Summers are here and so are skin problems. Sun burn, rashes, dandruff, sweating, bad smell and what not. With temperature crossing 45 degrees, it is about time I answer some of your everyday issues to help you fight the heat.

I receive hundreds of questions everyday and I try to answer as many as possible.

I am including a few here which I found useful for most people.

  1. Dear Doctor, I am 23 years old and I have a sitting job. Do I still have to wear sunscreen lotion? – Amrita Dave, Mumbai

Dear Amrita, Yes, 80% of premature aging is caused by daily exposure to UV rays. Just the few minutes of sun exposure you receive each day while driving to work, sitting by a window and walking your dog is enough to cause hyperpigmentation and premature aging over time. Also, indoor lighting (florescent and halogen bulbs) also breaks down collagen and can cause the same aging as UVA rays. So use of sunscreen is always advised.

  1. Dear Doctor, I am pregnant. Please advice skin care regimen that is easy to follow and will also help me look radiant. – Vivien Jacob, Goa

Dear Vivien, avoiding the sun and using a high protection crème every day is especially important during pregnancy and nursing, as the hormones released during this time can greatly increase pigmentation on your skin, causing melasma or “the mask of pregnancy.” You should also avoid using any products containing acids (AHA/BHA lactic, glycolic, salicylic etc).  But you can also come to my clinic to let me study the texture of your skin before recommending what may be great for you.


  1. Dear Dr. Deepali, I have taken a facial at one of the best known spas. Despite the fact that some allergies started mid way through the process the staff member did not stop and this has led to severe allergies on my skin. Please advice as to what procedure/ treatment I should opt for to rectify the damage – Neema Gupta, Delhi.


`Dear Neema, some allergies that occur during a procedure may be temporary and may disappear in a few hours time. It is common in most cases. However, in your case it could have been some ingredient used that has not agreed with your skin and hence led to the allergy. It is difficult to suggest a treatment without looking at the kind of allergy it seems to be. You could come to my clinic and allow me to take a thorough look at the damage and then suggest the best treatment for you.


  1. Dear Dr. Deepali, I had an accident a few months back. The right side of my face was injured and the wound as it healed left a scar on my face. How can the scar be removed and how much will it cost? – Tarini Agarwal, New Delhi

Dear Tarini, it is indeed sad that you have got a scar post the accident that you have had in the past. But there is always hope for these things. There are many treatments that can be conducted to take the scar off especially as it is on your face. However, to determine the procedure that will be apt for you, I will have to examine the depth and severity of your scar. I would advise you to take an appointment at my clinic. Hope to see you soon!

  1. Dear Doctor, I have been using after lotions just since the last 2 weeks. But every time I splash the lotion, my skin burns. I tried changing the lotion also but to no effect. Please advice. – Shashank Goel, Noida.


Dear Shashank, you have not mentioned if it is just burn or do you get any rashes after using the lotions. Secondly, have you tried any after shave crèmes instead of lotions? It could be an inherent dryness in your skin that leads to this burning sensation. I would advise you to try crèmes and see the effect. In case the burning continues then you can definitely write to me again or come to my clinic for showing the after effects so that I recommend an alternative.


I will be posting more of your questions and their easy and practical solutions in future.



Author is the Honorary Dermatologist to the President Estate Clinic,Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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