Why does it always seem that a spot appears when you least want it to?! According to Dr Dev Shah, who joined me in the studio, the two top skin conditions are acne and eczema. Other common conditions particularly in South Asians are vitiligo, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis.

Without all of the jargon, we generally want to know, with any condition, whether it can be treated and cured. Dr Shah explained that dermatologists are generally able to control conditions but it is rather difficult to completely cure them.

To ensure my viewers stayed on track, I started off with the simple spot and why on earth we get them! And then things got deeper. Read on to find out more about the show and what was discussed about various skin conditions.

1.       Spots

Dr Shah explained that the skin constantly produces grease. If these glands become blocked, it causes spots. Generally, spots are related to a hormone imbalance. The reason they tend to occur more in puberty is because of the over-production of grease which is related to hormones.

The second reason why spots occur is because of poor skincare regimes. Dr Shah did not recommend any particular brands because he suggested finding the product that works for you. Does it mean we can go and get that facial? Well, Dr Shah recommends washing your face at least once a day and use a light moisturiser.

2.       Seborrheic Dermatitis

Talking of glands producing too much oil sometimes they do not produce enough at all, causing the condition seborrheic dermatitis. ‘Seborrheic’ means ‘in-grease producing areas’ such as the crease between our nose and cheeks and the lines on our faces. ‘Dermatitis’ means a red and scaly rash.

This condition can be difficult to cure but can be easily treated. Asians with this condition can use steroids or creams to control and treat the rash but can be left with brown marks as a result. These can take years to fade – even if the rash is cleared. But, it’s good news that the rash is cleared!

3.       Dry and scaly scalp

One of our viewers called to ask for the treatment for a dry and scaly scalp. Dr Shah recommend using oils, such as coconut oil, and you can obtain steroid creams from your GP. There are a number of reasons leading to this condition so do consult your GP – it could just be that you need to change your shampoo!

4.       Psoriasis

In the UK, 2% of the population suffer from psoriasis. Psoriasis is big patches of scale on the body and can leave scaly parts on the bed having psycho-social consequences.

There is a big spectrum when it comes to the conditions, from having little psoriasis to have a large amount which can cause joint problems leaving people disabled with it.

You cannot prevent getting psoriasis and have a high chance of getting it if you are predisposed to it, for example if it is in your genetics. No one gene has been associated with psoriasis, but rather it is multi-factional.

Dr Shah recommended looking out for the following:

  • How do psoriasis affect you?
  • What do you think triggered it? (as it can be triggered from a single life event)

 5.       Pigmentation

Pigmentation is one of the most common skin conditions on the face. If it is superficial, so high up in the skin, then it is treatable. If it is darker, then that means it is deeper in the skin and more difficult to treat.

Generally, you should use sunblock to avoid the increase in pigmentation. You can also try using a bleaching cream obtained by your GP or dermatologist.

If you are conscious about your pigmentation, Dr Shah also suggested wearing a camouflage cream to mask it.

6.       Eczema

This is one of the most common problems in children, with nearly 15-20% of children suffering from eczema. In India, less than 1% have eczema.

Dr Shah recommends using a regular moisturiser, avoid soaps in the bath, and use steroid creams that have been prescribed by your GP.

If the eczema is not clearing, do not suffer in silence! Step up your treatment to either light treatment or tablet treatment. Eczema is treatable so do not worry! Actually, I had eczema when I was younger and had to apply a cream everyday – and mine has all cleared!

7.       Dark circles around the eyes

Pigmentation around the eyes is difficult to treat. It is related to racial types, so the darker the skin the more prone you are to getting dark circles. It is due to genetics and sun exposure.

Therefore, apply sunblock around your eyes and avoid any trauma to the eyes such as rubbing them when you wake up or feel tired! You can also use a camouflaging cream to reduce the physical appearance of dark circles.

Dr Shah left us with some hygiene advice when it comes to looking after your skin. Here are his top tips:

  • Wash your face twice daily and use a light moisturiser
  • If you have acne, wash your face twice daily but do not use a moisturiser
  • Wash your body at least once a day and use a light moisturiser

Happy and healthy skin days!