Nappy rash

Nappies or diapers are oh-so-convenient for the baby. But have you realized that these diapers can be really heavy and can cause skin rashes? The pained look in the eyes or the frown on your baby’s lips says it all. Your baby could be affected with nappy rash.

The primary reason for a diaper or nappy rashes is long exposure to wetness. Yes! That’s right. It is long exposure to the urine & feces.

At first, let us understand how to classify these rashes.

1.Mild Nappy Rash

Faint pinkness in the nappy area and a few raised bumps can be termed as Mild Nappy Rash. To catch a glimpse, look at the baby bum picture below.

2.Moderate Nappy Rash

Definite pinkness is present in a large area and small areas of redness with scattered and raised bumps (papules) are seen. This is called Moderate Nappy Rash.

3.Severe Nappy Rash

Intense redness, peeling, raised bumps (papules) and some fluid- containing bumps (pustules) together constitute Severe Nappy Rash. As the name suggests the rash is very severe and requires consultation of a doctor.

There may be other reasons for these bum rashes:
• Rash due to the friction of diapers and/or tight clothing.
• Increased intake of solid food in baby’s diet
• Intake of antibiotics
• Irritation due to soap, detergent or fabric softener

We suggest three simple and easy steps to prevent those intolerable rashes:

1. Change the wet or soiled nappies and Clean the nappy area gently
2. Dry the baby thoroughly before putting on a new nappy. It is advised to always air dry the baby.
3. Protect the baby from moisture. Use a thick barrier cream before you put on the diaper to protect the baby’s tender skin from rashes.

Follow the above steps and give your baby a skin-friendly nappy experience.

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.

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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.

get rid of acne scars

Almonds:

Eating just handful of almonds every day will keep your skin soft and supple. As an important source of Vitamin E, this incredible fruit will help in healing acne scars from your skin.

Top 5 foods to get rid of acne scars

Spinach:

Top 5 foods to get rid of acne scars

Spinach, a leafy vegetable, contains rich minerals like zinc which accelerates the production of collagen and new skin cells. Add this food item to your daily menu and see the changes yourself!

Sweet Potatoes:

Top 5 foods to get rid of acne scars

Vitamins are vital for repairing skin cells. This incredible item, sweet potatoes, contains Vitamin A. To heal acne scars, you must include this in your diet as it activates specific genes which help specialize skin cells aka keratinocytes.

Yellow Bell Paper:

Top 5 foods to get rid of acne scars

Yellow Bell Paper contains Vitamin C. It reduces skin inflammation and helps in the production of collagen. 

Flax Seeds:

Top 5 foods to get rid of acne scars

Due to the presence Omega 3 fatty acids, a teaspoon of Flax Seeds will reduce inflammation caused by acne. You should consider this sustenance in your diet.

dark and dirty neck home remedies

Have you ever noticed people with dark and dirty neck?

It looks ugly and it seems they have not taken bath for days or maybe for weeks. Maybe they are in a hurry that they don’t even bother to rub soap on the back of their neck. After all, this is the back, invisible to themselves. People generally tend to forget to keep that part of the body clean.

Do you really think so? Yes, at least these people think so.

They think that their dark neck is dirt accumulated on their neck and they keep rubbing it more often. Despite this, their neck remains dark because it is NOT dirt. Then what is it? Is caused by the neck chain that people wear? Or is it an infection?

No, neither. It is much more ominous than you thought. Though the problem appears on the skin, it is a resultant of problems lying inside the body. This condition is named as “Acanthosis Nigricans” by doctors.

What is this dark patchy neck?

The dark patchy neck is due to extra skin cells on the neck giving it a darker look. Your elbow skin is darker, because of more skin cells. More skin cells on the neck may be caused by many problems inside the body. Besides neck, skin on other body folds like underarms, groin & knuckles could also be affected.

What are the reasons for extra skin cells?

The most common reason is hormonal imbalance, especially the hormone which regulates our blood glucose level. When this fails to do its primary work efficiently, i.e. lowering blood glucose level, the body produces more of it. The increased level of this interacts with the skin cells especially on body folds, triggering their multiplication.

Thus, more number of skin cells get produced, giving a look of dirt accumulation. The other very less often reasons could be drugs induced, hereditary, or in rare cases because of cancer.

