Dermatology Q&A: How to protect your skin against pollution

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. I m 27yrs old. My skin is oily and looks dull. I m travelling in dusty environment in 2 wheeler and my skin is affected badly and it becomes dark. Suggest me to have glowing skin.
V Ratheesh
Take a lukewarm bath daily and include a few drops of coconut oil to bathing water, this works excellent on your skin by keeping it moist and soft throughout the day. Natural oils are necessary ingredient for the skin in winters and renewing softness in the harshness of seasons. You can mix yogurt with ground almonds and coconut milk, apply the mixture on your face. Wash it off with lukewarm water, after twenty minutes.

Hydrate your skin with a moisturizer containing coconut milk and mint to make your skin look fresh and vibrant.

2. Request you to provide remedies for getting rid of pigmentation on the cheeks. To be precise, my mother who is 41 years old is suffering from it. Can facial massages fade them away?
You mother is probably suffering from melasma, a condition which occurs due to a hormonal imbalance in the body. It occurs most commonly during pregnancy or during menopause. It may be hereditary too. She must strictly avoid the sun. Please ask her to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 50. Take vitamin C supplements. She could use a combination of tretinoin 0.025% cream with 2% hydoquinone cream at bedtime. If it persists, she should consult a qualified dermatologist.

3. Hi my daughter almost two years back did black Mehndi on her hands when we visited India since she is sensitive she got rashes and it left her mark, we tried different skin creams prescribed by dermatologist, it has faded a little but the mark is still there. Please give us some advice.
She has developed post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. She should avoid sun exposure and make sure she uses a sunblock on her hands too. She may apply a cream containing kojic acid, liquorice and glycolic acid. Tretinoin peels or treatment with Q switched NdYag laser will help removing the mark.

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