‘Patch test’ is the only way to find out how your skin will react to certain products even if you had no allergic reaction with it in the past. It adds an extra layer of security to your skin treatment and it’s essential to have one. The most common sensitizers are hair dyes, sunscreens and topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
When do you need a patch test?
- If you suspect or have contact allergy
- Before skin treatment
- Before trying new hair dye
- Before trying new skin product
How you can do a patch test?
- Wear the patches either on your back or arms; take a few patches.
- During the patch test, make sure the patches must not get wet at all.
- The patches may expose to a number of substances that can cause contact dermatitis.
- It does not involve any needles and only potential allergens are applied on the patches.
- After 48 hrs you can remove the patches and the irritated skin at any patch site may indicates allergy.
What is Photo-patch tests?
An advanced patch tests done by dermatologist in the clinic when they suspect contact allergy in the skin to certain substance. This test is done with UV light after the patches are removed by exposing the skin to a small dose of long wave ultraviolet light (UVA). The dose of UVA used is way smaller than UVA required to cause sunburn.
Minimal erythemal dose (MED) testing: a small area of the back skin is exposed to a series of incremental doses of UV radiation. Some groups describe performing MED’s for UVB alone, UVA alone, both UVA and UVB.
Vitiligo is a common skin condition related to the discoloration of skin in patches which spreads on the outer skin of the body. Vitiligo patients in India often face a cruel social pressure which they do not deserve for sure. In India, many people also call this disease a result of the wrongdoings in their past lives and patients are blamed for their lesions. This undue pressure causes psychological stress on the patients and with time many patients go under depression too. A harmless disease like Vitiligo becomes a serious cause of concern due to social stigma and the many cosmetic reasons & expectations attached to it. However, there are ways to conceal Vitiligo patches which can help avoid social pressure and make better first impressions.
Microskin To Conceal Vitiligo Patches
Microskin is the new revolutionary cosmetic skin correction formula that covers up vitiligo patches and corrects skin discoloration. This light semi-liquid foundation-like application is put on the outer skin to hide the depigmented circles. The main difference between Microskin and other cosmetic camouflage treatment is, it does not rub off easily on clothing and stays longer on the skin. It is also water-proof & smudge-proof. Unlike other cosmetic applications, it allows the skin to breathe and suits almost everyone.
The vitiligo surgeon custom prepares this cream to match an individual patient’s skin color, with maximum precision. Microskin can be applied through a stipple or airbrush, as suggested by the doctor. Depending on skin types and a particular part of the body, Microskin stays on the skin for several days and a slight touch up can give an even longer lasting result. This liquidized skin-color corrector does not give any makeup effect but makes the affected skin look more natural.
Microskin is the best solution for the social pressure that vitiligo patients face every day. Be it a party or interview or any social gathering, Microskin helps in creating a normal-like first impression for them. Once applied, Microskin stays on the skin for several days and does not wash off. It’s a layer of cream that sticks to the skin allowing it to breathe and fade away gradually with time. This is what makes it different from normal foundation cream. Its easy self-application makes it preferable for daily wear or for such events as patients can apply the cream by themselves.
Dr. Munish Paul, Dermatologist & Vitiligo Surgeon, recommends Microskin due to its safe and easy application. The vitiligo surgeons/Dermatologists prepare the right shade matching the real skin tone for individual patients. Patients can bring home the application and apply by themselves on the depigmented area to cover the white patches. The application can be done through a spray or sponge rub. Microskin not only hides white patches but also helps patients to stand confidently in society with an even tone skin.
The magic of winter’s cold breeze, snowflakes, and bonfire often fade away by the unpleasant dry skin issues. The onslaught of the long haul of itchy, dry and flaky dry skin just turns the winter experience to a bitter one. A good moisturizer is not always a solution and as dry the winter is, more care you need. Your skin may need a bigger toll to stay alive in this dry weather. Here are some tips and bits of advice which can help you maintain a glowing skin in winters.
Hot Shower? A BIG NO!
The hot shower may feel good at that time, but it actually, damages skin surface and accelerate dry-skin related irritation. Excessive dry skin may lead to eczema or serious skin inflammation such as redness, scaling of the skin or itching. Moreover, you must not rub your skin excessively during the shower as that can worsen the condition.
Mild Soap or Gels Only!
Surveys show that almost 85% of women are not aware of the products that are suitable for their skin. If you are the one with dry skin, always go for a natural product oriented mild soap. It’s very essential for us to realize the need for small products that can make a big difference; a glycerine enriched soap or sandal or honey or natural ingredients made soap.
Avoid Air Heaters
Having some hot air around definitely sounds mesmerizing but is not recommended for the dry skin peeps. Using central heating unit or air heaters can be the big reason for skin damage such as blotchy, chapped and painful skin in winter.
Woollen Fabric Should Not Touch Your Skin!
The woolen fabric may seem a blessing for winter days but in reality, it moves moisture away. Woolens often lead to dry itchy skin and continuous rubbing worsens the condition. Always wear cotton under the woolen clothes to avoid any further skin damage in winter.
Switch to Heavy Creams!
Finally, dry skin needs a lot of; and you must provide a good amount of nourishment to your dry skin. Use heavy creams made with glycerine or aloe vera or honey to add the extra moisture lock, your skin wants in the freezing weather.
