Dermatology Q&A: Winter skin care tips

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. My daughter has normal skin type but during winters her skin really worsens. What can be done for special skin care during winters?
Winters can deplete moisture content in the skin making it dry, dull and lifeless. It is extremely important to follow skin-care regime such as cleansing, toning and intense moisturizing. My suggestion would be to use natural fruit based moisturizers with ingredients such as coconut as it seeps into the skin locking in the moisture and keeping it hydrated throughout the day.

I have a good complexion but my skin is very rough. It has worsened over the years. What can I do to get the softness of my skin back?

Rough skin is the results of lack of moisture in skin, which if neglected over a long period, starts showing on the skin with dark patches and dead skin. You need to moisturize your skin regularly twice a day to regain the soft supple look. Use coconut based moisturizers as it penetrates into the skin easily and hydrates the skin thoroughly without occluding the surface. Also, exfoliate your skin once a week to remove the dead skin followed by moisturizing routine. Natural scrubs like grated coconut pack mixed in coconut water or crushed almond which will gently remove your top layer of your skin.

2. How can I get rid of a acne scar on my face? Which blood cells (white or red) determine quick healing, I heal very slowly and i don’t think it has anything to do with my age (60).
Acne scars could be superficial or deep. Superficial scars can be treated with glycolic peels and dermaroller. A series of 6-10 sessions may be needed. Deep scars will need about 3- 4 sessions of fractional laser depending on the depth of the scars.
Hyaluronic acid fillers may be injected into the scars for an instant result.However,this is temporary and needs to be repeated every 6 months.
Healing has nothing to do with type of blood cells. It depends on growth factors, collagen and elastin fibres. Healing slowly is a pattern that cannot be changed.

3. Please give me advise how to protect oil skin, dry skin, pimple & for fairness
Oily skin is prone to pimples because of blockage in skin pores due to excessive secretion of sebum. The solution to treating dry skin is to follow the skin care regime regularly that is, cleansing, toning and moisturizing. For dry skin, it is most important to keep skin moisturized and hydrated. Natural moisturizers with coconut will provide the deep hydration required by dry skin. For skin pigmentation and treating dark spots, traditional remedies such as turmeric and coconut milk works excellent for skin lightening.

4. My skin is dry and gets bad during winters. Any remedy /tips that you can suggest?
Winters can lead to itchy/dry skin therefore it becomes all the more important to moisturize the skin to keep it hydrated. Coconut is the essential ingredient to regain the moisture content in the skin. Also drink a lot of water it washes away the toxins of the body. You can also make face-packs that can be easily prepared at home and applied to skin such as 2 tablespoons of coconut milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder, this can rejuvenate

5. I have a oily face especially in the nose area and keep getting boils every now and then.I use the facewash saliac but dont see a permanent cure.Please suggest
Blackheads are nothing but a secretion of the sebaceous glands present in the skin. There may not be a permanent cure but you can surely reduce them by applying a cream such as 2.5% benzoyl peroxide or adapalene gel on alternate night. You could get a clean up once in a month at a cosmetic clinic. You could also get a microdermabrasion done once a month.

6. I am 30 years old, unmarried. my problem is that my hair in head and in beard are turning white. Kindly suggest some solution to it. Waiting for your valuable reply at the earliest.
thanks and regards,
Greying of hair could be due to genetic reasons, smoking, stress, excessive hair colour. Unfortunately there is no treatment but to colour the hair.Use an ammonia free hair colour.

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