Wednesday, 25 May 2022

'Acne is a serious issue'

Acne is a serious issue that afflicts a large percentage of the population. It is an inflammatory disorder of the skin, a condition that affects at least 80% of the population, especially during the teenage years and early 20s and 30s.

Acne has long-lasting physical and mental repercussions. It is a constant topic of discussion and humiliation. A person with acne is subjected to multiple home remedies but to no avail. Ignorance regarding proper treatments ultimately leads to irreversible scarring and hyper-pigmentation.

“Awareness is almost nil. Many people don’t know what acne is, how it comes, or how to treat it effectively”, says Dr.Musthaq Ali, senior clinical dermatologist, and founder of the renowned Dr.Musthaq’s Skin Clinic and Cosmetology Centre in Kochi, Kerala.

It is a myth that acne occurs due to eating oily foods, pollution, or other lifestyle habits. Acne is a problem that is only genetically mediated, meaning some people are more prone to get acne. Therefore, Dr.Musthaq Ali advises his patients to eat whatever they want, and not to alienate themselves from the simple pleasures of life.

Normally, the sebaceous glands present in the skin produce sebum which helps to moisturize the skin. The sebum travels through the hair follicle to reach the surface of the skin. After puberty, in some people, there is an increased level of androgen production. This often leads to excessive production of sebum which can cause the sebaceous glands and/or the hair follicles to be clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. This becomes a breeding ground for skin bacteria which can cause inflammation leading to the formation of acne.

The general attitude of people is that acne comes during the teenage years and it will disappear as the children grow, which is wrong. “People come to a doctor only at a late stage, in their 20s or 30s when the scarring and pigmentation have become permanent,” says Dr.Musthaq Ali.

Dr.Musthaq Ali believes that beginning treatment at the early stages will completely cure acne with no scarring, pigmentation, or recurrence. With an impressive career in clinical dermatology spanning four decades in India and the Middle East, he guarantees complete recovery from acne. “Acne is completely curable when treated at the early stages.” 

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

‘Cure of stubborn pimple possible’

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Ninety-five percent of young people affected by pimples can find a cure, says Dr Mushtak, a dermatologist from Kerala, who likes to focus on its treatment.

Dr Mushtaq is an old-hand in the game, having had generations of people pass through him. When he was starting out, leprosy was still a scourge. Filariasis was still a battle to be won.

 Whereas he treated many skin conditions in his long career, his piece has always been on curing pimples, the condition medically known as acne.

What is acne ?

Acne occurs when oil, dirt or bacteria blocks the pores of the skin of the face, back, chest and shoulders. It is seen in girls and boys at the onset of puberty. In some of them, it may be mild, in others, moderate to severe. “How it occurs is to do with the individual…,” says Dr Mushtaq.

There are several reasons why acne occurs. In girls, it could be triggered by early year hormonal storms that cause the excessive release of the secondary male hormone, androgen. In boys, on the other hand, acne may occur due to the overdose of testosterone — the primary hormone that makes a man a man.


Another reason behind acne is the production of sebum. (Sebum, produced by the sebaceous glands present under the skin, is responsible for keeping the skin and hair well-oiled.)  When the glands go into overdrive during puberty, excess sebum blocks the skin pores, causing acne to erupt.

A bacteria called Propionibacterium Acnes is also known to cause acne.


There are several methods that Dr Mushtaq follows while treating acne in people. There can’t be one-size fits all kind of treatment, he insists. The problem with acne, he says is, if left untreated, it can result in scarring — in some case long-term, permanent, scarring. 

Investment in skin health

In his book Beauty Pays, economist Daniel A. Hamermesh, has shown how beautiful people are more likely to be employed, to receive better pays, and to have more good-looking and educated spouses.

Though he says the ideas of beauty may vary from society to society, it is universally regarded as an aspect of a person’s height, weight, body proportion, athleticism, face structure, and no less, the quality of skin.

It is proposition borne out even by the market: the worldwide skin care products’ market today stands at USD 129.23 billion.

 It is another matter that for the all the arguments favouring ‘the so-called beautiful people’, there are also push-back arguments talking of commodification, colour bias and social prejudices.

Dr Mushtaq, of course, isn’t part of the debate. His grounds are purely medical. “The skin is the longest organ of the body,” he says. “It needs care beyond the cosmetic,” he says.

