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Beat the skin problems this summer


It is only March and temperatures in Chennai have gone up. Yet we need to continue our usual daily routines that require us to go out in the scorching sun.

The harsh sun along with air pollution hurts our skin. Several skin disorders arise due to this and create much discomfort. Here is a list of some common skin problems that may happen due to the intense summer heat and some basic tips on managing them.

1. Heat Rash or Prickly Heat

This is a red rash or bumps on skin that feels itchy or creates a prickling sensation. This occurs when your sweat glands get blocked due to various reasons. They may get blocked by air pollutants or by dead skin cells.Wearing tight clothing during summer prevents sweat from evaporating in those places also leading to heat rash.

Ways to reduce occurrence of prickly heat

  • Have Regular baths to cool off the body and keep skin clean
  • Wear light weight and loose clothes made of natural fabrics such as cotton
  • Exercise only early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Whenever possible stay under a fan or in air-conditioned areas.

2. Sun Allergy

The skin gets a red, scaly, bumpy, and itchy rash. Sometimes you may also develop watery blisters. This condition happens to people who have a genetic predisposition to sun sensitivity.
Sun allergy also occurs when you take certain pain medications and antibiotics. The chemicals in these medicines sometimes react in your body when you are in the sun and cause the same allergic rash.

If you are prone to sun allergy

  • Ensure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or above that is waterproof.
  • Avoid going out in the sun if you are experiencing an allergic reaction when you are taking a drug.

3. Acne

Acne usually occurs for someone who is acne prone. But summer increases its possibility. When sweat mixes with oil and bacteria on your skin it clogs your pores and causes an acne breakout.

To keep acne away

  • Wash your skin frequently when you are sweating with a soap recommended by your dermatologist.
  • Pat your skin dry rather than rub it.
  • Remember to air our helmets under a fan after every use.
  • Always wash headbands, towels and clothes you wear and sun them well before using again.
  • Wash your hair regularly with a shampoo recommended by your dermatologist.
  • Do not try to break or squeeze pimples.
  • Stop touching your face. It can worsen the problem.
  • Use products that do not clog pores.

4. Sun Burn

If your skin is red and it hurts it is probably a case of sunburn.

Best remedies for sunburn

  • Be sure to wear a broad brimmed hat or cap when out in the sun.
  • Wear a broadband spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more.
  • Cool showers will help alleviate sunburn symptoms.
  • Aleovera gel is a natural remedy to cool skin after a sun burn.

These are the common skin disorders during summer. However there are several other skin conditions that are not listed in this article. It is also hard to differentiate one skin problem from another and it is essential to consult a good dermatologist to know what the cause of the problem is. For good diagnosis of skin disorders as well as acne treatments, and treatment of other skin problems,Get in touch with Mint Hospitals in Adyar that has a well-rounded dermatology department. If in need of a dermatologist in Adyar please visit their website http://minthospitals.com/ for further details on their team and consultations.