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Oily Skin: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

The condition of oily skin occurs when there is an accumulation of excess oil on the skin, especially the face. This happens when the hyperactive sebaceous glands lead to an overproduction of the oil. Although a particular amount of oil is necessary to maintain skin moisture, too much of oil production could lead to a perpetual state of greasiness and lead to uneasiness and also give rise to pimples, acne and blackheads due to clogging of pores.

Sebaceous glands secrete sebum, an oily substance that does the work of lubricating the skin. This lubrication prevents chances of drying or irritation. When your body is in the process of exercise, sweat is produced and oil secretes along with it. When the oil production is running normal then it can eliminate the dirt, dead skin cells and other pollutants from the skin. However, if there is an overproduction then the excess oil stays on the skin clogging the pores and making the skin look shiny and greasy.

The main factors of oily skin are hereditary, hormone levels, unhealthy diet comprising of an excess of caffeine and fats, stress and excessive use of cosmetic products. Puberty and pregnancy also wreck havoc with your hormone levels which could give rise to oily skin. There are a few ways that you can decipher if you have oily skin; these are- presence of blackheads and breakouts, if your skin is greasy all the time and if your makeup ceases to exist for more than a few minutes.

How is the treatment done?

Oily skin can be treated at home with the help of a few remedies and skin care routines. The skin care routine will require you to regularly cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin. Wash your face at least two-three times a day with a gentle, oil-based cleanser and hot water, especially in the morning and at night before going to bed to clear out the impurities. Next, tone your skin with a gentle, alcohol free toner in order to eliminate the extra oils.

Lastly, end with a light, non-oily, water-based moisturizer that is not comedogenic in nature, meaning it won’t lead to clogging of your pores.

For people with oily skin, scrubbing is absolutely necessary to remove the excess build-up of oil, dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria. Exfoliate your skin at least two to three times a week. People with oily skin should make it a point to apply a SPF to protect the skin from the harsh rays of the sun and prevent any chances of pimple development. Keep your skin clean and free from impurities, round the clock. However, take caution not to cleanse your face more than three times a day, as over-cleansing can remove all the oil leading the skin to manufacture more oil to make up for the loss. When buying skin care products try to look for ones that contain ingredients such as salicyclic acid, beta hydroxyl acid, glycolic acid or benzyl peroxide.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Anyone suffering from oily skin problems should consider doing this skin care regime regularly to prevent breakout of pimples, acne and any other skin infection.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People with extremely sensitive skin or those suffering from any dermatological skin conditions are not eligible. These people should consult with their dermatologist and try to use special medicated skin care products.

Are there any side effects?

Not caring for your skin in the right way or using the wrong products, products that do not compliment your skin type can lead to skin breakouts such pimples, acne and cause life-long blemishes.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Always use a sunscreen when going out. Caring for your skin not only lies at the external level but also internally. Your diet plays a huge role in your skin as well as overall health. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water and fresh fruit juice throughout the course of the day. Have foods that are high in protein but low in salt, sugar Avoid fatty items such as pork or fried, oil, greasy items. Try to incorporate a lot of green leafy veggies and food that are high in vitamins because the slightest vitamin deficiency can lead to oily skin.

How long does it take to recover?

There is no particular time frame for treatment and healing as this is a continuous process; the skin care regime needs to be carried out daily in order to keep the excess oil production in control.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of face washes, scrubs and moisturizers vary from Rs. 50 to roughly about Rs. 3000 in India, depending upon the brand name.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The skin care routine for oil control needs to be carried out every day. It is not a one-time treatment session.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

If you are not in favour of using cosmetic or medicated products then you can opt for certain home remedies as well as an alternative. These are natural and are equally effective. Applying a mixture of egg whites and lemon helps to tighten up the pores. Also, lemon is antibacterial and absorbs excess oil. Aloe vera gel is used by many people with oily skin as it has soothing properties. Tomatoes naturally contain salicyclic acid therefore, absorbs additional oil. Tomatoes also aide in the process of unclogging pores.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Very Low Side Effects: Very Low Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 50- Rs. 3,000

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How Good Is The Stem Cell Face Lift?