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Saturday, 4 January 2020

Acne will Go!

Acne would occur at any age for anyone. At times, acne will go away on its own, but sometimes it would remain as a scar too. All acne can be treated, and the marks would disappear. However, it is all about getting the appropriate, timely treatment. 

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When the sebaceous glands (oil glands) are blocked, it creates acne. These trapped oils will build up within the gland leading to inflammation. At times, the swelling within the oil gland can turn out to be intense, where the oil gland will rupture, causing more inflammation.

Causes of acne 

Acne occurs when the skin is blocked due to oil, bacteria, or dead skin. Each pore of the skin opens to a follicle, which is made up of hair and oil glands. These glands will release sebum or oil that travels up the hair, out of the pore, and to the skin. It is this sebum that makes the skin lubricated and soft. Any issues on either of these could cause acne such as:
  • Excess oil produced by the follicle
  • Dead skin cells getting accumulated in the pores 
  • Bacteria building up in the pores 
These would tend to cause pimples on the skin. Usually, a pimple would appear when bacteria grow in clogged pores, and the oil gets trapped. 


Treatment would differ based on the type of acne. For issues such as pink or red-colored boil, the doctor would prescribe ointments or cream. Most of the medications would kill the bacteria, reduce the oil content on the face, and treat the dead skin as well. 

Laser treatment would be suggested to remove scars or acne. This also helps in the formation of healthy tissue in the skin. The laser is recommended and preferred by a lot of patients as it is a non-invasive procedure that is less painful and takes less time to recover. 

Dermabrasion helps to remove the problems on the surface of the skin with special equipment. This helps to treat the scar or acne around the skin, but it may not be effective to treat sunken scars. Microdermabrasion helps to polish the skin’s surface and clears the skin cells. All the damages on the skin can be removed under this treatment. Whereas filler injections can be used to treat sunken scars, but the effect would be temporary; hence the procedure needs to be repeated. 


An appropriate treatment on time can help improve the skin condition. The doctors always recommend treating severe acne to prevent scarring or pigmentation. The damaged skin would be treated to bring back the lost flawless and beautiful skin.

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Friday, 29 November 2019

How common is acne scarring?

Mankind and acne have a long hateful history, ever since you were a teenager, you've no doubt dreaded the idea of acne. You’ve been terrified of is coming and eagerly waited for it to leave. Now, all acne isn't exactly equally troublesome. Some of them come and go without much trouble, others come and stay for some before disappearing, but it’s the ones that leave a scar that truly scares us.

Acne Scars

Acne scarring occurs when a pimple, instead of just leaving, gives us a permanent mark on our face. Many of these scars too fades after some time, but the ones that stay have a deep bearing on our self-confidence and personality as a whole. There are two types of acne scarring;

1.    scars with a gradual dip or depression (sometimes called "rolling" scars)
2.    scars that are deep and narrow

Scarring due to acne isn't  common, however,  but not rare either. If you have scarring due to acne know that you aren't alone. There are millions of people just like you. The condition is so widespread that modern medicine provides many remedies to this type of scarring. Most kinds of acne scars do fades by proper treatment.

Furthermore, some scars could be permanent, trying to squeeze the pimple and excessive puling could result in more permanent scarring. The only way to identify if the type of scarring you have is permanent or temporary is to visit a dermatologist. 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from acne scarring, reach out to us and we will help recommend an appropriate course of action for improving your scars.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Can dandruff be removed permanently?

A simple Google search on dandruff and its removal could leave your head spinning. There are numerous articles that recommend all sorts of solutions, everything ranging from a simple curd mixture applied on the scalp to a full blown cooking recipe complete with all kinds of fruit extracts to apply to your scalp. Many of us would get worked up by the sheer presentation of these ‘recipes’ and follow its instruction. However, too often we notice that these remedies are either fabricated or applicable only in certain climatic conditions. Even if it does succeed in removing the dandruff we soon realize that the healing is short-lived. Our old enemy,”The Dandruff”, soon returns to haunt and embarrass us.


Dandruff, especially chronic dandruff that never seems to leave you is a medical condition and it should be treated with proper medical care. There are numerous well-documented cases where proper medical attention has drastically decreased and eliminated the presence of scaly dandruff on one’s scalp. The key to fighting dandruff effectively is to perceive it as a medical condition and subsequently to cure it as such.

