For one reason or the other, everyone seems to be looking for a new face, or more correctly, a newer, younger-looking skin on their face, a skin that is even-toned, free from scars, wrinkles and imperfections, in fact, a skin that glows with youthfulness! However, all these come at the price of a chemical peel…. Read more »

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Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by flushing of face, redness and spots. It often affects the face particularly nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. Other symptoms like eye-irritation, sensitivity to sunlight and acne-like bumps may also occur in some people. Those who develop rosacea must avoid use of harsh facial cleansers and cosmetics… Read more »

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The presence of nails distinguishes humans (primates) from other mammals. Nails serve many purposes such as protection of fingers/toes from trauma or help in simple daily activities like picking up things, opening a bottle or scratching. Sometimes a change in nail colour or texture helps to identify various health issues such as psoriasis and malnutrition. Hence… Read more »

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Food allergies cause various symptoms in human body ranging from mild to severe.  Food allergy is caused when the immune system treats a specific food protein (allergen) as a threat and attacks it. An antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) is released to neutralize the allergic food substance (allergen). If the allergen is further detected in… Read more »

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Appearance of strange rashes on your baby’s rosy supple skin can be alarming. Most of you many get distressed at the mere sight of these skin issues. The rashes on baby skin can develop due to infections (viral, bacterial or fungal) or allergies (food or medication). If the baby shows severe symptoms or display other… Read more »

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Skin acts as the primary medium of defense against foreign bodies. Every day the skin is exposed to various types of irritants which may cause itching, irritation, swelling and breakouts. Skin irritation can be triggered by various factors like seasonal changes, allergies and chemicals. Diseases that are characterized by skin inflammation, redness, itching and rash… Read more »

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Fungal skin infections can be irritating and embarrassing too. Fungi thrive in moist areas of the body such as arm pits, genital area, between the toes and under the breasts. These fungi live only on the epidermis, the topmost layer of the skin. Dermatophytes, the fungi causing skin infection feast on the skin protein Keratin…. Read more »

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Although ageing cannot be reversed, certain foods can help to minimize the unwelcomed changes that occur with progression of age. A few additions on daily diet can mediate overall health improvement and prevention of age-related diseases. Following is a list of food items that shows evident anti-ageing properties: 1.Green Tea The antioxidants (polyphenols) in green… Read more »

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Keratosis pilaris is a common, harmless skin condition characterized by small painless bumps on skin forming dry, rough patches. This condition usually affects the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks and rarely occurs on the face also. Although it is more common in children, it can occur at any age. In most cases the condition… Read more »

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The major cause of skin cancer is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. There are three types of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. BCC and SCC are known as non-melanoma skin cancers. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and about 10 percent… Read more »

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Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune inflammatory disease. It is a common skin condition that alters the life cycle of skin cells. This condition causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. Normally, skin cells… Read more »

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Thanks to modern technology, non-surgical skin procedures are one the fastest growing cosmetic techniques used by women and men alike who no longer want to live with permanent scarring and signs of aging. With greater leisure time and more exposure to the sun as well as more stressful lives, it’s the skin, the largest organ… Read more »

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As far as superficial fungal skin infections go, Athletes foot is the most common of all fungal skin infections. It is caused by tinea pedis and is variously known as ringworm of the foot, moccasin foot or Hong Kong foot that leads to itching, scaling, redness or flaking of the skin of the affected area…. Read more »

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A lot of young women we see here experience a flare of acne, just before or during their periods and get very alarmed about it, considering the possibility of a hormonal imbalance. To get straight to the point, this bout of acne does not indicate a hormonal imbalance at all and is actually one of… Read more »

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Hard water contains un-dissolved salts of Calcium and Magnesium. They disrupt the outer protective layers of the skin, which affects the skin’s natural moisturization process negatively. Here in Bangalore, the water is hard and hence we frequently come across patients who experience excessive skin dryness. We also see many from the pediatric population having atopic… Read more »

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Children’s skin issues start right from the time of birth and stretch out well into their adolescence. Diaper rash or diaper dermatitis is one of these issues that is found in the area covered by the diaper. In mild cases, the skin may appear just red and irritated and clear up within 3-4 days, but… Read more »

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For some reason, we are all obsessed with our hair, male or female notwithstanding! An average Indian adult has about 5 million hairs on their body, and about 110,000 on their heads. Females prefer to get rid of their bodily hairs, but as far as the head hair is concerned, it’s never thick enough, straight/curly… Read more »

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Let’s get one thing clear from the beginning, the menace of acne doesn’t give headaches to girls alone, it affects boys too. And though the reason why some people are more prone to acne isn’t clear, it’s been postulated that hormones, specifically androgen, could be playing a major role here. During puberty, this hormone is… Read more »

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Acne doesn’t differentiate between caste, creed, gender or age and is indeed very common all over the world; it’s estimated to affect about 660 million people globally, thus making it the 8th most common disease of the world. Those between the ages of 12-25 years are its commonest victims with about 80-90% of adolescents being afflicted

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Nail fungal infections aren’t exactly uncommon and can be found both in tropical as well as temperate countries. The fungus gets in through minute cracks in the skin or nail bed and can cause the nails to discolor and lose their texture or thicken and start crumbling from the edges. They could also become warped or distorted or even lead to in-growing toenails. If left untreated,

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Many a times I encounter queries from my patients about the DIY or home remedies for treating skin conditions. India has always been a hub of traditional and alternative medicine and hence this fetish is understandable. But the message that needs to trickle down is that there are very few genuine practitioners and very less authentic research available to support the claims.

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