In my profession, one is often faced by requests from patients to help make them fairer. Having practiced in India and abroad, I have experienced the difference of opinion in this regard. I have seen lighter skin patients frequenting tanning salons or spending their weekends at the beach trying to get a perfect tan, whereas in India, most patients would love to be at least one tone lighter. I believe it is human nature to be attracted towards what we don’t have.
But instead of just following trends, let us understand the basis of skin colour. As we all are aware, people living in different geographic locales have different colour of skin, with those inhabiting sunny, tropical regions like Africa, having darker coloured skins( with high melanin concentration), to protect them from the harsh rays of the sun, and people living in colder climates like in most European countries have fairer skin (with less melanin) , because their exposure to sun is limited.
Skin complexion is determined by genetic, racial and geographic factors. Melanin pigment is photo-protective, explaining lower incidence of skin cancers in the wheatish and darker coloured skins. The concentration of haemoglobin in blood also determines our skin tone, giving us a pale look in states of iron deficiency and a reddish healthy glow when we have adequate levels. Other than these, some medical conditions may be associated with other pigments being deposited in the skin like an excess of vitamin A can give a yellowish hue to skin.
Like other features in your personality, your unique skin colour is a part of your identity, it’s your unique quality which you should admire and embrace.
As dermatologists, we can help you in many ways to preserve the colour, texture and quality of skin you were born with. We can help you with preventive as well as corrective measures to reverse the damage to skin due to years of sun exposure, ageing related pigmentation and addressing any other causes of change of skin colour specific to you.
I am strongly against treatments aimed at purely lightening the skin or tanning the skin.
“I can’t be you, you can’t be me
But I can be happy for you and
you can be happy for me”
Welcome to “this” (“the” or “our”) website – www.theskincareportal.com , which is the official website of DR. POOJA’S THE SKIN CARE PORTAL – A GATEWAY TO HEALTHY HAIR, SKIN AND NAILS! It is owned and operated under the guidance ofDr. Pooja Gupta (“Dr.” or “Doctor”) (DMC/R/03484).
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ii) Mobile number
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Welcome to “this”(“the” or “our”) website –www.theskincareportal.com, which is the official website of DR. POOJA’S THE SKIN CARE PORTAL – A GATEWAY TO HEALTHY HAIR, SKIN AND NAILS!It is owned and operated under the guidance ofDr. Pooja Gupta (“Dr.” or “Doctor”)(DMC/R/03484).
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These “Terms and Conditions” define how “you” (“user” of thiswebsite) or “patient” (or “registrant”)use the information and services offered by the Doctor (“us”) and your usage and rights.
You are hereby granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to use thiswebsite for your personal and non-commercial use in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. All other rights are reserved.
• This website is operated with the mission to provide high quality, updated, genuine and reliable medical and cosmetic dermatology advice and treatment to all those who need it, at an affordable cost.
• The information, or any content thereof, provided on this website is general in nature and does not constitute any medical advice or information or service. It should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice,or one-to-one consultation with the Doctor, for specific conditions or ailments.
• In case of specific conditions or ailments or customised solutions, seek appointment with the Doctor for one-to-one consultation or telephonic consultation, if the conditions or ailments can be clearly explained to the Doctor over the telephone, without a visit.
• Telephonic consultation and advice provided by the Doctor during a telephonic consultation, without a visit or one-to-one consultation, would be dependent solely on the explanation of existing conditions or ailments by the patient. If there is an ambiguity in the explanation provided or is incorrect, then the Doctor cannot be held liable for the same. Further, it is pertinent to note that after the telephonic consultation,no physical or electronic prescriptionwill be provided.
• Few sections or pages of information, or any content thereof, provided on this website may be free to access. However, specific information or customised solutions or services (online as well as offline) may be charged and will only be available after payment of the requisite amount.
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• No responsibility or liability arises on the Doctor, if any person, who has attained 18 years of age or not, uses the information, or any content thereof, provided on this website, to self-medicate and without express consultation with the Doctor.
• You must have attained 18 years of age to register through this website. The user cannot create an account if he has not yet attained majority. Further,in case, consultation is sought for minors or children, it is strongly advised to take an appointment with the Doctor and meet for one-to-one consultation rather than telephonic consultation.
