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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Retinoid for fighting pigmentation, acne and ageing skin.

As part of the series for active ingredients for pigmentation and as a continuation to my blog post on “vitamins and skin”, let’s dive in the details of another vitamin, that is – Vitamin A, also known as Retinoid. Retinoid was a term first used to describe the active form of vitamin A. It comes…

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