Showing posts with label acne. Show all posts
Showing posts with label acne. Show all posts

Sunday, November 7, 2021

AHA's Vs BHA's! Which one should you choose?? by Dr.Sravani Sandhya, Aura Skin & Hair Clinic, Visakhapatnam

AHA's and BHA's. What they are and how you should choose which one is right for you !

We hear the words AHAs and BHAs commonly these days. These are nothing but types of hydroxy acids. AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid whereas BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid.

AHAs are water-soluble acids made from sugary fruits, they help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. After using them you will likely notice that your skin is smoother to the touch.

On the other hand, BHAs are oil-soluble acids. Unlike AHAs, BHAs can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum and exfoliate the skin from within.Which Acid should you choose?

AHAs are primarily used for:

     mild hyperpigmentation like age spots, melasma, and scars

     enlarged pores

     fine lines and surface wrinkles

    uneven skin tone

Although AHAs are often marketed as safe for all skin types, you’ll want to take care if you have extremely dry and sensitive skin. You may need to gradually work up to daily use to avoid irritating your skin.

BHAs, on the other hand, are primarily used for acne and sun damage. These products go deep into your hair follicles to dry out excess oils and dead skin cells to unclog your pores. Because of these effects, BHAs are most suitable for combination to oily skin. Lower concentrations may be used to help calm sensitive skin. You may also have more success with BHAs if you want to reduce rosacea-related redness.

The purpose of both AHAs and BHAs is to exfoliate the skin.Still, neither type of hydroxy acid is “better” than the other. Both are highly effective methods of deep exfoliation. The differences lie in their uses. Lets look at some of their uses in detail.

Benefits of AHAs in Skin Care

1.AHAs Treat and Prevent Acne

Dead skin cells play a huge role in the formation of acne. These dead skin cells accumulate and buildup over time, eventually mixing with oil and sebum and causes a breakout. Using a chemical exfoliator busts those dead skin cells and loosens the bond they have with the hardened sebum.

2.AHAs Reduce Hyper pigmentation

Both at-home and salon treatments using AHAs can help reduce the appearance of hyper pigmentation in skin. Hyper pigmentation usually occurs when there is an excess production of melanin (a pigment that causes darkness), inflammation, sun damage or other skin injuries. The excess melanin gives the appearance of discolouration, unevenness, and hyper pigmentation. AHAs can be an effective treatment to reduce hyper pigmentation because they remove the cells in the epidermis that have darkened with melanin.

3.AHAs Improve Damage Caused by Sun

Similar to the benefits of reducing hyper pigmentation, AHAs improve discolouration associated with sun damage. AHAs have long been studied for their positive effects on photo aged skin. 

4.AHAs Prevent Dehydration

Here is the key reason why AHAs are recommended for dehydrated skin. AHAs increase the rate of skin cell renewal, which encourages lipids to move faster as well. This allows the epidermis to hold onto moisture for longer and reduces the risk of Transepidermal Water Loss.

5.AHAs Result in Smoother Skin

The chemical exfoliation process of AHAs improves rough textures and reveals smoother, softer skin. In people with dry, flaky skin, these results can be noticed quickly.

Benefits of BHAs in Skin Care

BHAs travel deeper in the skin and are not as gentle as AHAs. However, oily and acne-prone skin types may need the tough love that BHAs provide.

While AHAs loosen the bonds between dead skin cells and sebum, BHAs penetrate into the pores and extract impurities. BHAs are great exfoliators to remove dead skin cells and the buildup of dirt on skin, but it’s oil soluble properties yield other great benefits.

1.BHAs for Oily Skin

Scientists commonly refer to BHAs as lipophilic, which means oil loving. BHAs love oils, making them incredible agents at balancing the oil levels in your skin. They draw out the excess oils in your skin, so when you wash away the BHAs with water, they take the oils with them.

For oily skin types, BHAs like salicylic acid are a game changer at putting a stop to excessive oil production and regulating the moisture balance in skin. Plus, BHAs actually penetrate pores, unclog them, and make them appear smaller.

2.BHAs Fight Acne

Similar to AHAs, BHAs help treat and prevent acne. However, BHAs may be a more effective treatment because they penetrate deeper. BHAs are also anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, which helps them to relieve acne.

The ability of BHAs to dissolve oil in pores makes them comedolytic, a scientific term that means BHAs can dissolve comedones. BHAs suppress the bacteria that causes acne and travels deep enough to unclog pores, making them an effective treatment to fight breakouts.

