Summer Skin Hazards Prevention Tips
For most people, summer means more time outdoors. However, increased exposure to factors such as sunlight and humidity often causes the sensation of itching due to excessive sweating that attracts dust particles and pollutants. Harsh rays and harmful pollutants in the air, which are exacerbated by profuse sweating, can lead to many skin diseases.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid unwanted problems so you can enjoy a healthy and safe summer.
Your body sweats more during the summer to maintain a lower body temperature. This stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce more oils to keep your skin moisturized, which clog the pores of the skin, leading to acne breakouts.
- Wash your face at least 3-4 times to remove the pollutants that deposit on your face
- Dry the sweat with a clean towel. Running a towel over the face can irritate your skin, which can lead to the spread of sweat and bacteria
- Wash your sweaty clothes, towels, and hats before wearing them more than once
- Use oil-free products on your face, neck, back, and chest.
Constant exposure to the sun can tan the skin as a defense mechanism against strong light. However, one severe form of this is sunburn which is very uncomfortable in addition to itching, peeling of the skin, and redness.
When you apply sunscreen, it will protect you from harmful UV rays which prevent skin damage although it may not prevent sun tanning. Oral antioxidants and vitamin C can help prevent skin tanning.
- For extra protection, wear light-colored clothing, sunglasses, and a hat, or carry an umbrella.
- If you have a sunburn, take a cool shower and use an over-the-counter corticosteroid moisturizing cream to ease the feeling.
Hot, humid weather is the most common time to develop heat rash. Sweat that gets trapped in the skin flexes under the skin due to blocked sweat ducts, resulting in a rash of small, itchy bumps or blisters.
Heat rashes will disappear on their own within a few days, but we advise you as a precaution to:
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows air to circulate to allow sweat to evaporate.
- Avoid the use of creams, make-up, etc., which can block the sweat ducts.
- Try to keep your skin cool by using fans, cool showers, and air conditioning if possible.
When water gets trapped in your ear canal, you can get an infection called a swimmer’s ear.
You can prevent this infection by keeping your ears dry. Here’s what dermatologists recommend:
- Wear earplugs while swimming
- Never clean your ears with cotton swabs as they may push earwax and dirt deeper into your ear canal and block or irritate your ear
When to consult a doctor?
While these summer skin problems can ease the summer fun, they are usually not serious. Most disappear within a few days to a few weeks. If a rash persists or another skin problem appears or worsens, you should consult a dermatologist.
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