June 1, 2017
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.
May 29, 2017
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?
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.
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.
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.
- Apply Warm Water On The Pimple Surface – This is the most advisable remedy for curing heat boils in this scorching summer. Just dip a cloth in warm salted water and dab it on the boil for around 15 minutes, through the day. This will help in getting the pus out from your skin.
- Apply Neem leaves Paste – Boil neem leaves in water and then wait for few minutes and once it turns into a semi solid, apply the paste on the top of your boil to get rid of your pimples.
- Garlic and Onion Paste – Cut a slice of onion and wrap it around a cloth. Now, press this cloth on the boil for a few minutes to drain out the boil. Garlic is also highly recommended for boils and rashes. So you can also Prepare a garlic paste and apply it directly on the boils for a quick cure.
- Apply Tea Tree Oil Using A Cotton – Get instant relief from heat boils by dabbing a piece cotton dipped in Tea Tree Oil on the top of your pimple. It is a great antifungal and an antibacterial agent and helps in effective riddance of heat boils and pimples.
- Apply Turmeric and Milk Paste On Top Of Pimples – Turmeric and milk have high medicinal values and can be combined together in several ways and could be used to fight heat boils like:
- Applying turmeric and milk paste on the boil. You could also add vinegar to this mixture.
- Turmeric and rose water paste or turmeric and ginger paste is also a great home remedy for boils and pimples.
- Drink a warm glass of milk mixed with turmeric at least 2 or 3 times a day, to keep the boils away!
January 23, 2017
Why squander on products that may or may not help your skin?? Just make sure you eat the right food to get that glowing skin that we all dream of, because beautiful skin needs commitment, not a miracle.
No doubt yoghurt provides delicious benefits for your body, enriched with protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics. But it also does great beauty wonders for your skin. It’s an all-around beauty multi-tasker that fights acne and pimples, restricts premature aging, relieves sunburn, reduces discoloration and keeps your skin glowing and youthful.
Along with boosting your immune system, pomegranate possesses anti-aging properties, thus rejuvenating your skin. Pomegranate juice is useful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. It helps the skin cells to regenerate and prevents dark spots and pigmentation troubles. Regular intake keeps you looking younger and beautiful.
Foodies everywhere love walnuts for their crunchy texture and great taste. Aside from filling a hunger gap; they are also a beauty secret. Being the powerhouse of Omega-3 fatty acids, they lock-in moisture and nutrients in the skin. Applying walnut oil will cure your dark circles and removes puffiness under the eyes.
Avocados not only nurture your skin when you eat them, but also when applied topically they prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. Eating half an avocado would probably lower your cholesterol level. Replace your sunscreen lotions with this fruit. It helps in protecting your skin from the UV rays of the sun, also a remedy for removing sun burns and eczema from the skin.
From regular fever to some of the deadliest bacterial and viral infections, basil can cure diseases. The juice of crushed basil leaves cleanse your skin from within. Basil purifies the blood and eliminates the toxins, thus healing and preventing eruptions on skin. The antioxidants present in Tulsi make you look younger and fresher. Basil has more powerful antibacterial properties when compared with other home remedies for acne. Basil can help to inhibit the growth of bacteria which causes acne problem. It works well as a skin and hair moisturizer too.
January 9, 2017
We all love our popcorn, chips, crackers, samosas, murku, and ketchup – but what do all these things have in common? SALT.
According to WHO (2016), adults should consume less than 5 grams (1 teaspoons) per day. In India, an average Indian consumes 10.98 grams per day, which is 119% more than the required intake per day! 119%.
Let’s take a look at how it affects the skin:
Consuming too much salt in any form can cause us to retain water that can cause swelling around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very thing so your eyes tend to swell more, says Dr. Schultz.
Your skin can also become dry and cracked as a result of excess consumption of sodium.
Your skin could also go the opposite way and there may be an overproduction of oil due to the dehydration of the skin, leading to skin breakouts and acne.
The bottom line is: reduce your salt intake and consumption of processed foods because they often contain hidden salt. So our advice to you is: take it with a grain of salt!
Are there any other effects that we should know about? Let us know in the comment sections below.