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Dr. Ashish Rao

Dermatologist, Mumbai

400 at clinic
Dr. Ashish Rao Dermatologist, Mumbai
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Dr. Ashish Rao is one of the best Dermatologists in Malad West, Mumbai. He is currently associated with Dr. Kanchan Golatkar Clinic in Malad West, Mumbai. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Ashish Rao on Lybrate.com.

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Why Black is Beautiful?

MD (AIIMS), Clinical Fellow,Skin Oncology(New England Medical Centre & Boston University,USA), Clinical Fellow.Photomedicine(Mass.Gen.Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA), Clinical Fellow,Laser Surgery(Mass.Gen Hospital,Harvard Medical School,USA)
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Why Black is Beautiful?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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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.

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Hi Doctor's, I really appreciate your response on my questions but I still have questions to know what should I do fo...
Apply bhringraj oil on your scalp then give hot water fomentation. 1-1 drop of cow ghee in both nostrils at night time before sleep. Take pranacharya allergin capsule 1-1 twice a day. Take lots of proteins like soyabean. Egg white. Etc. Avoid tea. Coffee. Spicy food. Fermented food. Junk food. Apply only ayurvedic shampoo on your scalp. Do pranayama early morning.
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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.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
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 ...
1. Sulphur may help u grow new hair take Garlic . 2. Keep scalp clean 3. Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4. Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5. Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6. If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7. Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs , Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ( good source of biotin vit B7) 8. Curry leaves extract ( boiling in water and taking that water) 9. Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10. Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested biotin not more than 100mcm /day
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Skin problem in my face sometime itching in my face and hand and red rashes in my face and hand.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Nutrition Certification,Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Skin problem in my face sometime itching in my face and hand and red rashes in my face and hand.
With all its moisturizing action, aloe vera is one of the most effective skin soothing agents. When you rub the gel over an itchy spot, it helps reduce the skin irritation in that area and provides quick relief from itching. Just break a leaf from the plant, cut it lengthwise using a knife and using a spoon, scoop out the jelly-like substance inside. Apply a little of this gel to the itchy area and leave it on for a few minutes.
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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.

