4 skin problems you can prevent this summer
There is no doubt about it; weather has a huge effect on your skin. You can keep your skin looking and feeling its best, even when the sun, pool chemicals, or humid conditions threaten it.
- Acne – Sweat, bacteria, and oils mean clogged pores and acne breakouts. Blot off sweat with a clean cloth. Wash sweaty clothes before wearing them again. Use non-comedogenic sunscreen and products.
- Sunburn – Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen at least SPF 30 year-round. Be extra-vigilant about reapplying when swimming or sweating. Seek shade. Avoid the sunniest hours of mid-morning and mid-day. Wear proper sun protection (hats and eyewear). Be aware that some antibiotics and acne medications cause photosensitivity and can give rise to allergic skin reactions.
- Heat rash or prickly heat – When sweat builds up under your skin, it causes tiny, itchy bumps. When they burst, sweat is released and a prickly sensation is felt. The sooner you cool down, the better. Exercise outdoors only during the coolest parts of the day or move your workouts indoors. Keep your skin cool with fans or the AC.
- Bacterial and fungal infections – Impetigo, intertrigo and tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) flourish in extreme heat and humidity. Shower immediately after a dip in the pool or lake. Use mild cleansers and fragrance-free moisturizers to lock water in the skin. Moisturizing also keeps skin comfortable and lovely when humidity and air conditioning dry it out.
Many of these skin conditions usually resolve in a few days or weeks. If problems linger (or you have questions), seek professional care. Call (760) 642-6674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .