Let me start by saying, WELCOME TO MY FIRST BLOG!!! Actually, this is not a blog, it’s more like my little corner; it’s me being candid & honest and sharing bits of my personal and professional lives with you – no holds barred.

I am so excited to be able to engage with you on this level! I get so many questions and in this little corner of mine, I’m going to try and answer the pertinent ones as often as I can and in as much detail as possible.

Come hang with me on this mad rollercoaster of Fashion, Beauty, along with things that piss me off and the things that make me happy! Since I am a very passionate writer, please bear with me as I pour my thoughts out, I mean no harm!! 🙂

I have been obsessed with my skin ever since i was 14.

Let me rephrase that, my skin has been obsessed with me ever since I was 14.

I’ve spoken about my acne at length before so I won’t go into detail, but 15 years of cystic acne & 6 doctors later I seem to have found some balance in my acne control, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have nightmares about it returning!

It’s funny how people will point out 10 things that could be causing your acne; I mean, even if you’re eating well, you get enough sleep, get your greens in, cleanse/tone etc & occasionally chug SAFI because your mom swears by it, you really shouldn’t be getting more breakouts. But the root cause is always a larger one! Mine has been PCOD (Polycystic Ovary Disorder) for many years, borderline diabetes caused by PCOD for a few years & then stress the last few months and I wont rule out the contribution of Nutties & champagne in this mix.

As I write this, I am plagued by a massive outbreak of acne on my chest and back, all the way down to my tailbone… and it’s not pretty, it’s uncomfortable and it’s tough because it limits what I can wear when I step out.

I’ve also had a very transparent conversation about acne with my dermatologist, because I really need to know when these mofos will leave (more from her later, she’s changed my acne life) And the truth is, if you are prone to acne, a little caution can go a long long way in terms of prevention, but always keep an eye on your skin.

Not like me – I am obsessed! But just keep an eye out.

Now my skin can break into wild rashes in 30 seconds, it could be a normal day, eating the things I usually eat & breathing the air I usually breathe, but suddenly I have hives all over my face & my skin is unnecessarily agitated… sigh!

So here is how I keep my skin calm on most days –


1. Cleanse : Start the day off with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (also great as a make-up remover) & follow up with  Noreva Exfoliac Cleansing Gel. Another favourite of mine for removing eye make-up, especially your stubborn mascara, is Boots Essentials Eye Make-up Remover Pads.

2. Moisturise :

FACE – Dab some Sesderma C-VIT Facial Liposomal Serum on the skin & top it off with a Sukin moisturiser (an Australian wonder I found back in London). But Cetaphil DAM or Oil of Olay have also worked well for me in the past.

BODY – When it comes to my body, I have my father’s body all the way. Caribbean skin is taut & smooth but when it gets irritated it can really lash out. It needs moisturising and I remember my father would spend a lot of time taking care of his skin & making sure he used a very potent moisturiser!

Here are some of my favourites :-

During the cooler months I use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil (it says it’s for face, body and hair) but I don’t recommend oils for the face, I love using it on my body & the softness lasts until my next shower!! Caudalie Huile Divine (oil for body, face & hair), this is slightly richer & is great if you want a glow on your arms and legs when you are stepping out for the evening! It may get a bit heavy in the day. In the warmer months I use a very basic Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion, which is super light & does the job; your skin doesn’t feel clogged up & if you are someone who sweats a lot, this is really wonderful.

3. Sunscreen : Sunkroma Nano Lotion (non greasy and doesn’t have a white tint when you put it on) {Note: Advisable to use it every two hours!}

Disclaimer:- Acne treatment :  While I am putting my two bits here, it is important that you check with a dermatologist before going ahead with most of these. Skin is tricky and everyone’s is different. And usually, if your acne does not cease with over-the-counter solutions, it may be time to consult a dermatologist who can provide you with oral or topical treatments.

Don’t Touch : No home remedies. Always do a patch test of makeup. Consult a doctor before trying something new.

(A patch test I did with makeup some years ago, changed my life because I discovered a drastic reaction where my skin looked like someone had ashed a cigarette on that patch & I can’t begin to imagine what it would have done to my face!!)

Masking & Misting

Masking can be tricky for sensitive skin, sometimes masks that come from the house of beauty giants (like SK II, for example) have given me unimaginable rashes. I make it a point to check some reviews online of the product & mostly go after the ones that are for sensitive skin. The key here is to not try too many new products, but just stick to the ones that you know have worked for you! As I write this, I’ve broken into a nice thick rash on my neck (sharing a tip to cool that area off here too, while popping an Allegra).

