Topic of the Month
The skin reflects our overall health and acts as a
barrier against the outside world, is the largest organ and is
composed primarily of collagen. Collagen fibers form an elastic
network that makes up connective tissues. The skins elasticity,
strength and smoothness come from the makeup of the collagen
Often we may have problems with our skin such as dull skin,
skin likely to break out in clotches or skin that dehydrates
easily. All of these problems and many more indicate the lack of
Poor diet, drugs, alcohol, excessive sun exposure,
environmental toxins and tobacco smoke increase free radical
damage and decrease enzyme activity. Both free radical damage
and the reduction in enzyme activity can hasten the appearance
of the following problems; wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin and
ultimately can also to skin cancer.
Free radicals oxidize cells, making normal cell metabolism
impossible. Enzymes can help prevent or treat skin damage by
fighting these free radicals and reducing stress on bodily
- Skin Functions
Protects internal organs and tissues from
injury or trauma.
Preserves valuable moisture and helps
maintain normal body temperature
Protects the body from toxins, viruses and
The Skin's Vitality Can be Measured
To measure the amount of free radical
damage you must perform the skin elasticity test. Grasp the
skin on the back of the hand between the thumb and index
finger. Raise the skin and release it. The skin fold should
immediately flatten. If a ridge remains, the skin is aging and
damaged by connective tissues and muscles binding together.
Enzymes battle both by improving blood supply and then the
nutrient supply by the skin's dermal layer.
Different types of Skin Disorders:
Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in
contact with an allergen that your skin is sensitive or
allergic to. The reaction usually appears within 48 hours
after the initial exposure to the allergen. Symptoms that are
commonly seen include the following: redness, swelling,
blistering, itching, and weeping. The allergen can be a
substance in a product that you have used for many years; it
does not have to be a new product. Allergic contact dermatitis
occurs more commonly in adults.
is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The
glands become clogged, leading to pimples and cysts.Acne most
often begins in puberty. During puberty, the male sex hormones
(androgens) increase in both boys and girls, causing the
sebaceous glands to become more active - resulting in
increased production of oil (sebum).
The sebaceous glands produce sebum that
normally travels via hair follicles to the skin surface.
However, skin cells can plug the follicles, blocking the sebum
coming from the sebaceous glands. When follicles become
plugged, skin bacteria (called Propionibacterium acnes, or P.
acnes) begin to grow inside the follicles, causing
inflammation. Acne progresses in the following manner:
- Incomplete blockage
of the hair follicle results in blackheads (a semisolid,
- Complete blockage of
the hair follicle results in whiteheads (a semisolid,
white plug). Infection and irritation cause whiteheads to
Eczema : (for more details click
The terms ‘Eczema’ or ‘vicharchika’are synonymous. They refer
to distinctive reaction patterns in the skin , which can be
either acute or chronic and due to a number of causes.
Eczema, or dermatitis as it is sometimes called, is a group of
skin conditions which can affect all age groups. The severity
of the disease can vary. In mild forms the skin is dry, hot
and itchy, whilst in more severe forms the skin can become
broken & raw. Although it can sometimes look unpleasant,
eczema is not contagious. With treatment the inflammation of
eczema can be reduced, though the skin will always be
sensitive to flare-ups and need extra care.
Dry skin is a very common skin condition, usually
characterized by irritated skin and itchiness. Dry skin often
worsens in the winter, when the air is cold and dry. In
addition, frequent bathing can aggravate dry skin. Dry skin
may become flaky or scaly.
However, dry skin symptoms may resemble other skin
conditions or result from other disorders such as an
underactive thyroid or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Treating dry skin may be as simple as keeping the skin
moist - by taking fewer baths and using ointments or creams
that keep the moisture in.
Treatment may also include:
- avoiding harsh
soaps, detergents, and perfumes, which tend to dry the
rubbing or scratching the skin, which can aggravate the
symptoms and cause infection
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Psoriasis is one of the most stubborn skin disease. It is a
chronic disease, characterized by thick, red silvery, scale
patches of the skin. This disease affects both sexes equally.
The skin cells multiply so quickly, causing the skin to shed
every three to four days. Though not contagious, the condition
is hereditary. Psoriasis is often recurrent and occurs in
The following are the most common
symptoms of psoriasis. However, each individual may experience
symptoms differently, as psoriasis comes in several forms and
severities. Symptoms may include:
Also called plaque psoriasis, this type of psoriasis is
the most common. Symptoms may include patches of red,
raised skin on the trunk, arms, legs, knees, elbows,
genitals, and scalp. Nails may also thicken, become
pitted, and separate from the nail beds.
This type of psoriasis affects mostly children. Symptoms
may include many small patches of red, raised skin. A sore
throat usually proceeds the onset of this type of
Symptoms may include small pustules (pus-containing
blisters) all over the body or just on the palms, soles,
and other small areas.
Ringworm: (for more details
Ringworm is a fungus infection of the scalp or skin. In the
skin ringworm causes a reddish, ring like rash that may itch
or burn. The area may be dry and scaly or it may be moist or
The kinds of fungi (plural of fungus) that cause ringworm live
and spread on the top layer of the skin and on the hair. They
grow best in warm, moist areas, such as locker rooms and
swimming pools, and in skin folds.
