September 12, 2019
The most important and first step of skincare is knowing and understanding your skin type and how it adapts to certain circumstances or seasons. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, as complex as your heart and as vital as you.
Here is how you can find your skin type:
Dry skin feels tight throughout the day and may experience flaking. Dry skin is largely due to genetics and dehydration can also be one of the reasons. So, drinking a lot of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine can make a huge difference to your skin.
People with normal/combination skin experience dryness on the cheeks, making it important to find the right moisturizer that will be substantial enough to retain moisture. Those who have normal skin are not prone to cheek breakouts and have a well- moisturized t-zone.
If your skin always has a glow and has excessive grease formation, then your skin type is oily. Excess oil can often leave pores clogged and congested. But oily skin looks younger because of the natural supply of moisture and is less prone to wrinkles. High oil production will cause the pores to get blocked leading to acne formation.
If you need considerable time and effort to determine which products don’t cause inflammation and irritation to your skin, then your skin type is sensitive. This type of skin is very tricky to maintain. Since it is very sensitive, even the small problems might trigger an allergic reaction. Special cosmetics are made especially for this skin type to avoid inflammation.
Our skin needs constant care as we grow old, and taking steps to identify its type and the care it needs is essential. By knowing your skin type, you can understand your skin better to provide the nutrition and treatments it needs.
August 31, 2019
Most people think of psoriasis as a skin condition but it affects a lot more than your skin. It is a chronic condition that may take a toll on your mood, your self-confidence, and even the relationships with your beloved ones.
Studies have found that people with psoriasis have higher chances for depression and anxiety and it interferes with their daily life. But following certain treatment options and making small changes to your daily habits can help you stay happy and healthy. Here are some tips on how to take good care of yourself mentally to take control of psoriasis.
Make stress relief a daily practice
Psoriasis patches may feel itchy, tight and painful, making you feel stressed often even if you’ve been living with it for years. This, in turn, triggers psoriasis flares and pain. That’s why it is crucial to make stress relief a part of your daily routine. Exercising, deep breathing, meditation, or time spent on something you like can boost your mood, reducing stress and lowering inflammation.
People who are not aware of the condition worry that it’s contagious or a symptom of another health problem, giving second glances and unkind remarks about your skin. At such times, have a fact-based statement ready, fighting their ignorance with facts.
Lean on your loved ones
Let your friends and family members know how psoriasis affects you emotionally. They may not understand your emotions until you open up to them. Sharing your feelings with the ones you love and earning their support makes you feel better day to day and are less likely to have depression.
Take control of your treatment
You don’t need to learn to live with psoriasis. There are better treatment options available and it is possible to reach a point where your skin is clear. Don’t stop at medication, though. Follow a healthy diet, lose weight if you’re overweight, and stay fit and active. These steps help you feel healthy and take control of the condition.
August 29, 2019
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes red, flaky and crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales on elbows, hands and even the face. It causes physical symptoms and can lead to psychological distress and feeling of isolation.
Psoriasis is more than a skin problem. It makes people stare or snicker at the persons with this condition, making them feel embarrassed about their condition. As more people know about the condition, it helps people with psoriasis face less stigma and misunderstanding about their skin condition. So here’s what people with psoriasis would like the rest of us to know.
Psoriasis is not contagious:
This is by far the most common misunderstanding that people have about psoriasis. Skin cells live for a month before they drop off the skin. With psoriasis, they die even faster, that the dead ones pile up and flake off in droves. That makes people think psoriasis is contagious, whereas it isn’t the case.
Psoriasis makes you self-conscious:
Skin conditions that affect the appearance naturally make people with these conditions self-conscious. Add the misconception that psoriasis is contagious, it’s no wonder people with psoriasis are embarrassed to expose their skin or go out in public. Because of this misconception, psoriasis can be very isolating at times.
Many people with this skin condition are in pain:
Many people with psoriasis also have painful psoriatic arthritis. Even people with mild psoriasis have severe arthritis, making them suffer from joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
Stress is a huge trigger:
Most people with Psoriasis report that it affects their quality of life and stress is a common trigger. Patients with disfiguring scaling and redness on the face, neck and other visible portions of the body are particularly affected if the onset of psoriasis is during childhood and adolescence. Infections, trauma to the skin, smoking, alcohol and extreme weather are also common triggers.
