore, always watch what you apply on your face. Make sure you remove makeup completely before hitting the sack to avoid clogging of pores.

Watch what touches your face:

Pillow covers, towels, mobile phone screens and your own hand can be the cause behind your pimples. Bacteria and other forms of dirt can easily reach your face through these mediums and cause pimples. Make sure you change your pillow case and towel every week. Wipe the mobile screens every now and then with a cloth. Make sure you don’t touch your face frequently and wash your hands before washing your face.

Avoid stress:

Well, stress may not be the direct cause behind the pimples but stress could be one of the triggers especially if you have an acne prone skin. Take enough time to de-stress and do some activities like listening to music, reading a book, gardening etc. Don’t forget to get 7-8 hours of sleep.

Prevention is better than cure but irrespective of the preventive measures, a few internal factors can cause pimples. More about it on our upcoming blog posts.

January 6, 2016

Skin Abnormality

What is Skin Abnormality?

Human skin color varies from different hues of brown to pink. The pigment which determines the skin color of each individual is called as melanin. The skin color evolved primarily to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays. People who live near equator with high exposure to UV rays have more melanin pigments for protection. Hence they are dark skinned. People who live closer to the poles with less UV exposure have less melanin pigments and are light skinned.

Change in skin color can happen due to various reasons. Changes in skin tone because of tanning or scars are considered normal. Other changes which require medical advice are considered as skin abnormality.

Tanning

Tanning is caused when the skin is exposed to excessive sun rays. The body tends to produce more melanin for UV protection. The area exposed to sun rays becomes darker than the rest of the body results in uneven skin tone. Tanning is not exactly a skin condition or abnormality. Covering the exposed areas or using a sunscreen can protect one from the UV rays. But overexposure to UV rays can cause sun burns, skin ageing and even skin cancer.

Scars

Scars are a form of tissues called fibrous which replaces the normal skin after an injury.  Simple scars from small wounds, acne, itchy insect bites can fade away in weeks. Any other major wound or surgery can cause permanent scars. Even though the skin looks different from the rest of the body, scarring is considered as a natural part of the healing process. There are some treatments available as well to remove the scars.

Hyper pigmentation 

Hyper pigmentation is caused because of the over production of melanin but it is not only because of the exposure to UV rays.  Hyper pigmentation can be because of the various following reasons. Pregnancy can be one of the main reasons for hyper pigmentation. The skin is darkened around neck and at the lower part of stomach which eventually goes away after the child birth. Decrease in the function of adrenal gland can cause hyper pigmentation.  Use of certain medication is one of the reasons for hyper pigmentation.  Skin inflammation, fungal infection, accumulation of iron in the body, exposure to mercury and smoking are the other reasons for hyper pigmentation.

Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis Nigricans is a type of hyper pigmentation caused by hormonal imbalance. It results in occurrence of dark patches on neck, under arms and knuckles. The dark patch is nothing but extra skin cells produced by the imbalanced hormones regulating the blood sugar level called insulin. Sedentary lifestyle, junk food, lack of exercise, obesity, diabetics and polycystic ovary syndrome are the causes of Acanthosis Nigricans.

These dark parches are often mistaken as dirt accumulation. Irrespective of regular cleaning and scrubbing, these patches won’t fade away. Doctor consultation is a must to treat this condition. Proper medication along with healthy food and lifestyle changes can help to overcome the condition.