Here are my favourite masks:

1. Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Masks – Cucumber for bright skin and Aloe for cooling. These are pretty good & at an affordable price point.

2. Auriga Flavo C mask  – purifying peel mask.

3. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask – use it for a short period of time as it can be drying.

4. Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub – good for neck use also. Use this only once in a while, our skin has a natural way of scrubbing itself and it keeps peeling, so don’t be too harsh on acne prone skin; it needs to be handled gently.

Favourite mists:

1. Kama Ayurveda Mogra water or Rose water – great to instantly refresh your face in the middle of the day! Summer is upon us, trust me you need this. The Mogra water doubles up for great body mist as well, especially in the summer when you don’t want to be wearing a heavy perfume. You can also use this to feel fresh when you wake up with dry or scratchy eyes; it also makes the whites of your eyes brighter.

2. Caudalie Beauty Elixir – this product is like avocado on toast! A French pharmacy prodigy, it works like magic on skin before or after makeup. Use it to prime, set or spritz any number of time… helps that it smells like peppermint!

3. Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray – never, ever go to a meeting or for coffee with a grease pan of a face. I’ve gone looking like something the cat dragged in in the past. This mist works well if you don’t have the time to look like you washed & moisturised your skin. Spray it generously to look squeaky clean.

Stuff that you overlook & some cool tricks:

While it is proven and obvious that the food you eat (dairy, sugar, excessively greasy foods) is directly related to the way your skin looks, there are some things which may never even occur to you. Here are some I discovered in the last few years –

1. Pomades : It is a greasy, waxy, or a water-based substance that is used to style hair. Pomade gives the user’s hair a shiny, slick appearance. Now pomade could be in-built in your hair mousse or any product & you could overlook it. I used this for many years & finally realised the curling gel I used had pomade, which was causing my acne.

2. Sleeping with hair product on : Your pillow should be clean, as should your hair. When you go to bed, too much hair spray or greasy products can rub off on your skin all night, causing harm to your face.

3. Celery/Cucumber/Aloe/Amla : Try this mixture to cool off your body, while celery is great for skin, amla & cucumber have cooling properties that work very well. I swear by this!

4. Aloe/Apple Cider Vinegar/Haldi : Be careful about how much haldi you use here because it has warm properties, but a shot of this along with aloe and apple cider is a great cleanse for your system (best to get an aloe plant & use it fresh).

So! These are some of my tricks to keep my acne tamed. Do you have any special routines that help you keep your skin healthy and mind at peace? Let me know in the comments!! Also, don’t forget to tell me what else you want to hear from me in future posts!



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  1. I have had acne all my life starting from my teens. A good 25 yrs plus.
    This is good info. Thank u.

    PS i am also a big fan of your work as well as you as a person.

  2. Hey Masaba! It was great reading your first blog.Could relate soo much and love your humour and your style of writing.As a fellow PCOD sufferer, just wanted to know,if you take medication for PCOD or just follow natural skin routines..

  3. Hello Masaba, I feel so good after reading this post as I too suffer from cystic acne?…and I hear a lot of opinions from every random person on things to do and not to do for my acne?…thank you for sharing the knowledge with us….this post seemed to be very genuine and honest and informative…I look forward to reading many such posts in the future?… Thank You once again ?

  4. I have been regularly following your Instagram stories about skin care and weight loss program and find them very genuine and it inspires me a lot… l have same skin like yours and love how confidently you carry yourself… looking forward to read more such articles..!! Thank You..!

  5. Masaba, you are the most relatable celebrity that I know! Love you for always being so real and keep writing, coz I found Love!!:*

  6. Such a beautiful piece for women and girls who have suffered acne and are still bearing with it ! A lot can be learnt from this article ! Love you masaba for always putting your honest words out there for the masses!

  7. It’s great reading your first blog post. I can relate yo you coz I had acne problem (only nose area)for over 15 years& now I got some relief but am still cautious & skin obsessed like you. Loved your tips & candid post. Keep posting ❤?

  8. Such an easy honest read. Love the tips. Do ask your mum to input for older skin please. And a few kinder on the wallet products please. Looking forward to reading your next.

  9. Masaba I love what you are doing !! I am a great, great fan of yours . These skin care hacks are really handy and hassle-free . Also, I am one of your ardent followers on Instagram . Lots of love . Keep writing and keep inspiring . Waiting for your future articles .


