Understanding oily skin

Oily skin medically done as a “Seborrhoea” is described for skin that feels greasy, looks shiny usually, have large open pores which is also prone to acne and though viewed as a cosmetic concern, what is skin can have a negative impact on one’s confidence and mental health. Oily skin is such a common concern…

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Vitamin B5 in skin care

Vitamin B5 is also called Panthothenic acid which comes from the greek word “Panthos” meaning everywhere which is quite the appropriate name as pantothenic acid functions as a Coenzyme A a co-factor of various biological processes in our body. It is also referred to as “anti stress vitamin” Vitamin B5: Pantothenic acid in Human body…

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Red scars or Post inflammatory erythema

Post acne erythema are also called post acne erythema or macular erythema. They are persistent pink to red marks that occurs in acne patients during the course of acne treatment and persists for sometime even after the acne subsides. They are more commonly seen in patients with lighter skin (FST I-III), but PIE can also…

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Christmas gift guide

Do you have loved ones who enjoys a skincare or even just trying out as a beginner? Or are you looking for skincare products to treat yourself with this Christmas?Are you confused with the endless amount of products available in the market? Being the dermatologist who writes about all things dermatology, skin, hair and nail…

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How to achieve the best results with your skin care regimen?

How many times have you tried an anti-aging or anti-acne creams or a brightening serum but failed to see it work on you? Your constant breakouts never stopped, the mirror reflects back new wrinkles and your pigmentation is stubborn enough to never fade. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m definitely guilty of the above!!…

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Fungal Acne: A misnomer. Medically it’s called Pityrosporum folliculitis

Acne is such a common condition that to an untrained eye, all red bumps (papules/pustules) must be acne. There are other dermatological disorders that present like acne but are not acne. Pityrosporum folliculitis or Malassezia folliculitis (Fungal acne in layman terms, but fungal acne is not a medical diagnosis since it’s not acne or form…

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Understanding hair fall

We have all, at one point in time, dealt with excessive hair fall that alarmed us enough to either self treat with DIY/home remedies or to seek a dermatologist’s opinion. Let us understand the normal physiological process that our hair goes through which is called “Hair cycle”. Hair cycle is divided into 3 main phases…

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Biotin: the lack of science behind its use as a hair supplement

Continuing my hair care series, I thought this topic is definitely worth writing about. Biotin (vitamin B7) supplements has been widely popularised for the treatment of hair fall and thinning hair. It’s promised to help grow long, thick, luscious hair and for healthy nails as well. But is there a rational scientific evidence behind this…

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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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Hair oils: Science behind its use in hair care

Hair oil application has been the basic hair care remedy for beautiful, black, luscious hair especially in Indian females (and for some males who groom their beard religiously :P). We’ve been taught at a very early age about hair grooming, mothers would be seen applying and massaging layers of oil into their daughters scalp while…

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