If you or anyone you know suffers from excessive and constant dandruff you can reach out to us and we would love to provide more information on the topic.

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Treatments For Acne Scarring

Acne scarring is a very common problem for a majority of us. It always stays as a threat to our beautiful face. Some of the scars will eventually fade where some do not. Don't worry, acne scars can be treated.

What Causes Acne Scars?

When the pores on your skin are blocked with oil, bacteria, dead skin cells and dirt you may develop a pimple or a zit. The pimple when poped will spill out the infected material and destroy the healthy skin tissue and this leads to the formation of acne scars.

How Can You Treat Acne Scars?


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Ablative laser treatment for acne scars

The outer layer of skin is removed during ablative laser treatment. The treatment can give you amazing improvement within a single session. The procedure is carried out with Carbon dioxide laser and the erbium laser.

  • The face is properly cleaned.
  • The area which needs to be treated is numbed with a local anaesthetic.
  • A sedative will be given to relax.
  • The patient will be given a protective eye shield to protect from the intense heat from the laser.
  • The laser then removes aged and sun-damaged skin along with the scars and promotes the growth of healthy collagen.
  • The total process may take 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Non-ablative laser for acne scars

Here the laser emits light deep into the lower layers of the skin without any impact on the skin's surface. It helps to improve dark spots, scars and wrinkles on the skin.

What to expect after the procedure?

  • Patients can immediately return to their daily life.
  • The treatment area should be moisturised.
  • Must not sleep giving pressure in the treated area that it may cause swelling and pain.
  • Must avoid exposure to the sun.

Our specialist at DR. MUSHTAQ’S SKIN CLINIC AND COSMETOLOGY CENTER strives to provide you with all the treatments for your skincare issues.
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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Now Remove Deep Acne Scars Using Laser Treatment

Almost 6 out of 10 teenagers are facing acne problems. Acne has become a common skin problem worldwide. But the real demon is not the acne, but the scar they leave behind. Acne is a skin condition when the oil ducts inside the skin get blocked and stop the natural flow of oil on the surface of the skin. This blockage results in pimples and blackheads. The key instruction to heal acne is to let it remain untouched. But often people end up popping the pimple, which leaves a black or reddish scar behind. Now, these scars are very stubborn. It takes almost months to disappear.

Acne Scars Removal in Kerala

The advanced laser technology is a great procedure to remove acne scars within a jiffy!

How does the advanced laser treatment work on the skin?

You might have used several scar removal drug store products that have resulted in nothing but disappointment. Acne scars are stubborn and it needs to be cured from the depth of your skin. The laser treatment has successfully helped patients to get rid of unwanted acne scars within a very short period of time. A fractional laser is a powerful tool through which pulses of laser lights are glided on the skin, which in further coagulate the damaged scar tissues and helps new tissue to form inside the skin. The technique helps to remove deep and stubborn acne scars without causing any side effects.

Why should you opt for laser treatment?

  • Following are the reasons why most people choose to go through laser treatment:
  • This is a non-invasive process, therefore, there is not much pain involved.
  • Takes much less time than traditional methods.
  • The recovery period is fast since it's a risk-free non-invasive process.
  • The process is conducted in such a way that nearby areas remain untouched. 

Acne Scars Removal in Kerala

Where should you go for Acne scar removal in Kerala?

Dr. Mushtaq Ali is one of the finest Skin Specialists in Kerala, who uses the most advanced technologies in International Standards to treat a variety of skin problems. At Dr. Mushtaq’s Skin Clinic And Cosmetology Centre they offer the cheapest yet high quality Cosmetic treatment in Kochi. His patients are highly satisfied with the quality of service he provides. You can check the internet to see the patient’s reviews.

So if you are planning to get an Acne scar removal treatment in Kochi, book an appointment. 

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Skin Lightening Treatment With Chemical Peeling

There is a myth that skin lightening process is conducted to achieve a fairer skin. But it’s not true. Skin lightening is conducted to make your skin flawless and to get rid of scars, spots and pigmentations on the skin. Now a days, various treatment options are available for skin lightening. Common procedures like laser treatment help you to achieve a fairer looking skin. Another procedure highly recommended by experts is chemical peeling. Let’s move on to find how chemical peeling works on the skin.

