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Address your skin problems rightly

Address your skin problems rightly
Address your skin problems rightly

Pollution and erratic lifestyle are taking a toll on your skin, resulting in many ailments.

But if the problem persists, experts say you should consult a dermatologist as the cause may be something else.

Skin is the largest and the one of the most visible organs of the human body. While everybody wants flawless skin, in today's age of high pollution and lifestyle disorders, this is fast becoming an eluding dream.

"The type of the skin that a person has goes a long way in explaining the various skin conditions one might suffer from. For example, people suffering from ailments like psoriasis and eczema are the ones who usually have a dry skin while people with acne and seborrhoeic dermatitis have oily skin. Certain auto immune states can also give rise to skin conditions like alopecia areata and vitiligo. Metabolic syndrome refer to the various conditions that occur in a body along with the skin ailments, like a patient with psoriasis is more likely to have an increased body mass index, diabetes and high blood pressure," reveals Dr. Rohit Batra, a dermatologist.But whatever the skin disorder is, according to experts, people should consult a doctor if it persists.

"Whether you suffer from a rash, itchy skin, skin fungus or infection, skin bumps, or skin tags, it's advisable to consult a dermatologist. Your skin can be a window to your health. Many underlying health conditions, some very serious, first appear as skin problems. In some cases, the skin can show signs of an internal disease before the disease advances and becomes more serious. In other cases, a symptom is noticeable on the skin long after the disease begins causing damage internally," says Dr Apratim Goel, who likens a dermatologist to a detective since "we are always looking for clues on skin to detect inner diseases."

While skin disorders have become very common, experts say that balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle can play a vital role in preventing many of these ailments. "A well-balanced diet, along with medicines, is equally important," says Suman Agarwal, a nutritionist.

She suggests a healthy concoction which can help attain a natural and beautiful skin. "It's easy to make and tastes very good, too. Blend one/two Indian gooseberries, one tomato, one carrot, one small piece of beetroot and six leaves of spinach in a vegetable juicer and consume chilled. It's rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C (both are antioxidant), which help in clearing your skin, giving it a natural glow," she shares.

Dermatologists point out that skin problems generally occur due to irritants or allergens that the body is allergic to; so one must try and avoid the body contact with such conditions. And all of them are unanimous about one thing: if you have persistent skin ailments, don't try to selfdiagnose. Consult a professional dermatologist immediately.

Grandma's remedy can go a long way 
Nelofar Currimbhoy lists a few home remedies that can cure common skin problems.

Read on to know more...

- An egg white mask made with a few drops of lemon can help remove excess oil from the skin.
- For blackheads, crushed oats with fat-free milk or rose water make a good exfoliator. Also washing face with a neem-based soap is quite effective.
- For pigmentation patches, make a paste with a teaspoon of cream and two crushed almonds with a few drops of lemon juice. Rub it into the patches and leave on for 20 minutes. Apply a dab of potato juice after this and you have an effective remedy from nature.
- A splendid face treatment can be created with the scooped out shell of papaya. Use the residue by cutting one half through the centre horizontally and placing the two over the face with a gap at the nostrils. This fruit treatment is an effective tan remover and moisturiser. It also nourishes the skin.
- A good toner for patchy skin is tomato and mint juice

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