Ph.D - Ayurveda, FFAM-Post Graduate Fellowship, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi
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...
Pls send the scanned photographs of the bald spots to understand the severity, which requires local application of paste for causative infection and internal remedies, pay fees.
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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.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
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.
Hi. It's normal to lose up to 100 hair per day, and in most people, those hairs grow back. But many men -- and some women -- lose hair as they grow older. You can also lose your hair if you have certain diseases, such as thyroid problems, diabetes, or lupus. If you take certain medicines or have chemotherapy for cancer, you may also lose your hair. Other causes are stress, a low protein diet, a family history, use of bore water, or nutritional deficiencies. Need to rule out any causative factor or underlying medical condition. Management: Take diet rich in protein like non-veg, eggs (it's loaded with essential nutrients such as proteins, vitamin b12, iron, zinc and omega 6 fatty acids in large amounts and biotin), different pulses & legumes, sprouts, nuts (sp. Walnuts and almonds); iron-rich food like green vegetables, dates, carrots, prunes, green peas; also oats, shrimp, take flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, green tea, soyabean, fruits, salads, etc. Take low-fat dairy products (they also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources) take proper 6-9hrs of sound sleep. Give up the habit of smoking and excessive alcohol intake. Avoid junk food and any kind of beverages (tea, coffee, aerated drinks, cold drinks, etc.) avoid canned/ tinned food or food that contains preservatives (eat fresh ones). Avoid use of hard water to wash the head rather use boiled water for head wash. Avoid use of harsh hair colour, hair treatment like rebonding, straightening, perming, etc. Avoid vigorous exercises or any supplements provided by the gym! cover your head with scarf or cap while stepping outside. Use rose wood/ any wooden hair comb to brush your hair. Regular exercising is also one of the important point, but should be done under some good, qualified yoga teacher or instructor for proper guidance; it also releases the stress/ tension in the mind and the body and keeps you fit and young! Medication: Take homoeopathic medicines - Schwabe's Wiesbaden 200 & Alfalfa tonic twice a day for 1 month and revert. Use Schwabe's Arnica shampoo and Hair Growth oil regularly as per the condition of your scalp (minimum 3 times a week). After shampooing, use Bakson's Arnica hair conditioner as well after every head wash. Apart from this, you can take one tablet of multivitamin Folli Hair once daily for 1 month.
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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!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bundi
What treatment should I do to get a permanent glow in my face. I'm fair but want to get more.
Any treatment? Please s...
Only safe bet is get all the 'Varanyadi gana' herbs And use its face pack. 10 herbs are there in this group. No CO. Adds all these herbs. We have excellent glow face pack to be used with Rose ark or milk or honey as per need. It has all 'Varnya' herbs. Prepare yourself or get from us.
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My question is that I am suffering from hairfall My hair is falling very rapidly so please suggest me quick.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Udupi
My question is that I am suffering from hairfall My hair is falling very rapidly so please suggest me quick.
Dear lybrate user, *for prevention of hair fall follow these instructions: *do not take a lot of stress and take proper sleep of 6 - 7 hours. Do meditation to destress yourself. You can do pranayams or take long deep breaths whlie closing your eyes I a peaceful environment for at least 8-10 minutes. * add protein containing items in your foods for healthy hair growth such as take a bowl of cereal daily and a glass of milk or 100 gm cheese or 1-2 eggs. * to reduce hairfall and whitening of hairs, practice yogasana like shirshasana and sarwangasana only under the guidance of expert. * you can use mahabhringraj oil and apply it 3 times in a week massage your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes daily. It increases blood circulation in your scalp and enhances hair growth. * avoid intake of any medicines because they cause toxicity & hairfall. * avoid the excess use of products such as hair colours or shampoo. * take vitamin-e rich foods like dry fruits (almonds, pista etc) daily. * take 1/2 teaspoon of amla powder with water once a day. * apply the egg yolk to the scalp atleast once a week. It gives nourishment to hair root and enhances hair growth. * checkout your thyroid profile & take proper treatment of thyroid disorder.
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I am very very frustrated from my allergy so please give me some tips to overcome it please plz help me I am frustrated.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
I am very very frustrated from my allergy so please give me some tips to overcome it please plz help me I am frustrated.
I will suggest you to take tablet cetrizine at night and if its a confirmed case of urticaria than I will suggest you to get your blood checked for allergy screening test.
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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.

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
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 ac...
Hi apply pranacharya face glow on your face for 15 minutes then wash it with warm water. Take pranacharya b clean syrup 2-2 tsf twice a day. Take pranacharya allergin capsule 1-1 twice a day. Wash your face with any good ayurvedic soap containing neem etc.......
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I am losing hair and I have tried all the conditioners and shampoos and oils. What is the solution.

MD- Ayurvedic Pathology
Ayurveda, Amritsar
I am losing hair and I have tried all the conditioners and shampoos and oils. What is the solution.
Hair fall can occur due to many reasons like stress, chemical damage, nutritional deficiency, enviornmental factors etc. We need to access the exact reason to start treatment. Home remedy. Take 100ml coconut oil boil 2-4 pcs of amla fruit n 8-10 curry leaves in that oil till fruit n leaves turn black. Filter and strain. Massage it on scalp with finger tips gently. Wash hair next morning with curd mixed with besan. In ready to use you can start using rishi grow hair oil (robin herbal healthcare products) bed time & wash with robin plus herbal shampoo. Use clean oil if dandruff is the reason as this oil treats it in just two applications along with reducing itching. Internal ayurvedic medicines if required will be provided after studying your bodily constitution as per ayurveda. Do it for two months and your hair fall will reduce to normal. As it's a very slow process so you can't see results in a week. Eat more of green leafy vegies and fresh seasonal fruits. Take amla powder or amla murabba/ carrot murabba twice daily. Use neem wood comb for managing hair and this should be changed regularly. Reduce your stress by yoga and meditation. Add some coconut daily in your diet. Keep water in copper vessel overnight and drink in the morning empty stomach. Avoid chinese foods and food stuffs packed in plastics. Avoid white flour (maida), excessive salt and spices.
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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.

