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Three major Indian skin problems and how to treat them
We frequently choice to creams and lotions over a counter to fight our skin problems, but what we do not know is that what works for others might not work for us. It is a common misunderstanding that Indian skin is same as Western skin. This false impression frequently results in inaccurate management and treatment. In fact, due to lack of awareness & research, most therapies are designed for the Western skin, without any acknowledgement of requirements of an Indian population. Read below to understand 3 major Indian skin problems, why Indian skin is different and how to manage it.
Indian skin suffers from some of most severe environmental aggressors in the world. These invaders include pollution, UV light and excess heat.
India has some of most polluted cities in the world. Pollution can increase the risk of contact allergy or allergic rash caused by some ingredient or allergen. It also can increase the possibility of eczema. Pollution also erodes the protective ozone layer in an atmosphere. This reduction of ozone allows more UV light to penetrate through to Earth, causing increased exposure to sun’s rays.
Managing the Pollution Problem
Unfortunately, as you cannot reduce an amount of pollution around you immediately, you can do your best to reduce other allergens you are exposed to. First of all, try to use products that are hypoallergenic. This means that ingredients have been analysed by the dermatologist and have been found to have a lower risk of allergy.
Second, try to reduce the number of products, fragrances and makeup items you use. The more you expose yourself to new ingredients, the higher the risk of irritation or allergy.
Third, always make sure you moisturise. Properly hydrating skin makes sure that the epidermal barrier is strengthened. This strong epidermis creates a wall between you and an external pollutant, making your skin better able to endure common environmental toxins.
Finally, reduce your carbon footprint. Try to walk or bike instead of using a car, and look for environmentally responsible options to make the world better for everyone in the future.
India is close to an equator, making it more susceptible to rays of the sun. This sunlight can cause an increase in pigmentation disorders and even ageing. In fact, the occurrence of melasma a condition where patches of dark pigment occur on the face in India is higher than in Western countries. Furthermore, UV light can also cause skin allergy as it can be an allergen in variable amounts. Finally, UV exposure is the known cause of skin growth, making it a danger to be aware of.
Managing the UV Light Problem
Protect yourself from the sun. One should avoid exposure to the sun, especially when it is at its harshest, i.e., between 10 AM to 3 PM. If you cannot avoid it, cover exposed areas.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to entirely avoid the sun as UV light also penetrates through the windows. So wearing sun block or sunscreen is vital. Always apply it thirty minutes before sun exposure and remember to reapply every four hours so that its effect does not wear off. Also, look for both UVA and UVB protection. UVA protection is frequently denoted by a + grade, with levels between + to ++++, with ++ recommended as enough for Indian skin. UVB protection is shown with an SPF factor, with Indian skin requiring an SPF of approximately 30.
We, Indians, are exposed to high temperatures due to geographic factors. This eminent level of heat can because of many different skin diseases. First of all, excess sweat and its ultimate occlusion with the clothes can cause heat rash, a common phenomenon in India. Another reason you should consider wearing cotton clothes during an exercise. This rash is caused by heat but is worsened by the bacteria so it requires antibacterial treatment. Furthermore, folliculitis, or an infection of a hair follicle, can also occur. Finally, heat and sweat can also predispose one to fungal skin infections, requiring immediate anti-fungal treatment.
Managing the Heat Problem
Try to keep yourself dry as much as possible. You can use powder to wick away excess moisture, and also remember to use an antiperspirant. This will help you to prevent excess sweat from pooling. Furthermore, try and use a body wash that is antiseptic. You can look for ingredients such as triclosan in a cleanser that will act against the bacteria that causes both folliculitis & heat rash. Finally, look for products that are non-greasy and are non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic products are those that have been found to be without ingredients that obstruct hair follicles.
Summing it up, Indian skin has its own needs that should always be recognised and managed. And, if you suffer from any rash or problem, do not neglect it. Consult a good dermatologist for specialised care.