How to fight age spots, prevent razor burns – and a word about sunscreens
7/17/2018 11:57:23 PM
|written By : Jamuna Pai|
I am in my late forties and have noticed sudden age spots. How can I fight them?
The age spots could be Melasma (pigmentation on cheeks and nose), which is seen very commonly after pregnancy and childbirth. Women in their late forties are in the peri-menopausal stage, when again the body is subjected to a huge hormonal change (depletion of oestrogen), which can further aggravate these age spots. The management of melasma is challenging and requires a long-term treatment plan. In addition to avoiding aggravating factors like ultraviolet exposure, topical therapy has remained the mainstay of treatment. A medicated repair agent, containing AHA, berry extracts, Vitamin C, etc, prescribed by a physician is going to be more effective any day than a night cream bought over the counter.
There are various AHA peels, which can be done to brighten the skin, lessen the pigmented spots and acne scars, and some are just for skin rejuvenation. But these peels again should be done after a proper skin analysis and under medical supervision
How can you prevent razor burns? What can cause the itching after shaving?
When shaving is done on a dry skin, it can cause ‘razor burns’. It can also be due to extra pressure being used while shaving. It is not actually a burn, but it’s a deeper exfoliation of the layers of skin, which can cause irritation and scabbing. These are best avoided by using a moisturiser on the area prior to shaving. Use the razor on a wet skin soon after a shower, which will prevent ‘burns’.
It is holiday season and time to bring out your swimsuits. How can I get rid of ingrown hair on the bikini zone?
In order to get a clean bikini line, one could usually choose to remove the hair by shaving, waxing, depilatory creams or lotions. Nowadays laser hair removal has become more popular as it gives good results and more or less a permanent solution to reduce unwanted hair. Improper shaving could give rise to irritation of skin, rashes or ingrown hair. Waxing is a painful procedure and could give rise to rashes in the form of red bumps or ingrown hair in some individuals. Depilatory creams and lotions could lead to darkening of skin if frequently used. It could also cause redness, tingling sensation or allergic skin reactions. Laser hair removal is a relatively painless procedure with minimal side effects.
Sunscreen is generally used to protect your skin. Can I have an irritation because of SPF?
A sunscreen will not cause irritation unless you have an allergy to any of the ingredients of that product. This allergic response can be due to one or more chemicals commonly found in these products ranging from the active ingredients to fragrances and preservatives. PABA used to be found in most commercial sunscreens, but due to the high rate of allergic reaction to this chemical, it’s been removed from many sunscreen products. Although you can buy sunscreens labelled as hypoallergenic, be careful. Sunscreens are often given this label when they don’t contain PABA, but there are many other chemical components that can cause a similar allergic response. If you’re unsure as to whether you’re allergic to a particular sunscreen product, a dermatologist can do patch testing. In some cases, you may be able to use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide since allergic reactions to this ingredient are less common.