Dr. Geetanjali Shetty on the best treatment for acne and more

Dr. Geetanjali Shetty (MD, FCPS, DDV) is a consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist based in Mumbai.

Trained nationally and internationally, she has expertise in fields like Botox, lasers and pigmentation.

Her special field of interest are anti-aging therapies, acne and hair loss treatments.

A regular counselor, she has made appearances in Marie Claire, Vogue and Women’s Era as a columnist. She has also been the dermatology consultant for Johnson and Johnson, Neutrogena.

Dr. Geetanjali Shetty answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

Hello maam, I have recently developed some freckle like spots on my face. As i am a working lady, i have to be out in the field. i apply sunscreen and use home made packs like banab, tomato juice and lemon but it is not dimisihing

Well, the first thing you need to do is make sure to use a sun block with an SPF 30 and above on all the sun exposed areas of the skin. If you are likely to stay outdoor for more than three hours, you should re apply the sunscreen. Also apply creams containing skin lightening agents like vitamin c, arbutin, kojic acid at bedtime.

Mam – Good Afternoon – Is keshking oil is useful for growing hair

hair oil acts as a conditioning agent and few natural ingredient aid in hair growth.

plz give me some tips to my hairfall my all hair is damage n falling down everyday..plz help what i use to stop my hairfall…??? its since 5-6 months

You should have a diet rich in proteins, iron and zinc. Avoid hair perming or straightening. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner twice a week. Physical trauma to the hair shaft caused due to vigorous combing, excessive shampooing, drying or brushing should be avoided. Use a shampoo or conditioner containing Cetyl alcohol, a derivative of coconut that’s a great moisturizing ingredient. Rinse your hair in cool water instead of hot. Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair daily for soft and shiny hair

I have thin hairs,At age of 37 hairs are fallings and getting notice both on top and back of head and also had become grey.

You should have a diet rich in proteins, iron and zinc. Avoid hair perming or straightening. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner twice a week. Physical trauma to the hair shaft caused due to vigorous combing, excessive shampooing, drying or brushing should be avoided. Use a shampoo or conditioner containing Cetyl alcohol, a derivative of coconut that’s a great moisturizing ingredient. Rinse your hair in cool water instead of hot. Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair daily for soft and shiny hair ,laso hair loss at this age requires expert advice as they are hormonal

I used hair dye twice. Due to allergic. Hair loss is more shivakumar

Try natural hair colours like Henna

my daughter has very curly n wavy hair. it is unmanageable after washing. how do i make it manageable

USE A RIGHT CONDITIONER.

My hair was very dense in past but now it is falling. The skin of head etches and I have to scratch it till it bleeds. I have no dandruff and I wash it regularly with shampoo and conditioner. It is as old problem as six years. Is there any solution?

Your scalp looks greasy. Kindly use an anti dandruff shampoo regularly. See an expert if the problem persists.

Precautions to avoid re-occurence or aggravation of Psoraisis?

Regular applications of medicines and right form of diet is advised.

Does dandruff lead to hair fall ? Can you suggest some remedies for dandruff ? How often should i oil my hair ? Does hair fall occur due to stress ?

Yes. Kindly use an anti dandruff shampoo like Arcolane, Scalpy on regular basis.

Problem is my hair is falling , and i am using the parachute hair fall oil wether it can be solve the issue

Hair oil just acts as a conditioning agent. See an expert if the problem persists.

Dear Doc, I am a male and my hair has fallen from the front and at the middle of head. Now I want to know that If any potential hear grower could help me regain my hair back, which one would you recommend?

Topical Minoxidian (Mintop), to gain tugain 10 percent used rightly and regularly can deliver good results in male pattern baldness.

Could you please suggest best treatment for acne

Use a light and oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t contain comedogenic ingredients.also use a medicated cleanser with salicylic acid designed to reduce breakouts along with an alcohol free toner .opt for a light and oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t contain comedogenic ingredients.also use a sun screen with SPF 50 or 30, depending on your daily activity 20 – 30 minutes before going in the sun

hi mam, can botox wrks for sagging chick which at the corners of lips..i m 31 yr old. and very round face..face appears sad due to sagging skin at both corners of lips..

A combination of botox and fillers would take care of all your problems.

Psorisys….Is ther any permanent cure for it….One visit to Doctor keeps it away for just 3 months… Pleas give any possible way out..

There is no permanent cure for Psoriasis

Please give me some tips for glowing healthy skin Dr.Geetanjali. Thank you.

The best way to have a healthy glow is to be healthy! Getting dehydrated can make you look really unhealthy, so make sure you’re drinking enough water.. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and make sure you get enough sleep.Wearing sunscreen every day is really important , and nothing robs you of a healthy glow like UV does.

