Our skin is one of the largest organs our body has and it works very hard to protect us from harmful elements. Taking care of our skin is important and something most of us struggle with in our daily lives. We invited Dermatologist and Laser specialist Dr Asma to share some skin-care tips for summers.
Acne and Pimples
When we talk about skin care, acne and pimples is one of the few most common concerns. While addressing the issue of acne, Dr Asma explained that acne is deep rooted and it starts showing after years of bad eating habits. Diet is a big participating factor. Therefore, while treating acne the solution has to be advised which cures acne from the roots and this process will require time and patience too.
What causes Acne?
- Fried food is one of the causes of acne. We as Pakistanis tend to over eat fried food especially during Ramadan and festive occasions.
- Insufficient Water intake: Water intake depends on your body weight. If you weigh 50 kgs, you need 10 glasses of water per day. For 60kgs it is 12-14 glasses per day. Water works as a flush for our system and is extremely important for all our body organs to function at their best.
- Excess of sugar and Dairy intake: If you eat a lot of sugar, dairy and milk products like packaged flavored milk or chocolates then it may lead to acne.
- Hormones: For women, one major cause of acne is hormones so it is important to ensure if your periods are regular.
- Skin Care routine: This includes how you take care of your skin externally, the products you use, whether you cleanse it or not.
In order to cure acne, a doctor can prescribe medicines and creams but it is most important to fix the diet. If you consume excess of the above and your water intake is insufficient then you should look into fixing that first before opting for medication.
Skin ageing is something we can’t run away from. How your skin ages depend on variety of factors like your diet, heredity, lifestyle and other personal habits. Sun exposure and weather conditions play a vital role in skin ageing. Other contributing factors also includes stress, sleep and daily facial movement.
- How to prevent anti-ageing? Best prevention for anti-ageing is to use a sunblock. Most people only wear sunblock while stepping out in the sun. However, you should also wear it at home because the ultra violet rays that reflect from windows cause anti-ageing the most. There are 2 types of sunblock. Chemical sunblock absorbs the ultra violet rays and changes into energy and doesn’t let the rays harm your skin. The physical sunblock protects you physically and reflects the light and gives a whiter look after application.
- Consumption and usage of Vitamin C: Consume vit C daily for a younger and fresh-looking skin and also to boost your immunity. Use Vit C serum to slow down ageing as the powerful anti-oxidant neutralizes the free radicals that cause oxidative stress to skin and cause ageing.
- Drink sufficient water
- Always make sure to remove makeup before sleeping. Cleanse your skin everyday and use a toner.
- Exfoliate your skin with a chemical exfoliant.
- Incorporate a hyaluronic serum for anti-ageing
Some other quick tips by Dr Asma for some of the questions asked
Dark patches in private areas?
Discoloration in private areas is caused by pigmentation. Avoid using hair removal creams. Advisable to use cotton pads and briefs.
Tips for Hairloss?
Check your hemoglobin and Vitamin D3. Avoid hair treatments like Rebonding and Relaxing. Consume green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli which has zinc. Add shampoos which are for hair growth and multivitamins like Perfectil.