Psoriasis looks different on everyone:
Most people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which presents as red, elevated, scaly patches on the outside of the elbows, knees, or scalp. It shows up anywhere on the body. Other types of psoriasis appear as small, dot-like lesions in body folds, like under the arms and breasts and pustular looks like white, pus-filled blisters. A patient can suffer from more than one kind at once, it is very dynamic and always changing.
August 22, 2019
Skin is the largest organ of the human body and skin conditions are one of the most common issues that worry us and make us seek medical attention. According to recent studies, one of the most common skin conditions is dark spots. They can occur in any stage of our lives but can be easily cured by following the correct remedies.
Here are a few common remedies used to reduce dark spots:
Potato: Potato is considered one of the best remedies for dark spots and skin blemishes. You can either apply potato juice or thin slices of freshly cut potato onto the affected area. Let it sit there for a few minutes, then rinse your skin with water. This is a tried and trusted method.
Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is well known for its anti-aging and skin-nourishing properties, but its chemical properties make it an amazing remedy for dark spots. Cut an Aloe Vera leaf and rub it on your skin, leave it to dry and rinse with water smoothly. If you follow this continuously for five to six times, the dark spots will reduce enormously.
Orange Peel: Orange is a citrus fruit and contains large amounts of Vitamin C which makes it a perfect remedy for dark spots and many other skin conditions. Make a facial mask with 1 tablespoon of orange peel powder and 3 tablespoons of milk and apply the mask for a duration of 10-15 minutes and rinse with water.
Lemon: Lemon is also a citrus fruit and is well known for its strong whitening properties and dark spot reduction. Take a fresh lemon and cut and extract its juice, apply the juice gently on to the affected area with a cotton pad. Let the juice dry and then rinse it off with cold water. You can also add lemon juice with honey and prepare a facial mask that will help nourish the affected area and increase the tone of your skin.
Coconut Oil: Coconuts oil is of the most effective remedy for dark spots. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and apply and exfoliate the affected area. Vitamins in the coconut oil reduce your dark spots, thanks to its antibacterial and moisturizing properties. It is highly advisable to go for cold-pressed oil as it contains high number of vitamins.
Pineapple: The tropical fruit Pineapple also offers a highly effective skin whitening remedy. Apply a fresh pineapple juice gently onto the affected area, let it dry and rinse with water after 5 minutes. You can also use fresh thin slices of pineapple on the affected area, but the juice easily reaches all the areas.
Sun exposure is one of the main causes of dark spots on your skin. Avoid spending a long time outside during sunny weather and high temperatures. Always apply sunblock and sunscreens that are SPF 50 rich to protect your skin against the sun.
August 21, 2019
Melasma is a very common pigmentary disorder that usually affects a woman during the reproductive age, though in some cases it can affect men as well. This disorder mainly causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face, especially on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin and above the upper lip. It can also appear on forearms and neck i.e., areas that are often exposed to the sun.
The causes of this skin condition have not been fully understood. But it may be due to the excess production of melanin from the melanocyte cells on the skin. Other than these, the common triggers of Melasma are
Hormonal imbalance: Hormonal imbalance caused during pregnancy or due to the ingestion of birth control and hormone blocker medication.
Sun exposure: Melasma can be caused or worsened by exposure to the harmful sun rays, heat and visible light.
Chemicals: Exposure to certain chemicals found in sunscreens, cosmetics and other skincare products results in melasma.
Skin Inflammation: High levels of heat or harsh exfoliation from lasers cause skin inflammation to protect and repair the damaged skin, resulting in increased production of melanin that causes melasma.
Prevention and Treatment
Melasma is caused when our skin goes in protection mode. It does not have any major side effects. The options available for the treatment of Melasma are
Use sunscreen: Use a strict sunscreen regimen. To avoid the occurrence of melasma, use a non-chemical sunblock that is rich in SPF 50 and stay away from highly polluted places.
Vitamins, Hat and Sunglasses: Dab on a few drops of serum that contains vitamins C and E to improve skin health and ward off the harmful effects of sun exposure. Use a hat and sunglasses to limit sun exposure.
Topical treatments: Your dermatologist may prescribe steroid-free topical treatments and
topical skin lightening agents such as azelaic acid/kojic acid to help lighten melasma.
Medical Procedures: If the lotions and other medications do not work, a dermatologist will recommend procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser treatment, light therapy, etc.
Melasma is common during several trimesters of pregnancy, so there is no need to panic if you see affected dark skin on your face. Melasma and the above-discussed remedies do not cause any harm to the baby.