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Skin Care For Acne!

Dr. Raju Rathod 90% (88 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
General Physician, Surat
Skin Care For Acne!

If you have acne prone skin, you must get in the habit of checking skin care and cosmetics labels for acne causing, comedogenic ingredients. They are bad for your skin.

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Emotional Effects Of Acne!

Dr. Rashmi Navelkar 90% (70 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Emotional Effects Of Acne!

How to manage the emotional effects of acne?

What is acne Vulgaris?
Skin conditions are commonly known to have psychological effects. Acne vulgaris is one such very common chronic skin condition that effects almost 80-85% individuals between puberty and 30yrs age. Acne is also commonly known as zits, pimples and comedones. Dark spots with open pores at the centre are known as blackheads. Tiny white bumps under the skin surface with no obvious opening are called whiteheads. They typically appear on the areas of the face, neck, upper back, chest and shoulder regions. It occurs in both males and females. However it’s more common in adult women.

Why does acne occur?
Our skin follicles are made of a hair strand and a sebaceous gland that secretes sebum (oil). This oil keeps our skin soft and lubricated. Whenever the pores of our skin get blocked, the lubricant mechanism is disturbed and it can result in acne. This can occur due to multiple reasons such as excess oil secretions, accumulation of dead skin cells in pores, in growth of hair, dirt and bacteria etc.

Risk factors for development of acne-

  • Sugars/ carbohydrates rich diet e.g. Chips, bread etc.
  • Hormonal changes specially during puberty and pregnancy
  • Use of oil based make up and cosmetics
  • Excessive stress, medications like steroids, ocp etc
  • Family history of acne in parents
  • Dandruff, oily skin etc.


What is the emotional impact of acne on women?
Poor self esteem and body image issues
Most women are sensitive and likely to experience the psychological impact of acne. The effects of acne can go far deeper than the skin surface. Acne most commonly occurs in adolescents and young adults, a phase when they are already undergoing physical, emotional and social changes. It’s a time when females are most sensitive towards their bodily appearance. They tend to develop lower self-confidence and poor self image. Feeling of inferiority may get aggravated upon being teased or taunted and being scrutinised by others especially amongst college goers. Some embarrassed patients even avoid eye contact with others.

Affect academics / work problems / employment issues.
Skipping college due to acne outbreak to avoid embarrassment. Even some adults call it sick due to acne risking their employment. More people with acne are unemployed than those without. Owing to their lower self confidence at the time of interviews and also due to the potential reaction of the employers to their spotty face.

Affects interpersonal relationship and can cause social withdrawal
Fear of being negatively evaluated. They find it difficult to form bonds and establish relationships. Due to low confidence. They start avoiding any social contact which can get them any kind of attention. Avoid participating in sports and other social get togethers. The societal pressure of an ideal perfect skin causes a lot of stress especially among women. Lesser attachment and involvement with family and friends, they start isolating themselves from others.

How to identify negative feelings?

Women with acne experience a lot of distress and are more prone to develop depression, anxiety, mood disorder and even suicidal tendencies in severe cases. Important signs and symptoms to look for are:

  • Low mood,
  • irritability
  • Unprovoked crying,
  • lethargy
  • Loss of appetite 
  • loss of interest
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Ideas of being helpless,
  • hopeless and worthless
  • Social avoidance and withdrawal
  • Sweating, tremors, palpitations,
  • breathlessness spells etc

If you are facing any of the above symptoms, please seek professional help.

Where can you find support?
Struggling with acne can be difficult. However, managing it becomes easier with timely care and support. Seek the help of a dermatologist as acne can be treated. For the psychological and emotional difficulties like depression anxiety anger etc seek a psychiatrists help before it's too late. Spread awareness about it. Parents should educate their teenagers in advance about the expected physical changes and assure them with support that it's temporary and shall pass. Reassurance goes a long way. Schools and colleges should run awareness programs providing information about such common problems faced by adolescents. This will encourage more acceptance amongst students of those suffering from acne and help maintain their confidence level. Know that you are not the only one. Acne is a very very common condition.

