How to prevent ‘maskne’ and dandruff

Dr Sandip Agnihotri, a leading dermatologist, shares advice on preventing and treating these conditions

Dandruff affects people across age groups. Dr Sandip Agnihotri (Right), a leading dermatologist in Delhi shares tips on its treatement and prevention

How to prevent ‘maskne’ and dandruffThere have been recent reports of people complaining of acne stemming from long periods of wearing face masks, or, what some are calling, ‘maskne’. According to Dr Sandip Agnihotri, a leading dermatologist consulting at Delhi’s Holy Family Hospital, proper skin hygiene can prevent and treat this condition.

The main factors that stand out as causes of seborrheic dermatitis are oiliness and fungal colonisation of the scalp. The cure is centered on symptomatic and antifungal treatment. This includes taking antihistamines to control itch and shampoos and antifungal medications to lower the burden of fungus and improve scalp hygiene. Steroid-based lotions and shampoos, calcineurin inhibitors are used sometimes, for short periods, only under medical supervision.

Scalp hygiene is very important in preventing and tackling dandruff. If you have an oily scalp, make sure to shampoo your hair as frequently as required.

While there are studies being conducted, there is no conclusive evidence to link Covid-19 infection to skin and hair ailments such as seborrheic dermatitis and acne. Some medicines taken to treat Covid, such as steroids, may play a role. Studies have shown an association between stress and aggravation of conditions like acne, hair loss and dandruff. Other factors that are linked to acne and seborrheic dermatitis include diet, cold and dry weather, androgenic hormones, medications and certain neurological and immune deficiency diseases, as well as skin diseases like psoriasis, rosacea and a few others.

A balanced diet plays an important role in one’s general wellbeing and prevention of skin disease. Frequent consumption of sugars and dairy products causes excessive secretion of insulin and possibly other…

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