December 20, 2016

Seborrheic Dermatitis 101

“I can’t wear this black shirt – my dandruff will show up like crazy!” Ever had this thought?? Well, you are not alone. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczemais a serious skin condition that involves the inflammation of the skin – especially parts of the body that contain a lot of sebaceous glands. The most common places you can have seborrheic dermatitis are on the scalp, face, chest, and back. When seborrheic dermatitis is found on the scalp, it more commonly known as dandruff.  Though it is more common in adults, it is possible for babies to have this condition, where it is known as cradle cap.

There can be multiple reasons for seborrheic dermatitis, but the main cause is the over-development of the yeast Malassezia, which is generally present on the skin. Some other causes of this condition include:

  • Stress
  • Change in weather (to colder weather)
  • Oily skin
  • Family history
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal problems

Some common signs that you may have seborrheic dermatitis are:

  • Skin flakes on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard, or moustache
  • Red patches on the skin
  • Red patches on the scalp
  • Itchy scalp
  • Scalp lesions
  • Patches of greasy skin covered with flakes on different parts of the body
  • Redness of eyelids

Some don’t’s while you have this condition:

  • Don’t use medication if not prescribed by a doctor
  • Don’t scratch or pick at the affected areas as it may cause infection

Seborrheic dermatitis is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Lack of proper care can cost you that beautiful skin and hair that you have always dreamt of. Visit your nearest doctor today!!

October 31, 2016

Four ways VCO can help you

We would have heard of virgin olive oil but virgin coconut oil, or VCO, is not that familiar.

Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO is a cold-pressed oil that extracted from fresh coconut milk without any application of heat, ensuring that there is no bleaching or refining in the extraction process.

Some benefits of this oil are:

  1. Metabolism

VCO contains lauric acid – the most important medium chain fatty acid that has antimicrobial properties, which helps support the immune system, aids in weight loss, and stimulates metabolism in the body.

  1. Hair

VCO has antiseptic properties and is easily absorbed by hair, thus preventing protein loss and other hair damage.

  1. Skin

VCO is used to treat acne and eczema due to its natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Additionally, VCO is a great moisturizer that is not greasy and leaves you feeling comfortable and dry when you apply it on your skin.

  1. Food

Virgin Coconut oil contains more antioxidants and has a natural coconut smell and flavor, which is perfect for cooking your favorite curry or granola in.

So what are you waiting for?!  Let us know your VCO experiences in the comments section below!

 

 

October 25, 2016

Skin care during Diwali

Diwali is fast approaching – and we know you are gearing up for the patakhas and diyas – but is your skin prepared as well?

Read on to find out ways to protect your skin from all the excessive pollution this festive season

  1. Wash your face

This might seem like an obvious tip, but this simple measure can prevent your skin from being damaged due to exposure to firecracker smoke. The smoke will irritate your skin – especially if you have dry or sensitive skin. Covering your face while stepping out will also help.

  1. Moisturize

Applying moisturizing cream will help reduce dryness caused due to exposure.

  1. Drink water

Drink lots of water during this period – since the inhalation of the smoke and gases may lead to problems. Drinking water will – washing will help keep the harmful effects of the smoke at bay

  1. Antioxidants

It is essential to consume antioxidants during this time because they protect your hair and skin cells from free radicals. Antioxidants can either be consumed in the form of green tea, berries, nuts, and spinach.

In addition to following these tips, you can make a simple homemade face pack for healthier skin here.

So what are you waiting for? Let us know any other tips you know in the comments section below.

September 19, 2016

Tips on skin care

It really helps when you know what your skin type is so that one can select the most appropriate products. Common skin types are normal, oily, dry and sensitive. There are also people who have a combination of skin types.

The type of skin depends upon various factors:

  • Water content
  • Oil content
  • Level of sensitivity.

Normal skin:

Thought not being problematic, normal skin also requires nourishment, cleaning and moisturizing.

  • In the morning, cleanse your face with alcohol free tonic and moisturize it with a mild cream.
  • If you use make-up, have quality ones put on your face. Before going to sleep, wash your face with a mild soap and dry it with a napkin.
  • Once a week use egg yolk mask, and rejuvenate your face skin. Do not forget to take care of your body as well.

Dry skin:

You have invisible pores around the face and more visible lines. The texture is usually rough and will project a dull complexion. Your skin is less elastic and will be prone to red patches.

  • Cleanse your skin with goat milk soap as it will make it smooth and develop the texture.
  • Buy natural cleaning products and don’t scrub while bathing or drying.
  • Use a humidifier and avoid over exposure to hot temperature.
  • Apply rich moisturizer after the bath and oils and options may also work. Avoid deodorant soaps.

