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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: i hav these little white dots on my legs what r they? and how do i get rid of them? plzz help.

katherine (Ahemdabad, )

A: I'm not sure what white dots you mean. Are they like pimples? Or pigmentation? Do you wax your legs? Certain methods of hair removal causes sensitive skin to react in this way. Change your method of hair removal. Apply Calamine lotion to your legs to soothe irritated skin.

Vidula Chopra Rastogi

Q: Hi I have a question. After applying lemon and cucumber can I use soap to rinse it off? Because I have very sensitive skin so I dont like it toremain any single irritant ingredients on my face thanks.

Christopher (Goa, India)

A: Sure you can wash it off. Use a soap for the face, or a face wash.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I am 21 years old and have sensitive and dry skin, I tend to get a pimple after every 2 or 3 day. I also get marks due to that. Even when I rub my skin it gets more dry leaving dark marks. Please suggest me a routine to follow up that could help me in this problem.

Ketaki (Lucknow, India)

A: Cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin regularly. That is the best routine for you to follow. Don't touch your face at all, and use a face wash suitable to dry skin. Make sure your hair is dandruff free. Try Himalaya face wash for dry skin, and follow up with your regular moisturiser. Don't apply a very thick, creamy moisturiser. You may be tempted to do so because your skin is dry, but this may block pores and cause more dryness. Instead, go for a light, oil free moisturiser at this stage, until your face clears up. Read this article on Pimple SOS for further information on preventing pimples.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hello, I have very sensitive skin under my arm. When I shave there, after couple of days I get irritation and little bumps (like pimples). Sometimes they even hurt and I also have to put deodorant five time a day, because it gets wet and smelly. And I donā?Tt use anything, except natural products. Is there anything I can do to have clean and smooth underarms? Thanks.

Natasha (Mumbai, India)

A: Perhaps shaving gives you a rash. Try waxing underarms and see if your pimples reduce. Instead of deodorant apply an anti-persiprant stick to stop the odour. Don't worry about email warnings you may have heard about anti-perpirants. They're just baseless rumours. (When shaving your underarms, I hope you make sure the area is adequately frothed with soap. You should never shave on dry or wet skin without applying soap or shaving cream, as this causes razor burn.) Also, waxing helps reduce growth in the long run, so you should consider waxing.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Advise on Lichen-Planus(skin problem)

Savita (Mumbai, India)

A: A skin specialist would be better able to guide you. Remember though that it is not contagious or infectious. If you have it in the mouth, avoid spicy food, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, caffiene, crisp foods like toast. There is no known cure. Avoid scratching it and apply soothing and medicated creams as may be prescribed. You may try homeopathy.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I have a 3 month old baby girl, and I use olive oil for her skin massage before her bath. Is it true that olive oil tans the skin? Is almond oil a better choice?

Aries (Mumbai, LA USA )

A: No, olive oil does not tan the skin. Almond oil is a little heaty, and works if you are living in a cold climate. But olive oil should be fine. Don't worry about it.

Vidula Chopra

Q: i have a patchy skin,i am pregnantand my age is 28,i feel my skin is grown more darker then before,and looks dark and dull please suggests some home remedy and other and also its costs. my other problem is i hav a medium breast and i fear it will get smaller after pregnancy,please suggests something to enlarge a little more

Sonie (New Delhi, India)

A: During pregnancy your breasts will increase in size, and not decrease. But after your breastfeeding days are over, your breasts will go back to their original size. Your complexion has changed because of hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. It is perfectly normal. Again, after pregnancy, your skin will go back to normal. Make sure you avoid going out in the sun, or that you always wear a sunscreen before doing so to prevent further darkening. Massaging your face for ten minutes daily will enchance the glow. Apply a mixture of nimbu and honey to lighten your skin slightly and to make it glow. Also, exercise regularly for a natural glow of health.

Vidula Chopra

Q: How can I lighten my skin? I want to be fairer.Is there any creams for lighten up the skin?