Why does this hormonal imbalance occur?

  • Sedentary lifestyle,
  • Oily, fatty, carbohydrate rich junky food.
  • Lack of exercise or obesity,
  • Some other diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidism and PCOS

Would the person be necessarily/diabetic/or having high blood glucose level?

No. Not necessarily. The person might have a normal body weight and glucose level. But this is a warning signal that if not attended to, the person may become diabetic with or without normal body weight.

Who is vulnerable? Is this contagious.

Anyone who is not leading a healthy lifestyle, not having healthy food and not doing regular exercise, irrespective of gender may be at risk. It’s seen even in children of 8-10 years old. Obesity, diabetes and various hormonal disorders are other risk factors. And no, it is not contagious.

Is it curable. If yes, could it come back?

If it is not too late when diagnosed, in most of the cases, yes. Appropriate medicine, regular exercise and healthy food can completely cure it. And Yes. It could come back if a healthy lifestyle is not being followed.

Does someone have to take the medicine lifelong? Or how long the medicine has to be taken?

It has to be taken as per physician’s advice. In most cases, the physician would advise to take medicine till the disappearance of dark patches. After that, exercise & healthy food should contain it. In case dark patches reappear, visit a dermatologist again.

What would be the consequences if attention is not paid to it?

If not attended to, it ultimately leads to diabetes, which is an irreversible disease.

Do all diabetic patients have dark patchy neck?

No, not necessarily. In some patients, the dark patches on the neck are too faint to be recognised, while some may fail to show the symptoms at all and directly head to diabetic stage.

Is it a cause of great concern?

Yes, it is, but not a cause of great worry. Awareness and change in lifestyle will contain this. But awareness or knowledge about this is lacking among patients & people around us.

What to do if you see someone with dark patchy neck?

Tell them, that this is not dirt. Ask them not to ignore, and encourage them to visit a dermatologist. A brief education about the condition will certainly encourage them to visit a specialist. Also encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Why only dermatologist?

Dermatologists know more about skin. They could identify whether the dark patches are Acanthosis Nigricans or just hyper pigmentation or something else. No other specialist will take dark patches on skin as seriously as a skin specialist.

How much time it may take for the dark patches to fade away?

It is purely subjective. It may vary from few months to several months. It depends on the severity, the stage of diagnosis, and individual’s response considering that the medicine and healthy lifestyle are followed religiously.

Over 50 million Indians has diabetes. Many of these patients could have been stopped being diabetic had they known about this dark patchy neck condition. So, let’s spread the awareness. Whenever you see someone with dark patch on the neck, educate and encourage them to visit a dermatologist. Also look for dark patches on neck & knuckles in your family members and friends for the same.

Let’s spread the awareness as a small service to the Nation and Humanity.

Anti Aging Home Remedies

Wrinkles, spots, lines and other signs of ageing can get you really worked up! Now, while this is something women can’t escape, here are 4 home masks/ treatments you could use for ever youthful skin.

Egg and Milk pack

Eggs have anti-ageing agents like protein and omega-3 fatty acids. So a face pack made of Egg whites and milk cream will help in keeping the skin tight and smooth. This pack can be used on alternate days every week.

Tip: You could even add lemon juice to this pack, for better results.

Yogurt and Honey pack

For all age groups and skin care tips, yogurt is definitely the way to go. Especially for anti-ageing, yogurt helps in preventing wrinkles and keeps the skin fresh and tight.

How to use this pack?

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Mix yogurt, honey, lemon juice and some turmeric. Apply this pack for around 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Also recommended is Vitamin E capsules with this face pack. The oil present in Vitamin E capsules is a perfect add on to this mix.

Avocado Mask

Make a paste of the avocado and apply on your skin for around 10 minutes. Avocados, rich in Vitamin C and E, prevent wrinkles and keep the skin firm. Avocado masks and even massages with chilled avocado slices can be used once a week for effective results.

Almond

Soak almonds in warm milk overnight, grind the almonds with the same milk and your pack is ready! This face pack can be applied for around 20 minutes twice a week and is best for keeping the skin hydrated. While milk prevents skin drying, almonds help in avoiding sagging of skin and keeping wrinkles away.

Several other ingredients like bananas, rose water, strawberries, coconut milk, and potato juice are recommended for anti-ageing skin care.