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Lebanese cancer patients struggle to find medicines amid crisis

For those who are unable to pay for their medicines, they have to stop their treatment, which could have a detrimental effect on their health…writes Dana Halawi

Abbas Nasreddine, a Lebanese citizen in his 60s, has been battling lymphatic cancer for more than two years. But four months ago, he was forced to stop treatment temporarily due to a lack of cancer medicines in Lebanon.

Nasreddine, who was prescribed Imbruvica for life, was finally able to purchase his medicines from the local market recently. Still, he is not sure if he could buy it in future as Lebanon’s lingering financial crisis has made it increasingly difficult to obtain such medicines.

“I am very worried, because I do not know if my treatment could continue or not,” he said.

Since Lebanon was hit by a financial crisis in 2019, the value of the Lebanese currency against the U.S. dollar has decreased by more than 90 percent. Lebanon’s central bank has steadily reduced subsidies for a variety of commodities that were pegged to a fixed exchange rate, Xinhua reported.

Lebanon still subsidizes patients suffering from a number of chronic diseases, such as cancer. However, due to a lack of medicines, wealthier patients have to buy medicines either on the black market or from other countries through family or friends at higher prices.

For those who are unable to pay for their medicines, they have to stop their treatment, which could have a detrimental effect on their health.

Mohamed Jaber, a pharmacist and secretary-general of the Order of Pharmacists of Lebanon, blamed the drawn-out procedure of Banque Du Liban (BDL), Lebanon’s central bank, for the medicine shortage.

Due to the financial crisis, the BDL asks medicine importers to obtain prior authorization. Such authorization is necessary for BDL to open letters of credit, which is required to import subsidized medicines, said Jaber.

The procedure usually takes a long time and delays the delivery of new shipments, sometimes making it difficult for patients to receive what they need, he said.

The shortage of cancer medicines has forced a big number of patients to stop their treatment, which has led to the deterioration of their health, said Nizar Bitar, a hematology and oncology medicine professor at the Sahel hospital in Beirut.

“Cancer patients have to take their medicines regularly, on time and in accordance with specific guidance. Because of a lack of medicines, we were sometimes obliged to provide outdated or less effective treatments to patients rather than new ones that would have improved their quality of life,” Bitar said.

Bitar said that some treatments involve the prescription of several medicines, but when one of them is unavailable, the doctor is compelled to change the treatment without being able to evaluate its consequences properly.

Some cancer patients in Lebanon have expressed their worry and concerns over the country’s failure to ensure necessary treatments for patients with cancers and other chronic diseases.

Fawzia Fayad, a woman who failed to survive cancer under the medicine shortage, was among one of a few outspoken Lebanese to voice concern about the country’s medicine shortage. She passed away on March 3 at 24, after failing to get proper medication.

In the past few months, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has on many occasions called on international bodies and donor countries to support Lebanon’s cancer-fighting patients amid the current economic crisis.

At a parliamentary health committee meeting on Monday, he promised to allocate more funds for cancer medication.

However, Jaber believed that the Lebanese government wouldn’t be able to resolve this problem anytime soon because of the severe financial crisis.

The best solution now is to allow importers to bring in non-subsidized cancer medicines to ensure they are available on the local market, even if at higher prices, he added.

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Monsoons the best time for Ayurveda

Through the process of unblocking channels and releasing toxins from the body, an efficient detoxification technique called Panchakarma aims to boost the immune system and restore health and well-being…reports Asian Lite News

The monsoon offers a welcome respite from the summer heat and is also a wonderful time to fortify your body’s defence against illness.

The monsoon season in Kerala has historically and more recently, thanks to growing interest in Ayurveda, been a time when people engage in specific immunity-boosting rituals.

Preventive treatments to strengthen and fortify the body against ailments are advised by the Vaidyas (Doctors) of CGH Earth Ayurveda treatment centres, Kalari Rasayana in Kollam and Kalari Kovilakom in Palakkad. The monsoon season is an ideal time to undergo these treatments. Regardless of the season, treating a patient’s condition is necessary when they have an illness. For an efficient start to therapies, the monsoon months are ideal for addressing certain medical issues such degenerative diseases, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Ayurvedic literature claims that seasonal changes, such as the transition from summer to monsoon, reduce the body’s immunity, which leads to the buildup of metabolic poisons and the development of diseases.

