Severe Acne – An Indication, Not a Blemish

Wondering how to get rid of severe acne? Even after trying all the remedies, you have no clue?
Then it is not on the outside but inside.

Most of you would find that usual topical creams don’t work well for some kind of acne. It is because there are cases when acne is caused due to the underlying hormonal conditions. These hormonal conditions include symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles, thinning of hair, excessive facial hair and weight gain.

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They are powerful chemicals that travel around your bloodstream telling tissues and organs what to do and control many of your body’s major processes, including metabolism and reproduction.

So when you have a hormonal imbalance, it absolutely means that you have too much or too little of certain hormones. Even tiny changes can have serious effects throughout your body.

To make it easier for you, we have a list of symptoms indicating hormonal imbalances:

• Heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, stopped periods or frequent periods
• Hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face, chin or other parts of the body
• Acne on the face, chest or upper back
• Thinning hair or hair loss
• Obesity or trouble losing weight

If you have any of the above symptoms, then you need to consult a dermatologist immediately. Do not consider acne just a blemish. It could be an indication of something serious.

Head Lice – The OMG Insect

Have you got an itching head? Do you feel the urge to scratch your head frequently? OMG! Then your head may be home to lice.

Head lice are often found on the hair at the back of the neck or behind the ears. Although head lice can’t jump or fly, they can spread very easily through head-to-head contact or through shared clothing or personal items such as a hat, towel, or hairbrush. Contrary to the popular myth, personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Like any parent, you might have a few questions about life. Here’s a checklist to help you and your family, get rid of lice.

Step 1: Check your entire family for head lice

•   Check all family members for lice and nits.
•   Consider calling your doctor right away to set up an appointment and get lice treatment advice and guidance.
•   If you suspect any family members, then it’s a good idea to take them to the doctor.

Step 2: Clarify with your doctor

Ask about permethrin and various treatment options.
• Make sure you understand exactly how to use the medication.
• Follow the correct application steps to treat lice.

Step 3: Remove lice from your house

• Identify items that might contain head lice such as:
1. Pillows/bed linens
2. Stuffed animals
3. Hats
4. Scarves
5. Helmets
6. Clothes
• Machine-wash all washable items in hot water (130°).
• Seal items that can’t be washed in plastic bags for 2 weeks.

Step 4: Share the information

• Call the parents of children who may have been in close contact with yours.
• Cancel all sleepovers and play dates until you’re sure that your child is lice free.
• Notify your child’s school.

The next time you have an attack of lice, don’t feel embarrassed. Just kick-start your treatment or medication and start living lice-free.

Skincare tips for your little bundle of joy

Skincare tips for your little bundle of joy  “Squishy! Squishy!”, “Awwww!” and “So Cute!” are expressions of joy while touching a baby’s skin. Smooth, soft and a nice scent is what we feel. But do we realize that it could get dry, flaky and sensitive at times? Baby can have some funky discolourations on the skin especially during the newborn period.

So here’s the deal on skincare tips for your little bundle of joy:

1. Never get too crazy with bathing
Two or three times of baby bath in a week is plenty. Cleaning the diaper area every day is a must, but frequent bathing will dry the baby’s skin and remove the necessary oils and other substances that protect against infections. Avoid everyday bathing.

2. Choose gentle products
Staring at the aisle, are you stumped to buy the right kind of baby products? You don’t have to worry. Go for the products that have lesser chemical names. It’s best to use pH friendly baby soap and baby shampoos that are specifically formulated for their age group. These products are non-toxic, have fewer dyes, deodorants and are alcohol-free.

3. The lotion is your friend
Your little one’s skin is prone to dryness. So use a moisturizer. A risk of using baby powder is that your baby might inhale the powder and that could be dangerous. Hence say ‘NO’ to baby powder and ‘YES’ to baby lotion.

4. Clean those folds
Baby’s skin shouldn’t be damp often, especially those folds are to be cleaned. Babies also tend to drool so cutely but we have to continuously wipe their mouth and using a bib is recommended. In order to prevent redness, peeling and chaffing, clean the baby skin folds twice a day.

5. Go easy on the sun exposure
You can open the sun cover on the baby’s stroller, dress hats with brims and cover the body. Once the baby hits the six-month mark, look for a sunscreen with inorganic filters. Just try not to let the sun directly hit the baby’s skin.

6.The deal with birthmarks
Birthmarks are pretty common among babies and are usually harmless, but you should keep an eye on them for any changes. Consult a baby’s pediatrician if the birthmark develops “knots” (gets bumpy and looks twisted) or is growing quickly.

To all those mommas out there, blend the above six points with love and affection for your baby and you will find that baby’s skin is always cute and squishy-squishy.