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Subject: Beauty is Skin Deep


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Date Posted: 03/31/05 9:17:22am

MUSCAT — International beauty events like Miss World and Miss Universe have brought into focus the desire to look beautiful from head to toe.
This in turn has spurred the cosmetic industry to cater to the market with advanced drugs and medicines, which make one look young and enhance appearances. But what about those who suffer from skin diseases like psoriasis, acne scars, atopic dermatitis, etc? Their only hope is a doctor who is armed with the latest medicines in dermatology.
Towards this end, Al Amal Medical and Health Care Centre, Al Khuwair, organised a seminar on ‘Recent developments in dermatology’ as part of its 10-year celebrations.
Dr Ram Malkani, consultant dermatologist from Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, India, spoke at this seminar attended by many doctors. In his opening remarks, he said atopic dermatitis, psoriasis; acne scars are some of the major skin problems that need to be tackled by dermatologists across the world.
Atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease that affects the skin. It is also commonly referred to as eczema, a general term for several types of skin inflammation. The word ‘atopic’ means a genetic tendency to develop allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever and ‘dermatitis’ means inflammation of the skin.
In this condition, the skin becomes itchy. When the person scratches the skin it leads to redness, swelling, cracking and scaling.
Most often, eczema and asthma go hand in hand. That’s the reason why a doctor wants to know if the person is asthmatic when he/she comes with a complaint of inflammatory skin.
Dr Malkani says atopic dermatitis is prevalent everywhere but mainly in dry areas. Around 10 to 20 per cent of patients in Oman come to him with this problem. This includes children, he disclosed. Itching is the most common symptom of atopic dermatitis, rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.
The latest medication that has been introduced for atopic dermatitis is a steroid-sparing drug known as tacrolimus in the form of an ointment.
The drug, also known as immuno-modulator, helps in controlling the inflammation and reduces immune system reactions when applied to the skin.
Psoriasis is another chronic skin disease that affects the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet in the form of patches of raised red skin covered by a flaky white buildup. In certain kinds of psoriasis, it also has a pimplish or burned appearance. The disease can cause intense itching and burning.
According to Dr Malkani, two new drugs, Etanercept and Inflximab, have been introduced which have showed promising results in the treatment of psoriasis.
A celebrity-style look without going under the surgeon’s knife has also come under the purview of the modern dermatologist.
Wrinkles, forehead lines, acne, crows feet, to name a few, have all become a pain in the appearance department for many people, forcing them to look out for some painless and easy way to look young.
Dr Malkani presented a few methods of beauty treatments like lasers, dermal fillers and botox injections, which he said are the new developments in the field of cosmetology and enhancement appearances. Botox is one of the easiest methods to stop the ageing process because the injection freezes a particular muscle of the face and prevents the wrinkle.
In dermal filling, fat taken from one part of the body is injected underneath the wrinkle or acne depression on the face. This will lift up the skin and smoothen the area.

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