Explaining the science, Doctor Firoz Varun, Chief Physician of Kalari Rasayana, said, “Our body has three bio-energies called doshas (Pitta, Kapha, and Vata), which is a combination of the five elements in nature that determine the mental, physical, and emotional constitution of each person. These doshas undergo cyclic ups and downs on a daily, and on a seasonal basis.

“During the monsoon, the Vata dosha gets aggravated and goes out of balance. This creates a domino effect, causing imbalances in the other doshas too. Added to this,unhealthy lifestyle choices further intensify the situation and weaken the body, increasing the probability of diseases, metabolic disorders, stiffness in joints, and indigestion amongst other health concerns. Ayurveda helps tackle these issues reinforcing the immune system and leaving the body stronger and healthier, free from any chronic ailments.”

Treatment options include sattvic diet, yoga, meditation, cell rejuvenation therapies, cleaning and detox therapies, remedial treatments for certain disorders, and herbal medicines. Through the process of unblocking channels and releasing toxins from the body, an efficient detoxification technique called Panchakarma aims to boost the immune system and restore health and well-being. It slows down ageing, undoes the damaging effects of stress on the body and mind, and increases vitality, energy, and mental clarity.

The world-famous CGH Earth Experience Wellbeing Centers offer Ayurvedic curative programmes that promote holistic wellness for the body and mind. The healthcare routine used here is fairly strict and concentrates on healing the imbalances that develop in a person’s bio energies as a result of lifestyle diseases, seasonal changes, and other factors.

The tranquil, picturesque facilities in Kerala-Kalari Rasayana is located on the backwaters, while Kalari Kovilakom is housed in a former palace-create a nurturing environment with individualised attention and treatment plans that include medicine (external and internal), nutrition based on Ayurvedic principles (Sattvic cuisine), yoga, meditation therapies, and guidance sessions for leading a healthier life. At Kalari Rasayana and Kalari Kovilakom, treatment programmes begin after 14 days. Additionally, their doctors provide online consultations.

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Karan Kumar joins ART Fertility Clinics

Adding to this, the Chief Executive Officer, ART Fertility Clinics, India, Dr. Somesh Mittal said, “Karan brings with him a rich experience and a proven success record across industries…reports Asian Lite News

Karan Kumar has joined ART Fertility Clinics, as the Group Chief Marketing and Growth Officer. Karan, a well-known marketing and strategy veteran brings with him a rich experience of having worked across industries like FMCG, confectionery, lifestyle, furnishing and textiles, retail and real-estate. He is credited with having set up new practices, e-commerce platforms and data driven consumer information and insight systems. Prior to joining ART Fertility Clinics India, he was associated with India’s largest real estate brand as the chief marketing officer. 

Announcing the joining of Karan Kumar, the Global Chief Executive Officer, ART Fertility Clinics, Suresh Soni said, “We selected Karan from amongst some very bright candidates because he combines impeccable credentials with a breadth of rich experience. He has a growth mindset that is grounded in customer centricity and built on high ethical standards. Both of which are key ingredients in our kind of service. Under Karan’s leadership, we are sure we would accelerate our pace of growth and expansion and continue to excel in the field of assisted reproduction and reproductive health research.” 

Adding to this, the Chief Executive Officer, ART Fertility Clinics, India, Dr. Somesh Mittal said, “Karan brings with him a rich experience and a proven success record across industries. He would be driving the marketing and growth plans of ART Fertility Clinics. Having Karan on the team would provide much solidity to our marketing and branding initiatives. His strategic outlook would accelerate the growth of ART Fertility Clinics, India & ME.”  

Commenting on taking up the new role, Karan Kumar said, “I am very excited about the overall healthcare space, given the impressive developments in the recent years in areas of governing patient care and holistic wellbeing. Within healthcare, assisted reproduction is witnessing heightened interest. Studies published in reputed international journal show an evident rise in primary and secondary infertility over the past years estimated at around 15 percent among womenworldwide, and about 50 percent in the UAE.

ART Fertility Clinics is a global leader in human reproductive medicine, widely recognized for the adoptionof advanced research, and technologies in their treatment protocols. This combined with creating customized treatment plans with inputs from the best talent-pool of doctors and clinicians in the medical fraternity has led ART to deliver the highest success rates. My role at the intersection of marketing and strategy will focus on driving revenue growth while establishing the brand across the Middle East, India and other markets to follow subsequently. This is a truly exciting challenge, and one that I am really looking forward to.” 

