Melasma is very common is Asian skin, especially after pregnancy. That’s why it is dubbed as “The Mask of Pregnancy!”. Female hormone levels are often at their highest during pregnancy.
Many families will be making their vacation plans for the year-end school holidays.
A sun-soaked beach getaway is a perennial favourite.
While many of us return showing off a tan, some will come back with less than happy
There are several different patterns of psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common and it affects the outer surfaces of the arms and legs.
Sometimes, little pockets of pus can appear anywhere on the body. This form is referred to as pustular psoriasis and can cause the patient to feel sick and feverish.
The most debilitating and painful type is erythrodermic psoriasis. The whole body will look very red and swollen, with lots of shedding of dead skin.
No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis. It can affect the young and the old.
In about one in 20 people who receive the BCG vaccination, the scar develops into a keloid. These keloid scars are thicker, larger and redder. They do not stop growing but continue to increase in size, even many years after they first appear. Keloid sufferers, apart from living with the physical disfigurement, often report persistent pain or itch within the scars.
The bites of mosquitoes have always been a source of nuisance and disease. A nuisance because their bites are annoyingly itchy; and dangerous because they spread diseases, namely dengue, chikungunya and malaria.
Children between the ages of two and seven are most prone to insect bites. Mosquitoes are known to embark on their feeding frenzy at dawn and dusk.
When SLS comes in contact with skin (especially your hands), it will remove more than surface grime. This is because the skin’s precious horny layer is mostly composed of a mixture of proteins and fats. This fatty-protein glue cements the skin cells together. After every hand wash with soap, some of these natural skin fats are removed. Repeat this five to 10 times each day and you can see what happens to your skin.
Hand eczema, therefore, becomes an occupational hazard for people like nurses, hairdressers and housewives.
Also called pimples or zits, acne affects 90 per cent of adolescents and starts as early as eight to 10 years of age. It begins with little yellowish bumps on the nose, forehead and even chest, progressing to red, painful swellings with pus. Acne begins when the oil glands fire up at puberty. The oil (or sebum), which is supposed to lubricate and protect our skin, wreaks havoc instead.
An infection shows up as pain, swelling or foul-smelling discharge oozing from the puncture site. In some patients, a scar forms at the site of piercing. These keloid scars can grow to significant and disfiguring proportions. Those who are prone to such scars should not even contemplate ear piercing.
Infection and poor healing of the skin after piercing also increase the chance of scar formation. The scars can be treated with injections, laser or surgery but there is no guarantee that keloids will not form again.
With some children, even their eyebrows, eyelashes and body hair will fall out. As the condition is neither itchy nor painful, young children often remain oblivious to their problem. Indeed, the bald spots tend to bother the parents more than they do the child.
Any eczema sufferer will swear that its itch is mindnumbing, sleep-depriving and dedicated to compel nonstop scratching. ‘Relief’ comes only when the skin has been scratched off and the sensation of pain overtakes the itch