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Our autoimmune system is one of the important components of our wellbeing. It plays an important role in keeping our immunity strong and hence the skin and organs healthy and protected. When it starts to behave in an erratic way, the human body suffers. Psoriasis and Vitiligo are two of the main issues that show up the skin when the auto immune system starts to malfunction.

While vitiligo appears in painless white patches, psoriasis is a condition that causes painful, itch, fish scales like silvery scales on the body. Psoriasis can sometimes affect full body or can remain contained and keep recurring in one area of the body. This autoimmune condition can trigger anytime and is not limed by age, sex, or ethnicity of the person. In psoriasis the skin becomes thick, inflamed and red and the person feels an urge to itch at all times. Unfortunately there is no single or a permanent cure to psoriasis, it is easy to manage the symptoms with careful and monitored treatments.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is one of the main causes of social embarrassment in many people. It affects about 3 % of the world population and still there is no single treatment line or medication for it that give guaranteed relief.

Research has shown that the cause of psoriasis lies inside the immune system. Our blood contains T cells (a type of white blood cells) whose main function is to activate and protect the body from outside infections and virus attacks. Because of some unknown triggers the T cells sometimes become active even when there is no foreign body attack and start producing cytokines. This sets of a chain of other immune responses that cause the skin cells to proliferate at a rate much faster than the normal. The immune system things of the healthy skin cells as foreign bodies and starts destroying them. The result is that dead skin cells start to accumulate on the surface along with inflammation or swelling. and new cells keep forming (keratinocytes). In a normal human body, it takes 30 days for new skin cells to form whereas in people suffering from psoriasis this cycles is shortened to just 3-4 days.  This causes formation of dry, flaky slivery scales and plaques on various parts of the body such as elbow, knees, scalp ears, nails, feet, hands, lips and eyelids.

The scales usually start as small red patches that are often mistaken as an allergy or injury but they can become bigger and itchier. There are many different kinds of psoriasis and it can happen in different parts of body. the correct treatment plan begins with correctly identifying the type of psoriasis, party of body it affects and the severity of it.

Types of psoriasis

  • Plaque psoriasis: this is the most common type of skin condition and affects about 80-90% of people. This causes raises red patches on the skin. that can be itchy or painful sometimes.
  • Inverse psoriasis which mainly affects the skin folds and causes shiny and discoloured scratches to appear on different parts of body such as armpits, groin, and other skin folds. They can even be red, purple or brown in colour.
  • Guttate psoriasis appears like small spots on the skin and is often seen after a throat infection. The spots are drop shaped and can be pink, red or purple in colour.
  • Pustular psoriasis looks like pus filled blisters on the skin sitting on top of the red plaques. It usually affects palms and soles.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis usually affects large areas of skin and is a severe form of this skin diseases. Skin shedding is widespread in it appears as if sheets of skin are peeling. It causes discoloration of the skin and is often trigged by sunburn, infection and not taking psoriasis treatments.
  • Sebopsoriasis affects face and scalp the most and the scales appear like dandruff and are greasy and yellow scales.
  • Nail psoriasis has symptoms like pitting of nails and changes in the structure of fingernails and toenails.

Why is psoriasis treatment necessary?

For most people, skin care and dermatologist visits are often the last priority and they try to treat this skin condition with home remedies such as using moisturizing creams and gels. However, when not treated in time the flaky, slivery scales of psoriasis can have severe health implications such as

  • Pain and inflammation joints that makes it difficult for a person to walk or do daily activities normal. This is termed as psoriasis arthritis.
  • Inflammatory diseases in other organs of body
  • Heat diseases and hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Septicaemia
  • Heart failure
  • Eyes disorders and conjunctivitis
  • Complications in normal pregnancy
  • PCOS
  • Pneumonia

Suicidal tendencies, depression, shame and mental trauma are some of the common psychological damages of psoriasis. These challenges can be long lasting. The age group of 15-35 is most commonly affected by this condition. Psoriasis can be genetic too and biological parents can pass this condition down to their children. The good news is that it is not contagious i.e., does not spread on contact. The main roadblocks in time treatment of psoriasis are lack of awareness, and education among people. Ignorance in seeking the correct diagnosis can make psoriasis a life long suffering for those effected.

