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Medicated Facials - How Does It Help?

Dr. S Radhakrishnan Nair 90% (63 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Cosmetic Physician, Trivandrum
Medicated Facials - How Does It Help?

Facial skin is thinner than skin on other parts of the body. It is also prone to damage from harsh conditions. This is why dermatologists recommend separate skin creams for faces.

Different people have different sensitivities to creams and facials. Ingredients play the lead role in determining the sensitivity of facial skin. Before using a new facial, one needs to consult a dermatologist. The dermatologist can also conduct an allergy and sensitivity test. Such tests are carried out to determine the components or ingredients that a person is allergic to.

Moreover, if a person is suffering from acne and pimples, he/she needs regular dermatological care. This includes Medicated Facials.

Medicated Facials and Face Masks 

Medicated Facials and facial masks are popular products, especially for those who have sensitive skin. Medicated Facials help in peeling off layers of dead cells without triggering any response from the skin. Most of these masks have the ability to deeply cleanse the dead cells and remove acne.

There are some face masks which are medicated to treat one or the other problem. While some of these masks can fight wrinkles and blackheads, others can fight pimples. They can improve the skin tone too. Masks are available in different types and with different ingredients. One can get a lemon, honey, cucumberpapaya, oatmeal, milk, wine face mask, and so on. A more diverse and medicated variety like clay masks, cucumber masks, apricot kernel masks, lavender or chamomile masks and many more are available in spas.

Anti-Ageing Facials

Ageing is a universal truth, and so are the symptoms. However, if a person thinks that the wrinkles in the face are incongruous with age, he/she can take to Medicated Facials. These are anti-ageing facials that fight skin wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

Since ageing degenerates the topmost layer of skin, harsh chemicals and UV radiation can hasten this process. Cosmetic physicians may use Medicated Facials as part of anti-ageing therapy. There are Medicated Facials that are made from natural ingredients like extracts of various plants, essences of various flowers, clay and much more in order to heal an agitated skin.

One can use medicated toners, serum etc. in facials to fight with one or the other skin problems. While the fragrance of some of these products is a great attraction for customers, they need to be dermatologically tested for their efficacy and benefits. These facials are designed to nourish the skin and replenish the loss of moisture and natural oils from it so that it can mollify the skin.

Conclusion

A person needs face cleansing to remove a dead skin layer, nourish it with natural ingredients and also replenish it with natural oils. Medicated facials are designed with a view to accomplish all this. However, some of the facials promise much more than what they deliver. So, it is important to get a guidance from dermatologists, as they will be able to point in the direction of the ones that are actually effective.

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Psoriasis - What Are The Causes, Symptoms & Treatments Of It?

Dr. Navjot Singh Arora 86% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Delhi
Psoriasis - What Are The Causes, Symptoms & Treatments Of It?

Psoriasis is a disorder which is characterized by rapid multiplication of skin cells on the skin’s surface. These extra skin cells develop into silvery scales, which are often dry and itchy. It may also lead to formation of painful red patches on the skin. This disorder might produce symptoms, which flare up and reduce periodically. There is no cure for psoriasis; treatments, however, can make the symptoms manageable.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of psoriasis include red patches on the skin and scaly and dry skin. The red patches might be itchy and one might often experience a burning sensation around the area. The joints in your body may also become stiff and swollen.

Causes:

The exact cause of psoriasis has not been ascertained. The accepted theory is that psoriasis occurs when the immune system attacks the healthy skin cells. There is a type of white blood cell called the ‘T cell’, whose function is to combat harmful virus or bacteria in the body. With Psoriasis or any other autoimmune disorder, these T cells start attacking the healthy (skin) cells.

Overactive ‘T Cells’ may trigger other responses in the body, thus, leading to excess production of skin cells and white blood cells. The excess cells move to the skin surface and end up causing the red painful patches.