All about chemical peeling

A chemical peel is a procedure that helps you to achieve a flawless looking skin within a short period of time. In this process, a solution is applied to the skin that tends to peel off after few minutes. This solution helps to stimulate new collagens and enables skin growth. Meanwhile, the existing dead cells fall off the skin. And finally, you can get a new healthy looking flawless skin.

It should be noted that not every procedure is applicable for every skin type. Chemical peels mostly work on fair to medium skin tone. At our clinic, at first, we conduct a thorough check-up of the skin type and colour and then proceed with the treatment.

What benefits one can get from this treatment?

  • Helps you to get rid of dark patches and pigmentations.
  • It can treat acne to a great extent. Also, acne marks will get reduced through this treatment.
  • Rejuvenates your skin and the skin starts glowing soon after the treatment.
  • It has no particular side effect on light to medium skin tone people.

Which is the most reliable clinic for skin care treatment Kerala?

Skin is a large elastic organ that covers your entire body. Any problem related to the skin should never be ignored. At Dr Mushtaq Ali’s Clinic in Kochi, our main aim is to gift you a healthier looking skin. Here we use advanced technology and 100% safe chemical for skin peel treatment in Kochiso that it does not cause any side effects. So if you are planning to have skin lightening in Kochi, do visit our Clinic.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Vitiligo Treatment : Not A Word Of Confusion Anymore!

Patches of skin that has been losing its natural colour, turning into white patches is one of the common symptoms in people affected by vitiligo. It is also known as leucoderma. Vitiligo is a common disease condition that can affect anyone irrespective of age, gender etc. It occurs due to the deficiency of melanocytes, the cells which are responsible for the production of melanin, the factor that pigments the skin. Vitiligo can’t cure completely but it can be reduced. Dr Musthaq’s Skin Clinic and Cosmetic Centre, providing the best vitiligo therapy in Kochi makes sure to help in your needs and weeps. It is the best white patches treatment in Kerala.

We, at Dr Musthaq’s Skin Clinic and Cosmetic Centre, provides the PUVA phototherapy as the primary treatment when the spread of vitiligo is above 20%. Psoralen, when provided as an oral medicine along with the UVA phototherapy, results in big changes to the skin affected by vitiligo. It can make the skin more sensitive to light and inhibit the skin cell proliferation.

Lasers are also used in the leucoderma treatment. Excimer lasers can be more effective and safe in repigmentation. Excimer lasers use ultraviolet light in lower and safer doses in the affected areas. The treatment can last for 2-6 months. Pulsed dye laser uses an organic dye mixed in a solvent as the lasing medium to deliver the energy optimized for the vitiligo treatment.

Rather than treating the depigmented areas, at Dr Musthaq’s clinic, we are also providing treatments for depigmentation of the unaffected skin to match with the depigmented skin. Having the best word in vitiligo treatment in Cochin, we refer this treatment only to those who have been affected by more than 50% of vitiligo.

When only smaller patches of skin have been affected, autologous grafts, the skin grafts from different parts of one’s own body will be used to cover up the depigmented patches of skin affected by vitiligo. 

Dr Musthaq’s Skin Clinic and Cosmetic Centre promises to provide you with the best skin care treatment in Kerala at affordable rates for those who have been worrying about the skin problems and cosmetics rectifications you have always wanted. So, fret not, for we are open to offering you the helping hands you could ever get.
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The 'Whats And Whys' Of Acne

A happy you are all set to attend a marriage ceremony. You take out your compact mirror for the final touch up and you spot a large pimple! Your day would be ruined. Acnes have always been a threat. We need to nip it in the bud. But for this one ought to know more about acne, what is it, its types and causes.

What causes Acne?


Acne is a single term used to address certain varieties of skin ailments. Acne's differ in severity depending on the type. When an excess of bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum block the hair follicles, acne is formed.


Here are some general causes of acne:


Hormonal changes: The hormonal levels show a fluctuation during the adolescent period. The skin produces an excess of sebum when the hormonal levels rise and this leads to an acne breakout.

Hereditary factors: Hereditary also has a role in acne development. If your parents or grandparents suffered from such an issue, you are more likely to go through it as well.