Oily skin:

They have enlarged pores, dull or shiny skin complexion. People with this skin type are the most prone to blackheads, pimples and other kinds of blemishes in their skin.

Wear gloves while using cleaning agents, solvents and household detergents.

When exposed to drying agents, skin may crack up and become itchy or irritated especially on the back of arms, legs and hands.

 

April 28, 2016

Hyper-pigmentation

hyperpigmentation

We have briefly explained about hyper pigmentation in our previous post.  Hyper pigmentation is a skin condition which can cause mental distress as it affects the most visible parts of the body. Therefore, we thought of giving a detailed insight on hyperpigmentation and the causes behind it.

Hyper pigmentation is nothing but a change in skin color. It is mainly caused by over production of melanin on a particular area which changes the skin color and makes it darker compared to the remaining parts of the body. The reason for over production of melanin can be many and a few main causes are mentioned below.

Age Spots

Age spots, also called as dark spots appear on the frequently exposed parts of the body such as face, arms and feet. They generally appear after certain age because of the over exposure of body parts to sunlight.

Post Inflammation Hyperpigmentation

When a part of skin heals after an injury, skin trauma or acne, it causes post inflammation hyper pigmentation. This is mainly because of the stress undergone by the skin during the healing process. Certain skin treatments which includes extreme abrasion can also cause this skin condition

Melasma

Melasma is a type of skin pigmentation caused by UV radiation. If a person’s sun sensitivity is high, they are prone to Melasma. The change in hormones during pregnancy is also one of the reasons behind Melasma. Sometimes intake of birth control pills can also cause this pigmentation.

Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis Nigricans is caused by imbalanced hormones which are supposed to regulate the blood sugar levels. The pigmentation is caused around neck, underarms, knuckles and in some cases around the groin area. As the blood sugar regulating hormones are disturbed, acanthosis nigricans is also considered as a warning sign for diabetes.

Topical creams

Certain topical creams, especially the ones meant for skin lightening/fairness can also be the reason for hyper pigmentation. Even though they may show some results initially, the ingredients can react with the skin and with exposure to external factors such as sunlight can cause hyper pigmentation.

February 24, 2016

Treatment for Acne

acne treatment

We have listed a few natural preventive measures for acne in our previous post. Natural measures may not cure acne completely and it takes more time to see visible results. If the severity of acne is not reduced even after following certain natural remedies, it is time to go for a medical treatment.
Consulting a dermatologist would be the first right thing to do. He/ She is the right person to diagnose the type of  acne, cause behind it and prescribe a suitable treatment. Treatments can cure acne by means of fighting against bacteria, controlling oil secretion, balancing the hormones and unclogging the pores.

Treatment for acne can be of two types, topical medication and oral medication.
Acne which causes mild inflammation on the skin can be treated using topical medication alone. Such acne fighting topicals may consist benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, retinoids or salicylic acid etc. which fight against the bacteria and calms down the redness or other skin damage caused.
For severe cystic acne, combination of oral and topical medicine works the best. Oral medications are generally retinoids or antibiotics.
Even though such treatments are considered the best way to treat acne, one has to make sure that proper consultation is done with a dermatologist before intake or application of any medicine. Proper medication with good lifestyle practices can help to keep acne at bay.

January 6, 2016

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.

December 24, 2015

Acne Types and Causes

Let’s say you are planning for an important event for so long. You want everything to be perfect from the venue to the way you look on that day. The night before the D day, you have sorted out everything such as what time to start, how to reach the location, what dress to wear etc. Finally the day has arrived and with loads of excitement, you are looking in to the mirror hoping to see the perfect you. What if you find a little pop on your face? This pop also popularly known as pimple or acne can totally spoil your mood and make you feel like cancelling the entire plan. This little monster can cause jittersmore than a horror movie.

Acne is not a teenage problem alone. From tiny zits to scarring cysts, acne can affect anyone irrespective of age and gender. We all wish for a clear skin without acne or acne marks. So what causes acne? Before we explore the causes of acne, we should be able to differentiate the different types of acne.

  • When they appear as small, congested pores they are known as comedones, also known as blackheads or whiteheads.
  • When they are tender red bumps, they are known as papules.
  • When they are tender, red or with a yellow tinge, pus-filled, they are known as pustules.
  • Nodule is a severe type of acne. They are large, hard bumps under the skin’s surface. Scarring is common.
  • Cyst is the most severe form. It appears similar to a nodule, but is pus-filled. It can be painful and scarring is common.

Let’smove on to the major causes of Acne,

  • Hyperkeratinization (increased production of skin cells called Keratin)
  • Excess Sebum/ oil production by oil glands called Sebaceous glands.
  • Increased multiplication of bacteria called P. acnes.
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Inflammation

Now as we know the types and causes of acne, let’s explore the prevention methods and treatment options in the upcoming posts.