Summer is often considered a favorite season by most and for good reason. You can finally enjoy warm weather, outdoor activities, eating on patios and more. With warm weather, though, we often forget how important it is to protect and take care of our skin. Many skin issues are associated with cold weather, but summer brings along its own skin issues. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute will help you prepare for these five skin issues and teach you how to conquer them below.
Even though warmer weather has arrived it often brings a variety of skin issues with it. These skin issues can include sunburn, dry skin, acne, poison ivy or heat rash. Depending on how and where you spend your summer, inside or outside, you may experience one, two, all or none of these skin issues.
The most common of these skin issues is sunburn. With many summer activities such as hiking, swimming, or golfing taking place outside, a sunburn can easily happen if your skin has not been protected. During the summer and even during the winter, sunscreen should become part of your daily routine. Even when you cannot see the sun it can still cause damage. If you forego sunscreen you are risking a sunburn and sun damage that could potentially turn into melanoma. Sunscreen will protect you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Another skin issue people are often faced with in the summer is dry skin. In the summer we often experience hot and humid weather on top of running the air conditioning to stay cool. These can all cause your skin to become dry. To combat dryness use moisturizer on your face and lotion on your body to help retain moisture in your skin. Additionally, after being outside on a hot day, take a warm shower rather than a hot shower, which will dry out your skin even more.
Most do not associate acne with the summer, but it is very common. The hot weather often makes us sweat which combines with the bacteria and oils on our skin resulting in acne. To lower the chances of sweat induced acne be sure to blot sweat away rather than wiping away, wash sweaty clothes before wearing them again, and use oil free products on your face.
Hiking and being outdoors is one of the many perks of summer. If you are not careful though you could end up with poison ivy. Always pay attention to any greenery or shrubbery you walk through so you do not come down with a case of poison ivy. If you do get a poison ivy rash, you will want to purchase calamine lotion and place it on the poison ivy to help stop the itching and to heal it as fast as possible.
Heat rash is caused when you are sweating profusely but the sweat cannot get out due to blocked sweat glands. This causes a rash and itchy bumps. To avoid coming down with a heat rash try not to profusely sweat by wearing light clothing and keeping your skin cool.
If you are experiencing one or more of these summer skin issues our dermatologists want to help you clear them up. If you are in the Bloomington, Illinois or surrounding areas complete this form to get in touch with us.
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