Chemical peels: the modern day equivalent to Cleopatra’s beauty regimen

The quest for youth and beauty dates back to centuries ago when Cleopatra allegedly bathed in donkey milk (contains high amount of lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid -AHA) to maintain a youthful clear skin. Cleopatra was not alone in this, the Greeks and French were also using sour milk (lactic acid) and…

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Freckles or Sun spots?

The beauty standards of this world fuelled by unrealistic expectations through social media has made the slightest blemishes on the skin an un-welcomed sight. The world is more forgiving towards skin blemishes now, luxury brands are embracing models with vitiligo, freckles have made their way into instagram filters and I personally love seeing this change.…

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Melasma: the number one facial pigmentation

As I was growing up I’ve seen my mum and most of my aunts trying in vain every remedy available for the pigmentation on their face What is melasma? Melasma also called cloasma is a common acquired hyperpigmentation disorder affecting mostly women in their reproductive age groups (~15-45 years) . It is the most common…

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Prickly heat : Another nuisance of the summers

Summer is here is various parts of India!!! Its hot, its humid, we’re sweating and for the unlucky few, the skin is actually itching and pricking. Miliaria also called “prickly heat”, “sweat rash”, “heat rash” “ñiang shit” (in my mother tongue) is a common dermatological condition occurring mostly in hot, humid summers. Infants ( <1…

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Controversies regarding sunscreens

This is in continuation the my “All About Sunscreens” post. There are a few controversies relating sunscreens that we are worth mentioning. 1. Does regular use of sunscreens causes deficiency of Vitamin D? Multiple studies have shown that consumers do not use the adequate recommended amount of sunscreen on a daily basis to prevent vitamin…

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All about sunscreens

Sunscreens are the number one skin care product every dermatologist swears by. In the Western countries, where the incidence of sunburns and skin cancers are high among Caucasians, sunscreen is life saving. In a country like India, where the individual’s skin type (FST IV and V) predisposes them to pigmentation disorders (melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation…

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Do we need to fear the sun?

There is nothing like a bright sunny summer day to lighten up your mood. The sun is an essential component in the process of vitamin D synthesis in our skin, required for normal development and functioning of the bones. Yet exposure to the sun is not without any consequences. Before talking about the risks associated…

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