Treatment options to manage psoriasis:

Although there’s no cure for psoriasis as such, the symptoms can be controlled. The treatment options for psoriasis are:

1. Topical treatments: Topical treatments involve application of creams and lotions. They have been mentioned below:

I. Corticosteroids: Corticosteroid creams or lotions reduce the excess skin cell production, thus, reducing inflammation. They are generally not used as a long term treatment as they cause skin thinning.

II. Vitamin D analogues: A synthetic form of Vitamin D, it helps in slowing down skin cell growth.

III. Salicylic acid: This treatment is used to reduce scaling on the skin, caused due to psoriasis. It is usually administered along with other medications.

2. Light therapy: Light therapy involves using sunlight or artificial light to reduce inflammation and scaling. It helps in reducing the activity of T cells in the body.

3. Oral medications

In case of severe symptoms, oral medications are prescribed. Medications such as methotrexate helps in reducing the excess production of skin cells. Cyclosporine is a drug that is used to suppress the erroneous immune system response. 

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Psoriasis - 3 Most Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Them!

Dr. Dora Chopra 85% (10 ratings)
M.D., DNB (Dermatology), MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Lucknow
Psoriasis - 3 Most Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Them!

Psoriasis is a disorder which is characterized by rapid multiplication of skin cells on the skin’s surface. These extra skin cells develop into silvery scales, which are often dry and itchy. It may also lead to formation of painful red patches on the skin. This disorder might produce symptoms, which flare up and reduce periodically. There is no cure for psoriasis; treatments however can make the symptoms manageable.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of psoriasis include red patches on the skin and scaly and dry skin. The red patches might be itchy and one might often experience a burning sensation around the area. The joints in your body may also become stiff and swollen.

Causes:

The exact cause of psoriasis has not been ascertained. The accepted theory is that psoriasis occurs when the immune system attacks the healthy skin cells. There is a type of white blood cell called the ‘T cell’, whose function is to combat harmful virus or bacteria in the body. With Psoriasis or any other autoimmune disorder, these T cells start attacking the healthy (skin) cells.

Overactive ‘T Cells’ may trigger other responses in the body, thus, leading to excess production of skin cells and white blood cells. The excess cells move to the skin surface and end up causing the red painful patches.

Treatment options to manage psoriasis:

Although there’s no cure for psoriasis as such, the symptoms can be controlled. The treatment options for psoriasis are:

1. Topical treatments: Topical treatments involve application of creams and lotions. They have been mentioned below:

I. Corticosteroids: Corticosteroid creams or lotions reduce the excess skin cell production, thus, reducing inflammation. They are generally not used as a long term treatment as they cause skin thinning.

II. Vitamin D analogues: A synthetic form of Vitamin D, it helps in slowing down skin cell growth.

III. Salicylic acid: This treatment is used to reduce scaling on the skin, caused due to psoriasis. It is usually administered along with other medications.

2. Light therapy: Light therapy involves using sunlight or artificial light to reduce inflammation and scaling. It helps in reducing the activity of T cells in the body.

3. Oral medications: In case of severe symptoms, oral medications are prescribed. Medications such methotrexate helps in reducing the excess production of skin cells. Cyclosporine is a drug that is used to suppress the erroneous immune system response.

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Under Eye Dark Circles - How Can You Get Rid Of Them?

Dr. Jyoti S Sanghavi 87% (10 ratings)
PG DCC, BHMS
Cosmetic Physician, Pune
Under Eye Dark Circles - How Can You Get Rid Of Them?

Sleeplessness and iron deficiency can cause dark circles; and in such cases, adequate rest and plenty of iron-rich foods and supplements are enough. But sometimes, dark circles can be resilient and refuse to go away. If you find your dark circles not receding, no matter how much supplements you take and rest you get, chances are they are caused by hyper pigmentation.

What is Pigmentation?

