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I have been suf­fer­ing from se­vere acne for the past few months. I have used a pre­scrip­tion treat­ment but it hasn’t helped. Please ad­vise. NAME WITH­HELD ON RE­QUEST Acne oc­curs when the hair fol­li­cles be­come clogged with oil and dead skin cells and are then in­fected by bac­te­ria. A num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing hor­mones, cer­tain med­i­ca­tions and hered­ity play a role in in­creased sebum pro­duc­tion. This clog may cause the fol­li­cle wall to bulge and pro­duce acne. Acne le­sions range in sever­ity from black/white heads to cysts.

Try some of the fol­low­ing tips: ● Wash acne-prone ar­eas twice a day. This will re­move ex­cess oil and dead skin cells. But too much wash­ing can ir­ri­tate the skin. In­stead of soap, use a paste of Th­riphala choor­nam* or Nim­badi choor­nam* to clean the acne-prone ar­eas. ● Shower af­ter any stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity as oil and sweat on your skin can trap bac­te­ria. ● Take Nim­badi kashayam* (15ml twice daily mixed with honey and di­luted with wa­ter). ● Avoid heavy foun­da­tion make-up.

Visit an Ayurvedic doc­tor to iden­tify the cause of your acne prob­lem. My 18-year-old daugh­ter is suf­fer­ing from ex­ces­sive hair loss. I am­told that it could be due to hor­monal changes. Please ad­vise. NAME WITH­HELD ON RE­QUEST A va­ri­ety of fac­tors can af­fect the hair growth cy­cle and cause tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent hair loss in­clud­ing ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals, hor­monal and nu­tri­tional fac­tors, thy­roid dis­ease, gen­er­alised or lo­cal skin dis­ease, and stress.

Take your daugh­ter to an Ayurvedic doc­tor for a prompt di­ag­no­sis. She may re­quire in­ter­nal med­i­ca­tion; she could try Kan­jun­nyadi keram* or Neel­ibhringadi keram* for ex­ter­nal ap­pli­ca­tion on her scalp be­fore show­er­ing.

*Avail­able at shops sell­ing her­bal reme­dies

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