ART Fertility Clinics offers complex reproductive treatments like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), Endometrial Receptivity Analysis (ERA), Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA). Their self- pregnancy rates of 71% are equivalent to the best-in-class global success rates. ART Fertility Clinics pursues its mission to become the Global Reference Standard for clinical outcomes,  patient satisfaction, research, and teaching in thefield of Human Reproduction and Genetics.

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Corniche continue to provide specialized healthcare services 

Corniche Hospital and SKMC are welcoming all patients and have returned to their normal operations, providing healthcare services to members of the community while adhering to the highest safety standards…reports Asian Lite News

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, has announced that Corniche Hospital and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) have returned to their normal operations and continue to provide specialized and comprehensive healthcare services to patients.

Corniche Hospital is the UAE’s leading tertiary women and newborn hospital, providing high-quality services. Meanwhile, SKMC remains committed to providing exceptional adult surgical and medical services in its inpatient and outpatient facilities.

The hospitals are also accepting a broader range of medical insurance. The coverage expansion is in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to provide quality healthcare to all its citizens and residents. The list of accepted medical insurance includes DAMAN, AETNA, RAK Insurance, SALAMA, SAICO, NGI, AXA Dubai, Insurance House, MetLife Alico, Oman Insurance, Watania, NEXTCARE, National Life and General Insurance, ORIENT, NAS-NEURON, ADNIC, CIGNA, Qatar Insurance Company, Al Ain Ahlia, Al Hilal Takaful, Emirates Insurance Company and Takaful Emarat.

Corniche Hospital and SKMC are welcoming all patients and have returned to their normal operations, providing healthcare services to members of the community while adhering to the highest safety standards. The milestone was achieved thanks to the consistent efforts of the healthcare sector and the UAE government, which has drastically reduced the number of COVID-19 cases requiring medical care.

Saeed Jaber Al Kuwaiti, Group Chief Executive Officer at SEHA, said: “As healthcare leaders, we owe it to the community we serve to cater to the healthcare needs of every patient. Corniche Hospital and SKMC’s return to normal is a testament to our medical staff’s dedication to their patients. I am exceedingly proud of the work put in by the teams at the helm of both hospitals and pledge that we shall continue to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.”

While case numbers in the UAE are coming down, new COVID-19 cases continue to emerge across the world. The UAE government continues to adopt precautionary measures to keep cases at a minimum. The country’s efforts have been significantly successful, and it has been a leader in the global fight against the pandemic.

Al Kuwaiti further praised the tireless efforts made by the medical cadres across all healthcare facilities in the Emirate. Furthermore, he called on all members of society to continue taking all the necessary precautions.

If you are interested in making an appointment at Corniche Hospital or SKMC or at any of SEHA’s leading hospitals and clinics, please call 800 50 or visit www.seha.ae/. You can also book an appointment through the SEHA Mobile app or WhatsApp us on
02-4102200.

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Factors that contribute to itchy eyes

Avoid rubbing your eyes. As constant rubbing of the eyes can damage the top layer of the eye, which can lead to pain and infection…writes N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE

You are not alone if you feel the need to rub your eyes. Itchy eyes are a very common problem, also known as ocular allergy, these are typically the result of an allergy or a condition known as dry eye syndrome.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Parag Sawal, Sr. Consultant, Sharp Sight Eye Hospitals, explains, “Itchy eyes related problems can be triggered by exposure to pollen, animal fur, mould, dust mites, make-up, or eye drops. The body reacts to the trigger by releasing histamine, causing the blood vessels in the eye/or around the eyes to dilate and irritating the nerve endings so the eyes water.

When the eyes turn red because of an allergy, it is known as allergic conjunctivitis. Other types of allergy may also lead to itchy eyes. For example, a condition called atopic keratoconjunctivitis produces an inflammation of the surface of the eye because of an allergy to a specific substance and can lead to distorted vision. Another condition, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, produces inflammation in the membrane on the surface of the eye and affects mostly adults.”

If you have eczema, a type of dermatitis, around your eyes, this may also cause itching, according to Dr. Sawal. Other factors that contribute to itchy eyes include:

. Reaction to medications, for example, antacids, hormonal replacements, chemotherapy medications, anti-depressants, and pain killers

. Dry eye syndrome

. Infection due to contact lenses

. Irritation due to exposure of eyes to chemicals like cigarette smoke and gases

. Blepharitis, i.e, inflammation of the eyelids

Itchy eyes have been one issue a lot of people are facing due to air pollution and smog. Dr. Sawal further shares the cause and the methods to keep in mind to help relieve your itchy eyes.:

. When you’re dealing with a mild case of allergic itching, you can use a cold cloth or a cold compress over the eyes to ease the discomfort of itching. You can also try splashing your eyes with cold water.

