• D - 305, Defence Colony, New Delhi - 110024

  • Former Honorary Dermatologist, President Estate Clinic,

    Rashtrapati Bhawan Dermatologist & International Aesthetics Surgeon

  • drdeepali1@yahoo.com


Dr. Deepali

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Monsoon and skin care

During monsoons “Ek garam chai ki pyali season…” Certain precautions

can help you preserve the glow on face and prevent the monsoon hair

fall this season says leading Dermatologist of Delhi, Dr Deepali


During humidity and rains don’t think there is rain which means no

sunscreen instead kindly ensure a sun block of SPF 20 plus at-least

has been applied 10-15 mins before leaving home. Also, with rains

outside we may feel less thirsty but the dehydration is similar as

summers and hence hydrating ourselves is as important. So for adults

drinking 4-5 liters daily is a must in rains too!

Besides, a healthy skin routine:

– Wash face at night and morning both times

– Remove make up before sleeping

– If rain water falls on your body or hair. wash it as soonest as

possible under running water to avoid various bacterial and fungal


– Don’t wear skimpy, skin tight clothes much as if they get wet in

rain water then rain water settles nearer to skin for longer time

leading to fungal infections

– Taking a bath with antibacterial soaps like frolix,medsop or neem

containing soaps is a good options specially for people more prone to

be exposed to rain water

-An umbrella and rain coat may not look fashionable to some but it’s a

must and to get wet is more silly than to have them

-eating right like fruits, nuts, vegetables will also help in keeping

body immunity strong. Only consuming fatty oily foods or sugar

containing food items can surely lead to problem during monsoons which

is avoidable

– a night cream which is more gel based as humidity persists in the

air even in normal and oily skin will help to keep the radiance.

For hair:

-Washing hair regularly

-No hair oil during monsoons is important and in very dry hair maximum

once a week should be enough and using a conditioner should help

– if hair is falling increase biotin in diet, egg white, soya, paneer,

tofu and also lentils. Applying castor oil with crushed mustard seed

powder to falling hair as a pack overnight or for fees hours before

shampoo is good. Ensure shampoo used is with least chemicals and

suitable for your hair.

-if dandruff is there then monsoons is the only season when olive oil

massage with lemon juice in it for creating the right ph of scalp is

great to wash out the dandruff.

1. How to manage some common problems?

– sore foot after wearing socks which are moistened in rainy water is

a common problem in men. It can be encountered simply with precautions

like leaving a spare shoe at work to wear so as to be able to remove

the wet ones during day, and also sprinkling anti fungal powder daily

inside socks when one leaves for work. Also, applying a cream

containing cotrimazole or luliconazole on the first sign of redness

helps and not using OTC creams which contain steroids instead.

– for skin insect bites, bug rash, slight erythema and redness could

be seen at different places secondary to rain water causing itch too.

For home remedy best is put curd stat on it a few times daily for 3-5

days else also, to prevent daily after bath applying lacto calamine

and aloe Vera containing lotions will help keep the skin smooth and

soft and allergy free.

– acne is common in monsoons for youngsters that’s because of

bacterial overgrowth on face which with rain water increase too. So

washing face twice atleast is a must but during day to splash plain

water on face a few times, or using mineral water sprinklers available

at pharmacies during day is a good idea.

Also, using antibiotic gel on the zit is best if it appears as

generally in monsoons the pimple Is here to stay for long and hence,

home remedies are also slow or don’t act and instead face can have

marks eventually.

Antibiotic gels containing Adapalene, isotretinoin, azithromycin will

surely help in this season says Dr Deepali Bhardwaj, dermatologist,

based in delhi and also Honorary Dermatologist at President Estate

Clinic in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

2. What daily skin care regime would you suggest for the monsoon months?

Splash clean water on face multiple times a day and also take a bath

twice a day preferably. Using antibacterial soaps and lime based soaps

is best in this season. Applying sunscreen even on a cloudy day is

important and drinking water besides water everywhere is needed for a

healthy skin glow. At night even in dry skin using a gel or serum

based night creams is a better option in this weather. Avoid make up

as due to rains and humidity it’s frequently going to cake up and not

look great unless it’s for a short while only and Matt finish.

For hair dryness due to humidity best is to go for a trim on monthly

basis in the rains and also using home remedies like egg york on a

weekly basis. Avoid excess oiling as that can lead to dandruff with

the change of season.

3. Post getting wet in the rain, what steps should one take to protect

one’s skin?

For office goer men: Remove shoes and socks if possible keep a cha he at work!

If not possible to keep a change least remove and wash in rubbing

water and clean and keep open a few hours possibly to let ur feet


For ladies:

Wash ur feet and wear open sandals always and preferably rubber or

plastic and not leather or suede to avoid contact allergies.

Open your hair and comb it! If really wet tresses try to splash some

drinking Water in the sink to throw away the chemicals and pollution

hence the infections coming from rain water!

If at home!

Best is take a Running shower or tap so as to wash it away.

Always wash hands specially in this season several times and specially

before eating snacks or putting hands on face.

If you have itching on body somewhere after the rain first thing is to

apply curd or lactocalamine on it and also if itching is in feet or

underarms it’s good to sprinkle anti fungal powders on it for few days

and if not resolves then visit a dermatologist nearby you.

Washing hair for people with long hair is important as rain water

harvesting in the scalp can lead to lice beside start a hair fall

which takes 2/3 months ro resolve.

4. Beauty home remedy for monsoons

Whatever beauty aid you decide to make use of, stick to it and do it

regularly to get a lasting benefit.

Rub a piece of lemon over your face if you have an oily skin and

this will lessen grease and whiten your complexion.

If dry skin, with the lemon please use 1/2 tsp honey.

If normal, use lemon and tomato juice.

Otherwise another great home remedy this season is make a mask!

, mix 3 teaspoons oatmeal with egg white and one teaspoon each of honey and curd

Ripe papaya pulp can be mixed with grated apple for normal skin and

instead water melon, pineapple for combination or sensitive skin.

And in oily skin don’t add fruits to the mask just increase lemon

juice content instead!

Leave on the mask for 20 mins and do it once in a fortnight before any

big event.

5. Diet in monsoons:

Dr.Deepali says For preventing hair fall vitamin d , zinc and biotin

is important sources like egg white soya tofu and wheat germ and

potato and banana and tomato is important.

For radiant skin go for orange, lime , amla, apple, green leafy

vegetables and also tomato, broccoli, salad leafs are essential.

Basically all purple, lemon, orange colour are excellent to aid in

monsoons for better immunity and health!

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