Quick Fixes to Indian Skin Problems by Dr. Apratim Goel
Call for combat!
Symptoms, severity or the usual genetic encounters- Indian skin problems are superbly different from the west. While most could be results of sweat-induced infections and clothes grazing all day, fluid-oozing situations could be the most worrisome. Fret not- instead of scratching, treat with home remedies! Lucky for you, Dr. Apratim Goel’s here’s for your rescue and promises to wade away your problems in a pop.
PIGMENTATION AND MELASMA
Why: In a tropical country close to the equator, the sun’s UV rays venture quite easy. By clumping together to infuriate the Indian skin, they’re the vital causes of hyper-pigmentation in India. Melasma is seen more on people with a darker skin tone and ones possessing hormonal and vascular etiologies.
Fix with: Turmeric and milk paste!
How to: While the curcumin in turmeric works as an efficient antioxidant and facilities skin-lightening, the lactic acid in milk exfoliates and smoothens your skin for days.
1. Mix two tbsps of turmeric with three tbsps of milk to conceive a gentle paste.
2. Add one tbsp of gram flour to the mix.
3. Apply the paste over affected area and let it dry for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with lukewarm water!
OILY SKIN, CLOGGED PORES AND ACNE
Why: Humidity, tropical temperatures and excessive pollution aggravate acne to the next level. Cleanse, tone and exfoliate regularly to stay clear of these dreaded zits.
Fix with: Tomato and cucumber toner
How to: Tomato unclogs the pores and prevents acne formation, while cucumber acts as an antiseptic agent.
1. Mix one tsp of each and apply on the face for 10 minutes every morning.
2. Rinse with cold water and repeat daily for oil-free skin!
Why: Traditional Indian customs aren’t the most skin-friendly. Allergic or irritant reactions to chooda, bindi, henna and kumkum aren’t very rare in Indian females. Once a reaction is observed, exposure should be immediately discontinued!
Fix with: Aloe vera
How to: This magical remedy would soothe the irritation and smoothen affected skin.
1. Apply a thin coat of fresh aloe vera gel over the affected area.
2. Let it stay for close to 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.
3. Repeat thrice daily.
Why: Excessive heat and occlusive clothing leads to notoriously itchy rashes, especially in the summers. Anti-inflammatory remedies are a must for relief!
Fix with: An oatmeal bath!
How to: 1. Anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of oatmeal offer an instant fix.
2. Add one cup of oatmeal powder to a bucket of cold water.
3. Soak yourself in it for 20 minutes and pat dry!
4. Repeat daily.
Dr Apratim Goel,
Dermatologist & Laser Surgeon, Cutis Skin Studio.
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