Whiteheads or Milia

Milia are whiteheads, that appear on the face especially around the eyes, cheeks and nose area. This happens when sebum and dead skin cells become trapped under the skin and so appear as Whiteheads.


Exfoliate your face twice a week with a soft brush and your cleanser. Look for cleansers with glycolic acid or salicylic acid and use this twice a day to wash your face. Use a moisturizer that has AHA or Vitamin A, C and E. Make sure you also wear sunscreen SPF 20 or more as whiteheads get worse with sunlight.


Please also read the articles on Microdermabrasion and Home Remedies in our Forum.


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Melasma (Pigmentation)

Melasma is common, especially in women of Asian origin. It appears on the upper lip, nose and chin area and sometimes on the forehead and cheeks. Melasma may be caused by genetics, some medications, oral contraception, pregnancy and nutritional deficiency.


Sunscreen is very important so make sure you wear it everyday. The sunscreen should protect you from both UVA/UVB rays. The Sun darkens the pigmentation.


To lighten the pigmentation look for creams that have AHAs, Kojic acid, Vitamin A, C & E or similar skin lightening ingredients. A good dermatologist (skin specialist) will be able to prescribe the correct medication.


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Darkness under Arms

Darkness under the arms is normally caused by shaving, or depilatory creams and is especially common in African and Ethnic skin types or it may be caused by hormones. Darkness on the neck can be caused by friction, e.g. if you wear a necklace all the time or again by hormones.


You can try these home remedies at home: Slice a lemon, sprinkle sugar on it and rub on the dark areas, do this daily to notice a difference. Apply plain yogurt (curd) to the darkened area and leave it on for 10 minutes before gently washing it off.


Papaya is another good home remedy, mash it and apply it on the affected area and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off. Remember it takes a while before you will see any results from using home remedy. If you shave or use depilatory creams on your underarms, try waxing instead.


If the problem persists use lightening creams that contain Kojic acid, or hydroquinone. Your doctor will be able to recommend something.


Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are caused by rapid stretching of the skin, e.g. growth spurt during puberty, weight gain, pregnancy or muscle building. Stretch marks can appear anywhere on the body, the most common areas are the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, thighs and hips.


While there is much debate on their effectiveness, Creams and lotion containing Cocoa butter may help reduce stretch marks. Vitamin E oil may also help reduce the marks. Use it daily for a couple of weeks to see whether this will help you to avoid more expensive procedures. Stretch marks normally fade over time. Eating a healthy diet of Fresh fruit and vegetables daily will help build collagen and strengthen skin elasticity.


For more information, visit our ImperialSkin Channel for Videos on the topic of Stretch Mark treatments.


Cellulite

Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of the skin, which looks like an orange peel. It is caused by fat deposits that are just below the skin surface. The most common places you get cellulite are upper thighs, thighs, abdomen and upper arms, and it usually occurs after puberty. Cellulite affects both thin and over-weight people, it is very common in women.


Most experts believe that cellulite is caused by hormones, genetics, diet and lifestyle. There is no miracle cure for cellulite, there are lots of expensive treatments in the market which work temporarily e.g. Liposuction, Mesotherapy, Radio therapy etc. There are lots of products out there that claim to help reduce cellulite.


Eating a healthy diet of low fat foods, lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water will help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight and muscle tone. Strength training exercise helps to build muscle that reduces the body fat deposits.


For more information, visit our ImperialSkin Channel which has a number of Videos on Cellulite treatments.


Dandruff

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that affects most teenagers and adults. It is white, oily flakes of dead skin that causes itchy scalp. Dandruff can be caused by dry skin, especially during cold weather, oily skin, eczema, fungus (malassezia) and sensitivity to hair products.


Mild dandruff can be controlled by washing your hair daily with a gentle shampoo to reduce oiliness and dead skin build up. You can use dandruff shampoos that has Zinc pyrithione which is an antibacterial and antifungal agent e.g. Head & Shoulders shampoo. 

You can also use shampoos like Neutrogena T/Gel, Nizoral, Selsun Blue, Tea Tree oil Shampoo etc. Use these shampoos daily until the dandruff is under control and then you can reduce it to two or three times a week. If one brand does not work switch to the other brand.


Eating a healthy diet rich in Zinc and B vitamins may also help prevent dandruff.


Hair Loss

Hair loss in women is often caused by stress and diet. There can be other complications caused by health issues and medical treatments which is best looked into by medical consultation.


For non-medical situations here is a home remedy: apply warm olive oil on your scalp and massage your scalp for good 5 minutes, take a towel and wet it with warm water and wrap it around your head. 


Leave it on for 5 minutes and wash your hair with a gentle shampoo. Eat a healthy diet, low fat foods, lots of vegetables and fruit and drink plenty of water every day.


If the hairloss is significant, go see your doctor. They will run some tests to see if you have any medical issues. For non-medical situations there are a number of hair loss products also available in the market.


For more information, visit our ImperialSkin Channel which has a number of Videos on Hair Loss treatment options.


Dry Hair

For dry hair, use Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. Do not use soap. Always use a Conditioner after Shampooing your hair, this helps detangle the hair and keeps it hydrated. While your hair is damp apply a Leave in Conditioner. 


Reduce the use of hot styling implements. Dove, Neutrogena, Loreal etc. are some examples of the good brands. You have to try different brands to see which suits your hair. Use the same brand for at least 4 weeks before you decide.


For some home remedies: Apply mayonaise on the hair and leave it in for 5 mins. Wash it off with warm water, shampoo and conditioner.


Warm some coconut or olive oil and massage this on your scalp and hair, leave it in for at least 10 minutes before you wash your hair.


For more information, visit our ImperialSkin Channel which has a number of Videos on managing Dry Hair.


Oily Hair

People who have oily and acne skin usually have oily hair. The texture of your hair can also be the cause of oily hair, people with fine and straight hair tend to have oily scalp. 


The reason for this is that at the base of each hair shaft on our scalp are oil glands that produce oil to keep the hair healthy. People with finer hair have more hair shafts and so more oil glands. 


Heat and humidity can make the problem worse, so can hormonal changes for example stress can activate the oil glands.


Wash your hair daily with a clarifying shampoo and make sure you massage your scalp with the shampoo to remove excess oil. Do not use a conditioner on your hair as this makes the problem worse. 


If you have to use the conditioner then apply it on the ends of the hair only, avoid putting it on or near the scalp. Do not over brush or comb your hair near the scalp as this process stimulates the oil glands. If you have to use styling products apply it on the ends only.


For a home remedy: Try one lemon squeezed in one cup of water or 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup water, apply this mixture with a cotton ball on your scalp and leave it on for few minutes and then wash it off with a clarifying shampoo.


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