Treatment options for psoriasis

The quest for finding the permanent treatment for psoriasis dates back to the 1800s. The right doctor to treatment psoriasis is an experience dermatologist. The effects of this condition are more than skin deep. Apart from genetics, environmental factors are also seen as primary causes of psoriasis. Simple treatments go a long way in making its management easier and bringing the much needed relief to the patient.

There is no known pattern of psoriasis, it can improve or become worse at any time. Some people do not see any flare of psoriasis for years and then suddenly see a flare up. One needs to be on a constant watch with psoriasis and work closely with the dermatologist to work out a skin care routine that works well. Psoriasis can show up on elbows, knees, scalp, genitals, lower back, palms and feet, fingernails and toenails and insides of the mouth. You need to talk to your doctor if you notice:

  • Raised and scaly skin plaques
  • Dry skin with cracks on surface that bleed
  • Burning, itching, and soreness sensations on the affected kin
  • Random discoloured patches
  • Swelling and pain in joints
  • Cracked, pitted and weak nails.

Psoriasis treatment plan

The treatment for psoriasis includes both lifestyle changes and professional treatments. Here is how you can use the modern treatments and modify your lifestyle to manage psoriasis symptoms and ease the discomfort.

  • Understand the symptoms: Shiny, small, slivery scales on the skin are the most common symptom of psoriasis. They are often accompanied by dryness, cracks, itching, rashes on the skin. The symptoms come and go and therefore keep a close watch on the skin and consult the doctor immediately on noticing any symptoms.
  • Know the triggers: Psoriasis can be triggered by many things such as obesity, stress, cold weather, changes in the environment, pollutants etc. These triggers are different for everybody. Understand what triggers skin changes in your body and learn to manage them.
  • Treatment options: Doctors use a combination of various treatments and therapies to reduce the symptoms and appearance of psoriasis. These include
    • Topical or over the counter medications: these include creams, lotions, foams etc. that are applied directly on the affected areas of the skin. they are the first line of treatment and used to treat mild to moderate psoriasis. They contain various options are corticosteroids, emollients, coal tar, retinoids etc that slow down the effect of immune cells on the skin. They should only be used as directed. Oral retinoids are used to reduce cell grown is used to treat pustular psoriasis.
    • Biologics: These are the new age treatments that are made from the living materials. These drugs are immune therapy medications and alter the immune system. They also bring down skin inflammations. Biologics are suitable for treatment of moderate to serious arthritis. The most commonly used biologics are Adalimumab, Bimekizumab, Brodalumab, Tofacitinib (oral), Ustekinumab etc.
    • Dithranol: This is the oldest known treatment for treating plaque psoriasis. This medicine is applied on the skin and reduces the production of new skin cells. Using a very concentrated form of this cream can cause burns on the skin and hence it should be used under supervision.
    • Coal tar ointment and shampoo: This age old treatment reduces itching and scaliness but can make the skin sensitive to sunlight and dryness.
    • Phototherapy: Sitting in sun is an age old treatment for psoriasis. Phototherapy uses a combination of natural and artificial light to target the fast shedding skin cells and slow down the growth of the new cells. This treatment is only done in the doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure.

Follow the instructions of your dermatologist regarding right way to use the treatments. Do not try to over use tor underuse the treatments. It can cause skin damage and spread of the disease. You can also use some home treatments such as

  • Salt baths
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Application of aloe vera gel
  • Apple cider vinegar

Skin, hair and nail care in psoriasis

This is an important part of psoriasis treatment. Here are some simple tips to help you along