Why do wrinkles catch up faster on our neck area?

Varies from person to person and genes.

Any remedy for crow’s feet near eyes?

You can use a cream with retinoid at bed time.

I do get mild allergies on skin like redishness,etc. Can I opt for botox? I am 39yrs?

Yes you can.

Does Botox lead to any side effects?

No botox does not lead to any side effects if done with an expert.

Is it that botox once taken needs to be taken always? How long does the botox treatment last?

There is no compulsion of repeating it. It lasts for around 7-8 months.

What are the reasons that cause premature aging?

Major cause is UVA rays.

On what standard age group is botox advisable?

After 22 yrs of age.

Does botox eliminate wrinkles completely Doctor?

Active wrinkles that develop on expressions are completely eliminated by botox.

I have a lot sun marks look likes pigmentation. I did laser treatment before but it coming back. Please help to resolve this.

Adequate sun protection is advised.

Is henna more preferable for hair then common hair dyes?

Yes.

Is there a way to prevent premature greying of hair?

Yes at times calcium and vitamin deficiencies, damage done to the hair by chemicals are few of the causes that can be prevented.

Please suggest some suggestions for hair care while travelling. I travel a lot due to my work profile.

Regularly wash and condition it. Also keep your hair tied, to avoid environmental.

Does leaving hair open for a longer time lead to hairfall?

Yes

Doctor how is hair perming, hair straightening and hair colouring treatments?

Any form of chemically treated hair is damaging to the hair.

What to look for in good hair oil?

Coconut, almond, olive with added ingredients are good for hair.

What are the reasons that cause premature aging?

Major cause is UVA rays.

On what standard age group is botox advisable?

After 22 yrs of age.

Does botox eliminate wrinkles completely Doctor?

Active wrinkles that develop on expressions are completely eliminated by botox.

I have a lot sun marks look likes pigmentation. I did laser treatment before but it coming back. Please help to resolve this.

Adequate sun protection is advised.

Is henna more preferable for hair then common hair dyes?

Yes.

Is there a way to prevent premature greying of hair?

Yes at times calcium and vitamin deficiencies, damage done to the hair by chemicals are few of the causes that can be prevented.

Please suggest some suggestions for hair care while travelling. I travel a lot due to my work profile.

Regularly wash and condition it. Also keep your hair tied, to avoid environmental.

Does leaving hair open for a longer time lead to hairfall?

Yes

Doctor how is hair perming, hair straightening and hair colouring treatments?

Any form of chemically treated hair is damaging to the hair.

What to look for in good hair oil?

Coconut, almond, olive with added ingredients are good for hair.

Does hair thinning lead to hair loss and also baldness?

Yes

Is hair thinning hereditary?

Yes ,in many cases .

How to prevent thinning of hair Madam?

thinning of hair could be because of various causes ,get urself investigated by an expert.

I also want to know about the skin bleach. Is it safe in the long run? Does it accelerate ageing of skin?

Any form of chemicals is harmful to the skin .

Is it true that toner should be used only on oily skin?

Yes or it at times over dries the skin.

I have an oily skin. What should I look for in my daily moisturiser or cream?

Use a light and oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t contain comedogenic ingredients.also use a medicated cleanser with salicylic acid designed to reduce breakouts along with an alcohol free toner .

What is your advice on laser treatment?

If done with an qualified expert ,they are absolutely safe and deliver great results.

dr good evng I travel a lot and so it itches my hair and back bottom as well I shampoo a lot tell me some more ways to remain hygiene and itch free please

Use a mediacted sopa like soapex ,also dust a medicated talc like abzob and candid .Have bath twice daily.

How to solve loosing hair

Refer to past chat answers

Mam i have pimples on my face. i am 28 years old. what should i do?

Use a light and oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t contain comedogenic ingredients.also use a medicated cleanser with salicylic acid designed to reduce breakouts along with an alcohol free toner .opt for a light and oil-free moisturizer that doesn’t contain comedogenic ingredients.

Is a glowing skin type mostly related to our genes ?

Yes god skin to an extent is hereditary.

Is there any difference between pimples and acne?

No they are the same

I am 34 yrs female. My face develops some redishness in small areas during menses which subside after 4th day. Is it normal?

kindly see a dermatologist for investigations

I am from Chennai and currently in China. My face day by day getting darken and face is entirely different colour from body… what I need to do doctor to get back my original colour

Over exposure to the sun without a shield, tans and darkens the skin tone. Well, the first thing you need to do is make sure to use a sun block with an SPF 30 and above on all the sun exposed areas of the skin. If you are likely to stay outdoor for more than three hours, you should re apply the sunscreen. Also apply creams containing skin lightening agents like vitamin c, arbutin, kojic acid at bedtime.

oh my god what can i do my mam plz give me some tips to my hairfall my all hair is damage n falling down everyday..plz help what i use to stop my hairfall…???

