Treatment for Acne

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 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 of 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, a 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.

How to control sweat and get rid of body odor

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 primary 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 a bath twice a day can help control the sweat. Additionally, using an anti-bacterial bathing bar for bathing can help to get rid of the smell 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 that has fruits and vegetables, avoiding junk foods, oily/spicy foods, quitting smoking, and intake of alcohol are a few ways to detox.

 

Medical conditions

  • Sweating could be a  side – effect of certain medications. Once intake of such medicines is stopped, excessive sweating will be regularized on its own. Else, consultation with the doctor is a must.
  • Obesity is another major medical condition that 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 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. 

Common causes for hair fall

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 increases 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 makes it fall or a hereditary condition that needs medical treatment.

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

Health condition 

Sudden changes 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 an imbalanced diet intake can be the causes behind hair fall. Eating a healthy, balanced diet with protein-rich foods results in healthy hair.

Styling

We tend to try various products, hairstyles, and hair styling tools to make our hair look glossy and shiny, like a commercial shampoo model. But overdoing such styling can 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 hairdryer.  Try hairstyles that don’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 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 a 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 primary 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 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. 

Hair growth cycle and natural cause of hair fall

A tiny thin hair strand that won’t even cause the smallest of pain while cutting can cause a huge shock when it falls on its own. We think about it, stress, and try hard to stop it. We all must have read/researched 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 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 three stages of the hair growth cycle are

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

Anagen Phase

The anagen 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 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 the telogen phase.

The beauty of 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 would 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.

Just follow the right hair care regimen to escape from hair fall. Get to know about it in our upcoming posts.