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Common skin problems during summer – How to treat them?

April 5, 2021     

Many people have concerns about their skin in summer, and every year they change their skincare routine in summer to avoid skin problems. But the thing is, are they executing it right? 

Summer often harms our skin due to the rise in temperature and humidity. This is the peak time attracting dust and other pollutants that cause itchy and crawly sensations due to excess sweating. The sun’s harmful rays and the pollutants triggered by excessive sweating lead to various skin diseases. 

Dr Swapna Priya, a renowned skincare specialist, mentioned the most common skin problems in summer and their management tips in this blog.

Acne

Your body sweats more in summer to maintain low body temperature. This triggers the production of more oil by the sebaceous gland to preserve skin moisture. This oil might get blocked in your skin pores which eventually results in acne problems.

Remedy

Wash your face frequently to remove the oil deposits that settle in the skin pores on your face. You may try applying honey mixed with lemon extract and mix curd with lemon juice along with a pinch of turmeric powder over your skin as a home remedy. Lighten Up Your Moisturizer and use sunscreen for your skin to prevent acne.

Suntan

If you constantly expose to hot sun rays, it may lead to skin tan, which is a defence mechanism of your skin to intense light. A severe form of suntan is called sunburning, and it involves itching and skin peeling.

Remedy

Apply sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Oral antioxidants and vitamin C might also help to prevent suntan. Wear light-coloured cotton clothes and carry a hat or umbrella when you are out in the hot sun.

In case of sunburn, take a cold water shower and use corticosteroid moisturizing cream to ease the hot feeling. If you experience fever, heavy sunburns, and extreme pain, consult a dermatologist immediately. 

Yeast infections

In summer, heavy sweat can help the yeast spread to various body parts, leading to infections. These infections are commonly observed on your chest, neck, and back, which look like tan and scaly patches. This yeast infection is more common in women.

Remedy

Stay clean, bathe as soon as possible after a sweaty day. If you are affected by the infection and causing you discomfort, better meet a skin specialist.

Contact dermatitis

Most of you go out to spend some time, especially in summer for camping, beaches, hiking, etc., but sometimes you may get in contact with certain poisonous substances, resulting in irritation of the skin. This condition is often called contact dermatitis, looks like a rash or allergy. It is a condition that makes your skin red or inflamed, itchy, and flaking. In severe cases, it leads to swelling, hives, and blisters.

Remedy

Being alert is the best way to prevent this infection. Learn how it causes and take preventive measures. Primarily it is due to plants, so be cautious while you walk in bushes, parks, and backyards. By any means, if you expose to any of these plants, wash your skin immediately with warm water and take antibiotics. Contact a dermatologist if the infection spreads further.

Dry, irritated skin. 

In summer, the weather will be hot and humid, which dehydrates your skin. If you spend time in the hot sun, pool, or ACs, your skin starts to feel dry and irritated because of the hot, humid temperature.

Remedy

Apply sunscreen to your body when you are going outdoors, use mild cleansers to wash your skin, and take showers in warm water. Take moisturizer with you so that you can apply it when you feel your skin dry.

Rashes

The hot and humid weather of the summer is the most favourable condition for rashes. The sweat gets trapped in your skin folds, and the sweat ducts get clogged, which leads to heat rashes. They may look like small, itchy blisters.

Remedy

These heat rashes go away after a few days on their own. To prevent wear clothes that absorb sweat. Better use creams and lotions that block the sweat ducts. If the rashes become severe over 3-4 days, consult a doctor a skin doctor immediately before it transforms to fungal or viral infections.

Folliculitis

Every hair follicle that grows on your body comes out of a tiny pore called a follicle. Folliculitis is a condition that develops when these hair follicles get infected. They look like pimples and tend to be an itchy and burning sensation. They mostly form due to excess sweat, which is heavy in summer. 

Remedy

Wear loose clothes because folliculitis is mainly caused due to the tight clothes you wear. They compress the hair follicles and tend to grow the bacteria. Better carry an antibacterial cream if you have this problem.

Some other common skin problems in summer include athlete’s foot, sea bather’s eruption, melasma, bug bites. To know more about the treatment and preventive tips for skin problems in summer, contact Dr Swapna Priya, a renowned Dermatologist in Hyderabad. She has more than twelve years of experience in treating various types of skin problems.