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Beautician Shahnaz Hussain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to askshahnaz@gmail.com

I have many pimples on my forehead, but my skin is very dry. My forehead is also dark. Except for powder, I don't use anything else. — Jaysri

The outermost layer of the skin may have become dry. Take two teaspoons of curd, add a little turmeric to it and apply the mixture on your face daily. Wash it off with plenty of water, after 15 minutes. It will help lighten the colour of your skin. You can also add one teaspoon of pure glycerine to 100 ml of rose water. Keep this in a bottle and apply a little of it on your face daily. It will prevent dryness. Avoid powder, as it can clog the pores and make the skin dry. Apply sandalwood paste only on the pimples daily.

Whenever I play outdoors I get tanned. What should I do to get rid of it? — Shashi

Washing does not lighten skin colour or remove tan. Mix one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice and apply it daily on your face at any time. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Or, take two teaspoons of curd, add a pinch of haldi to it and apply it daily the same way. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Twice a week mix together one teaspoon of curd, one teaspoon of honey, 3 teaspoons of oatmeal and egg white. Apply this on your face, avoiding the lips and the area around the eyes, washing it off after 20 to 30 minutes. If you do not wish to use egg, apply more curd. Oats will be available in food stores. Mix the liquid ingredients gradually to get the right consistency. It should be a thick paste, which does not drip.

I have whiteheads, but they cannot be removed by applying pressure. — Niharika

Since the pores are not open in whiteheads, they are difficult to remove. Avoid pinching them with your nails, as it can lead to infection and leave marks on the skin. Facial scrubs help discourage whiteheads. If the skin is very dry, use the scrub only once a week and only on the areas with whiteheads. For oily skin, scrubs can be used more often. Some home remedies may help. Make a paste of fenugreek (methi) leaves and apply it on your face daily, washing it off after an hour. Grated potato or potato juice may also be applied. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. Drinking barley water is said to prevent whiteheads.

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