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Many Indians are crazy about fair skin and go to extreme lengths to achieve and maintain a fair complexion. The media bombards you daily with very catchy advertisements of creams, lotions, sunscreens and other unscientific products that claim to make your skin fairer. Do you know that your skin colour is darker for very good evolutionary and biological reasons and that medically speaking, it is good that you do not have very fair skin?
Darker skin is adapted to sunlight and has increased quantity of a pigment called melanin. The more melanin you have, the darker your skin. And the safer you are! Melanin along with other factors, acts as a “natural umbrella” and prevents harmful radiation from entering your skin. These are just some of the reasons why black skin is safe and beautiful:
- You are less prone to sunburns: White skinned individuals often get painful, carrot-red or tomato-red inflamed sunburns on exposure to sunlight. Some individuals also get blistering sunburns requiring aggressive medical treatment to control the reaction. Your darker skin allows you to spend much longer time on the beach and you probably have never ever experienced any blister due to sunlight.
- You do not experience photo-ageing: Fine and deep wrinkles, broken blood vessels on the nose and cheeks, freckles, age spots and rough scaly spots called keratosis are commonly seen in white skinned individuals with long term sun exposure. These set of changes are called photo-aging. Because of natural sun protection, your Indian skin remains has less wrinkles and is smoother, even when exposed to the same amount of sunlight.
- You are less prone to skin cancers: Without melanin, you can imagine white skin as a transparent covering, which allows harmful UV light to penetrate through into the lower layers of the skin. This radiation causes damage to the DNA and a few cells may mutate to cause skin cancers, some of which are deadly. You are lucky that your “natural umbrella” blocks UV light effectively and cells in different layers of the skin suffer much less damage compared to white-skinned individuals. However, don’t forget to see a dermatologist in case you see any new bump, or in case you see any change in(a)symmetry, border, color, diameter or evolution (ABCDE) of any existing moleon your skin.
However, on the flip side, since your skin is effective in shielding you from sunlight, you are also prone to Vitamin D deficiency. Sunlight is required for the production of Vitamin D and darker skinned individuals are more prone to this deficiency. Talk to your dermatologist about this possibility.
Sunscreens were developed to protect against sunburns and skin cancers and you probably do not need them as a routine, unless you work outdoors, on beaches or on mountains. Stay away from skin brightening creams, since many of them contain compounds which permanently damage your skin and organs. Make it a point to consult your dermatologist before putting any medication on your skin. Be proud and be happy that you have dark Indian skin.
Hi Doctor's, I really appreciate your response on my questions but I still have questions to know what should I do for my hair smoothening or keratin? Treatment? Have hair fall problem 2 days ago I did hair cut but still hair look by freeze.
Am 22 years old. I have hair fall problem from past 4 yrs. I have a habit of eating raw rice because of this am weak & Anemic. Can I take natural Biotin tablets 10,000 mcg for hair growth? please tell me is it safe & effective.
I am suffering from hair fall. My hairs are so thin & delicate, had a dandruff because of shikakai powder but now i'm not using it instead i'm using all clear anti dandruff shampoo so I do not find any dandruff now. One dermatologist has suggested me to use kz lotion and another wiesbaden 200 but dont know what to do. Please suggest me a good medicine. Thank you.
I am 25 years old. I have a bald patches in front of my right and left side. I have seen some medical advise from the internet. Which is using the extract onion juice or garlic will regrow hair in bald spots. Kindly advise is that advisable. My question is if I use this how long it will take to regrow hair in bald spot and to take regular head bath using shampoo is advisable? I am waiting for your reply.
Hello I'm 26year old male and I'm suffering from hair loss last 2 year what should I do for best effect concern me.
What treatment should I do to get a permanent glow in my face. I'm fair but want to get more. Any treatment? Please suggest. Thank you!
My question is that I am suffering from hairfall My hair is falling very rapidly so please suggest me quick.
I am very very frustrated from my allergy so please give me some tips to overcome it please plz help me I am frustrated.
Hi, I have a skin problem. Some days ago, around 2 weeks ago I had a acne on my cheek. Actually I thought it was a acne. It looked like it. Then my cheek around that acne type thing become hard mound. That acne was in the middle of that mound on my cheek. There was pain in that mound. Then I had little fever, little weak feeling in my body, little illness. Then to decrease the pain and to cure that hard mound and bring it back into level of my cheek's skin I took allopathic tablet. I took it from a pharmacy without any doctor's prescription. After took 3 500mg tablet my pain on that mound gone. Skin also leveled now, hardness gone also. But on that part of my face, the skin become dark black and dead skin. The dead skin now automatically falling off day by day. I think the mound is almost cured. But I fear if on that skin any scars remain and I have to carry that scars my whole life. Please help me what should I do? Should I buy any ointment for that scars? If so then what ointment it should be? And when should I use it? After dead skin gone or before dead skin gone? Please help me.
I am having dark circles on my knuckles. Previously it was only on one knuckle near the small finger but gradually it has come on all the knuckles.
The that I want to asked is that of how to get a smooth and fair skin. Does the colour of skin also matters with the amount of pure blood in our body?
I am 25 years old female and I have my upper lip is black comparative to lower lip. please suggest me some effective remedy or ann ointment to get my upper lip color back.
Since childhood I always dreamt of having long and shiny hair. But unfortunately my hair length always grows only upto my shoulders. Even if I oil it regularly n cut it once in every six months it grows only upto a certain length and after that it stops growing. I had also taken vit e capsules. But even after taking so much care, the result is same. I would be greatly thankful if you can help me to treat my problem.
Itchy skin. Recently m facing this issue. Mostly after shower. I have been using moisturizer after shower but it did not seem helpful. Itching causes no rashes bt my whole body itches. What to do?
If people were asked, as to what would be the one important cosmetic without which they would not step out, it has to be the lip balm. From a time when it was mainly used during winters to avoid chapped lips to the present days when it has become an essential cosmetic product irrespective of the weather or the season, it has come a long way.
While there are still the plain ones which have petroleum jelly and help in keeping the lips moist, there are also the new flavoured and coloured options. They have also found their way into the cash counters where these attractive picks make most people impulse buyers. There are also specialised lip balms aimed at men, which are customised keeping in mind the slightly rough skin.
The lip balm has many ingredients, but the main component is waxy and could be beeswax, carnauba wax, paraffin, lanolin, or camphor. There are many organic products available which contain essential oils, shea butter, silk protein, nut oils like almond oil and cocoa butter. The main purpose is to create a protective layer on the surface of the lips to protect it from cold, dry air, and reduce damage from sun exposure. It also seals the moisture that is inherently present in the lips, thereby preventing chapping and cracking of the lips. Some cheaper products could contain hemp oils, petroleum and mineral oils.
When picking a lip balm, consider the following:
- Purpose: Do you want something protective or do you want something attractive? The answer to this question will decide the product you pick. If protection is the main reason, then something plain will do. If you want colours and flavours, the pick would be different. There are specialised products for men, so go indulge.
- Exposure to the sun: There are some lip balms which offer protection with a good SPF, so if you are likely to be out in the sun for long period, use this.
- Medicated: Some lip balms also contain medicinal effects against cold sores, so if you have a cold sore, use this.
- Do no harm: There could be lip balms which contain synthetic substances like phenol, menthol, salicylic acid, and alum. These have a tendency to dry the lips, and so not advisable in the long run.
- Container: While lip balm sticks are very popular, they are best for single person use, to avoid contamination.
Whatever the product you apply, it inevitably enters your system and so it is important to take a good product. Choose plant-based essences which are not just healthy but also provide a good, protective effect for the lips. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.