Preventable Summer Skin Problems

Summer is here and the temperatures go soaring high! Warmer temperatures mean that it is time to expect some problematic skin issues.

Oily skin gets oilier, and dry skin gets patchy.

There are breakouts and pimples, rashes and roughness, and that acne just wouldn’t go away!

Here is a list of skin issues that are commonly seen in summers and what we can do to prevent them or deal with them!

  1. Prickly heat (or heat rash)- most common skin issue. Anything you can do to stop sweating profusely will help. Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothes made of cotton. Try to keep your skin cool by using fans, cool showers, and air-conditioning when possible.
  2. Sunburn: since sun rays strike with more intensity, sun burns and tan is very common in summers. Here’s what you can do about it. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, and pants when possible. Apply sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30+, and water resistance.
  3. Acne breakouts: When sweat mixes with bacteria and oils on your skin, it can clog your pores. If you have acne-prone skin, this often means breakouts. Blot sweat from your skin with a clean towel or cloth. Wash sweaty clothes, headbands, towels, and hats before wearing them again. Avoid oil base products.
  4.  Folliculitis: Every hair on your body grows out of an opening called a follicle. When follicles get infected, you develop folliculitis. Infected hair follicles look like pimples, but they tend to be itchy and tender. To reduce your risk of getting folliculitis this summer , Immediately after your workout, change out of tight workout clothes like biking shorts and shower. Stay out of hot tubs and whirlpools. Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothes when it’s hot and humid.

5.Fungal /bacterial Infections– warm, humid and damp/sweaty skin forms an ideal environment for organisms to grow and in summers, excessive sweat makes it all the more easy. Regular showers, keeping skin dry, wearing loose and airy clothes, staying in cool temperatures, wearing cotton undergarments and using a bactericidal/fungicidal soap if needed will be helpful.


– Dr. Afroze

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