Common "Moisturizer" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Moisturizers, otherwise called emollients, are skin products that are used to lubricate, moisturize, and protect the skin. These functions are naturally carried out by the oil or sebum produced by the oil-secreting glands in the skin. Moisturizers prevent the evaporation of water from the deeper layers of the skin, thus preventing it from drying out.

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I have strange redness and red spots on my face and is becoming worse. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have strange redness and red spots on my face. I have photos to attach. It came up one day six months ago for no particular reason. Since then, it has been on and off in terms of severity but never completely disappeared. At first, I thought it was dry skin and tried some moisturizer ...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like an eczematous rash only (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It could be due to dryness, or excess seborrhoea which is getting exacerbated by sunlight exposure. Use the following medicines they should help, 1. Fluticasone propionate 0.05%...  Read Full »

Can topical steroid cream help in healing the red spots on my nose?

Query: Hi doctor, I got red patches on my nose after using chemically made facial products while using Retin-A ointment. I have attached pictures. In that, I have used Cerave ointment for healing the marks. Now, I discontinued using Retin-A 0.025 % ointment.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Retin-A (Tretinoin) makes the skin sensitive and a scrub or facial may cause dermatitis like this. I suggest you use a moderately potent topical steroid cream like Fluticasone propionat...  Read Full »

Why are my palms dry and have many lines?

Query: Hi, My hands are extremely rough since childhood. I am 17 years old now. I have tried almost everything to get rid of this problem. I also have so many lines on my palm and fingers. Suggest me some treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hyperlinearity (lines in the palm and fingers) of palms is a feature of a condition called atopic dermatitis. These patients, in general have dry skin in their palms, soles and elsewhere as well. I would suggest you to use a moisturizer twice daily upon the dry ar...  Read Full »

Is it safe if I use a cold cream with Epiduo for dry skin?

Query: Hi doctor, Currently, I am using Epiduo (Adapalene + Benzoyl peroxide) gel for acne treatment. My doctor advised me not to use any other beauty product. Because of winter, my skin is becoming dry now. So, can I use any cold cream along with Epiduo? If yes, which one can I use? It has controlled acne...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have noted your complaints. In such a situation, the following strategy works efficiently. Wash your face frequently with plain water. This will not only help the early resolution of pimples but also help hydrate the skin. You might consider using a slightly lesser ...  Read Full »

Suffering from severely chapped lips. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27-year-old, 5 foot, and relatively an athletic female. I have been suffering from some pretty severe chapped lips. I realized this was common because of the cold weather and dry heat from the furnace, so I was treating them with a two-step process with intensive lip moistener. Ab...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chapped or cracked lips is usually a common complaint in winters. From your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your lip cracking does appear significant. Applying Vaseline and moisturizer are good remedy options. But given recurrences, you...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for rashes in legs with extreme itching?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old female with no significant health history. I have anxiety, and I had hyperthyroidism in the past. I have had an itchy rash for over three months. It started as a small patch behind my left knee. It happened after having a ring shaped rash on my left thigh. I was trea...  Read Full »

Dr. Naik Dessai Gauri Govind

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You do have a bright red colored rash over the legs. Such rashes occur mostly as a response to allergies. Now allergies can be because of food (artificial colors) or even at times because of insect bites. The petechial patch on the shin is nothing but a result of excess...  Read Full »

I have a sore on the shaft of my penis. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 60-year-old male and I am not sexually active. After masturbation, I use a moisturizing lotion. I developed a sore on the shaft of my penis. It is not painful and does not itch, but there is a slight awareness of sensation. This could be due to the bump catching friction as opp...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please send the photographs not as collage, but as separate files. It is difficult to appreciate the morphology like this in a collage (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You can send one photo of each of these days separately...  Read Full »

I have a rash under my right breast. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a rash under my right breast. It is smooth but then becomes bumpy around the outside of the breast, and it is slightly discolored. I am not sure what it is. Please help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear that you have a rash on your right breast. Without seeing the rash in person, it is difficult to provide an accurate diagnosis. However, based on your description, it sounds like you may have an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. The smooth te...  Read Full »

How to do transition from winter skin-care routine to spring?

Query: Hello doctor, How to do transition of your winter skin-care routine to spring?   Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As compared to winter, in spring season skincare is changed as follows. 1. In winters, an individual's requirement of water becomes less, whereas in spring one should increase the intake of water as insensible loss of water increases from our skin. 2. In winters, s...  Read Full »

How to moisturize my hair without clogging my forehead pores?

Query: Hello doctor, What can I use to moisturize my hair on Isotretinoin without clogging my forehead pores? Also, I need to shampoo every day because I go to the gym. Any shampoo recommendations?   Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do understand your concern. It appears to be dry hair due to systemic or oral retinoid use. I suggest the following products: 1. Wash scalp with shampoo containing Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium cocoyl taurate, and Capryl glucoside twice weekly for four weeks. 2. U...  Read Full »

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