Know your skin type? By – Dr.Alok Sahoo (AIIMS DELHI)

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It is essential to know your skin types to have a healthy and flawless skin. A good skin care routine starts with knowing unique needs of your skin types, which will help you to select the right products and customize your skin care regime. In most of cases, skin can be broadly classified into four different categories i.e. normal, dry, oily and mixed type.
Simple steps to know your skin type:

1. Wash your face with gentle cleanser, then pat your face dry.
2. Wait for an hour. Don’t put any moisturizer or any products. Avoid touching your face as well.
3. Dab your face with a tissue.

• If the paper sticks or picks up oil on all parts of your skin, then you have oily skin
• If the paper doesn’t stick on any part of face, then you have dry skin.
• If the paper sticks only to the forehead, nose and chin, then you have combination skin.
• If you feel, your skin doesn’t fall under any of these categories, you have normal skin.

Norma skin type

Ideal skin type, normal skin is characterized by a smooth, even tone and usually blemish free. It also tolerates most skin care lotions and creams. A regular skin care regimen combined with a balanced diet is often enough to maintain healthy, youthful skin.

Dry skin type

People with dry skin lack natural moisture. Dry skin may flake during the winter months, and chapping or cracking may occur when skin is extremely dry or dehydrated. Applying gentle moisturizer throughout the day and drinking plenty of water can help relieve dryness and also fight against premature aging. Avoid overexposure to the sun, harsh winds and smoking which can aggravate dry skin.

Oily skin

If you have oily skin, you may be more prone to acne due to excessive oil secretions (sebum) on the face. Oily skin may appear greasy, and is commonly seen among adolescents due to hormonal changes which increase production of sebum. To manage oily skin, use cosmetics sparingly and only apply oil-free products when possible. Wash skin once or twice a day, avoid lotions and creams and always remove makeup before going to bed.

Combination skin

It is a blend of dry and oily skin, characterized by an oily T zone (forehead, nose and chin) and a dry neck and cheeks. Different parts of the face may require slightly different care. Applying a toner or anti-acne product on the T-zone to remove residual oils and impurities may be helpful in managing oily skin, while a mild moisturizer may be needed for the cheeks.

Having trouble determining your skin type? Visit your dermatologist for expert skin care advice and a personalized treatment plan for every type of skin. The state of our skin is affected by nutrition, general and emotional health, exercise and genes. How well you care for your skin will play an important role in achieving your healthy glow.

Smooth away the signs of acne scarring

We offer a number of treatments to help dramatically reduce the signs of acne scarring to restore your confidence in your skin. All our acne scar treatments aim to restore the supportive components, which help to plump and firm skin naturally.

What is it?

Skin needling and chemical peels are used to effectively reduce acne scars on the face and body.

Skin needling uses a special tool, made of tiny surgical needles. It’s rolled across the skin’s surface, stimulating the body’s production of collagen, aiding the recovery of skin and reducing depressed scars.

Why should I get it

Acne scars can have a significant impact on self-confidence and emotional wellbeing. Our acne scarring treatments are affordable and highly effective, and a free consultation with one of our expert skin specialists in gurgaon will help identify which treatment is best suited to your skin and needs.

Quick Facts

• Slight redness may occur after skin needling treatment, but will fade within a few hours.

• Chemical peels may require more downtime than skin needling – sometimes up to five days. Acne results when tiny glands beneath the skin surface, the sebaceous glands, become clogged with sebum, an oily substance whose normal collection and excretion keeps the skin healthy. If clogged, bacteria can grow in the glands, which in turn causes swelling and pimpling on the skin’s surface. This can occur anywhere on the epidermis where there are hair follicles below the surface (the sebaceous glands are attached to these follicles), including the face, back, and neck. Acne afflicts adults as well as teens, but is typically more common during times of high hormonal activity like adolescence. There are a number of approaches to treating acne and the scarring it oftenleaves behind. There are a range of options available for treating acne, ranging from prescription topical creams and gels, oral medicines, chemical peeling as well as energy-based treatments such as laser therapy.Diet is also a consideration in the controlling of acne and patients may benefit from Nutrition Counselling with specific advice about how to manage the condition. Of course, the first step in a treatment plan for acne is a thorough consultation with a dermatologist, whose specialty is controlling such conditions of the skin. The doctor will examine your skin, recommend the best type of therapy, which may include a combination of therapies, and work out a long-term plan for containing the condition.