When patches of skin darken due to excessive melanin (a skin pigment) production, it is called pigmentation. Common manifestations of pigmentation are freckles, age spots, brown spots and, most primarily dark circles. The causes of pigmentation include:

1. Sun exposure - age spots are caused by sun exposure, especially in older skin
2. Scarring - acne, burns or abrasions can cause scarring, which darkens the skin
3. Genetics - freckles are genetic, and factors such as hormones or sun exposure can worsen them
4. Pregnancy - patches of skin on the face or abdomen darken during pregnancy

Hydroquinone:

The most common method to treat pigmentation caused dark circles is hydroquinone, which is an ingredient that lightens skin. When hydroquinone is used in creams, it takes a long time for it to come into effect. Dark circles may take a long time to completely fade away.

Laser Treatment for Dark Circles:

If all the anti-pigmentation creams fail you, and even the dermatologist said that hydroquinone would take too long, the best option available for you is laser treatment for hyper pigmentation. Laser treatment uses beams of concentrated light to remove the pigmentation from underneath your eyes. At the same time, it reduces any other problems you may have, such as acne, fine lines or wrinkles. Sometimes, laser skin resurfacing would be used together with laser treatment for pigmentation. This ensures lasting effects and clearer complexion.

However, you must consult a dermatologist before opting for laser treatment, since it is not recommended for everyone. For instance, people with sensitive skin must talk to a doctor before undergoing treatment. Also, laser treatment should be your last resort if other methods fail (such as limiting sun exposure or changing cosmetic creams).

White Patches - How Homeopathy Can Resolve It?

Dr. Swati 92% (165 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
White Patches - How Homeopathy Can Resolve It?

Vitiligo or White patches is medically referred as Leucoderma. It is a disease that causes loss of skin colour resulting in white patches. It can affect the skin on any part of the human body. It occurs when the melanin-forming cells called melanocytes which produce melanin die or stop functioning. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious, but it is stressful and makes one feel bad about oneself.

The main sign of vitiligo is the loss of skin pigment which produces light or white patches on the skin. The discoloration is first visible on sun-exposed areas like the hands, feet, arms, face and lips. It can also be coupled with premature greying of hair below the age of mid-thirties, colour loss of retina and inner lining of the mouth.

Vitiligo has no cure, but homeopathic treatment help to stop or slow the process of colour loss and brings back some colour to the skin. The failure of melanocytes can be attributed to the disorder in which immune system attacks and destroys them. It can also be triggered by sunburn, stress or exposure to industrial chemicals. People with vitiligo are at risk of Social or psychological distress, loss of hearing, sunburn and skin cancer, inflammation of the iris and dry skin.

Homoeopathic treatment enhances the natural production of pigments and Vitiligo is considered as a manifestation of an inner disturbed state of the body. The patient is analysed on mental, physical and familial attributes. The medication is then based on the results. Arsenic Sulph Falvus, Arsenic Album, Baryta Mur and Baryta Carb are known to give good results in Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a chronic disorder and it takes a long time even with the best of the homoeopathic treatment.

  1. Calcarea Carb is prescribed to patients of Vitiligo with milky white spots on the skin. It is prescribed to free perspiration over the head, neck and chest and persons with intolerance to cold weather.
  2. Arsenic Album is a useful remedy for vitiligo in persons prone to dry, rough skin. The skin complaint coupled with asthma is a strong contender for using homeopathic medicine Arsenic Album.
  3. Sepia is prescribed for vitiligo in persons showing unresponsive attitude towards family and life
  4. Silicea is prescribed for vitiligo in patients with pale and waxy skin, tendency to excessive perspiration. If the main mind symptom are timidity and an under-confident nature, then Silicea is a good choice. It is known to work on patients who seem under-confident, fear public speaking.
  5. Sulphur is considered the best for vitiligo treatment as it goes deep inside the basic root cause to exterminate the disease. The persons requiring homeopathic medicine Sulphur show a mind constantly occupied with various theories and plans due to which they suffer from mental fatigue and absent-mindedness.
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Vitiligo Discomfort & Sun Care!

Dr. Ravish Kamal 92% (10 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Vitiligo Discomfort & Sun Care!

