The Indian summer can be quite harsh. The rise in temperature encourages you to sit in the comfort of your home, avoiding excessive sweating and oily skin. But alas! We are all aware that the scorching summer heat and related skin problems and infections are unavoidable. As the proverb says, ‘sewing on time saves nine’; we better start preparing and learning about some common summer skin problems and their practical solutions and prevention.
Common skin problems in summer
Hot and humid weather does not correlate well with healthy, glowing skin, but rather invites many skin problems during the summer. Here are some common problems along with their solutions.
1. Acne breakouts
Perspiration from the skin mixes with bacteria and oil and clogs the pores, causing breakouts. People with oily and acne-prone skin experience much more breakouts during the hot, humid summer months.
Solution: Always blot sweat from your skin with a clean towel or clean cloth. Using a cleanser with salicylic acid and non-comedogenic skincare and makeup products will counteract excessive oil production, helping to clear acne.
2. Dry and irritated skin
Even though the environment is warm and humid, the skin can still become dry and irritated. Dry skin is one of the most typical skin problems of summer. Its main source is excessive exposure of the skin to the sun, pool water and air conditioning for prolonged periods.
Solution: Using a mild cleanser to wash your skin, applying a fragrance-free moisturizer after every shower and bath, and sunscreen before going outdoors, especially one that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30+, and water resistance, can be useful for treating and preventing dryness .
The opening in the skin from which a hair grows is known as a follicle. Anytime it gets contaminated due to bacteria or dirt, it encourages folliculitis. It looks like a pimple on the outer layer of skin, but delicate to the touch and itchy. It is a typical summer skin problem that can be easily treated. It is recommended to wear light and loose clothing when it is hot and humid.
Solution: Stay away from hot tubs and pools that don’t have controlled levels of acid and chlorine. Many people develop hot tub folliculitis during the summer.
4. Sun allergy
Being in the sun can develop hives or even itchy rashes. These rashes are caused by the intake of certain medications such as doxycycline and ketoprofen. Red, very itchy bumps appear on some (or all) bare skin in sun allergies.
Solution: Protecting your skin from the sun is the only way to go. You can seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing, and apply a good sunscreen.
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5. Heat rash
Blocked sweat glands in the skin cause heat rashes. Since the sweat cannot find its way out due to the blockage, it collects under the skin and causes a rash and tiny, itchy bumps. When the spots break out and release sweat, many people feel an itchy sensation on their skin.
Solution: Dermatologists often suggest wearing light, loose-fitting cotton clothing, wiping sweat from the skin, and bathing after exercising or sweating excessively.