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Skin Care - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

There are a number of skin care treatments available today, which help individuals rejuvenate their skin to a great extent. Skin problems and aging have become quite common because of the hectic lifestyles we lead, genes and other environmental conditions. A number of different types of treatments are now available which help solve problems like wrinkles, acnes, fine lines and other skin diseases.

Quite a few skin treatments are also available to manage chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Although chronic skin problems are not quite curable, their signs and symptoms can be effectively dealt with through various skin treatments.

Generally, the kind of skin treatment that one opts for depends on their skin type; be it normal, dry, combination or oily.

Here are a few effective skin care treatments -

  • Acne Blue Light Therapy- It is an effective way to treat light and even moderate acne issues.
  • Chemical peel- A great way to obtain fresh rejuvenated skin, a chemical peel effectively deals with wrinkles, sun damage, and skin pigmentation.
  • IPL photo-facial- Photo-facial helps get rid of freckles, wrinkles and deals with sun damage. It also eliminates enlarged pores and brown spots on the skin.
  • Laser skin resurfacing- It gets rid of outer skin layers that have been damaged. It also helps in effective collagen production that keeps skin healthy by strengthening it.
  • Laser skin tightening- Great for wrinkle removal.
  • Microdermabrasion- This treatment helps in reducing age spots and also removes acne scars.
  • Thermage- It effectively improves the face and neck contours.

How is the treatment done?

Every type of skin care treatment is unique and has different benefits. It is important that one knows what exactly the skin care treatment entails before undergoing it. Here is how some of the skin care treatments are performed-

  • Acne Blue Light Therapy- The therapy makes use of a blue light band to kill bacteria which cause acne. The treatment is very quick and takes about half an hour. No pain is felt when one is exposed to the blue light.
  • Chemical peel- This type of treatment uses an acid solution to deal with the outer skin layers. A solution of alpha hydroxyl acid, phenol or trichloroacetic acid is used. It is known to be one of the oldest forms of skin care procedures.
  • IPL photo-facial- The treatment generally takes about half an hour, during which pulsed light is directed towards the skin. It does not cause any discomfort or pain.
  • Laser skin resurfacing- This procedure involves the use of a laser which breaks the molecular bond of the damaged skin cells and makes skin smooth. It is also commonly known as a laser peel.
  • Laser skin tightening- This procedure also makes use of a laser to tighten the skin. The light of the laser heats the skin, thus stimulating the production of collagen.
  • Microdermabrasion- During this procedure, an instrument is used to spray minute crystals on the skin surface. These crystals exfoliate the skin effectively.
  • Thermage- A non-exfoliating skin treatment, it uses heat to tighten the skin.

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

Those who can opt for such skin care treatments include-

  • Acne Blue Light Therapy- Individuals who have acne problems.
  • Chemical peel- Those with light skin and hair are ideal for this treatment.
  • IPL photo-facial- Individuals who have freckles, wrinkles and damaged skin can opt for this treatment.
  • Laser skin resurfacing- Individuals with non-oily elastic skin can opt for this procedure.
  • Laser skin tightening- People between 30 to 60 years of age are ideal for this treatment. Good health is also vital in this case.
  • Microdermabrasion- Adults who are healthy and suffer from minor skin issues can opt for this form of skin treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Individuals who can’t opt for such skin care treatments include-

  • Chemical peel- Individuals with dark skin and heart problem should not opt for this treatment.
  • IPL photo-facial- Dark-skinned people may face certain pigmentation problems.
  • Laser skin resurfacing and tightening- Dark skinned people and those with skin imperfections should not opt for this treatment.
  • Microdermabrasion- Individuals with diabetes, auto-immune disorders, scars, and liaisons are not good candidates.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects of skin care treatments can include allergic reactions, redness of the skin, and swelling of the skin, itchiness, or slight rashes. Some individuals also face pain and discomfort. But these side effects are only temporary and soon disappear.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Recovery from skin care procedures today is very fast. But some precautions should be taken post the treatment. One should wear sunscreen to avoid sun damage at all times. Make sure to cleanse and moisturize the skin regularly. This will help the skin to retain its smoothness and glow. Scrubbing should be avoided.

If you have opted for a chemical peel, return to your daily routine after 48 hours of the skin care treatment. This time will allow the skin to peel off completely.

How long does it take to recover?

