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Keep breakouts away

Keep breakouts away
By Ishleen Wadhwa

After the sizzling Delhi summers, monsoons always come as a welcome break. But not for everyone. For those with oily skin, monsoons are a big menace. For this is the time when breakouts spoil every party plans, thanks to the ever-increasing humidity levels.

But can one avoid breakouts and keep looking fresh even in monsoons? Millennium Post caught up with city doctors to find out whether there is cause for cheer for those with an oily skin.

‘If you have acne prone skin, the monsoon is not your friend. The humidity in the atmosphere makes your face sticky and oily, which may attract dust and grime. These particles may clog your pores and may lead to pimples,’ says Dr Varun Katyal, Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist, The Skin Centre.

‘It is not necessary that only those with oily skin will get pimples. Even those with dry skin can have mild acne. Oily, fried and spicy food should be avoided as this aggravates the problem. Drink lots of water, juices, lemonade as during monsoon, the body gets easily dehydrated,’ says Dr SC Bharija, Chairman, Department of Dermatology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

‘People with acne prone or oily skin should use pH balanced cleanser that contains salicylic acid and glycolic acid to remove dead cells and reduce oil production. Cleansing should be followed by toning using an alcohol free toner,’ says Dr Navin Taneja, Director, The National Skin Centre.

Dr Taneja stresses that one should use a skin block as UV rays can even pass through clouds, causing pigmentation and tanning. A cream or lotion based sun block for dry skin and fluid or gel based sunscreen for oily skin with UVA  and UVB +++ properties should be used, he advises.

‘One should not stop moisturising as the essential body oils are washed away with water and make the skin appear dull. Use a light water-based moisturiser with lactic acid as this will gently rehydrate your skin and also brighten it up. Do not use too much make-up in the monsoons and if at all necessary, make sure it is waterproof. Also use powder based products,’ adds Dr Katyal.

So go by these to look fresh and avoid breakouts this monsoon.


  • Mix 1tsp cucumber or orange pulp with some fuller’s earth and apply this pack on your face. Keep this pack on for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
  • if your skin is oily, you may use a face scrub of rice flour and rose water or you can use an amalgamation of gram flour and chick pea powder mixed with rose water.
  • Papaya pulp, lemon juice, calamine pack can be used for oily skin. Oatmeal, creams containing jojoba oil and shea butter can be used for dry skin.
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