March 7, 2020

Protect your skin & hair this Holi.

Protect your skin & hair this Holi. As fun as the festival of colours maybe it can play havoc with your skin and hair. As fun as the festival of colours maybe it can play havoc with your skin and hair. A simple case of prevention being better than cure. I recommend that before venturing out to the parties make sure that you take some basic precautions in place. Moisturizing your skin & lips is essential, as the moisturizer on the skin acts like a shield and prevents colours from absorbing and staining the skin. For your nails consider using […]
February 15, 2020

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: When to & when not to worry about Hair Loss.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: When to & when not to worry about Hair Loss. I recently came across a movie ‘Bala’ in which the protagonist is a young proud man who starts losing hair prematurely and goes through various anecdotal adventures including mythical solutions, makeshift solutions and finally acceptance. Although the movie to me was a socially accurate interpretation of what happens with typical patients of premature hair loss, right from loss of confidence to outright fear. I believe it did not adequately cover what a good dermatologist can do to help you reduce and prevent hair loss. So here […]
February 4, 2020

Food for Skin

Food for thought…err…Food for Skin Myths – Half Truths – Absolute Truths   While I generally detest clichés, it is hard to not start this article with the phrase “You are what you eat.” While I would like to profess this about your skin too, I must admit that this is at best a half-truth. Over these years I have had a considerable number of patients who have come to me with a skin condition that does not remit even after them having sworn off meat, vegetables, dairy… you name it. It has always been an uphill battle for dermatologists […]
December 16, 2019

Age is Just a Number You Choose – Anti Ageing Treatments that are trending: Part 2

Age is Just a Number You Choose – Anti Ageing Treatments that are trending Continuing with my previous post, I thought it would be a good idea to create a post which kind of acts like a quick reference guide for all my patients who are seeking anti-ageing treatments. I always find it pertinent that whenever I write such an article to mention; that before you engage in an anti-ageing treatment always focus on two things: Am I living a healthy lifestyle? As there are no substitutes for this. Do I need this help? On this, I want to assure […]
November 30, 2019

Age is Just a Number You Choose – Non Surgical Face Lifting

Age is Just a Number You Choose – Non-Surgical Face Lifting It is quite obvious that modern life takes its toll on your skin and hair. I now see premature ageing as a common symptom amongst practically all city dwellers. (This even though we live most of our lives in covered and often air-conditioned environments) The first line of treatment for age-related conditions (skin or otherwise) is definitely to start maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  There are no substitutes for the same. However, I acknowledge that this is often easier said than done. Hence the little external help needed to look […]
November 1, 2019

Laser Hair Removal : Differentiate the good, the bad and the ugly.

So a while ago I wrote a blog post on the myths around Laser Hair Removal (In case you missed it, you can read it here : https://inurskn.in/myths-truths-laser-hair-removal/) also I had promised then that I would write in more detail about the various options one can look out for before going in for a procedure. So here it goes:   What are the types of Laser Hair Removal (LHR) machines that are available for treatment? Yes you read that right. There are different types of machines available when it comes to Laser Hair Removal. The two dominant technologies available for […]
October 18, 2019

Smoking: Don’t Suffocate Your Skin

An ode to the smoking victims – By a Dermatologist   “It did not keep him warm in the cold It just made him look old It was a fine way to become ugly While still believing that it felt so lovely Not just on the outside But a good way to rot you inside In time, more he would know Of the cancer and so much woe But for now his skin began to wrinkle And his eyes lost their twinkle His lips and eyes were a shade too black His nails began to crack and his mane had […]
September 25, 2019

The Butterfly Effect-Thyroid and Skin

The Butterfly Effect: Thyroid and Skin This particular concept has been beautifully explained in one of Stephen King’s finest works, 11/22/63. The butterfly effect is a theory where small things can have a chaotic impact on a complex system. The concept in the novel is described in a way where a butterfly flaps its wings and causes a hurricane. Same is true about thyroid – Thyroid Gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that is situated in the base of the neck. This organ may be small, but it has a walloping impact. Let’s start with a simple question. What does your thyroid […]
September 11, 2019

Laser Skin Rejuvenation – Harness the power of light to get a glowing beautiful skin almost instantly.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation Harness the power of light to get a glowing beautiful skin almost instantly. I come across patients who when I recommend a laser treatment start imagining a laser emitting from the ‘death star’ in ‘star wars’. Fortunately in this case, fact does deviate a lot from fiction. Lasers have been used in medical treatments for a few decades now and some of them fall under extremely safe to use devices. LASER if you must know is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation” which in lay terms means a focused beam of light of […]
August 31, 2019

