Summer skin problems you can prevent

July 6, 2018

Acne breakouts

  • Blot sweat from your skin with a clean towel or cloth. Wiping sweat off can irritate your skin, which can lead to a breakout.
  • Wash sweaty clothes, headbands, towels, and hats before wearing them again.
  • Use non-comedogenic products on your face, neck, back, and chest. The label may also say "oil free" or "won't clog pores."

Dry, irritated skin

  • Shower and shampoo immediately after getting out of the pool, using fresh, clean water and a mild cleanser or body wash made for swimmers.
  • Apply sunscreen before going outdoors, using one that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30+, and water resistance.
  • Use a mild cleanser to wash your skin. Soaps and body washes labeled "antibacterial" or "deodorant" can dry your skin.
  • Take showers and baths in warm rather than hot water.
  • Slather on a fragrance-free moisturizer after every shower and bath. Moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin, so you'll need to apply it within 5 minutes of taking a shower or bath.
  • Carry moisturizer with you, so you can apply it after washing your hands and when your skin feels dry.
  • Turn up the thermostat if the air conditioning makes your home too dry.

Folliculitis

  • Immediately after your workout, change out of tight workout clothes like biking shorts and shower.
  • Stay out of hot tubs and whirlpools if you're unsure whether the acid and chlorine levels are properly controlled.So many people get folliculitis from a hot tub that there is actually a condition called "hot tub folliculitis."
  • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothes when it's hot and humid

Prickly heat (or heat rash)

  • Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothes made of cotton.
  • Exercise outdoors during the coolest parts of the day or move your workout indoors where you can be in air-conditioning.
  • Try to keep your skin cool by using fans, cool showers, and air-conditioning when possible.

Sun allergy

  • Check your medication container (or ask your pharmacist) to find out if it can cause an allergic reaction when you go out in the sun. Medications that can cause an allergic sun reaction include ketoprofen (found in some pain meds) and these antibiotics - tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline. If the medicine can cause a reaction, stay out of the sun.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. You can do this by seeking shade, wearing sun-protective clothes, and applying sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, water resistance, and an SPF of 30 or more.

Sunburn

  • Seek shade.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, and pants when possible.
  • Apply sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30+, and water resistance.

Swimmer's ear

  • Wear ear plugs while swimming.
  • Never clean your ears with cotton swabs because these can push earwax and dirt deeper into your ear canal and irritate your ear.

Swimmer's Itch

  • Stay out of infested water. When the water is infested, you may see a sign that tells you to stay out of the water, or you may hear about someone who recently developed an itchy rash after being in the water.
  • Briskly rub your skin (and your child's skin) with a towel after getting out of the water. The parasites start to burrow when the water on your skin begins evaporating not while you're in the water.

https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/summer-skin-problems

 


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