Beauty spot

Beauty spot

Beauty spot

I am in my 20s and I suffer from cystic acne. This has lowered my self-esteem and I have started avoiding social gatherings. Although I am on medication for this condition, I want to know if there are any home remedies that I can try out to reduce the outbreak and lighten the scars as well. Also please tell me which make-up products I can use to hide the blemishes. - Ranjana Sethi

When acne heals, it can leave a red or hyper-pigmented mark on the skin, as a result of the inflammatory changes in the dermal layer of the skin. This actually is not a scar, but rather a post-inflammatory change. Kojic acid (a natural skin brightener derived from mushroom extract), arbutin (aka bearberry extract), and even vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are the ingredients you should look for in over-the-counter lightening creams. The topical skin care creams and medications can improve mild scarring, but most acne scars are best treated with a combination of peels and skin resurfacing treatments.

Home remedies may not be very effective to revise the acne scars, but will help exfoliate the skin, which over a period of time can gradually help lessen the scars. Mix 2 tbsps of chickpea powder (besan), 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tbsp of milk. Make a thick paste and apply on your face. When the scrub dries off, rub in a circular motion to exfoliate the dead layers of skin. This scrub is good for people with oily skin. In case of dry skin condition, the same scrub can be used by substituting milk with full cream. You can use a concealer so that it covers your acne and boosts your confidence.

I am 25 years old and I have recently started working in public relations. I have never applied make-up on my face and I have always felt conscious about putting something on my face. But now that I have to meet several clients on a daily basis, I feel this need to look sophisticated and poised. Can you please suggest some make-up tips for a beginner? - Dhwani Shah

When make-up is used correctly, even the smallest eyes can be made to look large and expressive and the thinnest lips can have an enticing pout. Be the jaw line, nose or the cheekbones, there isn't any facial feature that cannot be accentuated with a touch of make-up. But there are a couple of factors that should be kept in mind before using anything on your face. Most importantly, ensure that your skin type is well suited to the kind of products you use.

For work, I would advice you to keep it simple and never too loud. A concealer, which matches your skin tone, will help you get an even-toned look. A hint of blush on the cheeks highlights the bone and gives the face a good definition. Kohl is a staple for an Indian woman. It accentuates the eyes without weighing them down, making them look droopy. To achieve the perfect look, always draw the eyeliner with a steady hand, as this needs to be a defined line with no smudging. Line your lower lid with a kohl pencil. Keep this line within your lash line. If you want to make eyes appear wider, always apply mascara to complete the look.

Great eyebrows make a huge difference in your look - they give definition to your features. And when filled and tweezed right they bring balance to your face and they make your expressions look more authentic.

I am a new mother and I have been experiencing severe hair fall ever since I gave birth to my son. I have tried different oils and hair spa treatments. But nothing has helped so far. Is there anyway to stop this hair fall and restore my glorious mane?  - Kalyani Iyer

Post-partum, a women's body faces certain deficiencies and hormonal inconsistencies, which probably is the reason for your hair fall. Vitamin-B supplements and biotin taken regularly will help combat the nutritional deficiencies and reduce the hair fall. But do not take any medication if you are still lactating.


Founder of SkinLab, Dr Jamuna Pai is a world renowned cosmetic physician. She is credited to have pioneered various skin treatments and techniques in the country.