Mugdha (Mumbai, India)

A: The market is flooded with fairness creams. Try a herbal one.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I apply either of these masks on a daily basis: oatmeal with honey and yoghurt or rice flour with almonds/yoghurt or honey with lemon juice or turmeric with milk Is it ok to apply these daily or shud i just apply them on a weekly basis? Pls do let me know. Thanks,

Kiran (Mumbai, Banglore )

A: No, it's great that you are applying them daily. Continue doing so. Many years down the line your skin will be firmer than that of your friends. If you feel you are developing pimples becuase of excessive moisturisation, you can reduce the masks to twice a week, but if your skin is not acting up, continue with the masks. Turmeric is excellent for skin, and so is honey. Also, if the masks dry on your skin, wash them off as soon as they dry.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Well vitamin e is said to have gud value for skin wht is it helping in n can normal person take its doze n what is the best way to get glow on ur skin faster if possible else how to get?

Gayatri (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, anybody can take Vitamin E supplements, it is good for the skin. You can also increase Vitamin C supplements.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Please can you tell me more about Vitamin E oil? How effective is it for the skin especially on the face.

Yasmin (Mumbai, UAE )

A: It moisturises and nourishes the skin, delaying the onset of wrinkles. After applying it, steam your face so that it can penetrate the pores, or oil by itself may not be able to penetrate easily. Wash it off well, as if left on for too long it may block pores and cause pimples.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Actually I have very sensitive skin and due to that I went to the parlor and got my facial waxing done like (whole face) but before got wax she bleached my whole face, and rigt after that she waxed and after that I used one of her towels after I can back and right after a day my whole face was fulll of pimples and they were really weired like I got some alergic reaction or something or if someones face was pimples and I had got transfered and it has been 3 weeks now my face is still full of pimples. Please tell me what's the solution I even tried putting the ice on but my pimples got worse day by day but now I am using vitamin A cream and it little bit lessened my pimples! please tell me what could have gone wrong or if i shouldnt do waxing next time or if I shouldn't do bleach before waxing I will be glad to know! Thankyou very much! Please reply soon!!!!

Kiran (Mumbai, India)

A: The pimples are probably more due to the waxing than due to the bleaching. Avoid waxing your entire face. Bleaching it is a much better option. Waxing will also make your face rough and leathery after some time. Wax only your sideburns and bleach the rest of your face to conceal your facial hair. Thread your eyebrows and upperlip. If you have a lot of facial hair, consider getting laser treatment done. It is expensive, but well worth it in the long run if you have a lot of facial hair. Go to a reputed parlour and get recommendations. Don't wax your entire face again. Apply lacto calamine to your face everyday to soothe the skin. The pimples will go away on their own in time.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I am six months pregnant. I have to go Pakistan for attending a wedding. I want to bleach. Can you tell me that can I use bleach only for once not after that?

Asma (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, it's ok if you bleach once. Bleaching is not like waxing or shaving, that once you start, you need to continue.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I have generally clear skin except for my forehead which is bumpy and spoted, I wash 2 times a day and am taking Grapeseed, Vitamin A, and Zinc vitamins, also I drink lots of water and get exercise, I was wondering if there was anything else I could take or use to get clear skin all around.

Roger (Goa, India)

A: Wash your face with a face wash IMMEDIATELY after exercising. If you let the sweat dry on your face, you will get pimples. Similarly, every time your face feels sweaty or oily, simply splash water on it and wipe it dry. Avoid touching your forehead, and make sure you don't have dandruff.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Tell me how to prepare home made bleach for skin, so that hair on skin changes to skin colour.

Geeta (Mumbai, India)

A: Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon baby oil and apply it to your face at night. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning. Do this regularly.

Vidula Chopra

Q: How to make skin bleach using kitchen or natural ingredients?

Bianca (New York, USA)

A: Bleach is made using chemicals, and you can only buy it from the market. Lemon (nimbu) is a natural bleach, and you can mix it with honey and apply it to your face, but it will not work like a bleach does, ie, it will not lighten facial hair. It just brightens the compexion, and over time, it lightens it slightly.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi! I have 6 year old daughter. Her face and arm skin is getting darker because she is playing in sun at school.Is there any remedy for her I can use?

