Pityriasis alba

A skin condition better known as “Khaid” in my mother tongue : Khasi. Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition mostly seen in children & adolescents between 3-16 years of age “Pityriasis” refers to the fine scales and “Alba” refers to the pale hypo-pigmented patches. These pale patches are mostly seen on the cheeks, arms,…

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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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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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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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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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