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Squeeze It or Wash It? We Have Our Own Solutions To Acne Problem, But Are They Doing Any Good?

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You can use cosmetics to cover up some facial flaws, but if you have acne on your face, you can’t completely hide it.Severe acne can have a significant impact on social relationships and affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem in a way that leads to depression – particularly during teenage. Depression is very common in people with severe acne, who may feel especially self-conscious about their skin.

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9 COMMON SKINCARE MISTAKES WE ALL MAKE UNKNOWINGLY

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Has problem-free skin always been a distant dream for you despite splurging wholeheartedly on luxe products? You’d be surprised to know that your daily routine and some of the most common things you use everyday are giving you breakouts and other skin problems. Here’s identifying the problem and helping you out with quick tips.

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Top Home Remedies to reduce Dandruff

Looking over your shoulder while driving is a healthy habit. But looking over your shoulder to check for dandruff could be quite embarrassing, especially for women.

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Dandruff is a common scalp condition that is usually chronic but not contagious (unless caused by infection). Formation of dry, white flakes of dead skin on hair and scalp is dandruff. It may also be accompanied by itching and burning sensation.

Those with oily skin are more prone to this problem because it is often a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis.

Dandruff is caused by:

– cold, dry weather
– infrequent shampooing
– overgrowth of yeast-like fungus (malassezia)
– sensitivity to hair products
– conditions like eczema and psoriasis
– hormonal changes
– stress
– diet lacking in zinc and b vitamins

Try these home remedies to reduce dandruff:

Home remedy 1
– take a handful of neem leaves.
– boil them in 4 cups of water.
– cool and strain this solution.
– rinse your hair with this decoction 2-3 times a week.

Home remedy 2
– take some coconut oil.
– add half the amount of lemon juice in it.
– mix them thoroughly.
– apply this mixture to the roots of your hair and massage for a few minutes.
– leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Home remedy 3
– take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
– add an equal amount of water.
– add 15-20 drops of tea tree oil.
– mix the ingredients well.
– massage your scalp with the mixture.
– rinse after a few minutes.
– follow this remedy 2-3 times a week.

Now you can confidently say” look, no dandruff any more”

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4 Common Combing Mistakes That Lead To Excessive Hairloss

4 Common Combing Mistakes That Lead To Excessive Hairloss

You will be surprised to know that about 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from excessive hairfall in India. Excessive hair fall can be the result of certain illnesses, hormonal changes, over-use of hair products that contain chemicals or a poor diet. What you may not have considered is that you can also lose a lot of hair by combing it the wrong way.

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Check if you’re making these common combing mistakes.

1. Are you combing your hair from the roots down?
If you’re combing your hair you should always start from the middle while working it downwards. Move the comb upwards (near the roots) only when there are no more tangles remaining in the bottom half.
If you start combing from your roots, you may have to fight more tangles on the way to the bottom. This induces strain on your scalp, and increases hair breakage. The end result is weak hair and roots, and more hair fall.

2. Are you combing post the application of a hair product?
A comb should never be used just after the application of a hair paste, serum or cream for treatment or styling. You must use only your fingers to comb through your hair once you’ve applied a styling product.
If you use a comb post-application of a styling product, it not only loses its effect, but may also harm your hair and its texture.Consequently, it may lead to increased breakage and hair loss over time.

3. Are you detangling your hair after shampooing or washing?
Hair is known to be at its weakest when wet, which can also make it prone to tangling. Combing and excessive pulling of tangled, wet hair increases your chances of hair breakage and eventual hair loss.
To avert water-induced frowns, you can try giving a comb-through before wetting your hair in the shower. Alternatively, you can also try combing your hair during a shower. Apply the conditioner first; next, untangle the strands by using only your fingers, and then use a wide-toothed comb just before washing.

4. Are you regularly back-combing your hair?
Sometimes people back-comb their hair from the roots working towards the ends. This hair teasing technique adds volume and texture to your hair. Although it’s a great trick, its regular use may damage your hair cuticles, which as a result, may also ruin your hair’s quality, lead to frizzy hair and increase breakage and hair loss.
To get the element of volume without the damage, you can try light hair sprays, which help you in getting a similar look.

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Bathing Soap vs. Body Wash: What’s Better When You Take a Shower?

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Bathing soap vs. Body wash: what’s better when you take a shower?

The most important part of skincare is keeping your skin cleansed and fresh. But before that, it is imperative to find the right product for the same. Skin type varies from person to person, and hence finding skincare goods most suited to your skin makes all the difference.

Bathing habits directly affect the quality of your skin, which involves picking the appropriate cleanse; i. E. Choosing between a body soap and body wash. Each has a different set of characteristics and comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Let’s find out which one is better for your skin.

Why you should choose bathing soap bar:

  •  it is more effective in removing dirt through deep cleansing
  •  it is suited to skin that is excessively oily in nature as it contains ingredients that are highly effective in stripping off excess oil from the skin

Why you should not choose bathing soap bar:

  •  it tends to strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture, making it dry and flaky
  •  it is unhygienic in case of sharing between individuals as soaps tend to accumulate the dirt from your skin due to direct body contact

Reasons to pick a body wash:

  •  it has a very mild and gentle effect on the skin in comparison to soaps
  •  it keeps the skin moisturized by preserving natural oils
  •  it is more hygienic than bar soaps in case of interpersonal sharing
  •  it is the most suitable option for dry skin

Reasons to ditch a body wash:

  •  it contains a large amount of artificial additives and preservatives that can do more harm to your skin than good, giving rise to allergic reactions in some cases

So, who’s the winner of the two?

You must certainly base the choice on what’s best for your skin type. Body soap is more compatible with oily skin while dry skin is better suited for body wash. A body wash, however, is much more gentle on your skin.