Ringworm is contagious. It spreads when you have
skin-to-skin contact with a person or animal that has it. It
can also spread when you share things like towels, clothing,
or sports gear.
You can also get ringworm by touching an infected dog or
Ringworm of the skin usually causes a very
itchy rash. It often makes a pattern in the shape of a ring,
but not always. Sometimes it is just a red, itchy rash.
Ringworm of the hand looks like athlete's foot. The skin on
the palm of the hand gets thick, dry, and scaly, while skin
between the fingers may be moist and have open sores.
Keratosis pilaris is a common skin disorder
characterized by small, pointed pimples. The pimples usually
appear on the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. The condition
worsens in the winter and usually clears up in the summer.
is a common skin condition that usually only affects the face
and eyes. Characterized by redness, pimples, and broken blood
vessels, rosacea tends to begin after middle age (between the
ages of 30 and 60) and is more common in fair-skinned people.
Rosacea often begins with easy blushing and flushing of the
facial skin. Eventually, redness will persist around the nose
area, extending to the rest of the face.
Eye symptoms may include:
- inflamed eyelids
- sensation of a
foreign object in the eye
The symptoms of rosacea may resemble other dermatologic
conditions, such as acne.
Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by
Mycobacterium leprae; M. leprae multiplies very slowly and the
incubation period of the disease is about five years. Symptoms
can take as long as 20 years to appear; Leprosy is not highly
infectious. It is transmitted via droplets, from the nose and
mouth, during close and frequent contacts with untreated
Sebaceous cysts are harmless, slow-growing
bumps under the skin, often appearing on the scalp, face,
ears, back, or groin area. The cysts usually contain dead skin
and other skin particles.
Sebaceous cysts can usually be treated by a physician by
puncturing the top and removing its contents. However, large
cysts may reappear and may have to be surgically removed. If a
cyst becomes infected, treatment may include administering
antibiotics and then surgically removing the cyst.
Neem (Azadirachta indica) :
The leaves applied externally, is very useful in skin diseases
like Acne, pimples,Psoriasis, Leprosy etc. Many of the historical and modern day uses of neem
leaves and neem oil have been to treat external skin
conditions. The seeds, bark and leaves contain compounds with
proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory
and anti-fungal uses.
Neem are also beneficial in the treatment of boils, chronic
ulcers, eruptions of smallpox, syphilitic sores, glandular
swellings and wounds. They can be used either as a poultice,
decoction or liniment.
Sandalwood (Santalum album):
emulsion or a paste of the wood is a cooling dressing in
inflammatory and eruptive skin diseases such as eczema,
erysipelas, an inflammatory disease of the face, and prurigo -
an itchy eruption. The oil is useful for scabies too. This oil
mixed with twice its quantity of mustard oil is used for
removing pimples. In summer, regular application of sandalwood
paste on the body, especially for children, has a refreshing
effect, which heals any tiny infected spots.
Manjishtha (Rubia cordfolia):
Giloy (Tinosporia cordifolia):
to Ayurveda Manjistha is probably the best alternative
blood-purifying herb in Ayurveda. It cools and detoxifies the
blood, dissolves obstructions in blood flow, and removes
stagnant blood. It is having healing action, thus helpful in
erosions of gums and bleeding gums.
For Acne, Pimples Boils, Eczema: Apply an amalgamation of
Manjishta with red sandalwood powder, turmeric, kuth and
Fuller's earth (multani mitti) on the affected area.
In Ayurvedic medicine it is used as an immune regulator. Its
antioxidant properties are also being investigated. Its role
in supporting heart health is evidenced by studies that show
that it regulates blood pressure, blood vessel constriction
and the tendency of blood to form clots.
Giloy is a bitter tonic that is useful for immune diseases and
Pitta (inflammatory) diseases. It purifies the blood and
effective in fevers thus helps in acne, pimples and other skin
diseases. It has also been used to strengthen the
system before and after chemotherapy. Giloy has been proven to
be effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria and
enhancing the buildup of immune resistance. In a study using
human white blood cells Giloy increased the killing ability of
macrophages, the immune cells responsible for fighting
Diet & Life style:
Stay hydrated- drink 8-12 glasses of water a day.
Avoid direct sun light- by wearing protective clothing,
staying on the shade and applying sunscreen daily.
Avoid or limit your toxins. Intake this includes alcohol,
coffee, spicy food, drugs, limit sugar intake etc.
Get rid off dead skin cells; exfoliate regularly.
Maintain a cleansing routine- remove makeup daily (do not
wash more than two times a day).
Exercise regularly, to reduce stress. More intake of oxygen
in resulting in firmer and nourished skin.
Maintain a healthy diet, eat foods rich in essential fatty
acids, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B. This include
fruits, vegetables & fish .
Take Health food supplements like NEEM GUARD
Getting great skin takes time, but it isn't difficult.
Allowing yourself to get into a good skincare routine is very
important. In addition to following the steps outlined above,
you must also be sure to drink plenty of water
Ayurvedic Supplements :