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Suparna Trikha Dewan Has Natural Solutions To All Your Beauty Problems   |   Published 11.09.11, 12:00 AM

I am a 15-year-old boy. Some weeks ago I started using benzoyl peroxide to treat my acne. The treatment worked but now I am left with the scars. What should I do to banish these? I also use a moisturiser ‘suitable for for all skin types’ before going to school but by the end of the day my face becomes greasy. Any suggestions?

Jon, e-mail

Use an oil-free sunscreen instead as moisturising products are not good for your acne-prone skin. Make a smooth paste with 2tsp Fuller’s earth, a pinch of camphor, 1tsp neem paste and some rose water to make a mask. I am surprised that inspite of being a reader of the column you opted for strong chemicals for which you’re suffering these consequences.

I am 42 and have fair but dry skin. I’ve had dark circles since childhood. Of late, these have spread up to my browline and down to my cheeks. The skin on my face has wrinkled and is sagging. Please advise.


The 40s bring hormonal changes and the body requires nourishing both internally and externally. It’s possible that you’ve inherited your dark circles, in which case I am surprised that you’re worrying about them now. Massage the skin daily with 2tsp almond oil to which you have added 2 drops of pure sandalwood oil. Leave the oil on for 30 minutes and apply a sandalwood and honey mask. Also, get your blood tested for haemoglobin and thryrois. Start taking vitamin supplements after consulting your doctor and a opt for a high protein diet.        

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