Tips to keep your mental health in check

  • Talk about your feelings to family and friends and deal with them in a healthy manner. Ask for professional help whenever you feel troubled.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, keep fit and active. Drink responsibly. Don't embarrass yourself.
  • Keep in touch with dear ones. Care for others. Meet them and make phone calls regularly. Social support is very important.
  • Do something that you are good at. It builds self confidence and gives sense of achievement. Boosts self esteem.
  • Take a break. A change once in a while from your regular stress is good for your mental health.
  • Accept who you are.
     
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Acne!

Dr. Raju Rathod 90% (88 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
General Physician, Surat
Acne!

It can take up to 90 days for an acne lesion to form. You have to be consistent and treat your skin every day in order to get your acne under control.

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Stress!

Dr. Raju Rathod 90% (88 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
General Physician, Surat
Stress!

Stress promotes oil production and can lead to clogged pores or break outs in people with acne prone skin. Reduce stress in your life.

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Keep Your Recurrent Acne At Bay

Dr. Talat Fatima 85% (15 ratings)
MBBS,MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Patna
Keep Your Recurrent Acne At Bay

Acne is a real distressing condition. It may recur again. Hydrate yourself as much as you can. Keep your skin oil free. Avoid touching your face as it is the most common thing which we do. Stop oily, sweets and high glycemic food. Also avoid high intake of milk and milk products. And keep in touch with your dermatologist.

Adult Acne - Important Points Of Consideration!

Dr. Raghuvir Mathur 87% (11 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Kanpur
Adult Acne - Important Points Of Consideration!

Acne is often misunderstood to be a condition that only affects teenagers. However, acne can develop even when a person is in his or her thirties. This sort of acne is known as adult acne. As with any other health condition, there are a number of myths associated with adult acne. Here are 7 facts you should know about adult acne.

  1. You’re not the only one. Adult acne is a fairly common skin condition. It affects both men and women through the latter are more susceptible to it. Even people in their 50s can develop acne.
  2. Adult acne and teenage acne is not the same. Acne that develops in the teenage years tends to affect the forehead area. It consists of mainly whiteheads and blackheads that develop as a result of clogged pores.
  3. On the other hand, adult acne affects the lower half of the face appears in the form of bigger, red nodules. These often recur in the same place.
  4. Adult acne in women is mostly due to hormonal changes. A woman’s body is constantly facing hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy, menopause or as a result of changing birth control methods. These hormonal changes are often accompanied by acne breakouts. A chronic acne breakout can also indicate serious hormonal imbalances or conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  5. Stress is a primary contributor to adult acne. Stress and acne have a cyclic relationship with each contributing to the development of the other. Chronic stress can lead to hormonal imbalances which further lead to the development of acne. Frustration caused by the appearance of acne can worsen the stress and if not controlled this can further aggravate acne.
  6. Using the right skin care products can prevent adult acne. Washing your face multiple times may not prove to be the best way to prevent acne as this rids the skin of necessary oils. When it comes to skincare, it is essential to choose the right product. Ideally, choose cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and non-comedogenic skincare products. Products that contain tea tree oil can also help reduce acne inflammations.
  7. Do not pick the pimplesAcne may be a temporary condition but can leave lasting effects if the pimples are picked or manually burst. Doing this can lead to the formation of permanent scars. Acne scars range from mild to severe and can later be treated with a range of procedures including dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser.
  8. What you eat can affect your acne. High glycemic index food items and dairy can lead to hormonal imbalances and have been linked to adult acne breakouts. This includes refined carbohydrates, processed sugars and all forms of milk.
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Fibre For Acne!

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 93% (20430 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Fibre For Acne!

Fibre For Acne!

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Skin Health!

MD - Dermatology, MBBS, Associate professor
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Skin Health!

A large number of skin problems like acne breaks, dull complexion are a result of unnecessary stress. Try doing yoga or meditation as they are known to be effective stress busters.

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Rosacea - How Can Ayurveda Get Rid Of It?

Dr. Kamalpreet 91% (137 ratings)
BAMS, CGO - Course in Gynaecology & Obstetrics
Ayurvedic Doctor, Mohali
Rosacea - How Can Ayurveda Get Rid Of It?

Rosacea, a common skin condition, occurs due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. This condition causes your skin to become red and produces red, pus-filled small bumps on the skin.

