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‘How do I prevent hives on my face?’

I have an uneven skin tone and my face also looks more mature than my age. What should I do?

An uneven skin tone with the skin appearing more thickened and aged, is most often the result of inadequate protection of the skin from the sun. Medically called photo-ageing, this can usually be improved by setting up a good skincare regimen with medical-grade sunscreens and a vitamin A-containing night cream.

However, patchiness of the skin could also be the result of excessive handling of the skin by way of multiple facials, using inappropriate skincare products and/or cosmetics, excessive and unnecessary use of scrubs on the face, and certain chemicals in hair colouring agents.

It is best to sit with your dermatologist once, for chalking out a skincare regimen, that is best suited for your skin type, and your environment.

Photo-ageing is better prevented, than treated.

I get hives on my face, off and on. I have noticed that I either get an asthma attack or the hives or itchy eyes. What should I do for the hives, and is there a way to prevent them?

Hives, itching and watering of the eyes, wheezing — are all part of what is called a hypersensitivity reaction. This definitely needs a detailed medical evaluation, as a severe attack can potentially be life-threatening. While sometimes triggers such as certain foods, can easily be identified and avoided, it is strongly recommended that you be under the care of a medical professional for this issue.

Dr Renita Rajan is the Chief Consultant Dermatologist at RENDER Skin & Hair, a cosmetic dermatology clinic in Chennai

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