Dermatology Q&A: 10 tips for skin care in summer

Dr. Jaishree, Medical Director of Skinfiniti Aesthetic Skin and Laser Clinic, answers readers’ questions on skin care. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every fortnight.
This week’s answers:

1. With summer round the corner can you suggest tips to take care for my skin?

Tips for skin care in summer:

1) To protect this jewel of your body, the first and foremost thing that we must all remember to do is to drink plenty of water or fluids during the summer so that the body remains hydrated and healthy and whenever possible. Fresh fruit juices such as tender coconut water, lime or lemon juice, water melon juice etc keep you well hydrated.

2) Have plenty of coloured fruits as they are powerful anti oxidants and fight the free radicles caused due to the sun. They are also rich in vitamin C which prevents pigmentation.

3) Use a mild cleanser to wash your face thrice a day. If you have an oily skin, use a toner for further cleansing. Avoid cleansing milks. You could use coconut milk and coconut scrub to cleanse.

4) Use a Sunscreen with SPF 30 every day. You must re-apply a sunscreen every 3 hours especially after sweating, swimming or toweling off.

5) Wear wide rimmed hats or carry umbrellas for additional sun protection.

6) Minimize sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the worst and greatest quantity of Ultra Violet light exists.

7) Wear protective eyewear. Sunglasses with UV-blocking filters are very important.

8) Apply a moisturizer with into in it to cool the skin, yet hydrate it.

9) Wear cotton clothes and preferably full sleeves so your arms are protected from the sun.

10) Dust some anti fungal powder such as Absorb in all the skin folds and on the feet and soles to prevent fungal infections and smelly feet.

2. Now I am 21 years old. My hair is falling continuously. I have consulted many doctors. They told me to make my hair away from dry, but it is not happening. Now what are all the things I need to do for my hair fall?

Maha Rajan
Increase the proteins in your diet. Take Biotin supplements too. • A hot coconut oil massage works wonders as a conditioner and provides the necessary nourishment & moisture to your scalp and hair. It is recommended to oil your hair at least 2 hours before you wash your hair twice a week.

3. I have very rough knees and elbow anything to solve this problem? I am not sure whether I have oily skin or dry skin. I have tried a lot of soaps and shower cream but nothing worked except ending up in rough skin and very dry. Please suggest what I can use to avoid this problem
Your knees and elbows are getting rough due to friction and lack of moisture. Regular use of coconut based moisturizers helps in reducing scaliness and roughness of the skin. They have a unique mechanism of moisturizing and hydrating the skin by locking the moisture through penetrating deep into the skin without occluding the surface .This not only make them effective but ensures that the skin stays moisturized for longer periods

4. Hello ma’am. I am Bhawna Kaushik. I am a chartered accountant student, age 22 years. My face was oily till last year but now my skin is fairly normal. But I have acne problem. I use Himalaya Neem face wash twice a day and use a cucumber cleanser twice or thrice a week. I use a lotus sunscreen. The acne is very thick when grown.
Another problem I am facing is of dandruff. I have thick black hairs. I use Pantene golden shampoo and L’Oreal conditioner along with keo karpin hair oil. Please suggest about how to reduce my acne and dandruff problem.

Bhawna kaushik
Acne is majorly caused by a hormonal imbalance. Stress, cosmetics, oil based creams could aggravate the acne. Do not apply any oil based creams or cosmetics which could block the pores and give rise to more whiteheads. Do not pick or squeeze the acne. You should use a mild face wash with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid prevents clogging of pores & helps in breakdown of blackheads & whiteheads. Use a cream containing benzoyl peroxide 2.5% once a day. You must also get a hormonal test done to rule out a condition called polycystic ovarian disease. PCOD can cause adult acne and hence needs to be treated.

Use a 2% ketoconazole based shampoo twice a week for the dandruff to subside.

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