Vitiligo leads to loss of skin color in patches. It can affect any part of the body including hair and insides of the mouth. It occurs when cells producing melanin stop functioning or die. Since melanin is responsible for skin and hair color, death or non-functioning of these cells leads to loss of skin color. This disease may affect all types of skin though it is more noticeable in dark-skinned people. It is neither life-threatening nor contagious, but it can be stressful and discomforting.

The Problem With Vitiligo:

Vitiligo can be treated, but treatment cannot restore the pristine skin. This is because treatment cannot prevent continued or recurrent loss of melanin. Usually, Vitiligo patients don’t suffer from any pain, soreness, irritation or dryness of the skin. Nevertheless, people with Vitiligo have to take extra protection from sunburn. People suffering from Vitiligo suffer from lack of melanin, the pigment that imparts color to the skin and which also protects the skin from sunburn. In the absence of this protective barrier, Vitiligo patients are prone to sunburn. They may feel itchy and irritated after going out in the sun for some time. It may even spread to other areas if such people are exposed to the sun for a long time. This is why sun care is important in vitiligo.

Suncare In Vitiligo:

People suffering from Vitiligo need extra care from the sun as well as from warm weather, owing to their vulnerability to sunburn and exacerbation of disease symptoms. Sunburn is not just painful, it may also abate skin cancer.  This is why people suffering from Vitiligo use sunblock or sunscreen products.

They need to choose something that protects them from the ultraviolet rays in the daytime. In fact, there are two types of ultraviolet rays each of which necessitates a different level of protection for Vitiligo people.

Ultraviolet A (UVA):

These are long wavelength rays that penetrate deep into the skin. They can precipitate dryness and cause wrinkles. They are the ones that can cause skin burns. People suffering from Vitiligo need to adopt extra protection from these rays. The required degree of protection is often indicated by stars on the packaging of sunblock creams or sunscreens.  For protection against UVA, one needs products with at least 4 stars.

Ultraviolet B (UVB):

These are medium wavelength rays that mainly cause sunburn. The degree of protection against these rays is specified by SPF (Skin Protection Factor). SPF ranges from 2 to 50+. People with Vitiligo require at least an SPF 25 product. There are many ayurvedic sunscreens and sunblock’s with the required degree of protection.

Making Patient Immune to Sun:

The sunblock cream or sunscreen needs to be waterproof. Moreover, using sunblock may well be the best way to prevent sunburn.  This is because some UV rays have the ability to penetrate any sunscreen.  To protect the skin from irritation and sunburn one may wear loose cotton clothes, a sunglass, and a sun hat to keep the sun rays at bay. Being in the shade during the daytime also helps.

In Vitiligo patients, one can surely prevent it from aggravating and spreading by adopting some simple sun care routines.

 

Laser Hair Removal - Know Merits Of It!

Dr. Ashish Davalbhakta 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS, Mch (Plastic Surgery), FRCS (UK)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Pune
Laser Hair Removal - Know Merits Of It!

It is the process of in which the unwanted and undesirable hair are removed through pulses of light that are highly intense and powerful.

During laser hair removal, a pulse beam passes through the skin to an individual hair follicle. The intense heat of the laser damages the hair follicle, which hinders its future hair growth. Laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair.

Why is it done?

Laser hair removal is used to reduce unwanted hair. Common treatment locations include legs, underarms, upper lip, chin and bikini line. However, it's possible to treat unwanted hair in nearly any area -  except the eyelid or surrounding area.

Hair color and skin type influence the success of laser hair removal. For example, laser hair removal is most effective for people who have light skin and dark hair because the laser beam targets the pigment (melanin) in the hair. However, advances in technology have made laser hair removal an option for people who have darker skin.

Laser hair removal isn't generally effective for white, gray, red or blond hair because the laser can't "see" the lighter hair. However, treatment options for lighter hair continue to be investigated.

What are the advantages of hair removal surgery?