While most skin treatments result in immediate recovery and bear quick results, laser skin treatments involve a recovery period of a few weeks, depending on the extent of the treatment undergone.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Depending on the kind of treatment one is opting for, the price ranges from Rs 3000 to Rs 70,000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Most skin care treatments have long-term effects and benefits, but they are not necessarily permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Alternative skin care treatments include natural methods which keep the skin healthy. This involves a healthy diet and regular exercise as well as adopting natural means of exfoliation. Drinking plenty of water also keeps the skin healthy and hydrated.

Safety: Medium Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Recovery Time: Low Price Range: Rs. 3000 - Rs. 70,000

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Skin is reflection of your overall health, so take care of it. Tip 1: Minimal makeup Ladies, can you please minimize makeup usage? It is really not necessary to always use a blush, concealer, foundation, mousse or whatever it is. It may add a fine coating to your skin making it glowing skin, but what about your real skin? Is it really glowing? No matter how expensive the brand is, it damages your skin to a large extent. We are not asking you to throw them off your shelf; keep those away for special days. The rest of the days, tone and moisturize your skin, use sunscreen. Let your skin breathe. Tip 2: Face cleansing This has been told by all beauty experts umpteen times when asked how to maintain healthy skin. Even if you are too tired after a long party, cleanse all dirt and makeup from your skin. Your face needs to be cleared of all the chemicals in makeup. The makeup acts as a tight mask on your face keeping your facial pores clogged. If you go to bed with all these makeup on, you ll wake up the next morning with a huge embarrassing pimple. Tip 3: Slather on sunscreen Sunscreen is a must for your skin. The rays of the sun are harmful beyond thoughts. Skin cancer, premature aging, skin rashes all of these are caused when your skin gets too much exposure to the sun without any protection. Use a big dollop of sunscreen with SPF on your face whenever you are going out to protect your skin of all the anomalies caused to your skin by the harmful sun rays. Do not care for the season or whether the sun is out today or it s cloudy. Use sunscreen always. Beauty experts also advise using sunscreens even if you are at home or inside a car or even if you on a flight. Celebs swear by SPF measured sunscreen to keep skin healthy and free from any diseases or ugly tanning. Tip 4: Exfoliating face All the healthy skin tips for women say that you should exfoliate your face at least twice a week. 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Everything you eat in your everyday life contributes to a healthy skin. Only that you have to cut out on some and add some more. a. Vitamin C rich foods: Have fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C manufactures collagen that is responsible for the firmness of your skin. So you quite well understand that lack of vitamin C in your diet will lead to the formation of wrinkles at an early age. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant that prevents collagen damage. With Vitamin C rich foods in your diet, your skin will not suffer from dryness, wrinkles and fine lines around eyes or lips. Have all citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and red peppers to tone up the younger look skin. b. Vitamin A: Who doesn t want a smooth complexion? We all do, but for that we don t need to spend thousands of bucks when we have the solution in our refrigerator. All red, orange and green leafy veggies are rich sources of beta-carotene (a form of Vitamin A). It is necessary for cell formation and therefore your skin surface stays smooth and touchable. Carotenoids also protect skin from sun. Turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash all of these are rich sources of Vit A. c. Healthy fats: Nuts are fatty and are not good for health; that is a misconception. Of course nuts are fatty, but they are filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. This falls under that healthy category of fats that is essential for us. Have a handful of almonds and walnuts daily for a supple looking clear skin. Flax seeds are another good option to consume omega-3 fats. If you are a non-vegetarian, have salmon atleast twice a week. This fish is also rich in omega-3 fats. The oil you cook your food in should also be taken care of. Switch over to olive oil which is a rich source of mono-unsaturated fats. It will bring a radiant glow to your skin. d. Tomatoes: Tomatoes doesn t need a very special mention when it comes to healthy facial skin. They contain a magical ingredient called lypocene which is an anti-oxidant that helps fight old age. It can keep your skin at bay from all old age signs like wrinkles, dark spots and patches or saggy skin. e. Zinc and iron: Eggs, lean meat, oysters and cereals supply a good mount of zinc and iron to your body that imparts that much wanted celeb like glow. Zinc helps in cell production and natural weariness of dead cells giving your face a fresh look. Iron is needed to carry oxygen through the body that gives a blushy glow to your face. f. Fibers: If you are the one suffering from acne often, its time you think of including fiber-rich foods in your diet. One of the reasons for acne breakouts is indigestion. And the best solution discovered so far to improve your digestive system is having foods rich in fiber. Having whole-grain breads, brown rice, apples, bananas, oatmeal are proved solution to minimize acne. g. Water: Drink enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. Do not allow your skin to feel thirsty. For a soft, supple and dewy look, water is a must. Follow this diet regime for a healthy skin and cut down on all fried and unhealthy fatty foods.
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Hot Lemon Water - Why You Must Start Your Day With It?