3.BHAs Reduce Hyperpigmentation

BHAs encourage basal cell layer stimulation and remove surface cells, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyper pigmentation. With BHAs, skin cells that are affected by hyper pigmentation or excess melanin are removed and replaced with new skin cells that aren’t discoloured.

4.BHAs Encourage Anti-Aging

Many of the benefits of BHAs are related to anti-aging. Since BHAs improve rough textures, they can also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They’re also effective at reducing hyper pigmentation due to photo aging as well as dark sunspots.

The chemical exfoliation properties of BHAs stimulate cell renewal by sloughing away dead skin cells and making room for new ones. 


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Mangoes !! This summer fruit can be amazing for your skin ! - Dr.Sravani, Aura Skin & Hair Clinic, Visakhapatnam

"Give your skin a mango glow"

Come summers and the first thing that comes to mind are mangoes!! An integral part of India's culture, they were introduced by the Portuguese in the 15th Century. India is by far the largest producer of this fruit and accounts for about 40% of the entire production in the world. There are more than a 1000 varieties of mango grown in the country.

Emperors have lusted after it and poets have penned verses about its taste and virtues! Lets see how this much loved fruit is good for your skin!

One cup of mango contains 67 % of your daily vitamin C and more than 8 percent of your daily copper, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and vitamin E.

Including mango in your diet is a great way to support your skin health. The high vitamin C content helps support your body’s natural collagen production. The high antioxidant content helps prevent sun damage and premature aging.

Mangoes may also be able to hydrate your skin when applied topically. Mango butter, extracts, and oils are becoming increasingly more popular in skin care products. Let’s look at some of thee benefits in detail.


The nutritional values of mango are in abundance, 
from vitamins to minerals to antioxidants.
So, what’s so healthy about a mango?

Vitamin C – this important vitamin reduces the damage induced by the sun’s UV rays, although it’s not a sunscreen, it protects against free radicals. Administering vitamin C topically (through the skin) has a better effect for this than taking it orally. It can likewise reduce inflammation caused by acne and lighten the skin.

Vitamin A – also known as Retinol, diminishes fine lines by stimulating collagen production and lightening dark patches on the skin.

Vitamin B6 – a water-soluble vitamin that reduces sebum on the skin (oily skin).

Copper – reduces fine lines and wrinkles, lightens the skin and fights against damage from free radicals.

Potassium – keeps cells hydrated to moisturize the skin.

Magnesium – helps to reduce oily skin, acne, and rosacea.

Beta-carotene - boosts immunity and protects the skin against bacteria and toxins, and prevents premature aging.

Vitamin E – a fat-soluble vitamin that’s famous for hydrating the skin.

Vitamin K – a fat-soluble vitamin that helps to reduce stretch marks and spider veins.


The mango pulp, extracts, butter, and even the skins, are used as natural skincare ingredients to protect, revitalize, and smooth your skin. Most often, you'll see mango extract and mango butter in products.

How mango can be used for skin health:

Along with eating fresh mango, you can consume mango oil or extract for a more concentrated dose of the key nutrients. You can also apply mango directly to your skin using mango butter or by adding mango to a face mask.

Benefits of mango Butter for skin:

Mango butter and cocoa butter have very similar fat profiles and physical properties. Applying mango butter to your skin has the potential to form a protective barrier that helps your skin retain moisture especially for Dry skin. It has a high potential to replenish moisture and soften skin when used in a foot cream.

Avoid mango butter on acne prone skin.

After using mango butter, the pulp from a mango, or a mango-containing moisturizer, you’ll notice your skin is clean and healthy with a distinct glow. Mango skin benefits include the AHA's and antioxidants.

Benefits of Mango oil and mango extract for the skin:

Mango oil and mango extract usually come from the kernel, skin, or leaves of mangoes. They’re often used in cosmetics and sunscreen for their high concentration of antioxidants, selenium, copper and zinc.So mangoes should definitely be incorporated into the diet for great looking skin!!


Mango contains a chemical called urushiol, people who are sensitive to this can develop Dermatitis and hives, so watch out for these if you are eating the fruit for the first time.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

If you develop breakouts from wearing a mask, you are not alone ! - By Aura Skin & Hair Clinic, Visakhapatnam


In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, wearing a face mask has become part of our daily routine and is unavoidable. It’s now required in all public places, such as restaurants and grocery stores, and almost at all times as a barrier against the new coronavirus that spreads through respiratory droplets.

