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Tanya Munshi

Now that you know how to make pimples you get disappear, here are some tips to make sure they donít recur and you can live a pimple free life!

  • Never touch your pimples. Continuous touching can spread the bacteria on your face and cause pimples elsewhere.

  • Change the sheets of your bed and pillow regularly. At times, bacteria present on your pillow cover can lead to pimples.

  • Have a lukewarm water bath. Never bathe with piping hot water as it removes the essential oils from your skin. After a bath, pat your skin dry. Never rub it harshly with a towel as youíll only strip away essential skin cells and make it even drier and prone to infections.

  • Remember, you should never share make up. You never know whose infection might ruin your skin.

  • Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily; this helps in flushing out the toxins in your body that cause pimples and other skin problems.


    Tanya Munshi

    Pimples have a notorious habit of showing up just before that special date or a much-awaited party. It doesnít matter how great your date is or how lovely the party is, you constantly feel that all eyes are on your face, with a pimple spoiling the show.

    Tone, Wash, And Moisturize
    Acne is mainly caused by bacteria build-up, so itís best to use an anti-bacterial face wash. Usually, your dermatologist will recommend a safe product to use. Better still, use fragrance-free face wash that is free of any oils.

    Apply an oil free, vitamin E-enriched cream that is useful to heal pimple-prone and ruptured skin. You need to remove the impurities from your face to allow it to breathe. Never forget to use a toner and a face wash daily after returning from outside. An alcohol-free toner is best as it will keep a check on the bacteria on the skin. Use an oil-free sunscreen for your face. But remember, you need very little of it, else the sweat and your oily skin will lead to more pimples.

    When A Pimple Strikes
    Rule of thumb, never squeeze a pimple as this may cause scarring and infection. Squeezing a pimple reddens the area, causing the bacteria to spread. Instead, every half an hour, apply a cold compress on the pimple. Even if it gives you the chills, hold the ice on the affected area for a couple of minutes. Cold compress does wonders in reducing redness, swelling, and pain. Wash your face at least three times a day with anti-acne soap. Follow it up with an anti-acne cream containing benzyl peroxide. Seek a doctorís advice before purchasing and applying as overuse of such creams can cause excessive drying of skin.

    Hide It
    Always go for water-based products as they are lighter on oily skin. Preferably choose a medicated concealer with anti-acne properties. First dab some toner with cotton wool on the pimples. The toner will dry up the excess oil, and then use the concealer. Remember, concealers can be creamy, so use them sparingly. You can spread the concealer with your finger tips, a brush, or cotton wool. Once you have applied the concealer, allow it to dry and use a powder brush to set it. Once done, apply oil-free foundation and compact to complete the picture. Ensure the foundation has a yellow base to reduce the redness of the pimples.

    Do wash your face with a mild soap thrice a day.
    Do wash your face often (plain water splashes).
    Do steam your face at least twice a week.
    Do use a separate face towel and soap.
    Do eat a healhty balanced diet rich with fruits and vegetables. It is generally believed that oily food aggravate acne. This is not true.
    Do inform your doctor if you are taking any other oral medications like oral contraceptive pills, hormones etc.
    Do ask your doctor for any clarification regarding your medications.
    Do visit your dermatologist regularly.

    Don't pinch / pluck at your pimples or even touch them. They can scar.
    Don't stop your medications abruptly without consulting your doctor. Oral medications may have to be taken for at least 5-6 months.
    Don't use any strong medicated soaps.
    Don't use oily cosmetics.

    Cosmetic corrective procedures for Acne scars
    Chemical Peel :
    Various chemical agents like Retinoic acid, Trichloracetic acid, Alpha hydroxy acid or Phenol are used to induce exfoliation of superficial layers of skin.
    Dermabrasion: Abrading superficial layers of skin using emory or sand paper or motorized dermabrader.
    Collagen Injection: Used to fill up and level up skin unevenness and smoothen it.
    Excision & Punch Graft: Deep pitted scars can be excised and punch grafted.

    Acne, commonly known as 'Pimples' is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the pilosebaceous unit (hair follicle and oil producing glands). It is one of the commonest conditions affecting the teenage population. Usually they subside spontaneously within a few years, but a small percentage of them continue to have them even in their early thirties.

    Acne is due to various reasons. There is increased stickiness of the cells that line the opening of the hair follicle due to which the sebum which is normally secreted out through thisroute, gets blocked, resulting in the 'blackhead'. There is also an increased amount of the bacteria 'Propionibacteria acnes' which normally resides there in small numbers. There is also increased sebum production due to the hormonal variation that takes place at the time of puberty.

    Acne can either be non-inflammatory (just blackheads) or they can progress to larger lesions filled with pus, which ultimately scar. Topical medications in the form of lotions, gels etc. is sufficient for small non inflammatory ones, but once pus filled lesions are present, oral antibiotics are necessary, in addition to the topical medications.

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    It is very common that almost every woman in a specific time of their lives will develop stretch marks. Others simply have a generic predisposition to stretch marks and get them everywhere and others, never develop stretch marks at all.

    They look like reddish lines across the body, and with time they will turn white. In pregnancy it is common to have them since the skin is stretching very rapidly to accommodate the baby and the milk stored in the breasts.

    Once the stretch marks develop they will stay with you forever; but with time they will be less noticeable. The only way to avoid stretch marks is preventing them.

    We recommend:
    It is very important to exercise in order to get rid of stretch marks; toning your muscles helps your skin to remain firm thus preventing stretch marks.

    Make sure your diet contains plenty of protein and foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, they promote good tissue growth.

    Massaging your body with olive oil or Vitamin E may help.

    You can also try this homemade recipe: Mix one ounce of carrier oil (try avocado, sweet almond, jojoba, they are the best) with seven drops of lavender and five drops of chamomile.

    Apply cocoa butter and/ or elastin cream throughout the body as directed on label. These are very good for stretch marks.

    Here is another good recipe:
    1/2 cup virgin olive oil.
    1/4 cup aloe vera gel.
    liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E.
    liquid from 4 capsules of Vitamin A.
    Mix all the ingredients together in a blender. After that pour the mixture into a jar and store it in the fridge. Apply the oil externally all over the places where the stretch marks commonly appear (abdomen, hips, thighs and breasts). If you do this consistently every day, you may prevent stretch marks.


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