The Silent Killer Strikes the Skin too – Diabetes & Skin

The Silent Killer Strikes the Skin too – Diabetes & Skin Diabetes is called the silent killer because it is quite often that people miss its symptoms until it is too late. Of these symptoms the ones associated with skin are even more likely to be missed. Diabetes is characterized by an increase in blood sugar (glucose) levels beyond the norm. There is a large number of skin conditions that are associated with diabetes. Sometimes it is knowledge of these skin conditions that lead to a diagnosis of diabetes. Hence keeping a watch for these conditions is recommended to high […]
November 30, 2018

Risk Factors of Skin Cancer

Risk Factors of Skin Cancer Skin cancer is a condition with abnormal and cancerous skin growths. This often develops due to the over exposure of skin to the rays of the sun. The three main types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Skin cancer affects those areas of skin which remains sun-exposed including ears, neck, chest, scalp, lips, face, hands, arm and legs. It can also develop on those areas of skin that are not exposed to sunlight like beneath toenails or fingernails, on palms and on genital area.     Risk factors associated […]
April 17, 2019

Myths & Truths of Permanent Laser Hair Reduction

Myths & Truths of Permanent Laser Hair Reduction by Dr. Sejal Saheta – MD, DNB – Dermatology & Venereology   So you have read of Permanent Laser Hair Reduction and have considered it, but never found the courage to take the step. For all of you, I sincerely hope this works as a guide and helps you get to ease and get to it. I personally believe in the merits of permanent laser hair reduction and highly recommend the same, however before engaging in any procedure it is always recommended to speak to a medical practitioner and in this case […]
November 29, 2018

Lasers for Tattoo Removal- How does it work?

Lasers for Tattoo Removal- How does it work?   There are so many reasons people get inked. For some, a tattoo is a form of expression for other, a reminder of incidents and people. Since a tattoo is permanent, it needs to be carefully thought about. Today, you may think having your girlfriend’s name inked onto your skin is a way of declaring your love but what if tomorrow, you break up. Ex-lovers names are probably the most common tattoos that people ask to be removed. Yes, tattoos can be removed but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. What […]
October 23, 2018

Scabies : Symptoms & Risks

Scabies : Symptoms & Risks Scabies is a skin condition that causes the skin to itch. It is caused by a tiny burrowing mite, which is called Sarcoptes scabei. The presence of the mite in the burrowed areas causes intense itching, especially at night. This a contagious condition which can quickly spread through physical contact in places like nursing homes, schools, prisons etc. Scabies is easily treatable by applying lotions to the skin that may kill the mite. Yet, one may still experience itching for several weeks. The eight legged mite that causes the condition is microscopic. The female mite […]
October 23, 2018

Common Allergies of Medications on the Skin

Common Allergies of Medications on the Skin All drugs carry within themselves the potential to treat and to harm. Side-effects of medicines are a common phenomenon, with variation in the intensities. Sometimes they are minor and do not require medications; however at other times they may require urgent attention and treatment. Some allergies caused due to medications that primarily affect your skin are–        Itches and rashes  Sometimes your body may be allergic to certain type of medications. If these drugs are taken by you then the immune system treats them as foreign invasions and triggers a reaction […]
September 26, 2018

Heat boils – It’s never ‘just a boil’

What is a heat boil? Why should I care? Heat Boils or ‘Bal Tod’ in Hindi is infection of the hair follicle by bacteria. This is one of the most common bacterial skin infections and probably every single individual will go through this at least once in his lifetime. Heat Boils typically start by pulling of hair either by accident or on purpose. These are seen as small to large lesions filled with pus. Most often these are seen on areas like legs, armpits, buttocks and scalp. However that said they can occur practically on any part of the body. […]
September 17, 2018

Sun- The big bad monster

Mr Sun – Mr Golden Sun – Don’t Shine Down on Me! It has been taught to us right from the time we were little toddlers that being out in the sun is great for us. And it is partially true that moderate sun exposure is great for health. From being a great source for generating vitamin D in our body… to generating an overall sense of wellness when we are outdoor in the sun. However we do easily forget that sun is a very powerful energy source and the energy it delivers in the form if UV rays tends […]
August 29, 2018

So what do athletes, pet lovers and children have in common?

As they say, it always pays to be in the know. I believe that it makes perfect sense for all individuals to be well informed on the single most common skin infection they will ever come across. Ringworm.

August 18, 2018

Acne : The bane of youth

The word 'acne' is Greek in origin, which means 'the highest point'. Unfortunately the condition causes more of ‘low points’ in people who suffer from it.

July 18, 2018

7 Habits of Effective Skin Care

It is important to keep your skin clean with simple washing up of exposed parts of the body a few times a day. However never over-do it and never scrub your skin. Skin is a delicate organ and needs gentle cleansing. Use soaps and cleansers which are mild and do not leave your skin feeling dry.