Dermatology Q&A: Vitamin supplements help reduce hairfall

Dr. Shefali Trasi is a M.B.B.S., MD (dermatology, leprology and venerology). She has 3 years of PG training in dermatology, venerology and leprology. She practices at Dr. Trasi’s Clinic. She is also attached to Ramakrishna mission hospital, Khar and B.C.J General hospital, Santacruz West. She is a member of the European Academy Of Dermatology and American Academy Of Dermatology.

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I am Usha, aged 24 suffering from Skin discoloration on upper lip and jaws and I have very dark under eye circles. My Face looks like I have moustache and beard. Its very embarrassing. I am applying Potato every night since 2 1/2 months but still no result. Please suggest why am unable to get rid of this Pigmentation. Is this due to hormonal balance? I take every protection when I go out. I wear sunglasses and protect my face with a scarf but I donno why this Pigmentation still exists (totally Black)

Dear Usha, Don’t get so worked up. It always takes sometime to reduce the facial pigmentation. Only potato application will not remove the blackness. I suggest u meet a dermatologist to rule out any hormonal imbalances. Start with application of sunscreen to protect ur skin. Good cleanser and toner should also be used. Apply creams containing kojic acid, arbutin, hydroquinone etc under the able guidance of a doctor. U may also require use of skin treatments like chemical peeling, microdermabrasion, mesotherapy or lasers to remove ur pigment.

I am Mohammed Kishofur from Saudi Arabia. I had seen your Skin care discussion through Dermatology lists in google search. However, recently I came for vacation and return back to Saudi Arabia. During my vacation I roam outside in daytime and my Skin (hands, face and neck) become black/dark. But for now 6 months still the color is the same and has not changed. Is there any remedy for this tan? Kindly request you to give me a solution for my pigmentation. Also I read about ayurvedic Kumkumadi , nalpamaram thaillam is good for remove the damage happens in skin, is it true?
Mohammed Kishofur

Dear Kishofur, I recommend u start using a sunscreen as Saudia weather is a hot weather. For the pigmentation that u have developed use depigmenting creams containing hydroquinone, tretinoin and hydrocortisone. Also start with chemical peeling and microdermabrasion to remove the tan faster.

Hi, I am having severe hair fall since 5 years .Now I am of 23 years old. My hair volume has been reduced to 1/4th of my actual hair volume. I took homeopathic treatment also, but it didn’t worked on me. Now I am using olive oil, still nothing is working on my hair. Day by day its getting thinner. Can you please suggest me to stop my hair thinning problem as well for hair regrowth without side effects?

Dear Aleena, For such hairfall kindly meet a dermatologist. U may have to start on vitamin supplements containing biotin, selenium, etc for 6 months to a year to reduce the hairfall and thinning. Also ur doctor will examine u with certain hormonal tests to rule out any imbalances. Mesotherapy with stem cells may be started if the hairfall.

Hi madam, I am 23yr old girl. My skin is very stinking, this problem starts from last 15 day, I am using vaseline and nivea..and himalyas face wash. Then also gives same problem…please ma’am give me a solution. My skin type is oily. But now m feeling my skin is very dry and I have also lots of dandruff. Please ma’am suggest me what I have to do.
Nikita Patil

Dear Nikita its difficult to diagnose ur problem based on the information u have provided. Hence kindly visit a dermatologist to get urself examined properly and advice u accordingly.

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