Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Some people have an easy tendency towards pigmentation. In other words, anything and everything leaves a blotchy mark on their face. From a simple scratch or a pimple to sun allergies or infections, any inflammation leaves behind a blotchy mark which does not heal on its own. This is called Post Inflammatory Hyper pigmentation and is caused due to a sluggish healing mechanism of the skin. This tendency often runs in the family and is more common in dark skinned people. It can be corrected by restoring and assisting the healing mechanism of the skin through medication and skin lightening agents.

Dr. Pranjal Shamsher is a Multi-Therapy Consultant & a pioneer in skin friendly treatments. She can be contacted at Dr. Health Clinics on 42067474 - 75 or 23568290 - 91. To read her articles log on to -

Monday, 16 January 2017

Kick Dry Skin to the Curb

Top dermatologist's weigh in on the common problems of winter skin and how to get some relief.

Winters here and with it come the harsh winds of irritated skin. The routine of cold and dry outside and hot and dry inside is wreaking havoc on our precious skin. So, what's a girl to do? Thankfully, a lot according to Dr. Doris Day, MD, FAAD, New York dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift (Avery Books) and Dr. Loretta Ciraldo Miami dermatologist and author of Six Weeks to Sensational Skin (Rodale) who share their winter-protecting secrets.

Be on a hot bath boycott.
In certain parts of the country, it's chillingly cold. And it is precisely those cold temperatures that may lead many to a huge dry skin culprit:hot, long, baths. "Hot showers strip away your body's natural oils," says Dr. Day, leaving your skin dry and tight. Instead Dr. Day recommends taking not-so-hot showers, and then patting dry rubbing totally dry after so your body is a bit damp. "It's about water retention," says Dr. Day.

Still using summer products? Aint gonna cut it.
Using a rich cream instead of a lotion will make a huge difference in your skin," says Dr Day, as lotions are thinner and not as emollient as their thicker cream counterparts. Instead, Dr. Day suggests switching out your light warm weather lotion for a richer, more penetrating cream.

Don't worry about wrinkles.
"Women often see an exaggeration of wrinkles in the winter," says Dr. Ciraldo, "because of skins dryness." So if you look in the mirror and see more fine lines around your eyes and mouth, don't add more stress to your sensitive skin by freaking out. It is most likely a temporary thing. Instead, defend yourself with a hydrating night cream and a good night's sleep.

Soak in it.
"It's important to put moisture back in your body," says Dr. Ciraldo, and she means literally. Dr. Ciraldo recommends relaxing in a bathtub of tepid water until your fingertips are wrinkled, however long that takes "Your skin has a great capacity for holding water," says Dr. Ciraldo, "it's important to get re-hydrated."

Read ingredients.
Because our skin loses lipids in the winter (the barrier that keeps water in) it's important to use products that contain lipids, like the ever-popular Ceramides. Dr. Ciraldo also recommends looking for products with Stearic Acid (an animal fat) and Glyco-Lipids, that can also help in preventing moisture loss.

Get oily.
This is a good time to get on the Flaxseed oil and Fish oil bandwagon. Besides, being high in good-for-you Omega-3's, these oils help keep the skin supple. Fish oil and flax seed oil supplements can also help improve skin's appearance and reduce the pain of stiff sore joints, caused by the winter cold and possible the increase of you staying indoors and couch surfing.

Avoid Soap.
"Many soaps are drying, so it's important to wash with a liquid non-soap cleanser," says Dr. Ciraldo. In addition, Dr. Ciraldo suggests looking for cleansers or moisturizers that are possess botanicals, plant extracts like chamomile and lavender which are naturally body replenishing. Botanicals are often soothing as well; ideal for wind chapped or exposed skin.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Hair gels can cause acne

Did you know that hair gels can trigger acne on the face? Well, sadly this is true. I learnt my lesson after a long wait. I used to get really painful acne all over my face. Several of them kept coming in bunches all the time. All kinds of advice started pouring in. don’t eat oily food, wash your face more often, use neem tablets, I followed everything. But it did not help much. One of my relative then suggested going for acne consultation with Dr. Health skin clinic. There I met one lady doctor by name Dr. Pranjal Shamsher who checked my skin and asked me a few questions. She asked whether I had oiled my hair because it appeared sticky. I told her I was used to applying gel to set my hair and that I had been doing it ever since, long before I actually had acne. But she asked me to stop it. She said if I continued the medicines would not work. She suggested I cut my hair very short so that the need to style them would not arise and they would also not irritate my forehead skin. Weird suggestion… I first thought, but followed it still. She gave some medicated scrub which really cleaned my face very well. Also advised me to use face packs and gave some tablets. It helped, after so many days; my skin started appearing oil free. She had also told me to only touch my face using tissues and not with bare hands. So all you friends, hair gels can cause acne. So if you have acne, try stopping the gel. It might really work.