  • Don’t buy any product that claims to be the ‘cure’ of psoriasis
  • When choose skin and hair products choose those which are alcohol free, hypoallergenic. Look for ingredients like ceramides, lipids, hyaluronic acids since these help in keeping the skin moisturized and reduce the scaling and salicylic acid that helps by reducing flaking. Also include retinoids in your night skin care to reduce the dark spots caused because of psoriasis.
  • Gel based products are a no-no as they can aggravate the symptoms
  • UV light slow down the growth of skin cells and small healthy doses of sun are good for your skin. but avoid the peak sunlight hours and always use sunscreen.
  • Protect the skin from injury. Cuts, nicks and scrapes can cause skin irritation and increase the symptoms.
  • Don’t scratch your skin even when it is itching. Use the itch cream as directe4d
  • Avoid using hot and long showers as they strip the body of the essential moisture.
  • Don’t rub the skin with towel. Just pat dry
  • Prevent dry skin at all times. Apply a moisturizer immediately after shower, carry a bottle of moisturizer with you and use it every time the skin feels dry.
  • Use a soft bristle hair brush and brush gently, don’t press it against the scalp.
  • Limit hot treatments to the hair
  • Avoid colouring and perming during the psoriasis flares.
  • Keep your nails short
  • Wear gloves and mask when doing housework. If you have nail psoriasis then wear cotton gloves and latex gloves on top of them when doing housework.
  • Avoid irritating the cuticles
  • Don’t bite or chew your nails
  • Avoid nail treatments.
  • Wear soft fabrics that do not rub against the skin
  • Give up on smoking and drugs
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Treat any skin injuries immediately
  • Take a diet rich in fish oil, vitamin D, seeds, nuts, turmeric, and omega 3- fatty acids .
  • Exercise daily to reduce the risk of chronic issues and keep the weight under control.

Psoriasis treatment cost

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder which can flare up anytime. There is no definite cost of the treatment because it is a lifelong process. The cost depends on the type of treatment and severity of the condition. Topical medications cost very less whereas treatments like the use of biologics can be high. Other hidden costs in psoriasis treatments comprise of consultation fees, diagnostic tests, follow up visits etc. To endure you get a treatment for psoriasis that is not only cost effective but also successful, discuss both aspects with your doctor and insurance provider.

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What to Expect During Your BB Glow Treatment: Step-by-Step Guide

The evertrusty foundation has been an integral part of a good makeup for years. Foundation gives a good make up and also helps hide many skin flaws and give the skin and even look for the evening or the day. However one of the disadvantages of foundations is that it is does not last for long an often as the tendency of becoming ‘cakey’ as the time passes.  Another downside of wearing makeup on the skin is that it clogs the pores and if you don’t remove it properly and cleanse the skin, there is a high risk of breakouts, spots and damage to the quality of the skin.

We live in a ‘I woke up looking like this’ world. Most of us have wondered at some point that how do celebrities and Instagram stars wake up looking perfect and confident. The answer is the new age BB glow treatment which not only cultivates skin positivity but also helps deal with many skin issues. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and does the important job of protecting our organs and looking good at the same time. The skin fights with age, hormones, improper diet, UV rays and pollution and so much more on a daily basis. It is also subject to ageing causing fine lines, pigmentation, wrinkles etc. This is why it is necessary to protect the skin every day an BB glow treatment does just that.

The ever popular BB glow treatment gives you the freedom from putting and removing makeup every day and also protects your skin. This is why it is the most in demand natural glow like treatment of all times.

What exactly is BB glow?

The BB stands for ‘blemish balm’ or ‘beauty balm’ and before you join this trend it is important to know everything about this treatment and how it will benefit your skin. BB glow treatment was first introduced as a part of facial treatment in Korea and Singapore and has quite quickly spread across the world.

BB glow is essentially a type of semi-permanent make up that will save you the hassle of putting on makeup everyday and even correct skin imperfections. It gives a natural glowing and dewy look to the skin that stays with you all through the day, night and even when you are sleeping. It is a 24*7 skin cream that need to be reapplied.

The basic procedure is placing shades of pigments under your skin using laser or microneedling/ nano needling technologies for the perfection that appears from within. This semi-permanent makeup also claims to improve the texture, quality and tone of the facial skin. And the results do not look ‘made up’ but just like the lightweight foundation.

What are the steps of BB glow treatment

BB glow treatment is an outpatient procedure of depositing tined serum under the skin. The entire treatment lasts for just 1.5 to 2 hours to the maximum. This complex procedure and it includes the following steps

Step 1: Cleaning the skin

Since BB glow treatment does micro or nano injuries on the skin to deposit the serum, the skin surface needs to be cleaned thoroughly to make sure there are no bacteria, dirt or traces of skin care products and make on the surface. The skin specialist uses a gentle cleanser that will not irritate the skin

Step 2: Exfoliating the surface

The next step is to apply an exfoliating gel or a chemical peel on the skin surface to remove the dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. this ensures that the product absorption is better. The peel is applied using a soft brush and not massaged in. The duration of this gel varies with the skin type such as 2 minutes for sensitive skin, 3 minutes for normal skin and up to 5 minutes for oily skin. The teel is usually made of acids such as lactic acid. You might feel some redness and tingling post this step on the skin but it is quite normal.

