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Mumbai , dna: New skin care ingredients are constantly making a buzz for their various benefits. The latest to catch the fancy of beauty companies is camel’s milk that has long been used by women in Africa as a natural facial moisturiser. The milk from the camel is said to be rich in vitamins B and C as well as alpha-hydroxy acids. The lactic-acid present in the milk is said to be beneficial for pigmented skin and helps get rid of dullness. It’s also a good option for sensitive skin as it’s soothing and can help treat inflammation. Considering it’s become a popular ingredient in skin creams, masks, cleansers and even hair care products, is it as good as it claims?
Problems can arise
Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon, Cutis skin studio, says she has heard of camel milk being used by?? cosmetic companies. “However, it does not excite me. What is that magic ingredient that camel milk has? This is the first question we need to ask ourselves before we begin using anything. We started with bird poo, snake venom, snail mucous, and now camel milk. Instead one should stick to a healthy diet and a skin care routine of cleansing, exfoliating, sun protection and moisturising. You don’t need to rub milks and acids. There are so many problems that could arise. Camel milk is notorious for bacterial growth and hence has to be freeze dried to be used in skin products which will reduce its ingredient value as well. The skin is a sensitive organ with a specific pH. You can’t just apply anything on it,” she says.
Similar to cow’s milk
Camel’s milk has been around but I’ve not used or prescribed it to patients, says Dr Geeta Oberoi, dermatologist and founder member of Skin & You clinic.
Not enough studies
Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, MD Skin, consultant dermatologist, Dr Trasi’s Clinic & La Piel says there are no studies which can prove that camel milk is beneficial in dermatology. “Raw milk is a good moisturiser plus it helps in removing oil soluble impurities and dead skin. However, it can cause allergic reactions on some sensitive skin,” adds Dr Trasi.