MBBS, MD - MD- Skin & VD
Dermatologist, Ahmedabad
I am having dark circles on my knuckles. Previously it was only on one knuckle near the small finger but gradually it...
Moisturise your skin and use sun protection. There can be allergies that cause it. Harsh products, exposure to too much water or heat can cause darkness in knuckles. Use thick moisturizer with vitamin e.
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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?

PG Hom, London, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
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 ...
Hello Cuzo There is absolutely no relationship between skin color and purity of blood. The color of the skin is determined by a pigment named melanin. More melanin means dark skin and less melanin means fair skin. The amount of melanin in our skin is determined by genes and is absolutely nothing our control. However for healthy skin, you need to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water everyday and eat fruits and fruit juices. Eat lot of salads. It is important to have a healthy skin rather than having a fair skin.
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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.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I am 25 years old female and I have my upper lip is black comparative to lower lip. please suggest me some effective ...
Hi, Healthy pink lips add extra charm to a person's face. These naturally appealing lips don't need regular application of lips balms or lipsticks to look luscious and healthy. But several factors like the sun’s UV rays, smoking, caffeine and age can affect our lips and darken them. There are several natural solutions to lighten darker lips. Here is a list of natural home remedies that can lighten dark lips. 1. Sugar Scrub Take sugar and use it like a scrub. This will remove the darkness and dead skin from your lips and provide your lips a pink colour. Repeat this daily in order to get rid of black lips. 2. Beet Root Juice Apply 2-3 drops of beetroot juice and massage your lips. Beet root will make your lips pinker, giving them a luscious look. 3. Olive Oil Rub 1 or 2 drops of olive oil on your lips. This will reduce the darkness and moisturise your lips. 4. Lemon Juice We all know that lemon juice is great for hair and even greater for skin. It is also beneficial in making your lips beautiful and pink. Apply 2-3 drops of lemon juice on your lips. Stretch your lips and massage gently. You will see that the darkness is removing itself and your lips will appear to be soft. 5. Rose Flower Take 2-3 drops of rose flower oil and apply it on the lips. Rose flower oil will give you pink coloured lips, naturally.
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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.

Diploma in homeopathy, B. Sc
Homeopath, Gurgaon
Limiting of length of hair indicates lack of essential vit, minerals and natural hormones in your system. No amount of oil applied externally will help. Pls request chart for complete hair-care.
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I have a itchy scalp, but do not have dandruff. Please suggest a remedy to solve this issue.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hi, these are some of the common reasons your scalp can get dry and itchy: seborrheic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis, head lice infestation, contact dermatitis, and many more reasons are there. After a proper check up of the scalp and detailed history, one can make a diagnosis. Meantime, use schwabe's anti-dandruff shampoo and anti-dandruff oil regularly as per the condition of your scalp (minimum 3 times a week). After shampooing, use bakson's arnica hair conditioner as well after every head wash. Apart from this, you can take one tablet of multivitamin folli hair once daily for 1 month.
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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?

Diploma in Medical Cosmetology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Itchy skin. Recently m facing this issue. Mostly after shower. I have been using moisturizer after shower but it did ...
Shower with cold water or luke warm water. Avoid bore well water and hot water baths. After the shower pat dry your skin and apply moisturizing lotions like Physiogel AI lotion while there is still some amount of moisture is there on your body. This will solve your problem
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Chap Stick (Lip Balm) - How to Choose the Right One?

MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL)
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Chap Stick (Lip Balm) - How to Choose the Right One?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Medicated: Some lip balms also contain medicinal effects against cold sores, so if you have a cold sore, use this.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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I am 16 I have lots of pimple on my penis I masturbate 3 times a day Even I have lots of pimples on my face could you tell me what should be done?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
I am 16 I have lots of pimple on my penis I masturbate 3 times a day Even I have lots of pimples on my face could you...
Take the following treatment - 1. Take 4 tablespoon of aloevera juice with one tablespoon of honey after dinner. 2. Take 4 tablespoon amla juice + 2 tablespoon honey on an empty stomach in the morning. 3. Take chandraprabhavati 2 tablets twice a day. 4. Avoid junk, bakery & spicy food. 5. Maida is very harmful for body, so avoid it. 6. Have all your meals on time. 7. Drink lots of water 8. Fruits rich in vitamin c and green leafy vegetables help in acne.
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