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Problem Solver: Ask Our Beauty Expert

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dear Barbara,
I’ve had bad acne for nearly 3 years. However, while I currently have the acne under control, I’m left with the scars, which look even worse! Is there anything I can do to reduce them?
Vishal Shellar, Mahim
Dear Vishal,
Congrats on getting your acne under control. Scars can be embarrassing but remember that eventually they will fade. Your skin renews its topmost layer every six weeks so surface scars will probably take a few months to reduce. Natural products such as lemon juice or tomato daily speed up the process. However, if you have ‘ice-pick’ scars, ones that are deeper and pitted, you might need to see a dermatologist who can recommend a number of treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels.

Dear Barbara,
I shave my legs every few days but have now started to develop ingrown hair. It makes me self conscious. Any tips for a smooth shave?
— Archana Kakkar, Colaba
Dear Archana,

Ingrown hair is a common problem that can be solved. There are a number of things you can do and first on the list is getting a new razor. Change your blade every 3 uses to ensure that it’s not dull. Exfoliate your legs daily. This prevents ingrown hair and can even get the stubborn ones to come out. Also, make sure you use enough shaving foam and leave shaving your legs for after your shower when your skin is the softest. And never, never, ever dry shave your legs!

Dear Barbara,
I have recently started to develop cellulite on my stomach. I think it’s my horrible posture at work that has contributed to it. How can I get rid of it? It’s ugly!
Lizann T, Andheri
Dear Lizann,
Cellulite affects a lot of women. Even super posh Victoria Beckham has it, so take comfort in knowing you are not alone. The best thing to do is to massage the area for about twenty minutes in a circular motion to break up the fat deposits and reduce the appearance of ‘orange peel skin.’ Also, avoid wearing tight clothes and of course, sitting in slouchy positions.

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