  • More precise: Selective target makes it more precise leaving the surrounding hair undamaged.

  • More speedy and quicker: High speed and highly intensified pulse takes only a fraction of second to treat many hair at the same time.Small areas such as the upper lip can be treated in less than a minute, and large areas, such as the back or legs, may take up to an hour.

  • More Predictable: It is so because repeated therapies of hair removal may result in permanent loss of hair among several patients.

What are the risks associated with it?

This treatment does not guarantee complete hair removal the hair can grow after having undergone hair removal surgery but however the grown hair are more light in color and weight.

Care After the Procedure-

What can you expect ?

Before laser hair removal, the hair in the treatment area might be trimmed with a pair of scissors. You'll also be given special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. The doctor might apply a topical anesthetic to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment.

Aftercare-

To reduce any discomfort, apply ice to the treated area. If you have a skin reaction immediately after laser hair removal, the doctor might apply a steroid cream to the affected area.

After laser hair removal, avoid sun exposure - both natural sunlight and tanning beds. When your skin has healed, use sunscreen whenever you're in the sun.

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CO2 Fractional Laser For Wrinkle Removal!

Dr. Rajeev Vij 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Delhi
CO2 Fractional Laser For Wrinkle Removal!

Carbon dioxide (CO2) Fractional Laser treatment is a new-age non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure that excels in treating a range of skin problems. The ablative laser procedure helps get rid of thin skin layers and aims to repair fine lines, blotchiness, acne scars, and traumatic or surgical scars. CO2 Laser treatment also works wonders for damaged skin tissues, a result of excessive sun exposure. However, the procedure is most effective for removing wrinkles, a common skin problem that most people develop in the old age.

Best candidates for CO2 Laser treatment

• People with facial wrinkles, age spots or fine lines

• People with saggy skin, blemishes, acne marks, and facial scars

• Those who have an uneven skin tone/pigmentation

• Someone with skin tan or damage

How does Fractional CO2 Laser work?

CO2 Fractional Laser removes deeper skin tissue layers in a fractionated manner. It eliminates columns of skin, keeping the surrounding area intact to help in the healing process.

The recent CO2 Laser version directs intense laser beams (short-pulsed light energy) to the targeted area. The lasers heat up the underlying dermis, which further results in the shrinking of collagen fibres. After repairing the damage, the laser beam activates natural collagen regeneration in the skin and gives your skin an even, smoother appearance.

Depending on your skin condition, you may have to appear for multiple sessions of the procedure.

Steps to the Procedure

Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is performed in steps-

• The first step is to prepare the skin prior to laser treatment. The dermatologist will perform a series of tests and procedures before treating you. This is done to increase the tolerance level of your skin to professional treatment methods and decrease the risk of any side effects.

• On the day of the treatment, the doctor will apply topical anaesthetics to the area, which needs to be treated. Anaesthesia will ease the pain and make you more comfortable during the procedure. Painkillers and sedatives are used when treating a large area of the skin.

• The dermatologist will clean your skin to remove excess dirt, oil and bacteria.

• Next, the doctor uses CO laser beams on the targeted area to repair wrinkles and other skin damages.

• Finally, he/she will dress the treated area in wraps to protect your skin and allow it to heal.

How long do the effects last?

The effects of Fractional CO2 Laser treatment are usually long-lasting. Once the repair is done, you can expect the results to last for several years, provided you take good care of your skin, as recommended by your dermatologist. Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is safe and does not involve many complications. This is a non-surgical procedure so you need not go under the knife. However, given the intricate nature of the procedure, it is highly recommended that you opt for an experienced dermatologist.

 

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Acne Myths & Facts - Clear Out Doubts!

Dr. Deepam Shah 90% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB - Dermatology & Venereology, FAM - FELLOWSHIP IN AESTHETIC MEDICINE, HAIR TRANSPLANT, DERMATOLOGY, COSMETOLOGY
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Acne Myths & Facts - Clear Out Doubts!