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Fellowship Reconstructive Microsurgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Gurgaon
How Good Is The Stem Cell Face Lift?

The skin is constantly exposed to sun and multiple environmental pollutants, causing a lot of degeneration. The face, being the most exposed part, bears the brunt of this. A number of dark spots, wrinkles, sagging, fine lines, etc. appear as a result of ageing and become very prominent on the face. Not just are these cosmetic concerns, but they also affect the person’s morale.

Origin:
The body has millions of types of cells, but there are some known as stem cells which are totipotent the ability to transform into any type of cell (blood, bone, muscle, skin, etc.) These totipotent stem cells were used earlier in treating sports injuries to repair joints and ligaments. They are present in large numbers in fat and so the affected joint would be injected with fat, and the stem cells from here would help in regeneration of the joint. The same concept was extended by cosmetic surgeons to treat facial ageing problems. Fat extracted from an area (usually abdomen or inner thigh) is injected into predetermined areas on the face. These then act as fillers and help in skin rejuvenation and repair.

Procedure:

  1. Case selection with both the doctor and the patient.
  2. Setting realistic expectations is very important
  3. The area selected for fat extraction is injected with local anaesthesia
  4. The excess oil and blood from this extract is removed by blotting
  5. It is then mixed with growth factors, which are embedded in beads of hyaluronic acid, which allows for prolonged and constant release of growth factors
  6. After thorough mixing, this is then injected into specific areas on the face in multiple planes – usually three, from the innermost to the outermost layers of the skin
  7. The growth factors used for each of these layers also could differ. The second layer could have more of protein (collagen) as it helps in keeping the skin firm.
  8. The topmost layer could have more of blood cells as it is involved in vascular supply
  9. After this, a final resurfacing is done to ensure the fine lines and superficial skin damage is repaired
  10. The face may also be sculpted in specific areas to correct additional features, like the jawline
  11. Fat deposit correction (some addition, some removal) may also be done.

Advantages:

  1. No surgical incision required, only needle incisions to extract and infuse fat cells
  2. Faster healing
  3. Done as outpatient procedure
  4. No hospitalization
  5. No anaesthetic required
  6. No scar, as the fat is used from lesser visible areas like inner thighs
  7. Quicker and remarkable results
  8. Complete facial rejuvenation
  9. Can be done from patient’s own blood or from a donor

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dry & Itchy Skin - 9 Most Important Tips You Must Follow!

MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology & Venerology & Leprosy (DDVL), DNB Dermatology
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Dry & Itchy Skin - 9 Most Important Tips You Must Follow!

Are you suffering from dry, stretched, itchy or flaky skin? Remember dry skin look older than oily skin, as they show fine lines and wrinkles faster. They also flake, crack and bleed easily. Read on for 10 super easy steps recommended by dermatologists to soothe dry skin

Prevent hot baths and showers which dehydrate skin further. Do these instead for dry skin

  1. Use warm water
  2. Don’t shower for more than 5 minutes
  3. Wash with a gentle and fragrance-free soap
  4. Don’t apply too much soap so that it whips up a thick lather
  5. Don’t rub your skin dry with a towel

Post bath routine

  1. Slather on a rich moisturiser after drying your skin: Moisturisers trap extra moisture in your skin so the right time to use them is immediately after drying yourself with a towel. It’s better to use ointments and creams as these are more effective than lotions. Creams with olive and jojoba oil, Shea butter, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum jelly all are good. If the skin on your hand is extra dry and feels stretched then it’s a good idea to carry a non-greasy hand cream with you. Apply it to each washing hands immediately to relieve dry skin.
  2. Use only unscented skin care products: Shun harsh skin products which strip natural oils from skin like-