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MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda,
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Ask any health conscious person for health hacks and one of the first things they would mention is to begin the day with a glass of warm lime water. Those who have tried this have realized the benefits and therefore the number of people who believe in this has gone up significantly in the last few years. If you are wondering what this magical potion does read on to know more. Digestive benefits: The food that we eat passes through the food pipe. When waking up after sleep, it is a good break of about 8 hours from the last meal. There could be remnants of food along the food pipe, and drinking warm water flushes out this and renders the food pipe clean for today s meal. Warm water just helps in removing oiliness, which is quite likely with most people s food habits. Improves immunity: The vitamin C and potassium in the lemon work wonders for the immunity. Also, because it is consumed on an empty stomach, the absorption is better and so the body derives almost complete benefit from these. Weight loss aid: Touted as one of the best weight loss aids, hot lime water boosts metabolism and allows the body to burn fat, thereby helping in weight control. Combined with other weight loss measures, it definitely can help you lose weight. Glowing skin: The vitamin C in the lime is essential for collagen formation, and so helps keep the skin radiant. Also, hydration is one of the key skin care essentials, and drinking warm water in the morning flushes out toxins and keeps the skin glowing and clear. Lively liver: The liver is the center of metabolism and drinking warm water in the morning helps keep the liver clean. The liver is active through the night and so drinking warm water in the morning helps restore the energy. This, in turn, boosts the proper flow of lymph and bile in the body. Promotes healing: For those who have had injuries, the vitamin C in the lemon helps production of collagen and heals wounds. It improves connective tissue formation including cartilage and bones. Mood enhancer: The smell of lemon juice is believed to uplift the mood and so this is one of the best ways to start your day. It reduces anxiety and depression and clears the mind of confusion. pH balance: The ascorbic and citric acid in the lime are easily digested and the result is an alkaline environment. Body diseases occur when the body pH is acidic. By keeping the environment alkaline, lime reduces overall chances of body illness.
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I am 23 year old girl I used many facewash (branded) my skin type is normal now I using acnelak face wash can I change to ahaglow is it good for me. Please suggest me.

Dr. Akanksha Tayal 90% (635 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Aha glow is okay to use. But the cause is internal so you have to take medicine also .and homoeopathic medicine would be best for it .as it will help you to cure completely.
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Respected sir / madam I am 19 years old girl. I am loosing my skin colour day by day from past 2 years. Can you suggest me to improve skin colour. I am not using any cosmetics. But I use different soaps like papaya, milk and honey soaps. Can you please suggest me soap?

Dr. G.R. Agrawal 96% (17194 ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
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Hello, Tk, plenty of water. Your diet be easily digestible on time. Take, homoeopathic medicine:@.AzadirechtaQ-10. Drops with little water. Avoid, junk food, alcoholic intake.
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I am applying besan with curd twice a day it is making my skin dry what should I do.

Dr. Patil Malini 90% (526 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
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Stop using besan and curd had lactic acid so both will cause the skin to dry. You need to use a facewash which is gentle on your skin and also removes the dirt. Use Fash facewash twice daily
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Is using vitamin E tablet with aloevera gel on skin good for skin? Does it have any side effects? What are the alternatives which are safe for skin?

Dr. Aparna Kulkarni 87% (81 ratings)
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Only aloe Vera is enough for healthy skin. Turmeric Chandan Coconut oil Curds Channa powder Lemon juice Honey All the above r good for skin, depending on type of skin.

Is it necessary to do cleansing, toning,moisturising routine everyday? What to do to keep face free from problems?

Dr. Sanjiv Khurmi 92% (64 ratings)
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if you stay totaly indoors then mild soapor facewash is enough. if go outdoor field or marketing then yes good soap wash in night morng facewash req. cleansing with milk/honey in eveng.while going out use moisturiser.

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