Common Summer Skin Complaints & Solutions

The summer sun undoubtedly doubles the vacation fun but it also causes visible harm to your skin. Actually, you are responsible for the skin damage and not the sun, because going out without a good layer of sun block and not taking precaution against sweating is disastrous for the skin.

The UV rays and summer heat can cause all kinds of problems for the skin, both common and serious ones. Heat rashes, wrinkles, and yeast infections are some of the most common complaints of people who love basking in the June sun – here is how you can fight these problems:

Wrinkles and Fine Lines

You might be gaping with surprise right now, but the summer sun and heat can actually cause premature aging and fine lines. Wrinkles do not always come with age, but your skin can look worn out before time if it is over exposed to the sun. Increased exposure to UV rays can cause a drastic reduction in skin elasticity and affect the skin’s natural, supple texture. According to many skin experts including those at the L’Oreal Research and Innovation Center in Paris, the sun is very much accountable when it comes to premature aging of the skin.

You can prevent wrinkles by using a good sunscreen whenever you step out in the sun. This will also provide an effective barrier against unnecessary pigmentation. The option of specialized anti-wrinkle devices can be effective at reducing wrinkles around the problem areas, such as the mouth. Advanced creams will help replace the pressure you lose as you age due to your gums receding and lips losing volume. By replacing the lost pressure, they bring back your natural skin glow.

Heat Rash

Many people develop a heat rash, also known as prickly heat, after spending some time in very hot, humid weather. The rash looks like tiny, red bumps on the skin which are itchy and cause mild burning. In some parts of the body where there is little air circulation, inflammation may occur and cause small red blisters. These rashes are caused when the skin’s sweat glands are blocked and the sweat produced cannot be evaporated to cool the skin. This causes itchiness and inflammation which ultimately develops into a painful rash. Some people are also ‘allergic to the sun’ and may develop a sun rash, also known as solar dermatitis, whenever they step out into the sun. Although the causes of solar dermatitis are different, the rashes look and feel similar to a heat rash.

To prevent a heat rash in the summer, it is important to keep your surroundings well ventilated to improve air circulation. Avoiding tight clothing that does not let air pass through and, most importantly, take regular showers. When the skin is clean and free of sweat, the staphylococcus bacteria naturally living on the skin will not be able to produce biofilm which clogs the sweat glands. Prickly heat ointments, creams, and aloe vera gels also help combat heat rashes. For sun rashes, it is most important to wear sunscreen before stepping out.

Yeast Infections

Yeast normally lives on our skin all year round, but in the summer heat this benign microorganism can cause some trouble. If you notice some dark and scaly patches on your neck, chest, and back, you might be a victim of summer yeast infection or tinea versicolor. The main reason behind yeast infections in the increased sweating in the summer season; it creates favorable conditions for the yeast growth to get out of hand.

Yeast infection can be very itchy and uncomfortable, so it is best to prevent it by staying sweat free in the hot weather. Taking regular showers will help keep the yeast growth under control. If you persistently notice yeast infection on your skin, ask your dermatologist for some prescription ointments that will fight against the infection.

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