Anis (Mumbai, India)

A: Apply sunscreen lotion to her face and arms everyday before sending her to school. Use a sunscreen with a high SPF as you want it to last until she comes home. At this age children are bound to play around in the sun. Do not discourage her from doing so, just because she is growing dark. As she grows up and stops playing in the sun, her tan will fade on its own. Don't worry about it, and let her enjoy her childhood. Once a week on Sundays you can apply a mixture of besan, nimbu and haldi to her arms, legs and face.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I used to have fair arms. But in past few years they have turned brown. Please advice any bleach or anything. Megha

Megha (Mumbai, India)

A: Your hands probably just have a tan. If you stay out of the sun, the colour will gradually return to normal. At times a persistent tan may never fade. Wax regularly, and wear full sleeves, cotton, when you step out in the sun to protect your arms, or make sure you apply sunscreen on your arms and on your face.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Sometimes my face can become very pale and thin. I have very sensitive skin. The skin around my eyes seem to loose its moisture, clarity, and suppleness, and the skin around my eyes looks dark and small lines appear underneath. This causes my eyes to look so small. This makes me feel so bad! I sometimes look very tired. Right now I am using Origins products for sensitive skin. Its a great product, but I need to know how much cleanser, etc. I should apply to my skin. Is it a bad idea to apply the cleanser around my eyes? Sometimes when I apply it on my nose it becomes really oily looking. I use the cleanser, toner, skin guardian and moisturizer.

Adrese (Mumbai, India)

A: Don't apply the cleanser or toner to the area just around the eyes. Similarly, don't apply regular creams under the eyes, use an eye cream, as these are lighter and especially formulated for use in the eye area. Apply cleanser to your skin with your fingers, not too much, just enough as will spread on the entire area, and wipe it with cotton which has just 2-3 drops of water. The cotton shouldn't be too wet as it will not soak up the cleanser. Then apply toner to dry cotton and wipe it around your skin. Whenever you step out in the sun, make sure you wear sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes from premature wrinkles.

Vidula Chopra

Q: i have got tiny black hair all over my face,i tried waxing it but as my skin is sensitive it didn't suite me same with bleach. Please suggest me some thing that i could do at home to lighten the facial hair.

Is there some thing like home made bleach with out any chemicals.Please suggest.

Regards Harini

Harini (Mumbai, India)

A: There is really nothing like home-made bleach. You could try applying a nimbu and honey mixutre. Nimbu is a natural bleach and it should help lighten your hair. You could also try applying a besan and haldi mixture to your face. Scrub it out after ten minutes. This should help reduce your facial hair a bit. Bleach is however more effective. Perhaps you should use a little less of the bleaching powder and more of the cream, or try changing your bleach brand. Avoid waxing your face. You could wax just your sideburns, but not the rest. Thread your upper lip and your eyebrows.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I have dark areas around my mouth, which is also having burning sensation and some times have some dead white cells,please tell me what to do,many thanks.

Hoda (Mumbai, USA)

A: Your lips are probably dry and chapped. Do you lick your lips often? If yes, stop. Apply vaseline or chapstick to your lips until they heal. Ghee also helps. Apply a little ghee to your lips before turning in for the night, to heal them.

Vidula Chopra

Q: HI... I am 22 years old. I have a very sensitive skin. When i wax around the bikini area, i get boils which are very painful and take several weeks to disappear. I have tried using lactocalamine, but even that does not help. Please suggest an alternative or any medication likewise. Thanx

Roohi (Mumbai, India)

A: Stop waxing if it is causing pimples or a rash. Try shaving the bikini line instead. Read this article for tips on shaving this area.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I have a fair complexion skin but my neck has become dark over the past 2 yrs. I feel very uncomfortable with this. Please suggest, how to get rid of this blackness?

Raji (Mumbai, India)

A: Apply a mixture of lemon and cucumber juice to your neck and wash off after fifteen minutes. Before stepping out in the sun, apply suscreen to your face AND neck. When you moisturise your face, apply cream to your neck as well, and scrub it lightly with a loofah or washcloth while bathing.

Q: I have extremely sensitive and a mixed skin. I can't use perfumed products. Suggest me some tips for sensitive skin.

Shama (Mumbai, Hongkong )

A: A lot of people have extremly sensitive skin. Here are a few tips: 1. Don't wear fake jewellery. If you wear a fake necklace or earrings, take them out as soon as you are back home. 2. Apply unscented creams and moisturisers. 3. When wearing perfume, avoid spraying it around your neck. Spray it on your clothes. 4. Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics. These further irritate the skin. 5. Dab yourself with a medicated powder every morning, after bathing.

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