Skin Scares

Q I am 38 years of age and I have been a chronic smoker for the past 12 years. I am also a social drinker. Lately, I have been noticing wrinkles on my face and my skin looks lustreless. I look older than my contemporaries. My question is: Could my lifestyle have had some effect on the ageing of my skin? Does smoking affect the skin? -?Ram Kumar Baranwal, Sorhakhutte, Kathmandu

A Lifestyle always affects general health and skin always reflects the state of general health. Healthy mind and body will contribute to healthy skin. A healthy life style is essential for good skin. Healthy life style includes good eating habit, exercise as a part of the daily routine, timely and adequate sleep. Stress is another factor with contributes to aging of the body and aging of the skin. Management of stress is essential for healthy skin as it is for overall general health.
Smoking is injurious to skin as well. It causes premature and irreversible aging. It is one of the most important causes of aging. Its effect may not be visible immediately but chronic smoking will change texture of the skin. Skin loses collagen and its inherent property?elasticity. Hence, it may appear lustreless. If you want to have good skin, you have to quit smoking immediately and start healthy life.

Q My daughter, 15, started developing pimples a year ago. Most of the time she gets mild form of pimples but twice or thrice a year she got severe attacks that has left her face with small deep scars. I do not want to give her long term medicine, especially antibiotics, that’s why I have never consulted a doctor, but because of the scars I am beginning to get worried. Please advice.?- Bunu Shrestha, Kalimati, Kathmandu

A Acne or pimples is a condition which mostly affects teenagers and young adults. Most of the times it occurs in mild or moderate form and within a few years it subsides without leaving a trace. Sometimes it occurs in severe form and leaves the face and chest mild to severely scarred. Scarring is the most common sequel of acne which needs to be prevented with medication, sometimes with creams and ointment and other times with tablets; antibiotics, and or vitamin A derivatives. Please consult a dermatologist, who will examine your daughter’s skin and plan out a treatment regime according to her requirement. ?

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