Myth busters on skin
- Myth 1 – All skin diseases are infectious. About 90% skin diseases are not infectious.
For the remaining 10%, not all diseases will infect through skin contact but rather other sources
like the nasal droplets i.e. inhalation can play a significant role in its spread.
- Myth 2 – Fair complexion is superior to dark complexion. Fair complexion people are more prone to skin cancers.
They have more tendency to develop pigmentary disorders like freckles. So dark complexion is health-wise superior to a fair one.
However, society has a preference towards the fair skin. While it is possible to enhance the fairness of your skin,
it is advisable not to merely succumb to societal pressures. Rather you can improve the quality of your skin through
appropriate treatment and care.
- Myth 3 – Herbal medication or other preparations made out of natural fruits or vegetables can be used liberally
and have no side effects. Herbal products are not refined. Their particles are more coarse.
The present generation witnesses more allergic reaction as the skin is more sensitive.
So the age old remedies need to be revised before being used liberally.
- Myth 4 – Fairness creams as shown in advertisements can be used daily to enhance beauty.
These creams have certain compounds like hydroquinine / steroids which have a plethora of side effects.
They deteriorate the skin epidermis rather than rejuvenating it.Consulting your dermatologist for the right
cream is necessary for your skin type.
- Myth 5 – Antiseptic soaps like Dettol, Lifeboy, Medimix are helpful in eliminating infections,so can be used daily.
A healthy body produces certain antibacterials that help you get rid of bacteria.
The body also harbours certain commensals (useful bacteria) that fight against the pathogenic (harmful) bacteria.
Antiseptic soaps kill these useful bacteria too. They also increase allergic reaction and increase atopy (dryness) of skin.
Myth busters on hair
- Myth 1 – My baldness is hereditary. I can do nothing about it. Hair loss has many reasons, including hereditary. Many hair disorders can indicate internal organ involvement.
For e.g. a condition called patterned hair loss can occur if you have low thyroid hormone.
All types of hair loss can be treated successfully if you consult a dermatologist.
- Myth 2 – Washing hair everyday can cause hair fall. In a city like Mumbai, dust and pollutants settle on hair increasing the sensitivity of scalp and leading to hair loss.
Washing hair removes dust and pollutants and thus prevents hair loss.Ideally hair needs to be washed 3-4 times / week.
- Myth 3 – Hair Oils can help grow long hair. Hair Oils like Coconut Oil are natural conditioners. They help to comb your hair easily and give a shine to your hair.
However, they also attract dust in cities like Mumbai and causes sensitivity of scalp.
So hair oils have to be used judiciously.
- Myth 4 – Dandruff can cause hairfall.
Dandruff is result of shedding of the most superficial (upper) layer of skin, the epidermis.
The hair follicles (roots) are situated very deep in the skin. So there is no co-relation between
dandruff and hair loss.
However, anti-dandruff shampoos can reduce hair loss. This is because most anti-dandruff shampoos contain a
component ‘Ketocanazole’ that reduces patterned hair fall by altering the hormone levels in the follicles.
(This mechanism is different from that which stops dandruff. The shampoos stops dandruff by acting against the fungus responsible for it.)
However, prolonged use of anti-dandruff shampoo can cause dryness and hair breakage.Hence, consult your dermatologist for the right shampoo for your hair type and its usage frequency.