Do You Need More Care?
Visit a dermatologist if the above tips do not help your dried skin to rejoice. You may require a prescription ointment or cream or treatment to reduce the discomfort.
This surgical approach is now being considered as “may be a cure”. Unfortunately, science is still not able to find a permanent cure for this condition but there are many cases where Melanocyte Cell Transplantation (MCT) Melanocyte Keratinocyte Transplant Procedure (MKTP) as Vitiligo Treatment has made wonders.
The new approach to treat vitiligo is cellular grafting. This surgical approach is now being considered as “may be a cure”. Unfortunately, science is still not able to find a permanent cure for this condition but there are many cases where Melanocyte Cell Transplantation (MCT) Melanocyte Keratinocyte Transplant Procedure (MKTP) as Vitiligo Treatment has made wonders. The idea of MCT is to remove the top layer of pigmented skin and replace it with healthy pigment cells (melanocytes) taken from another part of the body. Within a few months, the transplanted melanocytes start making pigment and deposit it to the surrounding areas. The success of this treatment wipes away the white spots and, in many cases, it has worked like magic. Patients with successful results don’t need any standard vitiligo treatments after that. However, not everyone is the right candidate for this Treatment of Vitiligo.
A Deep Insight into Melanocyte Cell Transplantation:
Vitiligo or white spots start appearing on the skin when immune cells sneak into the skin to find melanocytes and kill them. Melanocytes are the cells that produce pigment in our skin. So killing melanocytes stops the pigment production process and skin starts to lose its color.
In this Melanocyte Cell Transplantation (MCT) treatment, new melanocytes are transferred to the affected area. But, the immune cells active in that area kill the new melanocytes too which drives failure of this Vitiligo Treatment. This treatment shows higher success rate only if the disease is stable where the immune cells are quiet and no longer destroying the melanocytes. In such condition, the new melanocytes start working and bring the original skin color back. Now, the problem is, it is very difficult to know when the disease is stable. In common practice, the Dermatologist carries out this treatment only if the patient has no lesions from last 1-2 years.
This Vitiligo Treatment appears to be excellent for, segmental vitiligo patients. As in the segmental vitiligo, the disease is limited to one portion of the body, chances of success rates appear to be higher. 80-90% of such cases have seen success and may never require further vitiligo treatment. That’s the reason why this treatment is addressed as “may be a cure” which is normally never used for any other vitiligo treatment.
In Cellular grafting or Melanocyte Cell Transplantation (MCT), the top layer of the affected area’s skin is removed and melanocytes & other skin cells from normal skin is transplanted into that area. Among all other Vitiligo Treatment procedures, cellular grafting has appeared to be the most successful one until now. In medical terms, this process is also called as Melanocyte-Keratinocyte Transplant Procedure or MKTP.
But, I know only a few centers around the world that offer this treatment. This was the biggest reason I have started offering this treatment into my own SKIN LASER CENTRE. Here, we not only offer treatment but also provide post-treatment care to ensure the complete success of this process. This procedure requires special equipment and professional training. At our center, we have experienced excellent success rate for MKTP so far. As per my opinion and experience, it is the best Vitiligo Treatment for right patients, whom we decide after a careful series of examination. This procedure is a bit costly than others and thus I suggest the treatment only to the patients who fulfill the prerequisite health conditions.
Of late I have been seeing so many patients in our Dermatology OPD with hands which are dry, parched, itchy, irritated and have got cuts. Their history points out to a peculiar habit of washing their hands frequently and as I dig deep into the number of times their hands are subjected to scrubbing, soaps, hand washes, sanitizers, wet tissues etc.
Ok, let me rephrase. Over cleanliness is a very BAD habit!
Of late I have been seeing so many patients in our Dermatology OPD with hands which are dry, parched, itchy, irritated and have got cuts. Their history points out to a peculiar habit of washing their hands frequently and as I dig deep into the number of times their hands are subjected to scrubbing, soaps, hand washes, sanitizers, wet tissues etc., it is mind-boggling. Most of these patients wash their hands at least 10-15 times a day, some sheepishly admit it to be 30 and sometimes the accompanying attendant will point it out to be even more!
Most of these patients are highly intelligent or shall I say too intelligent and are perfectionists, highly successful men, and women and somehow the cleanliness bug has bitten them. Even though they do understand the issue they somehow don’t and even on explaining the problem to them, they very reluctantly nod their heads in affirmation.
Now we all see beggars on the road, children running around bare feet, we see Rickshaw pullers, laborers and many more, but, how many times do they wash hands with all these fancy soaps & sanitizers? We all know the answer-hardly…Still, they maintain good health, may be better than what most of us do.
So the logic lies in the fact that God has given us a superb Defense System; what we Doctors have given a fancy name to, ‘Immune System. So we have to get EXPOSED so that our defense, our Army stays on its toes else it gets lethargic or worse, misdirected leading to the “problems of the clean”.
So, friends, cleanliness is good, over cleanliness is very bad, and the next time you want to reach out to that sanitizer bottle which for your information contains 66% alcohol, think twice. You really don’t need it, let your inner immune system take care of the small stuff and as I always quote have ‘Faith in the Lord’.