• Registration is done through this website by creating an account and providing the following details:
i) Name (First and/or Last)
ii) Mobile number
iii) E-mail id
iv) Date of Birth
• The patient can create the account and register only for himself or herself and not on behalf of any third person. Doctor will not be held liable for the registrations done for any third person.
• It is the duty of patient to provide correct and complete details for registration. Any changes to the information provided should be updated in the account and that such communication should be provided as and when the change occurs.
• The contact details (mobile number and e-mail id) may be used for the purposes for not only contacting the patient, but also for providing information related to new articles, blogs or newsletters uploaded on this website, or for marketing and advertising purposes. In case, the patient does not wish to receive any mails or messages, write a mail from the registered mail id indicating the same to – email@example.com
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• No copies of the password are stored by the website.
• The patient alone is responsible for maintaining confidentiality of registration information and password. It is recommended that the password should not be shared with any other person for security reasons.
• In case, you suspect unauthorized usage of the account or password, kindly notify us on an urgent basis by writing a mail indicating the same to – firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Doctor shall not be liable for any losses incurred due to any unauthorized use of your account.
• The registered accounts may be temporarily suspended in case of any activity that causes breach of security of this website. The new passwords may be generated once the issue is resolved.
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• Doctor will not be held liable if the website or any services thereof, are not available at a particular time or for any period, due to technical or non-technical issues.
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• Usage of any such content in connection with any business or commercial enterprise is strictly prohibited.
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ii) disseminating any illegitimate, harassing, libelous, unmannerly, intimidating, detrimental, vulgar, indecent, obscene or offensive or otherwise offensive material or otherwise breaching any laws through this website;
iii) assuming the identity of another person;
iv) disseminating PersonalInformation (PI) or Specific PersonalInformation (SPI);
v) copying or duplicating in any manner any information available on this website;
vi) infringing our Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in any manner whatsoever;
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• In case of any prohibited activities or suspicion of the same on this website, your registration will be suspended or terminated, with immediate effect. The cost of losses incurred due to such prohibited or fraudulent activity along with any other ancillary expenses will be borne by you.
• We reserve the right to initiate legal proceedings against you for fraudulent use of this website and any other unlawful acts or acts or omissions in breach of these terms and conditions.
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• Access to this website may be suspended temporarily from time to time and without any prior-notice, in case of system failure, maintenance or repair or for installing new services or for any reasons beyond our control or if we deem it necessary. We shall not be liable for any loss or liability which may be suffered or incurred by you as a result of any suspension of, or interruption to, the operation of the mobile application.
• We do not accept any responsibility to you for:
i) malfunctions in communications facilities which cannot reasonably be considered to be under our control and that may affect the accuracy or timeliness of messages you send or the material you access through this website;
arising out of the use of any Internet access service provider or mobile network service provider or caused by any browser or other software which is not under our control;
iii) viruses that may infect your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to or use of the mobile application or your accessing any features of the application;
iv) any unauthorised use or interception of any message or information before it reaches the mobile application or our servers from the mobile application; or
v) any content provided by third parties.
• We will only be responsible for any losses that you suffer as a result of use of this website to the extent that the same are a foreseeable consequence to both of us and our liability for such losses has not been excluded in these Terms and Conditions.
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CESSATION OF OPERATION
We may at any time, on our sole discretion and without advance notice to user, cease operation of the website and/or any services offered.
EFFECT OF WAIVER
Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of this Agreement is found by a Court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the Court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement remain in full force and effect.
This Agreement will be governed by the laws of India without regard to its conflict of law principles to the contrary. The proceedings or prosecution in any suit, proceeding or claim to enforce the provisions of this Agreement, to recover damages for breach of or default of this Agreement, or otherwise arising under or by reason of this Agreement can only be done before the Hon’ble Courts of Delhi. By using or accessing this website or registering through the same, you consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such courts in connection with any action, suit, proceeding or claim arising under or by reason of this Agreement.
STATUTE OF LIMITATION
You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of our website or mobile applications or services offered or this Agreement must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION
By entering into this agreement, the user hereby irrevocably waives any right to join claims with those of other in the form of a class action or similar procedural device. Any claims arising out of, relating to, or connection with this agreement must be asserted individually.
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• The user may deactivate or delete his account at any time through this website. The suspension or cancellation of your registration does not affect your or our statutory rights or liabilities.
• This Agreement will survive indefinitely unless and until we choose, on our sole discretion and without advance to you, to terminate it.
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