Tension and stress: While stress cannot be linked directly to skin problems, it does have an indirect effect on our skin as it triggers acne formation. Due to stress, our body releases hormones called androgens and cortisol, and the fluctuation of such hormones will lead to the production of oil in large quantities. This leads to acne development or breakout.


What are the different types of acne?

Acne appears on the skin when the sebaceous glands are infected. There are various kinds of acne.

Non-inflammatory Acne:

Noninflammatory acnes are differentiated and described using comedones. There are open and closed comedones.

Blackheads: They are open comedones as their pores are open and are seen on the surface of the skin. The sebum inside the open pores oxidizes when in contact with the air, resulting in hardened sebum and the air mixing with melanin to form blackheads.

Whiteheads: They are closed comedones. Here the pores are covered by a thin layer of skin, which leads to the accumulation of sebum and dead skin forming a thick plug under the skin. Bacteria will attack the skin cells around the pores and whiteheads appear.

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Inflammatory acne:

Inflammatory acnes are a bit more severe and treatment is difficult. They are caused by P.acne bacteria infecting the pores. There are four types of inflammatory acnes.

Papules: Papules are hard pimples that do not contain pus. They appear as swollen red color pimples surrounded by inflamed tissues.

Pustules: Pustules are pimples containing white blood cells. It also contains pus which is a collection of white blood cells trying to fight bacteria.

Nodules:  They appear as large bumps under the skin and happen during the last stages of a breakout. They are much more severe than the others and tend to stay longer. They are formed as a result of a buildup of sebum, bacteria and skin cells underneath the skin. They do not contain pus.

Cysts: It is very hard to get rid of this type of acne. You need to choose the perfect treatment for it. Cysts from deep underneath the skin and appear as red bumps on the skin. They do not contain pus but are very painful.

Are you done with all the home remedies? Do you want to get rid of your acnes? Get your laser treatment for acne in Kochi! Visit Dr. Mushtaq’s Skin Clinic and Cosmetology Centre in Kochi for treating all your skin and hair problems under the best dermatologists in India. The Skin Clinic led by the very reputed cosmetologist, Dr.Mushtaq, offers reliable treatments supported by the latest advancements in dermatology, at reasonable prices. They also provide the best acne scar treatment in Kerala. So, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment at Dr.Mushtaq's and bid adieu to all your skin problems!
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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Eczema : No More Worries- We've Got A Hold On It!

Do the inflamed, itchy patches on the skin trouble you from having a flawless, and clear skin? Eczema, the condition that it is called can bring in the cracked, rough blisters on the skin, and don't they make you conscious? Then, not anymore. Dr. Musthaq's Skin Clinic and Cosmetology Centre, known for the treatment for eczema in Kochi, is here to restore your long lost hopes.

Eczema is a set of medical conditions that cause reddish, itchy, scaly patches on the body, especially in children, around the neck, behind the knees or at the elbow. Whenever you have found these symptoms irritating you or your baby, rush to the best skin specialist in Kerala, for we, at Dr.Musthaq's provides you with the best treatment and satisfaction.

As of all, the first step is to determine the type of eczema that has occurred. The experienced array of doctors here try to sort it into one of these categories.

1. Stasis dermatitis
2. Contact dermatitis
3. Topic dermatitis
4. Nummular eczema
5. Seborrheic dermatitis
6. Dyshidrotic eczema

Eczema treatment cannot be prescheduled uniformly for all the patients, but they depend on the skin type, medical condition, age etc. We, at DR.Musthaq's, plan your treatment protocol, so as to heal the symptoms and to avoid their recurring. Over-the-counter remedies and immunosuppressants are used to avoid further allergic reactions that make the condition worse. In extreme cases of eczema, rather than the ointments and external medications, we treat the patients with phototherapy. Phototherapy is the procedure in which the affected skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays, like UV, PUVA, lasers etc to calm the inflammation, to increase vitamin D production and to boost the immune systems in the skin.

Eczema is not a contagious disease, and do not hesitate to cuddle your kid in the name of eczema. Such a kind of aversion can seriously affect the confidence and awareness of the kid, troubling his/her future. Let your kids fly high up the sky, and we, the best in Skin inflammation treatment in Kerala, work towards the same to help your child!
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'Acne is a serious issue'

Acne is a serious issue that afflicts a large percentage of the population. It is an inflammatory disorder of the skin, a condition that aff...