. If your eye itching is due to some particles or dust in your eyes, you can remove it from your eyes by using warm water or saline solution.

. Closing the windows of your car or house.

. Wearing sunglasses when venturing outside to avoid contact with allergens.

. Avoid rubbing your eyes. As constant rubbing of the eyes can damage the top layer of the eye, which can lead to pain and infection.

. You can shower at night to remove the accumulated dirt and pollen from your hair, eyelid, skin, and face to avoid eye irritation.

. Make sure you wash your hands after patting animals to avoid transferring allergens to the eye.

. Maintaining contact lens hygiene can help you protect your eyes from allergens and bacteria. If you are using contact lenses, you must make sure to change them as frequently as possible.

. Keeping the eyes lubricated frequently with artificial tears.

. And at last, keep hydrating yourself.

(If the problem persists or worsens, kindly visit the ophthalmologist at the earliest.)

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Support and strength essential for Brain tumor patients

In the case of benign tumours, there is little variation in the patient’s quality of life. There may be neurological deficits that can be corrected with regular physiotherapy and rehabilitation..writes DR RAVI GOPAL VARMA

A brain tumor develops when certain genes in a cell’s chromosomes become faulty and cease to function properly. These genes typically regulate the rate at which the cell divides and repair genes that correct deficiencies in other genes, as well as genes that should cause the cell to self-destruct if the damage is irreparable.

A person may be born with a partial defect in one or more of these genes. Environmental factors may then cause additional mutilation. In a few other cases, however, environmental damage to the genes can be viewed as the sole factor.

Behavioural changes that brain tumours cause


Brain tumours and their treatments, in general, can alter a person’s behaviour and ability to think. Patients’ communication, concentration, and memory skills may suffer, and their personalities may shift. Brain tumours frequently cause personality changes and mood swings. Although the severity of these mood changes varies from person to person, it is relatively common for someone with a brain tumour to experience increased aggression and agitation.

A brain tumour may also cause weakness, dizzy spells, poor balance or lack of coordination, personality or behaviour changes, confusion, speech problems, and fits (seizures). However, it is critical to note that the impact of a brain tumour on quality of life is determined by whether the tumour is benign or malignant in nature.

Benign tumour

In the case of benign tumours, there is little variation in the patient’s quality of life. There may be neurological deficits that can be corrected with regular physiotherapy and rehabilitation. We can keep a close eye on tumour recurrence using serial imaging. In the event of a relapse, the patient may be subjected to radiation or surgery. To answer an underlying question, a benign tumour does not impair quality of life after the ailment has been contracted. Most tumours do not leave residual deficits, making it simple to return to normalcy with timely rehabilitation and psychotherapy.

Malignant tumour


The outcome of a malignant brain tumour is determined by the grade of the tumour itself. If the tumour is of Grade 1, the characteristic features that accompany it behave more or less like a benign tumour. However, chemotherapy and radiation are required for a Grade 4 tumour, which causes skin discoloration, hair loss, fatigue, and other physiological changes. As a result, people’s quality of life suffers. Nonetheless, with the proper treatment and time, these changes are completely reversible.

One thing to remember, regardless of the nature of the tumour, is to maintain a positive attitude toward the illness itself. A strong mind-set greatly aids the patient in overcoming the trauma of having a cancerous brain tumour. A holistic, positive outlook on life can go a long way toward rehabilitating a post-ailment patient. Needless to say, family support and strength go a long way toward a fruitful and blissful life for the patient.

(Dr. Ravi Gopal Varma, Lead Consultant Neurosurgery & Program Director – Global Centre of Excellence in Neurosciences, Aster Hospitals Bangalore)

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Monkeypox declared global health emergency

Expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency.

The World Health Organisation on Saturday declared the monkeypox as public health emergency of international concern.

The global health body said the expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency.

“WHO’s assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region where we assess the risk as high,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gherbreyesus said in a statement.

The statement also said further that it is also a clear risk of further international spread, although the risk of interference with international traffic remains low for the moment.

“So in short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria in the International Health Regulations,” the WHO chief added.

“For all of these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” he added.

The WHO had previously declared emergencies for public health issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus in Latin America in 2016 and the ongoing effort to eradicate polio.