Please get thyroid and other hormons tested.haemoglobin, vitamin B 12 & vitamin D 3 levels too. Any of these can cause hair loss. also have a lot of proteinsand antioxidants in her diet. Avoid blow drying, heat and chemical treatments.take oral tab like proanagen vibrox or revilus once daily

Dear Madam, you are requested to kindly providing best treatment of skin related.

Skin treatments are designed as per indications.

What all can be incorporated in one’s diet to improve one’s skin?

You should have a diet rich in proteins, iron and zinc incorporate pulses,sprouts,egg white,lean meat,milk,soya in your diet .

How are warts treated?

Either by Cautery, radio frequency or carbon dioxide laser after applying topical anaesthesia

Hello Dr. I want to kno about chemical peels? When is it suggested?

Chemical peels can be used for acne, pigmentation and anti aging and are used accordingly.

When sunlight is a source of Vitamin D & is suggested by doctors why are UV rays harmful to the skin?

UV rays are of various types. Some are beneficial and few are harmful.

Is it that more the SPF more better the sun protection?

Yes

How important is the SPF factor in the sunscreen?

SPF determines the time you can expose your skin to the sun. Higher the SPF better the protection.

How to decide on the best sunscreen Doctor with so many options available today?

A broad spectrum one with a high SPF and water resistant.

I’m getting white patches on my lips. i tried many home medicines. but nothing worked out. My lips are also getting dry very often. Please advice

Use a lip balm with SPF. COULD BE BECAUSE OF THE SUNLIGHT.

I am 42 years old, for the past one month i started to slight swelling below my eyes and for the past 2 days light black circles are visible around the eyes. Kindly advice to cure the same

Swelling under the eyes is mainly due to some medical causes. Kindly get yourself investigated.

I used razor/ hair removal creams in my teens.. Now i am 25 & have pitch black underarms which makes it embarassing for me to wear sleaveless clothes. please suggest some treatment that will give permanent result

Continuous physical trauma to the skin in form of use of razors is the cause ,try dusting in some talc to avoid friction also skin lightening creams containing skin lightening agents like vitamin c, arbutin, kojic acid at bedtime.

how to make silky soft hair from rough hair

You should have a diet rich in proteins, iron and zinc. Avoid hair perming or straightening. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner twice a week. Physical trauma to the hair shaft caused due to vigorous combing, excessive shampooing, drying or brushing should be avoided. Use a shampoo or conditioner containing Cetyl alcohol, a derivative of coconut that’s a great moisturizing ingredient. Rinse your hair in cool water instead of hot. Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair daily for soft and shiny hair

i have pigmentation problem so which cream is useful for that

Over exposure to the sun without a shield, tans and darkens the skin tone. Well, the first thing you need to do is make sure to use a sun block with an SPF 30 and above on all the sun exposed areas of the skin. If you are likely to stay outdoor for more than three hours, you should re apply the sunscreen. Also apply creams containing skin lightening agents like vitamin c, arbutin, kojic acid at bedtime.

I am male , 49 years.I have very dark pigmentation patches on both the cheeks of my faces . I have been told that this is Acanthosis Nigricans and will remain like this . Would like to have your advice on the way forward,

if you are diabetic please control sugar. Skin lightening creams and sun protection and a dermat consultation for oral medication is adviced.

I have got some pimples on back of my neck where the hair ends i tried lot of treatments and nothing is working. it pains a lot when i sleep. please suggest me a treatment. – Dhananjay

Body Acne is common on the chest, back, shoulders, and buttocks, but it can appear anywhere on the body. If you get sweaty, try to change your clothing when you can. Shower immediately post your workouts and other activities that make you sweat .Generally try to be aware of what might be irritating your skin in areas where you break out regularly and make changes where you can. Body acne usually does not clear up easily. Ask your dermatologist about a prescription

my hair is falling what to do.
You should have a diet rich in proteins, iron and zinc. Avoid hair perming or straightening. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner twice a week. Physical trauma to the hair shaft caused due to vigorous combing, excessive shampooing, drying or brushing should be avoided. Use a shampoo or conditioner containing Cetyl alcohol, a derivative of coconut that’s a great moisturizing ingredient. Rinse your hair in cool water instead of hot. Use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair daily for soft and shiny hair

is jaborandi oil going to stop my hair fall.

Oil acts as a conditioning agent and aids in stopping hair fall

-1m 36 yrs old ,totally bald, can regrowth to hair or else any method to similar.pls guide to me thanks Ashok

Kindly see a expert for scalp biopsy to arrive on a diagnosis for further treatment

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