QI am 21 years old. I used to have pimples on my cheeks. I underwent a treatment a year ago but this has left marks on my face. This makes my skin rough. How can I get rid of it using natural treatments? Please help.

AYou must have had an acne condition, as acne leaves tiny pits (holes) in the skin. We recommend a clinical veg peel treatment. However, if you were to do them at home, you can mix rice powder with curd and a pinch of turmeric and apply it on the face once a week.

Rub it gently on the skin, specially on the areas with pits, in small circulatory motion — first clockwise and then anticlockwise. Wash  with water. Do not apply it on pimples, acne or rash.

Mix a little rose water with sandalwood paste and apply on the face. Wash with plain water after 10 minutes.

Mix multani mitti with rose water and lemon juice into a paste and apply on the face twice or thrice a week. Wash when it dries.

If there is any dryness, take two teaspoons curd, add a pinch of turmeric and apply daily. Wash with plenty of water after 15 minutes.

QMy under arms are dark and rough. Could you suggest home remedies to lighten the skin and make it smooth.

AAvoid shaving or hair-removal creams, which can lead to darkening of the skin under the arms. Waxing is the best option. The lemon and sugar mixture used for waxing at beauty parlours will lighten skin colour over a period of time. Mix gram flour (besan), curd, lemon juice and a little haldi (turmeric), and apply at least thrice a week under the arms. Wash after half an hour.

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