Meanwhile, India has confirmed three cases of monkeypox, all reported in Kerala.

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BAPIO condemns the DDRB pay settlement

BAPIO and BINA stand firm with trade union colleagues at the BMA, RCN and UNISON in seeking ways of improving a pay deal that will be fair, just, and rewarding for all doctors, nurses and pharmacists in the NHS…reports Asian Lite News

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) has strongly condemns the pay settlement for NHS staff announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care yesterday.

Doctors and dentists in the UK have been subjected to an erosion of their pay by more than 30% since 2008-09, and nurses have also seen a real-term pay cut of 5% in the last decade.

Many NHS staff have struggled to keep up been awarded a paltry sum for the sterling efforts made during a challenging time for the NHS, sometimes at a personal cost to them. The derisory 4% pay raise for nurses and 4.5% for eligible doctors and dentists this year shows the contempt with which the government holds NHS staff, and the low priority it gives to sustaining the NHS which it is slowly dismantling in its bid to increase privatisation.

An average of £27 per week increase for 70% of nurses will further plunge us into a workforce crisis. Public sector pay over the last year has been 1.5% against a much more attractive offer of 8.1% in the private sector, which will further increase the exodus of doctors, dentists, and nurses from the NHS.

It is also deplorable that the doctors and dentists in training, many SAS doctors and Locally Employed Doctors (LED) are not included in this review. While the former two groups were side-lined because of the multi-year deal that was agreed upon, this must be reconsidered as the level of inflation and cost of living are now unprecedented. It is regrettable that neither the pay review body nor the government acknowledges the contributions of LED doctors who are probably the most exploited group of doctors in this country.

BAPIO and BINA stand firm with trade union colleagues at the BMA, RCN and UNISON in seeking ways of improving a pay deal that will be fair, just, and rewarding for all doctors, nurses and pharmacists in the NHS.

Dr Satheesh Mathew, Vice President, commented: “This appalling so-called pay rise adds insult to injury for all our NHS doctors and dentists who have worked tirelessly to keep the NHS afloat over the last decade and especially during a pandemic which has caused them stress, burnout, and sometimes personal grief. The government must act now, otherwise, the consequences to the NHS and our patients are dire”.

Dr. JS Bamrah, the Chairman, states that: “This pay settlement will reverberate for a long time in the NHS because the NHS has only survived through the goodwill of our dedicated doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other staff. On top of the uprising of the staff in other sectors, we are in for a summer of discontent, and I fear that this winter is likely to see our NHS plunge into a real crisis”.

Marimouttou Coumarassamy, Chair of the British Indian Nurses Association, reports that his members are dismayed. “The government needs to show it cares for our nurses, many of whom are struggling at a time of rising costs and inflation. Unless we pay our hard-working nurses a fair salary we will see a crisis in recruitment and retention, at a time when we need them most. I would urge it to act now”.

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Healthy snacks combo for Monsoon cravings

The arrival of the Monsoon season brings with it the desire for something delicious, hot, and refreshing. We enjoy bingeing on our favourite hot treats to satisfy our hunger. Certain foods are nutrient dense and provide us with long-lasting energy, so they must be included in our monsoon snacking.

Oatmeal has become a popular evening snacking item in recent years, and the best part is that it is easy to prepare. Saffola Masala Oats is a blend of Indian spices and essential nutrients, making it not only chatpata but also a power-packed snack. It’s made with whole grain oats and real vegetables, so it keeps you ‘full’ for longer. It is available in five delectable flavours: Classic Masala, Peppy Tomato, Veggie Twist, Masala Coriander, and Curry & Pepper.

Here are some Monsoon Snack Combos prepared with Oats that will satiate your monsoon cravings:

Masala Toast Sandwich & HaldiDoodh – Monsoon days are incomplete without the toasty goodness and chatpata flavours of a Masala Toast Sandwich. Relish the same taste at home with just 5 mins of prep time. Cook Classic Masala or Masala & Coriander for 3 mins, when ready take a multi-grain bread and spread coriander chutney, add Masala Oats filling in the toast, put it in the toaster till brown and serve it with Haldi Doodh and enjoy.

Oats Risotto & Cinnamon Hot Chocolate – Prepare a tangy red Risotto with aromatic spices and the tingling tomato aste of Peppy Tomato variant. In a pan add oil, garlic and ginger paste, add tomatoes, onions, capsicum saute the mixture for a few mins and add peppy tomato oats. Once ready, serve it with cinnamon hot chocolate.