Step 3: Neutralizing

The chemical from the peel or the gel keep working on the skin if not removed completely. A neutralizing solution is applied on the skin to stop the activity. If the peel is not removedcompletely, it can cause damage to the skin. This solution is usually in the form of a foam.

Step 4: Applying the BB booster

This a critical step of the procedure is the application of BB booster serum. This is done though nano needling or micro needling procedure. The skin practitioner uses fine needles (derma pen) to puncture the skin shallowly. The entire skin is covered in circular motions. The skin specialist will use different combinations of serums to treatment various skin conditions. The target is to treat specific condition as per the previous discussions.

Step 5: Tinted serum application

The facial skin has various shades and, in this step, a tinted serum matching your skin shade is deposited in the skin. The shade of the serum is usually one shade lighter than that of your skin tone. The darker shades are used for contouring and slight rosy shades are used to give a natural blush appearance. Thus, the overall look is perfectly air brushed make up look that you usually get by using several complex makeup products.

This pigmented serum is also deposited through a derma pen. Drops of the serums in various shades is placed on the skin. The skin specialist will move the pen over your face 2-3 times.  Your dermatologist might lightly massage the skin to remove the serum residue and ensure better spread and absorption of serum.

Step 6: Nourishing and hydrating mask

This is the last step of the BB glow treatment. Your skin will benefit from the hydrating properties of the mask and it will also help soothe the redness and irritation caused because of microneedling. The mask is left on for about 15 minutes and the reside is massaged in the skin.

That is, it! The treatment is done and the next appointment date is given for about 2-4 weeks later.

Benefits of BB glow treatment for skin

BB glow has the foundation blending in the skin perfectly but from within. You can say it is a form of pigmentation but it does not alter the skin permanently. Among the many benefits of BB glow treatment include

  • It gives the skin an even toned appearance and texture
  • It camouflages imperfections like redness, under eye circles, hyperpigmentation, age spots etc.
  • Nourishing and hydrating the skin to restore youthfulness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • It reduces the visibility of open pores
  • Has a natural anti-ageing effect.
  • Improvement in collagen production that tightens the skin naturally
  • It gives a visible reduction in pimples, blemishes, and acne scars.
  • It gives an overall brightening effect and cures dull and dehydrated skin.
  • Saves time and money and applying and buying makeup regularly
  • Boost confidence in self-image

Results post BB glow treatment

The changes in your skin are visible immediately and full results will be noticeable in few days. You might notice some redness on the skin but that is normal. Your practitioner will give you a gentler skin care routine to follow for a next few days.  There will no need to use foundation or other makeup on a daily basis for next few weeks.

Who can get a BB glow treatment?

Any healthy person who is dealing the skin uses such as ageing, pigmentation etc and wants to get rid of the hassle of using makeup everydaycan opt for BB glow treatment. BB glow is not suitable for clients who are

  • Pregnant, lactating or nursing
  • Undergoing cancer or tumour treatments
  • Suffering from chronic skin ailments such as rosacea, psoriasis, active ace, allergies etc.
  • Having skin infection of any kind
  • Prone to keloid scarring, allergies etc
  • On blood thinning medications

Depending on the condition of the skin the BB glow saturation is built over time. It might take 2-10 sessions for BB glow treatment to get more everlasting effect. Most clients will see best results in 3-5 sessions easily. The session are done 2-4 weeks apart.