    • Deodorant soaps
    • Skin care products that contain fragrances, alcohol, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
  3. Wear gloves when washing utensils: This will prevent dry skin on hands. All you have to do is wear latex gloves before you start washing clothes and utensils.
  4. Choose laundry detergent with care: Laundry detergents should be chosen with care as they can irritate skin. Go for detergents labelled “hypoallergenic”.
  5. Avoid toasting yourself by the fireplace or other heat sources in winters: Remember heat is drying. So limit your time in front of a hot stove or fireplace.
  6. Use humidifiers to add moisture to indoor air: Use of humidifier will help prevent excessive drying of skin.
  7. Use milk on skin: Milk is packed with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can fight dry and itchy skin. The lactic acid in milk also exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the capacity of your skin to retain moisture.
  8. Honey: Honey is one of the best natural moisturisers. It comes loaded with antioxidants and antimicrobials.
  9. Yogurt: Yogurt is a skin-hydrating agent par excellence. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also help soothe dry and itchy skin.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Teenage Acne - 6 Myths & Facts Busted!

MBBS, DVD
Dermatologist, Delhi
Teenage Acne - 6 Myths & Facts Busted!

You may have heard a lot about teen acne and things related to it, especially its nature and solutions to cure this skin condition. However, there are several misconceptions about acne. Many facts regarding the cause and remedy for acne, which are commonly talked about, are incorrect. Here are some myths and facts about teen acne you should know about:

  1. Tanning clears the skin: A tan may act as a temporary mask to prevent acne. However, the sun dries up the skin and irritates it. This may further lead to acne breakout. There is no link between exposure to the sun and acne prevention, and the rays of the sun can cause damage to the skin. You should always use a sunscreen while going out in the sun.
  2. Wash your face to prevent acne breakouts: Washing your face helps in removing the dirt and oil from the pores of the skin. However, too much washing may cause dryness and irritation, triggering more acne breakout. You should not scrub your face and use a mild soap or a facewash to wash your face.
  3. Popping pimples will help in faster elimination: Popping pimples makes them less noticeable for some time, but it causes the pimples to last longer. When you squeeze a pimple, you push bacteria, dead skin cells and oil back into the skin. This causes increased swelling and reddening. It might also cause a red or brown scar, which takes a lot of time to disappear. Some of these scars last forever.
  4. Stress leads to acne: The normal daily stress a teenager faces does not lead to acne. However, in the case of stressful periods, such as dealing with the death of a loved one or facing parent’s divorce, the skin produces extra oil or sebum. This does not always mean that you will get more zits and pimples.
  5. Acne is curable: Acne is not curable. It is chronic in nature and may last for a very long time. It is like a continuous situation which keeps on recurring on the skin. It may come and go several times and in case you are prone to acne, you will face a hard time dealing with it.
  6. Pimples occur overnight: Another common misconception regarding acne is that pimples occur overnight. The truth is that a pimple takes weeks to develop but it may surface while you are asleep. The process of acne development is a complicated one and involves four steps.

Many people think that applying cold water closes pores and hot water opens pores. This is not true as the pores present all over your face do not have muscles. They cannot open and close. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Should I Use a Lotion or a Cream for Dry Skin?

PG Dip Dermatology (London), Fellow Aesthetic Medicine (Germany) , D.M.C.H, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Should I Use a Lotion or a Cream for Dry Skin?

Have you tried one product after another during the dry weather and are still left with dry and itchy skin. Then your skin care product is to be blamed. Creams, lotions and oils all essentially perform the same job of moisturizing your skin. The difference lies in just how they do it. There is a wide range of choices available in the market for all three products with individual variants in ingredients, including types of oils like coconut, lavender, jojoba etc., types of value proposition like 24-hour moisture lock, or intense hydrating care and flavours like rose, strawberry and even chocolate that leave you smelling great.

The main difference between cream and lotion: 

The main difference between the two, besides additives, is their oil to liquid ratio. Lotions and creams both contain oils and water. In lotions the proportion of water is more compared to oil. So it is more liquid in nature and easier to spread on the skin. Creams on the other hand are thicker because of their higher oil content. They can typically be lot greasy in nature because of their consistency.