If you develop breakouts from wearing a mask, you’re not alone. This condition, known as “maskne” (mask acne), is a common side effect of using a mask and wearing it for prolonged periods.

Maskne doesn’t simply cause pimples, though. It may also result in skin issues including redness, bumpiness, and irritation and chaffing.

If you’re concerned about maskne, this is definitely the article you should read. We’ll explore the potential causes, as well as ways to treat and prevent it.

Healthcare and other front-line workers are most at risk because their masks are tighter-fitting and they are wearing them longer. Doctors have reported an increase in acne flare-ups in people outside of healthcare as well.

What to know about maskne skin conditions

Generally, “maskne” is an umbrella term for several skin conditions that can be caused by wearing a face mask or covering. It can include:

  • Acne. Acne happens when your pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. It can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads.

  • Rosacea. If you have rosacea, wearing a mask may cause flare-ups. This can lead to pimples and redness.

  • Contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask. It can result in a red rash, along with irritation and blisters.

  • Folliculitis. Folliculitis, or an infection of your hair follicles, causes bumps that look like an acne breakout. You might also experience itchiness or pain.

If you already have one of these conditions, you may be more prone to developing maskne.

How to treat maskne

It’s essential to keep wearing a face mask, even if you have maskne. Keeping your mouth and nose covered is one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19.

There are several ways to treat maskne symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at each step.

Wash your face regularly

During the pandemic, continue following your regular skin care routine to keep your skin healthy.

This includes washing your face:

  • once in the morning

  • once at night, before going to bed

  • after sweating or wearing a mask

When washing your face, use lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing your skin as this may cause irritation.

Use a gentle cleanser

A gentle cleanser can help remove excess oil, sweat, and bacteria. Avoid cleansers that contain alcohol or perfume. These ingredients can cause irritation and make it harder for your symptoms to heal.

If your maskne is more severe, try a medicated cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

If you have sensitive skin, ask your doctor or dermatologist about the best type of medicated cleanser for your skin.

Use a noncomedogenic moisturizer

After washing your face, apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Use a noncomedogenic product, which likely won’t block your pores.

Apply cortisone cream and moisturizer with ceramides

If your maskne mostly involves irritation and raw skin, you may want to apply a mild cortisone cream to the area together with a moisturiser that contains ceramides. This can help protect your skin and relieve itching and irritation.

Take a break from makeup

Skip the makeup while you’re treating maskne. Beauty products such as foundation, concealer, and blush can clog your pores and prolong healing.

Maskne prevention tips

Since you’ll likely need to continue wearing a face mask in public for the foreseeable future, it might help to follow these maskne prevention tips.

Wash fabric masks after every use

Never reuse a cloth mask without first washing it. Use unscented hypoallergenic laundry detergent, then let it dry completely.

Apply a topical antibiotic cream

It’s not uncommon for bacteria to build up under a mask, which can lead to acne. To prevent this, dermatologists often recommend applying a topical antibiotic cream or gel on your skin before putting on your face mask.

Toss disposable masks after each use

After wearing a disposable mask, throw it away. Consider keeping several face masks on hand in case you need a fresh one.

Remove your mask every 4 hours

The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends removing your mask for 15 minutes every 4 hours. This will help give your skin a break.

You should remove your face mask only when you can practice physical distancing with people who aren’t in your household. It’s also important to wash your hands before taking a mask break. Please also make sure it is safe sound to remove your mask.

Apply a moisturiser before wearing a mask

If your skin tends to be dry, a mask may cause irritation. Applying a noncomedogenic moisturizer can help hydrate your skin. A moisturiser can also serve as a barrier between your skin and the mask.

Choose the right mask

To avoid skin issues, be mindful of the type of mask you wear.

Try to wear a face mask that:

  • fits snugly, but not too tight

  • has two or more layers of fabric

  • is made of natural, soft fabric (like cotton)

Avoid masks made of synthetic fabrics, such as nylon or rayon. These materials can irritate the skin.

Wash your face after wearing a mask

Once you’re back at home, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Follow with a moisturiser to protect your skin. Washing your face is especially important after sweating while wearing a mask.

End note

Although maskne can be frustrating, it’s important to keep wearing face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular face-washing, moisturizing, and wearing the right type of mask may help prevent skin problems.

If your maskne is more severe, or if it still persists after trying these recommendations, be sure to follow up with your dermatologist or healthcare provider.

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