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SKIN CARE DURING PANDEMIC CRISIS,online news,Hyderabad, July 04, 2020: Covid-19 has changed 2020 to be a year that we will forever remember. However it hasalso taught us important hygiene practices and emphasized how important it is to take care of our health. One of the most important aspects to our overall health and well-being is our skin health.According to Dr Alekya Singapore, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetologist and Trichologist,Apollo Clinics & Apollo Cradle, Hyderabad says that our skin acts as the front-line barrier to infection and its health is something that many unfortunately overlook. Losing this barrier is
detrimental to our health and increases the risk of developing infection, she warns. She also adds
that due to pandemic conditions prevailing outside, stress can also cause flare-ups of autoimmune
conditions that affect the skin.According to medical experts, there are a few simple steps we can all implement to maintain our skin health.Hand-washing and Moisturizers As recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), vigilant hand-washing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizers is one of the most important ways we protect ourselves from Covid-19
and infectious diseases.Dr Alekya Singapore, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetologist and Trichologist, Apollo Clinics &Apollo Cradle, Hyderabad cautions that nevertheless, it must be remembered that sanitizers do not substitute hand-washing; we recommend our patients to always wash their hands whenever possible. Furthermore she also warns the patients to note that frequent hand-washing and
sanitizers not only removes bacteria or viruses from our skin surfaces, but also the moisture content from the superficial layers of our skin. This result in dry, dehydrated and fissured skin that can also lead to eczematous dermatitis, she says. It is therefore of great importance that we remember to regularly apply moisturizer soon after hand-washing, she advises.
Moisturizers hydrate the skin and prevent it from drying and infections. Apply moisturizers that are
rich in ceramide content and those that are thicker in consistency. Avoid products with fragrance,
artificial flavours and parabens. It is always better to apply a moisturizer on a damp skin as it
helps to retain the moisture for longer hours.
Effect on Vitamin D
Exposure to sunlight is of great importance to our body’s physiology and in particular the
activation of vitamin D. During these periods of isolation and limiting ourselves from going
outside, our bodies’ levels of vitamin D will lower and can affect our skin, hair.
According to Dr Alekya Singapore, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetologist and Trichologist,
Apollo Clinics & Apollo Cradle, Hyderabad “Low levels of Vitamin D can also affect your bones,


kidneys, absorption of other minerals, and mood”. She advises those staying indoors
for longer periods to try their best to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D and one of
the most efficient ways is to use vitamin D supplements. Our body’s requirements for
vitamin D increases as we get older, but it is generally recommended that adults take
1000 units of vitamin D daily, she suggests.
Stress, Skin and Hair conditions
Already many of us face the daily stresses of work and family; Covid-19 has further added to this.
Stress can cause flare-ups of certain skin and hair conditions as it directly affects immunity,
particularly conditions like – psoriasis, acne, rosacea, and eczematous dermatitis. Managing each
condition will be based on the individual, but recognizing the early symptoms of a flare and
consulting a certified dermatologist will be extremely beneficial to prevent further damage or
Stress also has its effect on various hormone levels. It can cause our sebaceous glands to secrete
more oils, making our skin and hair oily and greasy resulting in acne breakouts and development
of dandruff leading to hair fall. In times of severe stress or disease, our bodies automatically
adjust to a mode of survival and divert nutrition away from our hair and to our vital organs. In such
circumstances, this may manifest as thinning of hair, alopecia, or severe hair fall.
Maintaining Healthy Skin and Hair
Dr. Dr Alekya Singapore, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetologist and Trichologist, Apollo Clinics
& Apollo Cradle, Hyderabad says that the first step for a healthy skin and hair begins with good
maintenance. Following simple and basic rules like using mild soaps while bathing daily, applying
moisturizer immediately after bath and applying a good sunscreen with at least a SPF 30 on
exposed parts is important for healthy skin, she advises. Healthy hair is achieved by washing your
hair regularly with a good and mild shampoo and Supplements can also aid in the maintenance of
healthy skin and hair, she suggests. Further she says that for skin, I recommend vitamin C and
omega 3 fatty acids as daily supplements to achieve a healthy, hydrated skin and Hair can also be
supplemented with biotin and topical protein serums.
Healthy skin and hair is vital for our body’s protection from infection. During this COVID-19
pandemic, changes in lifestyles such as regular hand washing, staying indoors and the general
new stresses of being in this time of uncertainty can cause flare-ups in chronic conditions and
increases the risk of developing infections. Learning to incorporate regular washing of skin and
hair, moisturizing and using supplements are some simple ways to best maintain the health of our
skin and hair. Managing stress by being close to family and seeking counselling can reduce the
risk of flare-ups developing. As always, seeing a certified dermatologist can allow treatments and
supplements to be tailored to the individual, and provide the best maintenance care.