Skin Problems

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Skin Problems

Your skin is one of the most important and yet least taken seriously organ of the body. Skin is the large organ that covers and protects your body. Your skin has many functions. It works to:

  • Hold in fluid and prevent dehydration. A dry skin is an indication towards impending skin problem coming up.
  • Help you feel sensations, such as temperature or pain. The skin is the first connect to the world outside to send signals to the brain. To be taken seriously to avoid skin problems.
  • Keep out bacteria, viruses and other causes of infection. Skin works as the first line of security for our body.
  • Stabilize your body temperature and avoid a possible skin problem.
  • Synthesize (create) vitamin D in response to sun exposure.

Skin problems include all conditions that clog, irritate or inflame your skin.


What are the most common types of skin problems?

Some skin problems are minor. And other types of skin problems cause severe symptoms. Some of the most common skin problems include:

  • Acne is a typical skin problem with blocked skin follicles that lead to oil, bacteria and dead skin buildup in your pores.
  • Alopecia areata is a skin problem where you loose your hair in small patches.
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema), dry, itchy skin that leads to swelling, cracking or scaliness.
  • Psoriasis is another skin problem scaly skin that may swell or feel hot.
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon is a skin problem with periodic reduced blood flow to fingers, toes or other body parts, causing numbness or skin color change.
  • Rosacea is a skin problem wih flushed, thick skin and pimples, usually on the face.
  • Skin cancer is a skin problem with uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells.
  • Vitiligo is a skin problem with patches of skin that lose pigment.


What are some types of rare skin problems?

Many rare skin problems are genetic, meaning you inherit them. Some rare skin diseases include:

  • Actinic prurigo (AP) is a skin problem with itchy rash in response to sun exposure.
  • Argyria is a skin problem which changes in skin color due to silver buildup in your body.
  • Chromhidrosis a typical skin problem colored sweat.
  • Epidermolysis bullosa, a connective tissue disorder that causes fragile skin that blisters and tears easily.
  • Harlequin ichthyosis an unique skin problem thick, hard patches or plates on the skin that are present at birth.
  • Lamellar ichthyosis a skin problem waxy skin layer that sheds in the first few weeks of life, revealing scaly, red skin.
  • Necrobiosis lipoidica is a skin problem with rash on the lower legs that can develop into ulcers (sores).


What causes skin problems?

Incorrect lifestyle factors may lead to the development of a skin problem. Underlying health conditions may affect your skin too. Common causes of skin problems include:

  • Bacteria trapped in your pores or hair follicles.
  • Conditions that affect your thyroid, kidneys or immune system.
  • Contact with environmental triggers, such as allergens or another person’s skin.
  • Genetics.
  • Fungus or parasites living on your skin.
  • Medications, such as the ones that treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Viruses.
  • Diabetes.
  • Sun.


What are the symptoms of skin problems?

Symptoms of skin problems vary significantly, depending on what condition you have been facing. Skin changes are not always due to skin problems as is believed in most cases. For example, you may get a blister from wearing ill-fitting shoes. However, when skin changes show up with no known cause, they may be linked to a hidden condition not to be ignored.

Generally, skin problems may cause:


How is a skin problem diagnosed?

Often, one of our doctors can diagnose a skin problem by visually examining your skin over the video or pictures taken by you with a skin test if required. If looking at your skin doesn’t provide clear answers, your provider may use tests such as:

  • Biopsy, removing a small piece of skin to examine under a microscope.
  • Culture, taking a skin sample to test for bacteria, fungus or viruses.
  • Skin patch test, applying small amounts of substances to test for allergic reactions.
  • Black light examination (Wood light test), using an ultraviolet (UV) light to view your skin’s pigment more clearly.
  • Diascopy, pressing a microscope slide against a skin patch to see if the skin changes color.
  • Dermoscopy, using a hand-held device called a dermatoscope to diagnose skin lesions.
  • Tzanck test, examining the fluid from a blister to check for herpes simplex or herpes zoster...


