Answers To Common Beauty Worries You’re Too Embarrassed To Talk About

Dr Simal Soin, leading cosmetic dermatologist, and aesthetician on common beauty worries

We are often plagued by beauty worries that we are too embarrassed to share with any one, or even talk about it. Dr. Simal Soin explains why these issues happen and how to take care of them.

What’s the main cause of nail discolouration, and breakage?
Nail discoloration could be due to fungal infections, traumas, calcium deficiency and other hereditary nail disorders. Most of the cases, discoloured nails are a result of infections with common fungi that can be found in the air, dust, and soil. Chronic medical conditions like diabetes also can affect the appearance of nails.

How can we avoid nail discolouration?
Proper hygiene is very important to fight against fungal nails. It is also recommended not to apply polish to nails suspected of infection. In case of severe problems, it is better to consult a doctor rather than stick into home remedies.

How can we take care of nails that are discoloured?
Start taking Calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements. In case you have fungal infection then take some oral antifungal medications. Special nail lacquers can be applied upon doctor’s prescription to improve the fungal infection.

Why do some women have strong hair growth on their neck, back, and even chest? How can we deal with that?
Strong and excessive hair growth on the chest, back and neck could be indicative of the medical condition, Idiopathic hirsutism. The excessive hair growth can also occur due to polycystic ovary disease.
In the case of Idiopathic hirsutism, the treatment must aim to stop or at least slow down the formation of new terminal hair growth. Generally, the treatment procedure includes three steps such as androgen suppression if it involves androgen excess problem; peripheral androgen blockade; and mechanical or cosmetic removal and destruction of the unwanted hairs.

What is cellulite, and why even thin girls have it?
Cellulite has very little to do with being thin or fat. Cellulite is the orange peel appearance of the skin on the thighs which has to do with hormonal, hereditary and postpartum causes. This occurs when the connective tissues under the skin get loose and the underlying fat under the skin pushes giving your skin a dimpled look. It is not a serious condition but many want to get rid of it to improve appearance.

Do you think the anti cellulite treatments both professional ones and creams really work?
Cellulite treatments such as mesocellulite, LPG, Triactive laser and thermage do work if they are done by a trained person. Creams do not work because they cannot penetrate so deep. They only appear to smoothen the top layer of the skin and tone it.

Can cellulite recur? How can we avoid cellulite coming back?
Because of its structure, cellulite can recur after treatment. The best plan to minimize the appearance of cellulite and stop its proliferation is to strengthen the fibers of the connective tissues so that no more fat can permeate into the dermis. Some positive changes in the lifestyle like choosing salads and fruits over fried snacks and keeping yourself well hydrated with water may also help in managing cellulites.