Most people have suffered from acne at some point in their life or the other. However, acne is one of the most misunderstood skin conditions.

Let's take a look at 5 myths and facts about acne.

Acne is caused by poor hygiene habits - Myth
Acne is not caused by dirty skin. Contrary to popular belief, washing your face too many times can make the condition of your skin deteriorate. This can also worsen your acne breakout. Aggressively soaping your skin and excessive use of astringent can also traumatize the skin and make it look worse after treatment. You should ideally wash your face twice a day; once in the morning and once before going to bed. However, if you feel a buildup of oil on your face, you can wash it with luke warm water and mild soap.

Acne affects people of all ages - Fact
Acne is most common amongst teenagers but can affect people of all races and ages. Hormonal changes and stress are two of the most common triggers for acne. Acne that begins after the age of 25 years is known as 'late-onset acne'. Hormonal changes associated with a woman's menstrual cycles often trigger acne eruptions.

There is no treatment for acne - Myth
Acne does not go away on its own. At the same time, toothpaste and 'picking pimples' are not the best forms of treatment for this condition. Acne can be easily treated with over the counter and prescription drugs. In some cases, you may also need antibiotics or hormonal medication. If left untreated, acne can result in permanent scarring that mars your beauty.

Moisturizing skin can help prevent acne - Fact
It may seem contradictory at first glance but keeping your skin moisturized can help prevent acne. Dehydrated skin produces more oil than hydrated skin. Thus keeping your skin hydrated is essential. Choose a light moisturizer instead of heavy crams.

Makeup causes acne - Myth
Makeup has often been misunderstood as a trigger for acne. However, makeup itself does not cause acne. The fault lies in not removing makeup properly at the end of the day. If you have oily skin that is prone to acne, choose powder based foundations instead of liquid foundations that can clog your pores. If you use a lot of makeup through the day, give your skin time to breathe at night. Ensure that every trace of makeup is removed before you go to bed.

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Laser Hair Removal - Must Know Things About It!

Dr. Amit Mukund Mulay 90% (10 ratings)
DNB (Plastic Surgery), DNB General Surgery, FCPS General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Pune
Laser Hair Removal - Must Know Things About It!

Body hair are typically seen as a manly attribution. For this reason, both men and women are constantly trying to keep their body hair free. Common ways of removing body hair includes shaving, waxing and the use of Depilatories. However, none of these techniques can permanently remove hair and hence need to be repeated regularly. The only way to permanently remove body hair is through laser hair removal therapy.

Laser hair removal can be used to address and remove hair on almost any part of the body including the face, arms, legs and bikini line. This procedure involves focusing intense light on the hair follicle pigments known as melanin without affecting the surrounding skin. The melanin absorbs this light energy and converts it to heat energy which in turn stops the stem cells in the hair roots from regenerating. This weakens the hair follicles to the point of falling off.

Hair removal is considered permanent when the hair follicles do not grow back. After the first session, new hair growth is often lighter and less dense than before.On an average, complete hair removal may require 5 to 6 laser sessions. Since laser therapy can be used to address only those follicles that are in the growing stage, these sessions are usually spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. During this time the hair follicles that were in the resting phase can grow out. The number of sessions required also depends on the quality and number of hair follicles, individual’s hormone levels, and metabolism. In some cases where hair growth is very dense, maintenance treatment may be required once in six months or annually.

The procedure is relatively pain free. During the treatment, the patient may experience a faint prick or sensation of warmth. When treating sensitive areas, topical anesthesia may also be used. However, this is rarely needed. This form of laser therapy can take anywhere between 5 to 45 minutes for a single session depending on the amount of area being addressed.

Laser hair removal is considered a safe procedure and has minimal side effects.In some cases, it may cause a temporary change in the color of the skin of the treated area, but this usually resolves itself without medication. This can be prevented by using a good sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and avoiding exposure to sunlight. In rare cases, people with a dark complexion may develop blisters and experience swelling and redness of the skin.

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