    Tanya Rebecca

  10. i m following u from past 3 years..nd everytime u came with such masterpieces..either its about fashion ,interiors nd now blog..your every piece is honesty nd love itself..my only wish is to work under u..nd one day i will..keep writing..much love man❤

  11. i m following u from past 3 years..nd everytime u came with such masterpieces..either its about fashion ,interiors nd now blog..your every piece is honesty nd love itself..my only wish is to work under u..nd one day i will..keep writing..much love mam❤

  12. I have had nodular cystic acne since 2-3 years and after trying home remedies, microdermabrasion, iderma facials, blue and red lights, hormone pills and doxycycline; I start my acne combat journey from the base. I eat clean, exercise to sweat out and those pores breathe, sprinkle rose water every morning, use aloe based face wash and meditate.
    From 7-8 breakouts per week I’m down to 1-2 zits per week. I’m taking minocycline prescribed by my dermat to keep those bacterias at the bay.
    I can tell by my experience that my acne combat journey is backed my lot of patience. As soon as I am approached by stress like situation I take 10 deep ocean breaths and thus targeting acne from within and then outside is helping me. Thanks for your acne Masaba, you are (as someone mentioned above) most relatable celebrity and I love your glass half full approach + sexy wittiness 🙂
    Keep up the great work!
    Love, Maitri

  13. Hi Masaba! I love the way you carry yourself! And that was some really deep info about acne, thank you for sharing it! I am a sensitive skin person and like you i can also not put anything and everything on my skin, as i fear those rashes too!
    I have heard a lot about cleansing and toning your skin but never had actually tried anything with fear. So if you could share any products for the same that would be a great help to me, and also if the products are easily available here in India, that would be the cherry on the cake. #TheNew24yrOld

  14. hey loved..that u shared ur skin problems.. n the remedies.. looking fwd for more such topics n writings..n one more thing.. i love your prints. ❤

  15. This is awesome,I have been struggling with skin issues for most of my life, you shedding a light on such issues which you’ve personally faced is so awesome and gives so much perspective!Just the other day I was checking your feed and thinking to myself how secure you look and how gracefully you carry yourself,would love to read more from you,Keep writing ?.

  16. Hi Masaba, this is awesome and definitely helps people like me who thought and was always told acne would go away with age.

    I would really love to see a blog about your take on being so fit. I absolutely love how you look now and I’ve followed you for years now.

    You’re amazing,
    Never change because you can’t imagine the number of people you’re inspiring by just being you.

    Thank you,
    All the love,


  17. Loved the post. I have had acne since my teenage years and I am 29 now. One or 2 pimple still pop up during bad skin days but finally had to try out isotroin/ accutane that brought much of the acne under control ?. The after effect of having acne is the deep set scars that they leave behind. Would love to hear your thoughts on that and how could that be contolled. I have tried chemical peel and Fractional CO2 laser. Lots of love xx

    1. Thanks so much Gunjeet ! I used to have isotroin too ! It helped initially & then stopped working. It’s a tricky pill ( make sure you aren’t trying to get pregnant while on isotroin,please )

  18. Hi Masaba, being a Homoeopath myself, I suggest you try Homoeopathic treatment for your acne if you haven’t given it a shot yet. I have shifted from Goa to Mumbai just to train with who I think is the best Homoeopathic doctor of our age, Dr. Dinesh Chauhan. He’s at Swasthya clinic in Vile Parle. Something was going on in my mind earlier this evening where I thought of you and realized how easy it is nowadays to get a peek into your personal lives and then I get the link to this from your insta story! I think it’s destiny. Do give it a shot, because our skin is our body’s first outlet to signal you that somethings not alright on the inside and mostly it’s something emotional.
    Dr. Nash

  19. Dear Masaba ma’am,

    You have been my inspiration since my initial days of in a designing college. I’m a huge fan of yours, just love the kinda work you do and everytime you inspire me. Now you have given me one more reason to start writing my own blog passionately.

    Love and regards,
    Shrriyankaa Roy Chowdhury

  20. Hey Masaba ! This was such a great read. Highly informative yet very simple. Looking forward to more such amazing piece of write ups coming our way. Much love and luck to you gorgeous. Have a great day !

  21. I have similar skin issues. Swear by Bio oil for moisturiser! I don’t do oil or serums on my face because they are too heavy but bio oil is so light and just works! Also grease lightning ( with tea tree oil and aloe ) for acne!!

  22. I feel good about it,now that you are sharing your own beauty secrets. So give some secrets about hair including it’s every kind of aspects. Plz

  23. Hi Masaba! Loved your post and I’m also suffering from acne past 4years. I’ve tried isotretinion but my acne came back after a year 🙁 suggest some doctors please.

  24. Very useful information. Great work. Looking forward for more such information.
    Good u suggest me a best under eye creme. I’ve got fine lines and dark circle. I’m age 40.

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