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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

Popular Health Tips

How To Care For Your Ageing Skin?

MD - Skin,VD & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Chandigarh
How To Care For Your Ageing Skin?

Staring into the mirror can be listed as one of the most popular pastimes. However, with age, we do not like the image that stares back at us. The black dots, the fine lines, wrinkles begin to deter us from looking into the mirror. So is there a way to take care of your ageing skin.

8 Quick daily habits can help you take care of your ageing skin

  1. Manage sun damage: More than 50% of the skin issues are attributed to unprotected sun exposure. From blemishes to melanomas, they do a lot of damage. While exposure to the sun cannot be completely avoided, protection can definitely be used. Especially when you are going to be out for prolonged periods, ensure using a sunscreen with sufficient SPF. Using full-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and full pants go a long way in avoiding sun damage.
  2. Clearing of the skin: The skin tends to constantly shed off the top layers and get a fresh layer from the underlying layers. This top layer is naturally exfoliated but there are multiple substances which do a better job. Be it almond powder or orange powder, boiled potato peel or walnut powder, the top layers need to be periodically removed to make way for fresh, younger looking skin. A weekly routine of skin exfoliation is advisable.
  3. Moisturize the skin: The skin, especially with age, has a tendency to dry up and this can be avoided with the use of copious amounts of moisturiser. Pick a time of the day where there is a good chance for the cream or lotion to stay on your skin; for many, nights during sleep time works wonders.
  4. Cleaning the skin: A habit of washing the face regularly is very good for skin health. This also clears it of environmental pollutants and so helps in keeping the skin clean.
  5. Night care: Even though you are used to makeup during the day, it would be wonderful if you could leave the skin for a couple of hours with no makeup. The skin breathes free and this helps in the clearing of the pores, which usually leads to acne.
  6. Diet: Include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, eggs, and milk products. These will provide the skin with the essential nutrients along with protein and help in skin regeneration. Drink about 2 litres of water to keep a healthy skin tone.
  7. Rest: A well-maintained sleep routine also helps in preventing ageing of the skin.
  8. Exercise: Needless to say, sweat it out. This opens up the skin pores and keeps the skin clear and healthy.

Doing these routinely will help in keeping the skin younger, firmer, and glowing with no wrinkles or fine lines.

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

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Building Your Perfect Skin Care Routine!

Dermatologist, Delhi
Building Your Perfect Skin Care Routine!

Finding the perfect skin care routine for yourself is no easy task, it requires knowledge about your skin. It also requires you to go through various skincare products and a trial and error method to find suitable products. Maintaining a healthy skin is an indicator of your general health and hence cannot be taken lightly.

In order to determine the perfect skin care routine, you must first determine the type of skin you have. Usually the skin types are classified as dry skin, oily skin and combination skin (a mixture of both oily skin and dry skin). Dry skin is characterized by tightness and flakiness; it turns parched on washing and you need constant moisturizing. Oily skin is characterized by presence of large pores and oiliness in the skin. This skin type is also prone to acne and pimples. Combination skin type is characterized by an oily t-zone (nose, chin and forehead) with dry cheeks.

Based on identifying the skincare type, now your focus should be on putting together a skincare routine that keeps your skin fresh and healthy. Here are some tips to find the perfect skincare routine based on your skin type -

  1. Oily skin: Oily skin is characterized by excessive oiliness in the skin and thus you need to keep your face clean at all times. Use a mild cleanser to clean your face twice a day so as to keep those pores unclogged. If the pores get clogged with impurities then inflammation occurs resulting in acne. Focus on using water based moisturizers so that the skin remains oil free.
  2. Dry skin: Dry skin is characterized by parched skin that feels flaky at times, so restrict cleaning your face excessively as it will strip away the natural oils. Use oil based moisturizers to moisturize your skin after washing it. Eat a lot of protein based food to keep your skin healthy.
  3. Combination skin: Combination skin is a mixture of both oily and dry skin. The oily parts of the skin need attention similar to the oily skin routine. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser and avoid using harsh soaps. Apply moisturizes only to dry areas of the skin as it may aggravate flare ups if applied to the oily parts.

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

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Don't Fall For The Hype - Anti-Wrinkle Creams Don't Work At All!

MBBS, DDV, MD - Skin, VD & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Don't Fall For The Hype - Anti-Wrinkle Creams Don't Work At All!

Skin care and beauty products are a multibillion dollar industry which has been known to use unscrupulous methods to ensure the success of their products. Not all of them are fraudulent as some specialist creams are known to be effective. The majority however is mostly a mixture of marketing gimmicks and very run of the mill ingredients which don't really do anything. Let's look at a few reasons why most anti wrinkle creams don't work.

  1. Creams bought over the counter, barring non prescription ones, are mostly just moisturizers - When you buy a new wonder cream which is supposed to be beneficial for your skin and reduce wrinkles, all it may be doing is actually just moisturizing the skin. This results in smoother looking skin although the wrinkles are still there. This with the combination of the placebo effect makes you think it may actually be working to reduce your wrinkles.
  2. The use of marketing to make a product appear what it isn't - Anti-wrinkle cream manufacturers use clever ploys to market their product and make it appear as a magic solution when it isn't. Digitally enhanced photographs and the use of models that are gifted with exceptionally good skin may lure you into buying their product when it may not be effective for you at all.
  3. Lack of real ingredients - These creams lack the real ingredients for it to be effective anti wrinkle agents. Retinol is a regulated drug which is used in many high end creams and is known as the anti wrinkle drug. However, cheaper creams may not have any of this chemical and thus all the claims are complete hoaxes.
  4. Making expectations too high - The human body is meant to change throughout the years, but due to excessive and hyped marketing, many are led to believe anti wrinkle creams will work wonders on them. However, even the best cream can only do so much and thus it is important for you to have realistic expectations of any product.
  5. Wrinkle prevention is always easier than removing them - Leading a healthy lifestyle where you keep your body hydrated, and follow a proper diet and exercise well will do wonders for your skin. Keep your skin hydrated with light moisturizers as well and it will prevent more wrinkles from showing up. However, existing wrinkles will not go away completely but will remain minimized if you have a healthy lifestyle.