Before the BB glow treatment

  • Halt the use of any vitamin A on the skin such as retinol, or retin A, five days before the treatment.
  • Let your doctor know about any regular medication that you are on such as blood thinners etc.
  • Ask for a patch test to rule out any allergies to ingredients

Taking care of the skin post BB glow treatment

The skin might be a little sensitive and prone to infections because of the tiny punctures on the skin therefore who will be given a detailed set of instructions on what to do and what not to do such as

  • Avoid touching or pressing your face for a few days
  • Keep your face dry for the first 24 hours after the treatment
  • Avoid activities that can cause sweating
  • After 24 hours wash your face with lukewarm water and mid soap. No harsh products.
  • Avoid any kind of make for at least 2-3 days post treatment
  • No swimming or gyming for next seven days
  • Avoid going out in sun and even when you have to go out wear a high-quality SPF otherwise the pigments can give an ashy or greyish look to the skin
  • Skip any facials and harsh skin care treatments for the next three weeks
  • Vitamin C and retinol products can cause the deposited pigments to fade faster and hence dis continue their applications.
  • Tanning is never good for BB glow treatment. it can cause the pigments to become uneven in colour and result in patchy skin.

Let the pigments settle under the skin properly. The tiny punctures on the skin will cause the skin to regenerate and have a better texture as they heal. You will also see deep hydration and a plumper skin. the effects last for about 4-8 months as the body breaks down the pigments and removes them from the body.

BB glow treatment price in India

BB glow treatment price in India is usually charged per session. The number of sessions you get the higher is the cost of BB glow treatment. The cost of BB Glow treatment also varies with the fact whether other treatment such as dermaplaning or LED are also used with it.

Other factors influencing the BB glow treatment price in India include location, reputation and expertise of the salon or spa. Since it is a cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by insurance. Most clinics offer discounted package deals if you book multiple sessions in advance. If not done in a sterile environment with the best of the products, BB glow can have some long term effects such as permanent titanium deposits under the skin which can be potentially harmful. Therefore make sure that you do not compromise on the cost and find a salon that use the highest quality of serums and make sure that the needling is not too deep to reach the epidermis.




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Best Dermatologist in Mumbai For Psoriasis

Looking for the Best Dermatologist in Mumbai For Psoriasis

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Best Dermatologist in Mumbai For PsoriasisIf you are to entrust the health of your skin to a specialist, then you want to make sure that you are choosing the right person. The best dermatologist in Mumbai for psoriasis would know what treatments or therapies will best alleviate your specific symptoms. Take note that dermatologists are not all the same; they vary in terms of areas of practice, specialities, and experience. Thus, it is wise to do some research prior to setting an appointment with a dermatologist. Here are some tips:

  • Check the doctor’s qualifications.

As a minimum requirement, the dermatologist must be board-certified. But aside from this, you should also look for membership, registration, training, achievement and other credentials. Find out what hospitals the dermatologists are practising, too.

  • Ask about his or her areas of specialisations.

Dermatologists differ in their areas of specialisations or interests. Some are focused on cosmetic surgery and treatments while others are experts in non-surgical treatments. The best dermatologist in Mumbai for psoriasis has expertise in non-invasive skin treatments for skin problems like psoriasis, hair loss, acne, scars, warts, and moles.

  • Read up about your dermatologist’s experience.

If a dermatologist is the best one in his or her field, then he or she must be highly recommended by patients and even experts. Top dermatologists have awards and recognition from prestigious bodies in and out of the country, like the International Society of Dermatology Fellowship. There should also be a proven record of success like patient testimonies as evidence that the dermatologist is indeed qualified and reputable.

After doing initial research, it is time to set an appointment with the doctor. Aside from getting proper diagnosis and treatment, another purpose of visiting your chosen dermatologist for psoriasis is to get to know him or her better.  During the consultation, consider how your doctor asks questions and explain the procedures to you. Is it clear? Is she or he patient and understanding towards you? That way, you’ll know if it is worth visiting your dermatologist next time or you should look for another one.

About Dr. Rinky Kapoor

Dr. Rinky Kapoor- Best Dermatologists in Mumbai, India

Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Co-founder of The Esthetic Clinics, is one of the best dermatologists in the world & currently practices in Mumbai, India. Dr. Rinky Kapoor is a Consultant Cosmetic Dermatologist, Cosmetologist & Trichologist at S L Raheja Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, India. Dr. Kapoor is trained at the National Skin Centre, Singapore & at Stanford University, USA. A celebrity skin doctor, Dr. Rinky Kapoor has won many honors such as “Best Dermatologist in Mumbai”, “Most Valuable & Admired Cosmetic Dermatologist in India” & “Best Dermatologist in India”, etc for her expert dermatology care, affordable & reliable skin care, hair care & nail care Read more

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