Top Five Summer Skin Problems
The hot summer weather can take a toll on your skin. While you are out enjoying the warm weather, sunshine and fresh air, your skin is struggling to adjust to the sudden changes. Here are the top five most common issues related to summer weather:
Breakouts and Acne – summer breakouts are a common issue, even for those who are not acne prone. Warm weather causes the skin to sweat – this not only results in clogged pores, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria (specifically the acne bacteria called P.acnes) – the most common cause of acne. So how do you overcome this most common of all summer skin problems?
- If your outdoor activity leaves you sweating, try to rinse or wash immediately following your activity to prevent sweat from sticking to the skin. Even simply wiping your face with a clean cloth will help enormously.
- Carry face-blotting papers to keep skin oil free and sweat free.
- Use non-comedogenic sunscreen that will not clog pores – remember to use a broad spectrum sunscreen that provide UVA and UVB protection.
- Use a salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide based cleanser twice a day to help keep pores clear by removing excess oils.
- If you find that your acne gets worse during the summer months, consider blue LED light therapy – it’s proven to fight acne by penetrating molecules within the skin that cause the formation of acne bacteria. These molecules react to the blue light by producing free radicals that destroy the bacteria. If you don’t want to have professional treatments, there are hand held blue LED light tools you can purchase so you can treat yourself at home.
Sunburn – clearly, sunburn is a common problem during summer months. No matter how hard you try to stay out of the sun, chances are at one point during the summer, you will overexpose your skin to the sun’s harmful rays and get a sunburn. Treating sunburn as soon as possible will help reduce the damage to the skin. There are dozen’s a home remedies for sunburn, but here are some quick, effective treatments:
- Reduce swelling and redness by taking a dose of ibuprofen (like Advil or Asprin) as soon as you see signs of sunburn and keep taking these for the next 48 hours. Taking acetaminophen (likeTylenol) will treat the pain, but will not reduce the inflammation.
- Take a cool bath or shower, pat the skin dry and apply a soothing aloe gel or moisturizer with Vitamins C or E – these added vitamins in the cream can help lessen the damage to the skin. Apply cream frequently to make peeling and flaking less noticeable. Using a hydrocortisone cream for a day or two will relieve the immediate discomfort. DO NOT pick or peel the skin or break any blisters, rather allow the skin to heal naturally and in its own time
- Avoid the sun or wear protective clothing to cover damaged skin and wear broad spectrum sunscreen at all times.
Redness and Hyperpigmentation – those who suffer from Rosacea, Melasma and other skin disorders will notice that their condition worsens in the summer. That’s because the sun triggers inflammation and the production of melanin. Try these simple remedies to keep skin tone even during the summer:
- First, the obvious, avoid the sun, wear protective clothing (like a hat) and use sunscreen daily – preferably zinc oxide sunscreen for sensitive skin types.
- Those with Melasma should exfoliate regularly with a mild acid peel to break up and remove pigmented skin cells. Use products to help even the skin tone like Avon’s affordable Anew Luminosity Ultra Advanced Skin Brightener with SPF15 for and added bonus.
- We have more tips for addressing issues of redness and hyperpigmentation if you click here.
Razor Burn – keeping your nether-parts perfectly groomed for the summer often results in razor burn – a common condition that occurs when the shaved hairs get blocked, causing in-grown hairs. These can be irritating and may even become inflamed. Here are some quick tips on dealing with razor burn and ingrown hairs – for more info, see our article on Ingrown Hairs:
- Gently exfoliate the area with a loofah or gently scrub to open the pore and release the hair.
- Soften the skin before shaving, the will help relax the hair follicle.
- Trim the hair before shaving and be sure to use a good, clean shaver.
- Already irritated? Avoid tight clothing and apply a soothing cream to the skin to reduce inflammation.
- Do not pick the bumps!
Cracked Feet and Calluses – the pressure and friction caused by walking in bare feet and open sandals can cause a build-up and thickening of the skin, resulting in cracked heels and calluses – another common summer skin problem.
- Treat cracked heels with a salt bath and pumice stone.
- Use thick creams or mineral based moisturizers are night to treat dry, cracked skin.
- Read more about treating cracked heels and dry feet in our article Rough Feet and Cracked Heels