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Recently we had the opportunity to interview Dr. Sirisha Singh, the founding member and partner consultant of The Skin Center. The Skin Center is a leading skin care center located in the heart of South Delhi offering fundamental services to a wide array of solutions for your skin treatment including Dermatology and Cosmetology Consultations. The Skin Center provides a full range of Dermatology, Cosmetology and Skin LASERS under one roof. All the treatments are scientifically proven, result driven and are customized according to individual needs.
Few days back we asked our readers/ followers across social media to share their skincare concerns with us, from which we’ve picked some frequently faced skincare issues.
Read below for Dr Sirisha’s tips on how to deal with dark circles, how to reduce facial hair and why it is so important to have nutritious diet.
1) Reader Ekta “ I have dandruff and it causes acne on my skin and the marks aren’t fading. Please suggest a solution.”
Dandruff is flaking of the scalp skin that happens due to fungal overgrowth. This can be associated with acne along the hairline. It can cause red spots along the hairline on the forehead and the sideburn area. Acne in other parts of the face may also be associated with dandruff of the scalp.
If you have acne, you should use a face-wash containing salicylic acid twice a day. A clay based face-mask may be used twice a week to draw out the oil and other impurities from the skin. Drink 2-2.5 litres of water a day and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
It is normal to have acne in teen. If they however leave marks or if acne appears at a later age or persists into a later age, you should consult a dermatologist for medical management to minimize your chances of scarring.
2) Reader Sana “How to deal with dark circles?”
Dark circles is becoming a very common problem. One should first look at lifestyle factors like stress, adequate sleep, spending too much time near a TV screen or a computer screen. If any of these lifestyle factors are present, they should be corrected.
Anemia due to iron deficiency or thyroid problems can also cause dark circles. If you get tired easily or have been putting on weight inspite of no change in lifestyle then blood testing may be carried out.
In most cases, dark circles do not have a medical cause. You can use a vitamin C or vitamin E containing cream around the eyes at night. Using a sunscreen regularly or good UV protective goggles is very important. You can also use some tomato juice or a pack containing sandalwood powder and a few drops of lemon juice twice a week to reduce the darkness. If the dark circles are associated with puffiness then reduce the salt intake during dinner and use an ice-pack in this area in the morning to avoid fluid accumulation.
3) Reader Siva “What is the reason behind pigmentation on forehead and around mouth. What should I do to reduce pigmentation naturally?”
Pigmentation and dullness of the skin in the forehead area and the mouth is often due to accumulation of dead skin cells and tanning.
Use a sunscreen regularly, drink 2-2.5 litres of water a day, use a gentle scrub twice a week, ensure you cleanse the face thoroughly at night, use a light moisturizer at night. Cutting down on smoking, stress and excessive alcohol intake also helps.
You can make a face-pack at home containing anything sour from your kitchen like yoghurt, lemon juice or vinegar. These contain natural acids which can work as fruit peels at home and get rid of the dead skin cell layer.
4) Reader Afsana “How to reduce facial hair?”
Facial hair may be genetic. We however see many young girls developing excessive amounts of facial hair due to hormonal imbalance called PCOD. In this girls start developing facial hair on their chin. With time, the area affected keeps increasing, the density and coarsity of hair also keeps increasing.
If you have this issue, then you must see a dermatologist and an endocrinologist. This is a lifestyle issue and the most important thing you need to do is avoid foods with a high glycemic index. Exercise regularly and lose weight.
Your doctor may also do some blood tests and ultrasounds and put you on medications if required.
For the facial hair, the only treatment that works is LASER. However, on the face, you will need multiple sessions. You will however achieve a result where you need a maintenance session only once every few months.
5) Reader Mehak Kholi “I’ve acne on my back and upper arms. What should I do?”
If you have acne on the back and upper arm along with acne on the face, then it needs to be managed as acne.
If you have no acne on the face, then the diagnosis may be something called keratosis pilaris. If you are taking any supplements, kindly check that it doesn’t have any steroids as that can cause acne on the back.
You can start with using a salicylic acid based wash 2 times a day. Drink plenty of water and use a pack made of clay 2 times a week. A gentle exfoliating scrub may also be used twice a week. If these do not work, then see a dermatologist for medicated creams and/or tablets.
6) Reader Asha “My problem is that I’ve thick hair growth on my face. Kindly tell me what to do and suggest a permanent solution to this problem.”
If you have thick hair growth on the face, you probably have PCOD. You need to start treatment for that under the guidance of a doctor.
For the facial hair, the only long term solution is LASER for Hair reduction. However in this area, there is no limit on the number of sessions required. You will definitely have an increased length in the hair cycle and after the initial treatment cycle of 6-9 sessions you will need a maintenance session once every 3 months (which is an improvement to getting a waxing done every week or every fortnight).
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About Dr Sirisha Singh:
MBBS, MD (Dermatology),
MRcGP (UK), Dip Derm (Lon)
Consultant Dermatologist and Aesthetic Dermatologist
The Skin Centre, NDSE part 2
Dr. Sirisha Singh, the founding member and partner consultant of The Skin Center, is highly qualified with 8 years of work experience in the United Kingdom. Dr Sirisha Singh is a well known name in the Dermatology and academic circles and keeps in touch continuously with all the latest trends in anti-ageing medicine and Dermatology by regularly attending and presenting in conferences. She is a trainer for LUMENIS and regularly trains other doctors on the use of skin LASERs. Dr Sirisha Singh is particularly interested in injectables for anti-ageing such as botulinum toxin and fillers.
About The Skin Center: LASERs in the clinic are at par with the best in the world. For example, the Hair Reduction LASER, Lightsheer Diode is considered to be the gold standard hair reduction device. The Skin Center was the first center in North India to import the LUMENIS (LUMENIS One, California) platform device which houses the lightsheer diode. All LASERS on the head and neck area are performed by Dr Sirisha herself. Dr Sirisha also supervises LASER treatments on other parts of the body. Only standard US FDA approved equipment conforming to the highest international Standards are used at the clinic.
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