Dr Tania Shaikh is a consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist, associated with Institute of Skin disease (IDS). She has vast experience in assessing and treating a wide variety of skin conditions and diseases ranging from psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

How do I get rid of acne scars?

Acne can leave different type of scars like ice picks scar, box scar, rolling scar and post inflammatory hyperpegmentation. Ice pick scars can be treated with chemical peeling and micro-needle. Box scars can be treated with fillers. Rolling scars can be treated with CO2 laser. Post-inflammatory pigmentation can be dealth with depigmented agents and chemical peeling. For fresh acne scars, best treatment is dermabrasion with some good scar repair cream.

What can I do about dark circles caused by thin skin under the eyes?

Usual causes of dark circles are anemia, fatigue, lack of sleep, sun exposure or can be inherited. To treat them, eliminate the above causes and use a good vitamin C cream and a sunblock best suited to your skin.

I have a pimple on my cheek that just won’t go away. It shrinks and then comes back. What do I do?

It may be infected so you may need oral antibiotics and topical antibiotics. You need to visit a dermatologist to get a prescription.

I have dry skin and I suffer from acne. It’s been three years and I have stubborn acne. How do I deal with it?

There are multiple causes of acne; hormonal imbalance, bacterial infection or stress. First step is to find out the cause of your acne, take oral antibiotics plus topical antibiotics, for example, Clindamycin gel with a good anti-acne soap or face wash.

What are blackheads and how do I get rid of them?

Black heads are a mixture of dead skin cells and dirt in the pores of the skin that are usually called comedones. For mild comedone, use salicylic acid scrub and for large sized comedones, use isotretinoin cream at night.

I have dark lips. What should I do? I don’t smoke, what could have caused it?

Dark lips may be due to frequent use of lipstick, or could even be inherited. Use coconut oil plus beet root juice and a mild steroid cream at night to lighten them.

I have oily dandruff and my hair becomes greasy and needs to be shampooed every day. What should I do?

For dandruff, you need to use a combination of moderate steroids plus salicylic acid and a good anti-dandruff plus anti-fungal shampoo on alternate days.