DR. JAMUNA PAI

Celebrity cos­metic physi­cian, au­thor, ed­u­ca­tor and founder of Sk­inLab

Hair - - Skin Secrets -

A treat­ment you swear by:

One of the best beauty treat­ments, which is cru­cial for ex­quis­ite skin­care ac­cord­ing to me, is ex­fo­li­a­tion. As quoted in my book

this is one treat­ment which not only re­sults in smooth skin but also al­lows bet­ter pen­e­tra­tion of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. It takes off the top­most lay­ers of dead skin, and it also gets rid of the build-up of dirt, se­bum (oil se­creted by the se­ba­ceous glands) and other germs and bac­te­ria that are trapped in the pores, help­ing to re­veal glow­ing

and ra­di­ant skin.

A favourite skin rem­edy:

Since I have ex­tremely dry skin, I would use the fol­low­ing ex­fo­li­at­ing face mask as men­tioned in my book: Make a paste out of two tb­sps of honey (it’s a humec­tant and helps to re­tain mois­ture), two tbsp of cas­tor oil and one tbsp of crushed oats. Leave on for 5-7 min­utes be­fore wash­ing off with wa­ter and pat­ting dry. This scrub is

very ef­fec­tive for dry skin.

The big ques­tion—how to deal with acne?

Acne, med­i­cally known as acne vul­garis, is a skin dis­ease that in­volves the oil glands at the base of hair fol­li­cles. It com­monly oc­curs dur­ing pu­berty when the se­ba­ceous (oil) glands be­come ac­tive—the glands are stim­u­lated by male hor­mones pro­duced by the adrenal glands of both males and fe­males. Sim­ply put, dead skin cells, se­bum and hair can clump to­gether into a plug, this plug gets in­fected with bac­te­ria, re­sult­ing in a swelling. A pim­ple starts to de­velop when the plug be­gins to break down. In many cases, top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of anti-acne creams and gels is what will be suf­fi­cient to heal the acne, but at times, one may need to take oral med­i­ca­tions. Af­ter a proper eval­u­a­tion, the doc­tor can pre­scribe the re­quired med­i­ca­tion, which needs to be ad­vised af­ter a through clin­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. So, al­ways go to a doc­tor to deal with

acne is­sues.

You wish peo­ple stop mak­ing this skin mis­take:

Peo­ple feel that there is no treat­ment for sen­si­tive skin type. There are peo­ple who al­ways feel that no prod­uct or treat­ment suits them. Such skin types can also be guided to at­tain­ing great skin qual­ity

and tex­ture.

Care prod­ucts that are al­ways in your bag:

A sun­screen, hand sani­tiser and a good mois­turiser have to be an in­te­gral part of the skin­care regime on a daily ba­sis. Hence, they al­ways find a way in

my bag.

Your per­sonal skin saviour:

An anti-age­ing night cream.

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