Rosacea can occur in 4 forms-

  1. Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea- related to facial redness, visible blood vessels and flushing
  2. Papulopustular Rosacea- related to acne-like breakouts
  3. Rhinophyma- leads to thickening of the skin on the nose
  4. Ocular Rosacea- affects the area surrounding your eyes

Rosacea is most commonly observed in middle-aged women with fair complexion between the ages of 30-50.

What causes Rosacea?
Rosacea is often mistaken for pimple or acne, but it is more than just that. The following factors are held responsible for causing this skin condition.

  1. Consumption of alcohol, aerated beverages
  2. Eating spicy food
  3. Presence of an intestinal bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori
  4. Over exposure to sunlight

Signs that indicate you may have rosacea-

  1. Visible, broken blood vessels
  2. Swollen skin
  3. Sensitivity on the skin
  4. Burning, stinging sensation on the skin
  5. Rough, dry, scaly skin
  6. Raised patches/bumps on the skin
  7. Thickening of the skin on the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead
  8. Itchy, dry eyes
  9. Blurred vision
  10. Watery, bloodshot eyes

How does Ayurveda help treat rosacea?
Although there is no definitive treatment for rosacea, the symptoms of each type of rosacea can be treated with Ayurvedic herbs and medicines.

  1. Turmeric- Packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric powder helps cure various skin disorders. You can consume a teaspoon of turmeric powder daily to avoid skin inflammation, or you can have it mixed with your food or juice.
  2. Beets and carrots- Beets and carrots contain iron, which is essential for the smooth functioning of your skin. The deficiency of iron can cause your skin to become sallow and dry.
  3. Ashwagandha- One of the most essential, powerful herbs packed with anti-inflammatory properties, Ashwagandha helps remove rosacea puss. In order to fetch the best results, try applying or drinking extracts of this wonder herb every alternate day.
  4. Fenugreek- Rich in essential vitamins like C and K, folic acid and iron, this medicinal plant helps remove dry red patches from the skin. Also, it prevents the formation of rosacea puss and helps reduce itching.

Ayurvedic treatment is absolutely safe and free from side effects. These are the most preferred and effective ways to reduce the symptoms and severity of rosacea.

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Folliculitis - How Can Ayurveda Administer It?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Ranchi
Folliculitis - How Can Ayurveda Administer It?

Folliculitis is a specialised type of acne, which is manifested with red rashes, dryness of the skin and inflammation on the hair scalp. This is a common skin issue and can be treated very well with natural medicines. Ayurveda is one natural form of medicine, which is best used to treat such skin problems. The ingredients used in Ayurveda are all very natural, organic and fresh. This means that there are hardly any side effects in this form of treatment. If you want to cure your folliculitis, with naturally occurring home remedies, then Ayurveda is the line of treatment that can be chosen. Here are some tips to help you in recovering from this skin problem.

  1. Coconut Oil: Research shows that daily use of virgin coconut oil on the infected area can reduce irritation and inflammation. This needs to be applied once daily for better results. Coconut oil contains fats, which are not only good for consumption in the dishes but also good for the skin. These fatty acids are absorbed by the skin and help in a speedy recovery.
  2. Neem: The extensive anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of neem leaves are very well known all over the world. Fresh neem leaves can be made into a paste and directly applied over the infected area. Apart from providing a soothing sensation, it also removes all the dirt from the infected area, thereby cleaning it and giving it time to heal faster.
  3. Vinegar: Vinegar has a unique property of reducing rashes and redness that develops on the skin. For instance, apple cider vinegar can be mixed with two parts of water and directly applied to the infected area for about 10 minutes.
  4. Garlic: Eating garlic clove or garlic supplements every day helps in reducing inflammation. It is said that garlic contains sulphur and other supplements, which help in reducing the inflammation that folliculitis causes. Once the inflammation is reduced, the pain subsides to quite an extent. With less discomfort in the affected region, the infection heals faster.
  5. Aloe Vera: The juice of aloe vera, when applied onto the infected area, causes the burning sensation and itching to soothe. This soothing property of aloe vera makes it an important remedy. Once the skin is cool and clean, the infection heals faster.

These are some of the naturally occurring remedies to cure folliculitis faster and to provide immediate relief to those suffering from it.
 

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