The very idea of summer conjures up images of basking on the beach, relaxing in the backyard or going on a hike in the wilderness. However, sudden exposure to the sun can lead to a severe summer skin rash, especially if you have spent the winter cooped up indoors. Summertime weather along with bugs, sweat and dust can all cause your skin to break out into rashes, blisters and even acne. There are many skin problems typically seen in summer season, so let us take a look at ways to deal with them.
Problem: Itchy skin, no rash
This could be eczema or pruritis. If the itching is severe, have it examined by a doctor, since severe pruritis is associated with higher bilirubin levels. Symptoms of pruritis include localized itching on hands and feet. There may also be generalized itching. Solution: use warm water for bathing; avoid hot water. Use oatmeal bath. Apply antihistamine, cortisone creams and moisturizing lotions. Stay away from harsh detergents and soaps.
Problem: Bug bites
Bugs like mosquitoes, ants, ticks, fleas etc can ruin your summer hikes and camping trips. It is best to use a repellent to avoid them in the first place. Solution:If you have been bit already, use calamine lotion, Aloe vera gel, or medicated anti-itch creams. Oral antihistamines like Benadryl® can also help. In fact, you must keep anti-histamines on hand always to counter common skin problems in summer season.
Problem: Heat rash
Heat rash in adults and babies arises in hot, humid weather. Such conditions cause our sweat glands to work harder than usual. If you end up wearing tight, synthetic clothes, the sweat is held against your skin causing it to erupt into heat rash or miliaria. Solution: The best heat rash cure is to stay indoors in a cool, climate controlled environment. To get rid of heat rash quickly, bathe in cool water and wear loose cotton clothing. You can also keep your skin cool by sitting under a fan. This will help the perspiration evaporate, giving you much needed relief. You can also use Calamine lotion, Aloe Vera gel, oatmeal bath, and/or anti histamines to prevent itchiness and burning of the skin. Drink plenty of water to keep the sweat mechanism working properly.
Sunburn occurs when your skin is exposed to the harsh summer sun for prolonged periods. It can lead to burning, peeling of skin. Severe sunburn can also cause heat exhaustion or sunstroke. The best thing to do is avoid getting burnt in the first place. You can do so by staying in the shade between peak sunny hours of 10 am to 4 pm. Also use a sunscreen with SPF 30++ having broad spectrum UV protection. Solution: If you do get sun-burnt, your skin might take a few days to heal. It will peel off as it heals, so be very gentle with it. Use gentle cleansers or soaps, or none at all. Avoid harsh gels and cosmetics as they can further aggravate the skin. Aloe Vera gel is soothing and so is Calamine lotion. These can help cool the skin and give relief from burning, pain and inflammation.
Problem: Acne and back acne
Acne is common in teenagers but many adults experience breakouts in summer months. Back acne occurs when the sweat clogs the sebaceous glands. The bacteria trapped inside the pores along with sweat and dirt then results in pimples and pustules on the face, back, chest and/or buttocks. The summer heat and humidity can worsen these breakouts. Solution: You might need prescription drugs like Accutane®, clindoxyl or tetracycline to clear severe acne. Keep the skin clean and sweat free by bathing frequently. Use a mild soap or acne specific cleanser. Drink plenty of water and try to refrain from eating deep fried, greasy and sugary foods.
Problem: Greasy, shiny skin
This is highly common among all summer skin problems. The steamy, humid weather results in an oily sheen on the face and body, which is prone to rashes and breakouts. Increased sweat production makes matters worse as the skin then invites heat rashes, acne and other issues. Solution: The best way to keep the skin oil free is to use a mild cleanser. You can also use an oil-free SPF or sunscreen.Avoid harsh products containing AHA and salicylic acid as they can dry up the skin and cause the oil glands to go into an overdrive. You may also use a blotting tissue to wipe off the excess oil and sweat from time to time.
As can be seen, it is easy to fight effects of nature and keep your skin looking radiant and healthy. Try the above summer rashes home remedies and keep common summer rash issues under control.