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Conditioning Before Shampoo Vs Post Shampoo – What’s Ideal?

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Conditioning Before Shampoo vs Post Shampoo – What’s Ideal?

Conditioners and shampoos, you need both for an appropriate hair care regimen. Just like most other people, you might have the confusion about conditioner use – whether to use it before you shampoo your hair or when you’re done with shampooing.

Read on to find out what you should be doing.

1. Hair Type: A factor that determines your use of a conditioner before you shampoo or after it depends on your hair type. For individuals who have dry or thick hair, using a conditioner after you shampoo is the most apt, especially during the winter months when complaints of flyaway hairs are very common. Conditioning before you apply shampoo to your hair is ideal if you’ve fine hair as it provides your hair with much needed nourishment. Additionally, it allows the shampoo to distribute evenly all over your hair.

2. Greasy Hair: Applying a conditioner before you shampoo your hair is most apt for individuals whose hair is prone to oiliness. This is because it helps you in thoroughly washing away the grease that gets build up in your hair when it’s time to shampoo. The regimen of shampoo and conditioning afterwards doesn’t ensure a proper elimination of the problem.

3. The Problem of Residues: If you condition your hair before shampooing, you can rest assure that no residues get left behind on the scalp. This is not the case when you condition your hair afterwards. Many a time, if you don’t rinse properly residues of the conditioner used get left behind, thereby weighing down your hair.

Unless your hair is of normal texture, conditioning before shampooing can prove to be beneficial for your hair.

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6 Effective Ways to reduce Warts – Cauliflower-like Skin Inflammation

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6 effective ways to reduce warts

Warts are small, rough patches on the skin (resembling cauliflowers) that are caused due to the human papillomavirus (hpv- a dna virus that can infect humans). In this condition, only the topmost layer of your skin gets infected and acquires a rough texture. Warts are not fatal (they do not cause cancer), but they are contagious in nature and do not vanish easily.

Read on to find the most effective ways to reduce warts.

1. Over-the-counter wart removers
Over-the-counter wart treatments containing salicylic acid (a type of fungicide) as an active ingredient are commonly used for effective removal of warts. These medications generally eliminate warts by removing the topmost layer of the skin, following the peel-off process.

2. Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy, also known as freezing therapy, is generally performed by a dermatologist and consists of the use of liquid nitrogen for freezing the warts. The application of the chemical results in the formation of a blister around the warts, which shed off after about a week. It takes almost 3 to 4 weeks to have completely wart-free skin. This method proves to be more effective when used with salicylic acid-based wart removers.

3. Laser treatment
Another form of wart removal is pulsed-dye laser treatment. An ablative co2 laser acts by cutting and burning the wart. In this type of treatment the affected blood vessels are burnt, leading to the death of the infected tissue, following which the wart too disappears. However, this method is not commonly used if other treatment methods tend to work as it is painful and may leave behind scars.

4. Vaccine
Sometimes your dermatologist may recommend the use of human papillomavirus (hpv) vaccine to successfully eliminate warts.

5. Immunosuppressive Drugs
In this type of treatment each wart is injected with a shot of immunosuppressive drugs, a medicine that fights cancer. However, this treatment is not preferred generally as it may be painful and comes with side effects like nail loss if the wart is present on the finger.

6. Immune therapy
When warts refuse to vanish after the use of all common treatments, this method is put into use. This type of treatment involves the use of medications or solutions, which strengthens your immune system so that it can repel warts. In this case your warts may be injected with an antigen or a solution or cream may be applied on them.

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Protect Yourself From Sun Damage

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Summer is the season to enjoy outdoors and enjoy delicious fruits.  But the heat and warmth of the sun and hot winds tend to damage the skin.  The harsh weather makes the skin rough and dull, and causes the pores to be clogged with sweat dust and dirt. Special attention should be given to the skin to keep it healthy and glowing during summer. Find out how changes in weather affect your skin and how you can protect your skin from the climate.

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Foto-fied with glow

 

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In recent times, there has been an increased demand for photo facials or foto facials. Foto facials are good for fine lines, particularly around the eyes and mouth, shallow acne scars, age spots and pigmented lesions, broken blood vessels and sun damage. It also reduces large pores, dark circles and chronic facial redness.

If you want to look like you did in your 20s or early 30s, a treatment involving foto facials along with a chemical peel and microdermabrasion(MDA) is ideal. An LED (light emitting diode) foto facial is a very gentle treatment that uses narrow spectrum light to boost collagen. LED photo facials are painless, cool and relaxing and carry no risk of burning. The best results come after a series of sessions.

An IPL (intense pulsed light) foto facial can treat a variety of skin conditions such as brown spots, broken capillaries, spider veins and facial redness. It delivers a bright blast of light at very high energy levels through a hand-held device. While some IPLs have cooling devices, it can be uncomfortable, even painful depending on the patient’s skin condition. Else, it is painless. People with blotchy, sun-damaged, discolored skin or large pores, freckles and wrinkles may benefit from an IPL foto facial. The procedure is quick and has no downtime.

During foto facial treatments, high energy light waves are used to reduce or eliminate many common effects of aging, including wrinkles and skin discoloration. It also encourages the production of collagen, a natural protein that fills in wrinkles, making the skin smooth and supple. With each treatment, the results of foto facials become more prominent. Five full-face sessions spaced three weeks apart are normally required for optimal results. The skin is cleaned and a cooing gel is applied. The treatment is performed with a laser which is placed against the problematic skin area and passes over with a bright infrared light. The good thing about the facial is that it has no down time, and in some cases results can be seen immediately.

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Dermatosurgery Treatment

Dermatosurgery like ingrown toenail, ear lobe repair ,warts removal and skin biopsy are done in Skinology clinic under all aseptic clinical environment.

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