Monsoon’s here and with it skin problems like pigmentation, breakouts, excessive sweating and infections. To help us with our skin concerns, we invited Cosmetic Physician and Founder of SkinLab, Dr. Jamuna Pai, to host a #GirlTribeAMA on Malini’s Girl Tribe on Facebook. Dr. Pai is known for pioneering and introducing various skin treatments and techniques in India. That’s wonderful, isn’t it?She answered all questions related to acne, ageing, and other skincare concerns. She also helped with DIY tips to nourish skin during the lockdown, the correct skincare routine for your skin type, night care regime, and more! Read on to know how to take better care of your skin!

Q. What’s the best skincare routine for oily skin? 

To balance oily skin, wash your face 2-3 times a day preferably with a salicylic acid face wash. A homemade mask with fuller’s earth and lime juice used twice a week also helps. Oral supplements of Zinc and Vitamin A help in controlling the oiliness of the skin too.

Q. How can I treat dark elbows, knees, knuckles and underarms? 

Elbows, knees and knuckles are frictional surfaces and prone to darkness. To overcome this, moisturise these areas 2-3 times in the day. At night, use a cream that contains deeper moisturising agents like urea lactic acid, shea butter, etc. Twice a week, you may apply a cream that contains Arbutin and Vitamin C. Exfoliating the skin on these areas once a week will also help.

Q.What’s the best moisturiser for someone who has dry skin and pimples? 

You need a moisturising agent that is non-comedogenic so that your pimples do not increase. A moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid-base or serums that are oil-free would be good for you. Use creams containing either 0.1% Clindamycin or Salicylic acid to help heal the acne.

Q, How to revive the softness and shine on my skin?

Exfoliate your skin. This will help remove the build-up of dead skin cells which may cause your skin to lose its glow.  You can use any DIY mask for this purpose. Regular exercise increases the rush of blood to our skin which in-turn contributes to a healthy appearance. Keep your skin moisturised and make sure you follow a healthy lifestyle.

Q. How can I treat dark patches on the neck?

Dark patches on the neck (pseudo acanthosis nigricans) need weight reduction and can be lightened with some professional peels like lactic acid, glycolic acid, Kojic acid. In the meantime, use creams containing Kojic acid and Vitamin C at bedtime.

Q. What is the difference between toner and face mist?

Toners are deep-cleansing astringents that help to cleanse your skin while also reducing pores. Apply toner with the help of a cotton pad after washing your face. Facial mists help in hydrating your skin. They contain nourishing oils that keep your skin well moisturised. Simply spray the face mist on your face.

Do you have any tips or tricks for healthier skin? Please share it with us in the comments below!

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