Summertime Skin Issues You May Not Expect
As you head out into the sun and the heat, you may have the primary goal of avoiding sunburn. UV exposure is a common concern that we discuss quite often. But there are other issues that you may come face to face with as warmth permeates the air. Let’s see what they are and what you can do about them.
People with acne-prone skin may dread what weather changes will mean for them. The heat of the summer months presents prime conditions for breakouts. To prevent frustration due to acne, take proactive steps such as:
- When you sweat, blot the skin rather than wiping it. If the skin is highly susceptible to acne, it is also more reactive to stress, so be gentle.
- If you wear hats, wash them to prevent bacteria or oil buildup that then sits against the forehead. Also wash bedding and towels frequently.
- Choose a sunscreen product for acne-prone skin. Also, use non-comedogenic products and lighter moisturizers that will not clog pores.
- Consider purchasing a sonic brush for face-washing. The high-vibration of bristles maximizes effort and adds convenience to daily facial care.
- Remember that acne is not just a “face” issue, it may also strike the back or chest. Cool showers and lightweight products add moisture without leaving a film on the skin.
The idea of dry skin is usually something that comes to mind in the wintertime. However, the skin can become ultra-dry even in the midst of humidity. Dryness is a problem that we may encounter more so as the skin ages. Fortunately, managing the moisture of skin can feel like pampering.
- Take lukewarm showers. Hotter water temperatures draw moisture to the surface where it quickly evaporates.
- Apply moisturizing lotion (a light formula) immediately after drying off, while there is still dampness to the skin.
- Keep moisturizers handy at work and home, and frequently apply throughout the day to maintain a layer of moistness on the surface of arms, hands, legs, and the face.
- Consider purchasing a light facial spray with hydrating ingredients to use several times a day.
There is nothing like an inflamed, itchy hair follicle to make you run for cover. This common summertime problem may be managed by:
- Changing out of wet or sweaty clothing after workouts or outdoor activities.
- Choose light, airy clothing on hot, humid days. The more air that can reach the skin, the less likely it is that hair follicles may become clogged.
- Avoid hot tub use if there is any question of cleanliness. The term “hot tub folliculitis” doesn’t exist for no reason!
Need help with your skin? Call your Sugar Land dermatologist at (832) 770-6388.