Acids in Skincare

We’ve all heard of acids such as glycolic acids, and if you’re acne prone- salicylic acid and the rest. These acids are used in skincare products as chemical exfoliants i.e they help to chemically detach cells in the upper most layer of the skin from one another, yielding a more youthful, smoother, brighter skin. What…

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Dark circles: More than meets the eye

Dark circles though very common, can be difficult to address. Many factors are involved in causing dark circles, such as ethnicity, bone structure, anatomy of the skin etc, and most times a cream or serum cannot address all the factors involved, thus resulting in failure of treatment. Let’s try to understand more about dark circles…

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Dark spots post acne

Medically termed as “Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation” or PIH, these are dark brown to blue to black pigmentation that are left behind as a sequelae of the acne. PIH can cause more concerns for individuals with acne than the acne itself but the good news is that, PIH are lesser evils of all pigmentation issues that…

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How to store skincare products?

I got a few questions on how to store skincare products when one is living in a hot tropical country with summers of >35°C and when instructions on product labels read “store below 25°C or store sunscreen below 30°C? This is actually a great question and concern for consumers, I was so impressed at this…

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An update on body acne (truncal acne)

I’ve written post on this a while ago, and not much data was available then regarding truncal acne. So here’s an update on another common issue : Truncal acne. Truncal acne refers to the acne involving the back and or chest. Around 50% of patients with facial acne also suffer from truncal acne while ~…

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Cracked feet, Corns and Calluses

Be it cracked feet, corns or calluses, everyone of us has suffered from either of these conditions at least once in our lifetime. Corns and calluses Corns and calluses are common issues arising on the feet. They are keratotic skin lesions that occur as a results of repeated pressure and friction leading to thickening of…

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Atopic eczema: On the rise

Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterised by recurrent acute flares of erythematous (red) itchy skin rash with all without some oozing. Atopic eczema (AE) usually starts in infancy (< 1 year) or during childhood. Some children outgrow the disease while for maturity it may persist into adulthood. AE can also…

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Paraben in skincare and cosmetics

Parabens have been been used since the 1920s safely as preservatives in skin care products, cosmetics and various other toiletries items used in our every day life. Parabens are also present in certain food such as blueberries, strawberries, grapes, barley etc though in small quantities. Parabens are also used in pharmaceutical companies in various medications.…

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Do pimple patches work?

Do you often get your breakouts just before one event? Have you ever used Pimple patches? What is these patches made of? Do they even work? Can they work for all types of pimples? What are pimple patches? These patches are hydrocolloid dressings which were traditionally used for treating acute or chronic wounds. They’ve also…

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Are antiperspirants and deodorants safe?

Aluminium has been shown to possess some undesirable biological effects on human body and exposure to high doses of aluminium has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and Alzheimers’s Disease. Why did the controversy exist between breast cancer and antiperspirant? As a majority of breast cancer occurs in the upper outer quadrant…

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