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Harshini Penala , Speaker at Dermatology Conferences
RVM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, India
Title : Paving the way for dermonutritional wellness in India


Cutaneous manifestations often serve as the initial indicators of an underlying nutritional pathology. Recognizing its complex origins, our intervention extends beyond mere multivitamin tablets. It's a holistic strategy encompassing patient engagement and tailored nutritional guidance. When I say nutrition, I’m not talking about exotic foods. From the humble 'Rice & Dal' to other local staples, we unveil the nutritional powerhouses that lie within everyday meals. I also propose the creation of a nutrition pamphlet at every dermatology clinic aimed at educating our patients. Approximately half of our dermatology cases involve dermatophytes, while the other half comprises inflammatory conditions such as nutritional dermatosis, acne, psoriasis, vitiligo, and autoimmune diseases. In these cases, diet plays a crucial role. The pamphlet aims to enhance awareness and provide guidance on maintaining a balanced diet for better skin health.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • By addressing the role of diet in skin health alongside traditional dermatological treatments, healthcare providers offer more comprehensive care to their patients, potentially leading to improved treatment outcomes and overall satisfaction
  • In a developing country like India, access to nutritionists is often limited, leaving valuable dietary information out of reach for many. It shouldn't be a privilege reserved for the wealthy to understand their nutritional needs. We can bridge this gap by providing everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, with access to comprehensive nutritional information, including the macro and micronutrient content of local ingredients and condiments
  • By integrating skin health and nutrition, this initiative aims to promote comprehensive care and empower individuals to make informed lifestyle choices for better overall well-being


Dr. Harshini Penala is currently completing her final year residency in the Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy (DVL) at RVM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Telangana, India. She obtained her MBBS degree from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Adilabad, Telangana, India. Dr. Penala's professional interests lie in clinical dermatology and dermatosurgery, which she intends to pursue through a fellowship program. Dr. Penala has demonstrated her academic prowess by winning the poster competition twice at a state conference in India. Additionally, she has been recognized as a recipient of the Dermacon scholarship for the year 2024. She has presented numerous papers and posters at both state and national conferences, contributing significantly to the field of dermatology in India.