Sunday January 19, 2020

Key Tips for Baby’s Skin Care this Monsoon

The damp and humid weather can cause excessive sweating and lead to rashes and infections

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With a change in the season, it is always a good idea to change your baby's skin care routine to a more season-friendly one by choosing the right products. Pixabay

A baby’s delicate skin needs the right nourishment and ample care, especially during the monsoon. With a change in the season, it is always a good idea to change your baby’s skin care routine to a more season-friendly one by choosing the right products; those with natural ingredients can further help tackle monsoon-related skin concerns.

Dr. Subhashini N.S., Ayurveda Expert, Discovery Sciences Group, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company, says: “The damp and humid weather can cause excessive sweating and lead to rashes and infections. Rashes, cradle cap and itchy scalp are also common concerns during the monsoon. This makes it important to take care of baby’s sensitive skin and ensure it is hydrated. A good way to ensure this is by using mild products that contain natural ingredients and are free from phthalates, parabens, alcohol, artificial colour/dyes, mineral oils and animal-derived ingredients.”

Dr. Subhashini shares key tips for baby’s skin care this monsoon:

* For a bath, ensure you use a gentle soap which is mild and infused with herbs that help keep the skin soft and hydrated. Using a baby soap infused with olive oil and almond oil helps protect and soften baby’s skin. While olive oil helps nourish, almond oil helps moisturise baby’s skin.

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A baby’s delicate skin needs the right nourishment and ample care, especially during the monsoon. Pixabay

* For parents who prefer using a wash, you can opt for a gentle wash that helps keep baby’s skin soft and supple. A baby wash infused with the goodness of green gram and chickpea works as a gentle cleanser for baby’s delicate skin. Green gram helps keep the skin soft and supple and chickpea soothes the skin.

* For hair care during the monsoon, ensure to give your baby a head bath at least twice a week. This helps manage cradle cap and refreshes the scalp and hair. You can opt for a gentle shampoo infused with hibiscus and chickpea. Hibiscus helps condition the hair and chickpea helps nourish the hair.

* For skin care, you can opt for a calamine-based lotion with natural ingredients like aloe vera, nut grass oil and mustard oil. It is a mild solution to help treat rashes and relieve skin irritation.

* Post bath, using a diaper rash cream infused with almond oil and Yashada Bhasma can help tackle diaper rashes. Almond Oil helps moisturise the skin and Yashada Bhasma reduces skin inflammation and irritation caused due to diaper rashes.

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The best way to protect your little one from skin infections and rashes during the monsoon is by keeping your baby clean and dry. Also, ensure to change the diapers at regular intervals, which will help prevent rashes. With these few simple measures, you can keep skin concerns at bay and enjoy the rainy season together! (IANS)

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Here are Ways to Deal with Acne Breakouts

Dealing with acne breakouts can be tough, especially in a busy lifestyle.

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Dealing with acne breakouts can be tough, especially in a busy lifestyle. Pixabay

Dealing with acne breakouts can be tough, especially in a busy lifestyle.

Skin experts suggest the best ways to control acne and get clear skin. Inputs from Dr. Navin Taneja, The National Skin Centre, New Delhi and Lalita Arya, Vice President, Dermapuritys.

1. Wash your face 3-4 times a day with a PH balance cleanser

Your regular face wash with water and a PH balance cleanser is the answer for mild to moderate acne. Frequent washing of your face will remove excessive build up of dirt, oil, bacteria and other pollutants from the surface of your skin. Not washing your face means your pores will become clogged and it will result in more acne. The regular care of your skin will reduce the number of breakouts and will give you clear glowing skin. It is very important to consult a dermatologist for severe cystic acne to understand, treat and prevent acne scars.

Use a correct everyday skincare regime including cleansing, toning and moisturizing the skin as per your skin type.

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The most important way to deal with acne breakouts is to not pop pimples. Pixabay

2. Do not apply comedogenic thick cream and makeup

A comedogenic thick cream, foundation, makeup will block oil glands pores giving rise to more blackheads, whitehead and eventually more acne formation. Avoid wearing facial makeup, liquid foundation, thick concealer, greasy sunscreen as they will make your acne worse. It is recommended to find yourself a non-comedogenic oil-free moisturizer, sunblock which should not clog the pores or even increase the chance of getting more acne. Avoid hair oil and serums over the scalp and shampoo every alternate day to prevent oil induced acne on the forehead.

3. Do not pop or squeeze pimples

Never pop or squeeze acne. It will increase inflammation in the surrounding skin leading to more acne formation and scarring. Squeezing your acne can infect the acne and worsen the condition. Healing will take longer and scarring will be severe. If irritation happens one can possibly wash and apply calamine lotion to soothe the skin.

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Use medicated creams and correct treatment for inflammation as prescribed by the doctors to avoid the spread of infection. Avoid self-medicating as it can worsen the problem and lead to more infection. (IANS)