Air Fried Oats Cutlet & Masala Chai – Give a fun and nutritious twist to our monsoon snack by incorporating mouth-watering Veggie Twist Oats in it. In a pan add Veggie Twist Oats, cook it for 3 mins. Then take a bowl – add oats, boiled mashed potatoes, carrot, beet root, cabbage and salt to taste and mix it well. Create equal portions of the mixture, preheat the air fryer at 200 degrees C for 5 Mins, then place the cutlet portions in the air fryer and cook them for 15 mins at 200 Degrees C. Once ready, serve it with hot Masala Chai.

Pepper Curd Oats & Filter Coffee – It is a simple dish made by combining the Curry & Pepper Oats with yoghurt. The magic of well-loved spices of the South in three delicious south flavours that would leave everyone craving for more! Be it aromatic Sambar or fiery Chettinad or hot Curry Pepper, these flavours make for delightful warm family snack, serve it with the classic filter coffee.

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Lemon magic on face

Skin spot or hair lightening – Citrus ingredients like lemon may also work well on lightening age spots or acne scars, as well as any hair on your face…writes DR. BLOSSOM KOCHHAR

Every beauty expert, and skincare blogger would advise you to add Vitamin C to your skincare routine. So, we all turn to sources of Vitamin C and the most easily and readily available is lemon. You might come across various DIYs which involve lemon juice, lemon zest, etc. There are so many skin benefits of adding lemon to your face masks and packs but in the past few years, we have been hearing whispers of the risks associated with using lemon on the skin.

Let’s weigh in on the pros and cons of using lemon on our skin: Benefits of using lemon on your face:

Exfoliates dead skin – Lemon juice contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) such as glycolic acid. Such acids are commonly used in skin care, as they increase cell turnover and slough away dead skin cells. As a result, many folks use lemon juice in hopes of reducing dullness and brightening the skin.

Reduces Acne – Lemon juice has astringent qualities due to its acidic level. Ingredients with a low pH level can help decrease inflammation and oil that may contribute to the formation of acne. Furthermore, citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), can help break down dead skin cells that lead to noninflammatory forms of acne, like blackheads.

Increases collagen production – The body needs vitamin C to synthesize collagen, the main structural protein in the skin. Using vitamin-C-rich ingredients can help support your intake of the nutrient, and ultimately, collagen production.

Skin spot or hair lightening – Citrus ingredients like lemon may also work well on lightening age spots or acne scars, as well as any hair on your face.

Dandruff treatment – lemon has been used to treat dandruff for ages, the sloughing-off effects are attributed to lemon’s natural levels of citric acid, as AHAs have an exfoliating effect on the skin, therefore it can also alleviate skin patches attributed to dandruff.

Offers antioxidants – Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, meaning it can help fight oxidative stress. This is noteworthy because oxidative stress can lead to inflammation, sagging, and faster skin aging. However, lemon juice may help stave off these effects because it contains vitamin C.

Now let us look at some disadvantages of using lemon on your face:

Cause irritation: Even if your stint with lemon juice doesn’t result in burns, the ingredient can still cause irritation. This is a side effect of acids, like those in lemon juice, weakening and damaging the skin barrier. According to Worden, possible symptoms include peeling, dryness, stinging, and redness, depending on your skin tone.

Sunburn: Citrus fruits applied topically can also increase your risk of sunburn. Never apply lemon before going outside in direct sunlight, and don’t use it for several days before any planned outdoor activities.

Phytophotodermatitis: It is a type of skin reaction to citrus fruits and other culprits, like parsley, celery, and carrot plants. When you have citrus substances on your skin and your skin is then exposed to UV rays, an inflammatory reaction may occur. This can result in swelling, bumps on your skin, redness, and rashes.

Hyperpigmentation: Although lemon juice is often used to reduce hyperpigmentation, it can actually worsen the issue. That’s because the sunburns caused by lemon juice can cause blistering, leading to months of hyperpigmentation and potentially permanent scarring. Basically, you need to understand that vitamin C in beauty products is different from vitamin C in your food.

We are not saying don’t use lemon at all on your face, but do the following so that you don’t develop any skin problems:

Always do a patch test before applying it to your face. You can do it on your arms and wait for some time to see the reaction

Always dilute lemon juice with something like rose water or honey, avoid using it alone and directly on your face

Sunscreen is a must after you apply lemon juice

Use fresh lemons in case you are adding the juice to a pack

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