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

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Natural Skin care Tips and Precautions for Summer Season:

Homeopath, Bahadurgarh
Natural Skin care Tips and Precautions for Summer Season:

1. Drink lots of water

Try to drink lots of water and fluids to keep your body hydrated. During summer season your daily water requirement increased because a lot of water waste due to heat and sweating and to flush out the toxins.

2. Juicy fruits

Try to eat more juicy fruits like watermelon, grapes, pears, blueberries, strawberries and pomegranate to get back lost fluids and moisturizers.

3. Fresh salad

Include fresh salad in your diet and increase the intake of cucumber, beetroot, tomato, radish and carrot.

4. Rose water

Try to daily wash your face with rose water. Its natural cooling properties make it an excellent toner for the hot summer season.

5. Skin exfoliation

Don't forget to weekly exfoliate your skin with good scrub. You can also make a good scrub at home by 4 to 5 table spoons of gram flour (besan), a pinch of turmeric (haldi), 5-6 drops of rose water and milk or yogurt. Mix them well to form a paste and use it to exfoliate your face and neck.

6. Mask for soft and glowing skin

You can also make a home based pack by 2 tablespoons of mashed papaya, 1 table spoon of honey and 1 egg white. Mix them well and apply on your face and neck. Leave this for 15 minutes then rinse off with cold water and feel the freshness of soft, smooth and glowing skin.

7. Cucumber and yogurt& face pack

Blend a half cucumber and 1 table spoon of yogurt in mixer then apply this of your face and neck. After 15 minutes rinse off with fresh water and feel a fresh and supple skin.

8. Lemon for sun tan

Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and can help& remove the tan& from your face. Lemon contains ascorbic acid due to which it can easily bleach tanned skin. Simply squeeze a lemon into a dish. Soak a cotton ball into the lemon juice and apply it all over your face and neck. Lemon is also considered best to give you glowing skin. Although lemon is supposed to be a natural bleach but be aware that it dries the face. That`s why apply a good moisturizer or almond oil after washing off lemon.

9. Lemon juice and honey

You can also massage sun tanned skin with mixture of lemon juice and honey because honey is also considered a natural bleach for your skin.

10. Stay indoors between 11am-3pm

Try to stay indoors between 11am and 3pm because during this time period sun’s rays are the strongest and can have an adverse effect on your skin.

11. Sun screen

Don't forget to apply a good sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out.

12. Make use of hats

Make use of hats, sunglasses and full covered dresses.

13. Loose fitting cloths

Wear loose fitting cotton clothes to release the trapped moisture so that your skin can breathe.

14. Cold water

Every evening splash lot of cold water on face and eyes. Soak cotton pads in cold water or rose water then place them on your close eyes for 10-15 minutes.

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Lotion Vs Cream - Which One Should You Use On Itchy Skin?

Post Graduate Diploma Practical Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Lotion Vs Cream - Which One Should You Use On Itchy 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. It is how they do it that is different.

There is a wide range of choices available in the market for all three products with individual variations 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 flavors like rose, strawberry and even chocolate that leaves you smelling great.

The main difference between a 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 is easy to spread on the skin. Creams on the other hand, are thicker because of their higher oil content. They can typically be more 'greasy' in nature because of their consistency.

Choosing between the two:
Lotion and creams, both will 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 your skin dries easily and you can see a white line if you scratch with your nail, you'll need a cream that absorbs more slowly and has benefits that 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 the 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 a 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 longer.

Creams are also great to use during bedtime 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, for instance,  you wash your hands and face and need to dab on some quick moisture.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am 18 year of girl. I used panderm for 2 years but I think it's damaging my skin. I want to get rid from panderm but when I stop using panderm it causes a great damage to my skin. Please suggest me a quick relief from this cream. How can I get rid from it?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
hI Madhu... if you keep using it the more damage it will cause.. after stopping it initially it will cause some skin problems but then will go by iteself... You can consult me through lybrate for homeopathic treatment..

I used betnovate-n cream continuously approx 6 months before 5 years ago but till date my skin having dryness and having reaction of all cream and soap. What will I use. Let us know can I get my previous skin.

Homeopath, Hooghly
Yes you can get ,apply atta as a scrubber, apply lemon n honey, apply alovera gel extract, apply milk n honey, apply banana with honey, apply papaya with rose water, apply haldi and Chandan paste, this will help along with proper homoeopathic treatment, Soo you can contact me through Lybrate.
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My skin is very dry and I can not judge which facewash and creme use for my dry skin And also suggest nutrients for good skin.

Homeopath, Hooghly
Take fruits daily,,take green veggies,,take vit E capsule daily,,wash ur face with warm water atlst once,,apply almond paste with rose water,,apply Chandan paste with rose water,,apply alovera gel extract,,apply papaya with honey,,this will help

How long I have to use bellissa cream for getting an effective result on my face.

General Physician, Mumbai
It needs to be applied only after you take a prescription after clinical examination because it has more of side effects
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Hi, Can we use betnovate-n cream on face at regular basis. Is it harmfull? As it give very good results but I have heard it's not good. Please suggest.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
It has steroids in it.. and yes it has very bad effects.. It just looks good.. but destroy the system from inside... Take Homoeopathic treatment..
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Table of Content

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?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice