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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A dermatologist’s take on DIY skincare

As a dermatologist, I’m a firm believer in evidence based medicine. We study dermatological issues and their treatment options throughout our training. We study molecules used in skin or hair care products religiously, reading the research available on them, which active ingredient works, how they work, the dosage, their benefits and side effects and how…

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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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Dandruff : What you need to know.

Dandruff is part of a common dermatological condition called “Seborrhoeic dermatitis” with dandruff being the most common & mildest form of the disease. It is said that 50% of the adult population worldwide are affected by it. The title of an article published in the Indian journal of dermatology read: “Dandruff: The most commercially exploited…

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The wedding glow

I’ve been slacking with creating new content for the past few months, its been difficult to find the motivation sometimes especially when one is dealing with a million other things. But now with this pandemic going on, countries are facing global lockdowns and being a dermatologists and not someone working in the front lines of…

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A taste of Coffee for your skin and hair

Coffee and tea has become the key to a great day. Majority of us start our day with either a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. Recently there has been a surge in the availability of caffeine based skin and hair care products. There are caffeine based eye creams, coffee scrubs, serums and…

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Azaelic acid for your skin care

Azaelic acid is one of the most underrated active skin care ingredient which is found naturally in our skin, and is helpful in the treatment acne,rosacea and as part for your skin care routine for a blemish free skin. Azaelic acid (AA) is a dicarboxylic acid that is naturally found in wheat, rye and barley.…

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