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Summer is here, and that means skin problems like sun damage and heat rash are back with a vengeance. But these aren’t the only summer skin ailments you might deal with this year. Here’s what you need to know about common summer skin issues and their treatments.
Sunburn is one of the most common summer skin ailments people suffer from. And, unfortunately, it can be directly related to the development of several different types of skin cancer. While treatments like aloe gel exist to soothe the side effects of sunburn, it’s better to prevent this skin ailment altogether, if possible. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways you can do just that. First, make sure you’re wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every time you go outside. In addition, try to seek out shady areas when you’re outside for extended periods of time. Wearing wide-brimmed hats and other forms of protective clothing can also help prevent and minimize the effects of sunburn and sun damage on your skin. It pays in dividends to take preventive measures for this summer skin nuisance.
It might seem like heat rash only affects young children and infants, but the truth is that this skin rash can affect just about anyone. The most common cause of heat rash during the summer is restrictive or non-breathable clothing or skin constantly rubbing against more skin. When heat rash happens, sweat ducts are trapping sweat under the skin instead of releasing it, which results in an annoying red rash and sometimes blisters on the skin. Heat rash will usually clear up on its own in a few days without treatment, but making sure your skin is cool and well-aerated can help accelerate the healing process. In order to prevent this rash in the future, make sure you’re wearing light, breathable clothing and staying cool.
For people who have acne-prone skin, summer can pose a few issues. When it’s hot and humid outside, your skin is sweating more often, which means dirt and bacteria have more of a chance to build up on your skin and contribute to breakouts. And when it comes to acne, prevention isn’t always possible when you’re not sure what your acne triggers are. Staying hydrated and keeping anything that touches your face clean can help, but the best treatment for summer acne issues comes from speaking with your dermatologist. It’s possible that the acne skincare routine you were using during the winter won’t be as effective in the hot summer weather. If you suspect it’s time for a change, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist. In the meantime, using water-based lotions and washing your face after you sweat can be good preventive measures to take.
Summer skin issues can put a damper on the nice weather. If you need help finding the right treatment or have questions about skin care for sun damaged skin, contact us to set up an appointment at SE Dermatology Specialists today.