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13 Common Skin Problems In Summers & How To Prevent

The summer heat in India is pretty harsh, and apart from exercise sweat, and greasy skin, there are very many skin problems that can arrive with summer. The hot and humid climate can invite infections too. Here are some of the common skin problems and tips, discusses the Best Dermatologist In Delhi, Dr. Nivedita Dadu at Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology clinic to make the skin free from rashes, infections, and redness this summer.

Following are common problems that an individual can face in summer and some simple solutions to tackle them:

1. Heat rash

Due to extreme heat, the exhausted sweat glands get blocked. Since sweat cannot get out, it accumulates under the skin, causing a rash and tiny, itchy bumps. When the bump ruptures and releases sweat, many people feel a spiny sensation on their skin. To tackle heat rash, apply cool yogurt directly to the rashes. Hold for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with tap water.

2. Folliculitis

Every hair on the body grows out of an opening called a follicle. When follicles get infected, an individual develops folliculitis. Infected hair follicles bear a resemblance to pimples, but they tend to be itchy and tender. Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body where there is hair, but it is most common on the face, scalp, armpits, back, chest, neck, thighs, and buttocks. To tackle folliculitis, boil fresh neem leaves in water. Bathe the affected areas with this water twice a day. 

3. Acne breakouts

When sweat fuses with bacteria and oils on the skin, it can block pores. If an individual has acne-prone skin, this generally means acne breakouts. Use non-comedogenic products on the face, neck, back, and chest to combat acne breakouts.

4. Razor burn  

Summer many times means more shaving for both men and women, making razors more common. A razor burn is a short-term skin discomfort mainly caused by not shaving correctly. Razor burns can cause bumps. Sharply shaven hair has a sharp edge that can perforate back into the skin, resulting in inflammation and swelling. Use a good quality cream to create a thick layer; moisturize after shaving.

5. Back acne

Back acne troubles many men and women throughout the year, but during the summer months, it is especially noticeable when the back is uncovered and the shoulders are naked. Back acne can be exacerbated by working out or sweating more in the summer. An individual can use a powerful antibacterial cleanser that contains salicylic acid to deep clean the skin, remove oils, and reduce acne-causing bacteria.

6. Oily sticky skin

The summer heat and UV rays can make oily-skinned people even shinier. Drying out the skin with hard cleansers and alcohol-based toners only gives the instant clean, oil-free sensation, but they are so dehydrating that the skin will pump out more oil to recompense for water loss. The outcome will be oilier skin. Avoid ingredients like mineral oil, petroleum, and petrolatum because they can suffocate the skin and clog pores. 

7. Uneven skin tone

Ultraviolet sun exposure and heat are the major miscreants in hyperpigmentation, and during the summer, people are exposed to both of them. For anyone prone to pigmentation, expect more flare-ups in the summer months because the sun triggers the production of melanin cells. Even with sunscreen to protect the skin, we now know that heat from outdoors triggers inflammation, which causes an increase in melanin activity as well. Both temporary and permanent causes of pigmentation are the sun. Wearing a minimum of SPF 30 will greatly minimize the chance of seeing age spots and sun spots over time. 

8. Dry, irritated skin

As a contradiction, when outdoor air is hot and humid, an individual can still have dry irritated skin. 

9. Body odor

During summer, there is an increase in body odor due to excessive sweating. Our body hides bacteria in its body folds. These bacteria produce hydrogen sulfide, due to the moisture in sweat, which gives rise to body odor. Our armpits have apocrine glands, which produce apocrine secretions. Bacteria decompose this secretion to produce fatty acids, which also have a distinctive offensive odor. 

10. Sun allergy

When an individual is in the sun, he/she can develop an irritating sensation skin rashes, or even hives. Sun allergy can be activated by the consumption of medications such as doxycycline and ketoprofen. If an individual has an allergic reaction to the sun, they will see red, scaly, and extremely itchy bumps on some (or all) bare skin. Some people also get blisters. If one is experiencing his concern, they can consult Dr. Nivedita Dadu, a Skin Doctor in Delhi at Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic to get effective treatment for all types of skin allergies.

11. Sunburns

UVA and UVB rays from the sun can damage the skin and leave it inflamed, dry, and even blistered. Before heading outside, always put in SPF 30 or above.

12. Heat boils  

Summer heat puts people at risk of painful heat boils known as furuncles. Consume coconut water, buttermilk, and fresh fruit juices like sugarcane, orange, lemon, and watermelon. Eat lots of green vegetables and cucumber salads to combat the summer heat. Avoid spicy and oily fried food, and limit your intake of tea and coffee as much as possible.

13. Fungal infections  

During the summer season, fungal infections are really prevalent. The fungus grows in the top layer of the skin, particularly in a dark, moist, and warm environment like on the feet or the groin. The athlete’s foot and jock itch leave a patchy rash that itches. The fungus that flourishes in the sweltering heat, spreads quickly and could worsen if not treated properly. 

If you are experiencing all these concerns and are not able to achieve effective results, consult now with Dr. Nivedita Dadu, Dermatologist in Delhi at Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology clinic, to achieve a healthy skin this summer. 

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