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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How to get my itching treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from itching in different parts of the body for the last three years. It increases during winter season, though it stays in summer season also. I had a past history of head dandruff, face itch and rashes, which was cured and relieved. At present, I am facing problem of i...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from atopic dermatitis. Do you suffer from any allergies? Is there any history of asthma in your family? Moisturizers, which are specially meant for such conditions and other medicines can be used. For example Aveeno or Cetaphil DAM lotion. I...  Read Full »

How to reduce the fine lines between my eyes and cheek at a very young age?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 14-year-old male and I got these lines between my eyes and cheeks, it is saggy but it does not hurt and I do not know why I got it. I have been doing some excercises to help reduce the line and I also put Aloe vera gel. I sleep eight hours and I start sleeping at 10 or 11 PM bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sagging is due to loss of elasticity of the skin. Do you go out in the sun? UV rays exposure? Is your nutrition proper? Is your water intake adequate? Is there any environmental dust exposure? Stress? Poor nutrition? Non-surgical therapy such as face massage, face p...  Read Full »

How to get glowing and healthy skin?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20 year old female. My weight is 48 kg and height is 5'2". I have a fair skin. I had nodular acne on face, back and shoulder. I was on Isotretinoin for 5 months and I have got over my acne. But, my skin looks lifeless, unmoisturized and dull in the face, hands and shoulder, even ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The dull skin is due to Isotretinoin. It takes away the moisturizing sebum and oil from the skin, by which it acts in acne. The same action causes the side effect of dry and itchy skin. First, you should understand that this effect is temporary and will improve with time...  Read Full »

Is a photo test recommended for solar urticaria?

Query: Hi doctor, Eight years ago, my family and I went on a vacation. When my mother got out of one of the outdoor pools, she started feeling a sting on her arms and all of her legs below the knees. She has been to the doctor for this condition and she has gotten numerous ointments. The only ointment that...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you explained that your mother has developed solar urticaria. Here I explain a few other importance of solar urticaria. Intense itching, swelling and rashes develop in sunlight. You can correlate it. Whenever she goes in the sun, she gets these things. If you ...  Read Full »

I have facial flush in cheeks and redness after using Retinol cream. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have facial flushing in my cheeks for about one month and have not gone away. It varies from mild to bright red day today. It began after I tried using Retinol and experienced peeling so I stopped after one week. I saw a doctor who said it was contact dermatitis because I used other...  Read Full »

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Flushing, persistent redness and telangiectasia could be signs of rosacea. Moreover, retinoids can flare up rosacea. A common cause of rosacea in some individuals is the usage of potent topical steroids on the face. Is there such a history? However, they are not imp...  Read Full »

What heals chapped lips faster?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past two months, I had severely chapped lips from the cold weather. I tried O’Keefe's, Blistex, La Roche-Posay cicaplast lips, Vaseline, coconut oil and plain slices of cucumber, all of which resulted in burning itchy lips. I then decided to stop using anything at all fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This condition is called cheilitis. It is due to vitamin B deficiency, low level of iron and zinc. Also, environmental exposure, licking your lips, eating spicy foods, cold, dry weather may lead to chapped lips.  Read Full »

How to fix the dry and flaky skin around my mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I skin is too oily on my face, but skin around my mouth and nostrils is very dry and flaky. It has also been making a ring form around my mouth. It is of different color from the rest of my skin tone. How can I fix this? Please guide this.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Avoid excessive cleansing of your skin. Use soap or face wash not more than two to three times a day. Plain water can be used to cleanse whenever required. Pat dry your skin after washing it. Keeping your skin moisturized is the key to healthy looking ski...  Read Full »

What is this reddish lesion under my brother's eyes?

Query: Hi doctor, Two years ago, my brother started noticing a red circle under his eye next to his nose. It was in the shape of a pill. From time to time it causes skin peel. Once he removes the peel it leads to redness and blaze. Also it is growing with time. When he met a dermatologist he gave him some ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your descriptions and also read the ingredients of medicine which you have used. Your brother most probably had have pityriasis alba. It is characterized by the presence of ill-defined, scaly, faint red patches. This patient or family may have history of asth...  Read Full »

Is coconut oil bad for skin?

Query: Hello doctor, Is coconut oil bad for the skin? A few years ago coconut oil was all the rage. We were told to slather it from head to toe for miraculous benefits. However, lately, it is been getting some backlash thanks to its comedogenic properties. My questions are, What are the pros of using pr...  Read Full »

Dr. Ishwar Chandra Rai

Ayurveda Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Coconut oil is extracting traditionally from raw coconut or from dried coconut kernels. It is saturated oil and frequently used in skin, hairs or cooking purposes. This oil has health-promoting properties. It contains several fatty acids that have benefits to skin healt...  Read Full »

Skin in my hand become dry with bleeding cracks and aggravates on smoking. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, For about two years, I have constant problems with my hand skin. There are spots on my hand, where my skin gets extremely dry to the point where it peels, sometimes even cracks and bleeds. It regenerates quite quickly, even deeper wounds heal in three to five days. I consulted sever...  Read Full »

Dr. V Srikanth Reddy

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) it is looking like hyperkeratotic eczema over palms. It is a kind of dermatitis and not related with any blood vessels. It can aggravate during winter seasons. Treatment includes judicious use of moistu...  Read Full »

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