- by Dr. Nagesh T.S
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- May 09 2017
Summer skin problems you can prevent
Summer fun can be quickly sidelined by a sunburned skin or an itchy rash
By learning how to prevent these summer skin problem, you can help keep your days carefree and easygoing.
1. Acne breakouts: Your skin can have clogged pores because when sweat mixes with oils and von your skin, the pores can get clogged. If you have skin prone to acne, this usually means breakouts.
Following are a few recommendations by dermatologists to help prevent acne:
Wiping sweat off can irritate your skin, which can lead to a breakout. Blot sweat from your skin with a clean towel or cloth.
Wash headbands, hats, towels, and sweaty clothes, before wearing them again.
Use non-comedogenic productson your chest, back, v and face. The label may also say “won’t clog pores “or oil free.”
2. Irritated or dry skin: You can have dry irritated skin, even when outdoor air is humid and hot. The biggest criminals are spending time in the pool, air-conditioning and sun.
Try these tips if your skin starts to feel irritated and dry regardless the humidity:
After getting out of the pool, immediately shower and shampoo, using clean, fresh water and body wash or a mild cleanser made for swimmers.
Sunscreen should be applied before stepping outdoors, try and use SPF 30+, and water resistance, these offer broad-spectrum protection.
Soaps and body washes labeled “antibacterial” or “deodorant” can dry your skin. Use a mild cleanser to wash your skin.
Use warm rather than hot water while taking a shower.
After every shower and bath, slather on a moisturizer that is fragrance-free.
You will need to apply the moisturizer within 5 minutes of taking a shower or bath as the moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin.
When your skin feels dry you can apply it after washing your hands, carry moisturizer with you.
If your home gets too dry, with the air conditionings turn up the thermostat.
3. Folliculitis: An opening from which every hair on your body grows out of is called a follicle. You develop folliculitis when follicles get infected. They tend to be itchy and tender, and infected hair follicles look like pimples.
This summer, to reduce your risk of getting folliculitis:
Change your tight workout clothes like biking shorts and shower immediately after your workout.
If you are not sure whether the chlorine and acid levels are properly controlled, stay out of whirlpools and hot containers. There is in-fact a disorder known as, “hot tub folliculitis.” A lot of people get folliculitis from a hot tub.
4. Infection from a manicure or pedicure: Manicures and pedicures can make your nails looking great, but they can also introduce you to germs that can cause an infection.
Taking some precautions can help you avoid an infection. You don’t have to give up manicures and pedicures.
5. Melasma: Those brown to gray-brown patches on your face more noticeable, when you are out in the sun can
To make it less noticeable even during the summer, there are things you can do:
6. Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac (rash): When a substance found in these plants, urushiol, gets on their skin, many people develop an intensely itchy rash.
You will find out how to spot these plants and protect your skin when you cannot avoid them at. The best way to keep away this itchy rash is to know what these plants look like and avoid them.
7. Prickly heat or heat rash: Sweat glands that are blocked are a cause of these rashes, as the sweat cannot vent out, it develops under your skin, causing itchy and tiny bumps and a rash. Many people feel a prickly feeling on their skin, when the bumps burst and release sweat.
This is caused by blocked sweat glands. It causes a rash and tiny, itchy bumps; it builds up under your skin, because the sweat cannot get out.
Anything you can do to stop sweating profusely will help lower your risk. Tips that are offered by dermatologists to their patients help them sweat less and hence lessen their risk of getting prickly heat include:
Wear clothes made of cotton which are light-weight and loose-fitting.
Move your workout indoors where you can be in air-ding or Exercise outdoors during the coolest parts of the day.
Whenever possible, try to keep your skin cool by using, air-conditioning, cool showers and fans.
8. Seabather’s eruption: Also known as pica-pica, this itchy rash grows in people who go in the waters off the coasts of Long Island, New York, Florida and Caribbean Sea. You get it when fresh hatched sea anemones or jellyfish get trapped between your swimsuit and skin, fins, or other gear.
You won’t see them in the water as the larvae are as small as a speck of pepper. You can, however, avoid this rash if you:
Stay out of infested water. When the water is infested, you may hear about someone who recently developed an itchy rash after being in the water or you may see a sign that tells you to stay out of the water.
9. Sun allergy: You can develop an allergic skin reaction or hives when you are in the sun if you:
Take particular medications
Have a sensitivity to sun, this usually runs in the family
You will see scaly, red and extremely itchy bumps on some or all bare skin, if you have an allergic reaction to the sun. A few people also get blisters.
To prevent an allergic skin reaction:
Ask your pharmacist to check if it can cause an allergic reaction or check your medication container or when you go out in the sun. Medications can cause an allergic to sun. Stay out of the sun, if the medicine can cause a reaction.
Keep your skin protected from the sun. You can do this by, wearing sun-protective clothes, seeking shade and applying sunscreen that offers a SPF of 30, broad-spectrum protection, water resistance or more.
10. Sunburn: Getting sunburn increases your risk of developing skin cancer and can spoil summer fun. Wear long sleeves, and pants when possible, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Try and look to be in shade.
11. Swimmer’s Ear: You can develop an infection called swimmer’s ear, when water gets stuck in your ear canal.
By keeping your ears dry, you can prevent this infection.
Here’s what dermatologists recommend:
Make sure to wear ear plugs while swimming
Cotton swabs can push dirt and earwax deeper into your ear canal and irritate your ear. Never clean your ears with cotton swabs
12. Swimmer’s itch: Also known as clam digger’s itch, this itchy rash appears after swimming or wading in oceans, lakes and other water bodies. You get it when parasites in the water scrape into your skin, causing tiny red spots on parts that your swimsuit did not cover. Sometimes, dreadful itch welts (hives) and blisters appear.
Children stay in shallow, warmer water and are especially susceptible to it.
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