Summer is approaching, and we need to take extra care of our skin.
Some common problems and tips are:
Acne Breakouts – Pores can become clogged when sweat mixes with bacteria and skin oils.
- Blot sweat from you skin with a clean towel/cloth and wash clothes, headbands, towels etc. before using again. Use non-comedogenic which don’t clog the pore.
Dry, irritated skin- Hot and humid outdoor air can have a dry effect on irritated skin, especially when spending time in the sun, pool and air conditioning.
- Shower immediately after pool activities using a mild cleanser or body wash labelled antibacterial
- Apply sun screen SPF 50+
- Take warm showers rather than hot showers
- Slather moisturizer after showering or bathing, moisturizer traps water in your skin
Folliculitis- Every hair on your body grows out of an opening called follicle. When follicles get infected you develop folliculitis which look like pimples and become itchy and dry.
- Immediate change out of workout clothes and shower
- Stay out of tubs that contain high levels of acid and chlorine as some people develop a condition called ‘hot tub folliculitis.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes in hot and humid weather
Melasma- Being in the sun can make those brown patches on your face more noticeable
- Wear sunscreen daily SPF 50 or more even on cloudy days
- Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses whilst outdoors
- Choose gentle skin care products and avoid waxing as it can cause skin irritation which can worsen melasma
Heat rash- blocked sweat glands cause this and because the sweat is trapped it builds up under your skin causing a rash and tiny itchy bumps.
- To reduce the risk, do anything that you can to stop sweating profusely
- Wear light weight, loose fitting cotton clothes
- Exercise outdoors during the coolest parts of the day or workout indoors
- Try and keep you skin cool by using fans, cool showers and air-conditioning
Sun allergy- You can develop hives (allergic skin reaction) when in the sun, your skin will be red, scaly and may have extremely itchy bumps.
- Take certain medications, check with your pharmacist or doctor
- Wear sunscreen SPF 50 or more, wear sun protective clothing and seek shade
Sunburn- Getting sunburn can spoil summer fun and increase your risk of developing skin cancer
- Apply sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 50+ and water resistance
- Wear a rash shirt when swimming
Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and pants when possible and seek shade