Which are the best Ayurvedic treatments for your skin type?

Ayurvedic treatments depend on all of these factors. Under this system, you’ll need to make adjustments to your lifestyle, diet, stress, and exercise in order to promote healthy skin free of any problems. This is done under a strict guidance of the doctors at Pratha Ayurveda. 

Part of Ayurvedic skin care is also a routine that addresses your dominant dosha. This is much like Western medicine, where you use varied products for your skin type. 

Vata skin tends to be dry and age quickly, so you should use:

  • Nourishing products
  • Hydrating products
  • Anti-aging products
  • Warm oil massage
  • Natural moisturizers


Pitta skin is sensitive to the sun and tends to have moles and freckles. You should:

  • Protect your skin from the sun.
  • Avoid tanning.
  • Avoid over-exfoliating.
  • Avoid hot water and steams. 
  • Use a facial oil daily.


Kapha skin is normal, clear, and balanced skin, though it can also be oily. To keep kapha skin healthy:

  • Use a warm oil massage daily.
  • Cleanse with a gentle exfoliant.


Which Ayurvedic Herb Is Good for Skin?

Essential oils, facial oils, herbal extracts, and fruit extracts are a big part of keeping skin healthy and away from any kind of skin problems. Herbs and oils are used in different ways, which also include the following:

Anti-aging. Ayurvedic anti-aging products have specific ingredients to help nourish the skin and promote youthfulness. These often include:

  • Gotu kola, which can help your skin make collagen
  • Indian gooseberry, which is rich in vitamin C 

You would find a range of such anti-aging products on the Pratha Ayurveda shop many of which are OTC products. However, to get the most out them you are recommended to consult one of our doctors initially.

Brightening. Glowing skin is considered healthy and youthful in Ayurveda. Use plants that can brighten the skin and remove ama (toxins) or metabolic waste buildup in the skin. These include:

  • Vetiver
  • Sandalwood
  • Indian madder
  • Indian sarsaparilla
  • Gotu kola


Anti-inflammatory. Environmental pollution, sunlight, chemicals, stress, and allergens can all cause inflammation in your skin. Using anti-inflammatory herbs can help protect your skin. Some of the well known and common herbs include:

  • Aloe vera
  • Frankincense
  • Silk cotton tree
  • Rose


Wound healing. Gotu kola is also commonly used to heal wounds and may help eczema, psoriasis, and scars.



While herbal extracts in skin creams and oils are likely safe and effective, studies show that lots of Ayurvedic benefits and herbal supplements are accompanied by high amounts of heavy metals

Herbal supplements can interact with your medications and aren’t always safe for everyone. Don’t take herbs if you’re pregnant or nursing, are on medications, have ongoing health problems, or are an older adult. Talk to our doctor at Pratha Ayurveda first. Self medication usually harmful if taken without ny professional knowledge.


What are our doctors at Pratha Ayurveda’s approach towards patients coming to us with skin problems?


Advantages of going in for a consultation with one of our doctors

  • The complete consultation is done on a telephone call or a video call as per the requirement.
  • You get to select your doctor, the time preferable to you and the date you are comfortable with.
  • One of the biggest advantage is you need not go places to get to the doctor of your choice. Stay put at your location and reap the benefits of digital health.
  • Its just you and the doctor. Not only this ensures complete privacy but the doctor can focus on what you have to share with complete attention and without any kind of outside disturbance.
  • Because of absence of any kind of formalities followed in physical consultations, an online telephonic consultation means the doctor effectively spends more time with you on the consultation.
  • You make the payment online in the most preferred mode to you.
  • The prescription reaching you is not just written post consultation after a well thought options but is cross checked by senior doctors at Pratha Ayurveda. So technically you have more than 1 doctor looking into your case.
  • If getting the medicines is an issue for you locally, Pratha Ayurveda ensures the medicines are shipped as quickly as possible.

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