Choosing between the two: 

Lotions and creams will both do the trick, but it will depend on what you need and when you use it. Give a good thought to your skin. Is it always dry or only during certain times of the year? If you skin dries easily and you can see a white line if you scratch the skin with your nail, you'll need a cream that absorbs more slowly and the benefits stay longer. Applying cream then creates a layer of oil that locks the moisture in your skin. The water does not evaporate, and your skin stays hydrated. Lotions are easy to spread on skin. If your skin is already soft and supple and you simply need a layer to keep the dryness at bay, a lotion is a good choice for you.

Use both lotion and cream:
 
Morning, before bed, after baths or repeatedly throughout the day? The time you plan on using a moisturizing product will play an important part in determining which type you choose. Creams are great to use right after a bath when the skin is soft after absorbing moisture. The cream then creates a protective layer of oil which allows the skin to stay hydrated for longer. Creams are also great to use during bed time when you don't have to worry about getting an oily look on your face or body. Lotions are best if you need to reapply during the day after, say, you wash your hands and face and need to dab on some quick moisturizer. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Chapped Lips - Natural Remedies That Can Help Remedy It!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Vadodara
Chapped Lips - Natural Remedies That Can Help Remedy It!

You can get rid of your chapped lips by using various natural remedies which are readily available at anyone's home. A number of reasons can make skin and lips dry. The dryness and cracks that are caused to the lips may be painful and cause bleeding too. There are many remedies which are suggested such as the application of lip balm or moisturiser. But, these descriptions are not enough to fight chapped lips.

Here are a few unique and proven remedies that can produce significant results when it comes to solving the problem of chapped lips.

  1. Curing chapped lips using oils: Almond oil, castor oil, coconut oil and olive oil can be used to cure chapped lips
    1. Almond oil: This oil is a natural moisturiser with vitamins in it. This oil is very gentle in nature and helps in preventing damage to the lips making them soft and supple. It is a good idea to heat up the oil before application. Warming it up will increase the rate of absorption, thus providing desired results.
    2. Castor oil: Castor oil has numerous medicinal benefits, one of which is the treatment of chapped lips. Use castor oil on the lips followed by petroleum jelly and you can get rid of dry lips in a few days.
    3. Olive oil: Olive oil has Omega-3 fatty acids, which help a great deal in the treatment of dry lips. Not only to the lips, this can also be used in other parts of the body where dry skin is evident.
    4. Coconut oil: Application of coconut oil for lips and other dry parts in the night can cure the dryness as it has antimicrobial properties that help in retention of moisture.
  2. Curing chapped lips using fruits and vegetables
    1. CucumberCucumber has water content of up to 90 percent approximately. Placing cucumber slices on chapped lips for 10 to 15 minutes, for several times can cure chapped lips.
    2. AvocadoRich in antioxidants, this natural remedy provides the required vitamins that produce elastin as well as collagen to cure dry lips. It can also be used as an anti-ageing remedy.
  3. Other natural remedies to cure chapped lips
    1. Aloe veraAloe vera has both antifungal and antiseptic properties. This can be used to repair chapped lips as it helps in the rejuvenation of the dry skin.
    2. Rose petals: Chapped lips can not only be treated using rose petals, but it also makes the lips smooth and soft. Soak a few rose petals in milk for some time and make a paste of it. Apply it on the lips for curing dryness and bleeding.
    3. Milk cream: Rich in fat, milk cream is one of the best moisturisers. Apply milk cream for ten minutes and rinse. This treatment can cure chapped lips in a few days.
    4. Ghee: Application of ghee is also another way to keep dry lips moisturised. Apply multiple times, till the dryness vanishes.

The above are a few natural remedies to get rid of chapped lips and also dry skin. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I have oily skin, pimple sufferer and used a cream that contains steroid without my knowledge and later stopped started using adapalene and benzoyl peroxide as a dermatologist prescribed. But again my skin is getting darker and dull. Please tl me a treatment to gt a healthy glowing skin without tan.

MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Creams and gels containing benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin and adapalene are best for the noninflamed eruptions. They produce gentle peeling of the eruptions. For inflamed bumps, antibiotic (clindamycin, clarithromycin) gels are effective. Often oral tablets of isotretinoin, minocycline etc are required in conjunction. For scars tretinoin, glycolic acid and adapalene containing creams are recommended. Chemical peeling done by dermatologists (skin specialists) are also effective for fading scars promptly.
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Hello sir/madam my name is Basant Singh my age is 29 and my skin is oily and pigmentations on below of my eyes and as well cheeks .I don't want any laser treatment. Please tell my best medicine or cream to remove my pigmentation naturally. Thanks.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from seborrheic dermatitis causing oiliness and pigmentation. Medicine available for good improvement. As the treatment varies depending on the severity. Send photos of the affected area, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Somewhat about a year back I had undergone the treatment for acne, till the point the treatment was going on, the method worked on my screen but after a span of 5-6 months it again started to appear. So what's the matter and how should I manage it? My skin is way too oily and sensitive.

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello. The scars and the pigmentation on the face are treatable. It's better to get it examined first so that we can identify the type of skin, scars and if they are hyper pigmented, atrophic or ice pick scars. The treatment are of various kind like ranging from simple scrubs and mild peels for the face to the major interventions such as laser therapy, dermaroller, subcision or peeling. These depend on the type of the scars and which kind you opt for. You can consult me online or text me with pictures for further details.
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Hello sir my age is 29 and I have some pigmentation on my cheeks .can I remove naturally. Please sir send me best cream to remove naturally pigmentation from my face. I have oily skin.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Undergo glutathione therapy. Otherwise, few creams also available. Contact me by direct online consultation for treatment.
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HI, I have lots and lots of small pimples on my face. And also many brown pimple marks. Sometimes my face is very oily and sometimes it is very dry. Totally I looks very dull when I go outside.

MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Your skin becomes oily in warm humid conditions because sebum secretions increased. Use lactic acid face wash to address the oily as well as dry skin. Also use retinoic acid in microsperical form at night for few months to control acne and remove the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Importance Of Moisturizing Regularly
Hi!

I am Dr. Deepa Kanchankoti practicing dermatologist in Mumbai.

Today I m going to speak on moisturization the skin should be kept soft, supple and glowing all the time. The normal pH of skin is acidic close to 5.5 when we use soaps and detergents the pH rises an become alkaline by using cynded baar or soaps with pH 5.5 we reduce the dryness and if you can apply within 3 min of bath or washing a moisturizing agent the skin is always kept soft n supple we can say that for a new born alot of care is taken in term of moisturization but as the person grows they stop using mousturizing agents. One should use load of moisturizing agent immediately after bath in case of face if the skin is very oily then one should a light moistening agent if the skin is dry then one should use heavy moisturizing agent the moisturizer content varies from season to season as in winters the frequency and the thickness of moisturizing agent becomes more in case of winters once the person becomes old the oil glands which normally produce lot of oil and keeps the Barriers Function on Also reduces this leads to lots of dryness leading to flacking and scratching.

Once the scratching is to much it leads to bleeding an all this can be presented simply by applying repeatedly moisturizing agent all over hand and feet. The same thing happen in case of certain disease condition as psoriasis, eczema, or atopic dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis. if we can maintain the barrier function that reduces transepidermal water loss an cracking in the skin is prevented an use of medicine is reduced. On face a lot of people who are surfing from acnuue think that because is producing a lot of oil that is no need for them to use moisturizing agent where that is not correct by using a light moisturizing agent alot of skin medication which are used in acne which causes dryness can b prevented the same happens in case of photo aging or pigmentation on face any skin which well hydrated, well moisturized is less prone to the damage from the ultra violet rays and if you don t want wrinkle early then you should start using a moisturizing agent early.

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