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Skin care tips

General tips:-

  1. Protect yourself from the sun: Use sunscreen, seek shade and wear protective clothings
  2. Don’t smoke: smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles.
  3. Treat your skin gently: limit bath time, avoid strong soaps and moisturize dry skin.
  4. Eat a healthy diet: a healthy diet can help you look and feel your best..
  5. Manage stress: uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems..

What is acne/ pimples? :-

Acne is a common skin problem that affects 85% adolescents (16-28 years age group) Acne can occur in older age also.

Acne needs proper treatment as it can cause permanent disfigurement of the face in the form of pigmentation and scarring.

What causes acne? :-

There are multiple factors that play a role. During puberty there are changes in the hormones of the body which increase the normal oil secretion (sebum) from the oil glands of the skin. This is greatly affected on the face, upper chest, upper back, and arms. This is one of the main reasons for acne. 

Myths regarding acne:-

  1. Acne occurs only during puberty and adolescents
  2. Very frequent washing of the face reduces acne.
  3. Overuse of anti-acne creams will reduce the acne faster.
  4. Acne occurs as a reason of impurities in the blood.
  5. Sunlight will dry up the acne.
  6. One should not take treatment for acne. It will improve on its own..
  7. Doctors can treat acne in 3-5 days.
  8. Chocolates and oily food cause acne.
  9. Scalp oiliness or dandruff causes acne.
  10. Increased sexual activity or masturbation causes acne.
  11. Stomach disturbances or constipation cause acne..

Don’ts for acne:-

  1. Don’t expect home remedies to cure acne. If they are not working seek help from a dermatologist.
  2. Do not pick or scratch acne.
  3. Avoid cosmetics and makeup. If really necessary then use water-based and non-comedogenic labeled products. Always remove makeup with an alcohol-free makeup remover..
  4. Avoid foods with high glycemic index and processed foods..
  5. Avoid direct sunlight, dust, smoke.

DO’s for acne:-

  1. Consult a specialist for your acne for proper treatment.
  2. Follow your dermatologist’s advice and seek regular follow up.
  3. Use alcohol-free soaps and cleansers...
  4. Use protective clothing, hats when outdoors. Clean your face after outdoor exposures...
  5. Discuss your concerns freely with your doctor for best treatment outcomes.