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first_imgI have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? I have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? -VishakhaOpen pores are mostly caused by blackheads and whiteheads left untreated. Use mild products like Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Uriage Crme Lavante to cleanse your face. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, every day in the mornings and re-apply every three to four hours. Also, make sure you clean your face adequately before going to bed and apply creams containing tretinoin 0.025 % every alternate night. This apart, go for regular facial clean-ups (one every month) to keep your skin clear of blackheads. And if none of these help, consider opting for pixel, a fractional laser treatment that is known to diminish open pores significantly.I developed acne after getting my back waxed recently. The prescribed medication for treatment have left scars. How do I clean upmy back? -VidyaUse creams containing AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid), creams with retinol or creams with Vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid, all of which are known lightening agents. Leave them overnight. However, since AHA and retinol-based creams are strong and can make your skin excessively dry, it is important to use small amounts and massage well. Since the skin on your back is thick compared to the rest of your body, it is important to use thicker creams as others won’t penetrate deep enough. Going for microdermabrasion and chemical peels helps scars lighten much faster, but it is important that these procedures are done under the supervision of a well-trained dermatologist.advertisementMy top tip: Never leave blackheads untreated. Use a specialised blackhead clearing scrub on your face once every week. Also, make sure you wash your face religiously before going to bed and apply a good night cream.Dr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is founder-president, Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Yuva, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at [email protected]last_img

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