Summer is in high gear. While you're outside enjoying the sun, you could be developing skin problems that you didn't even know about. Unfortunately, skin problems can really put a damper on your summer fun, especially if you don't know how to avoid them. Here's some information that will help you care for your skin and avoid irritating problems this summer.
Stop Summer Acne Breakouts
If you're like most people, you probably tend to sweat more than usual. If your face sweats, you might use your hands to wipe the moisture away. Unfortunately, that scenario sets you up for a massive onslaught of summer acne. First, excess oils in your skin during the summer causes your pores to get clogged, which leads to an increased risk of acne. Second, the bacteria on your hands mixes with the oils and sweat, creating the perfect breeding ground for more acne. You can stop summer acne breakouts by blotting the sweat away with a clean cloth, washing your face at least twice a day, and washing anything that comes in contact with your skin – including hats and headbands.
Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin
Summer is notorious for causing dry itchy skin, especially if you spend a lot of time out in the sun, or in highly chlorinated swimming pools. Luckily, there are some ways you can sooth dry itchy skin. One way is to take cool showers instead of hot showers during the summer. Another way is to use a daily moisturizer that contains sunscreen. Finally, install a humidifier in your home and use it throughout the summer.
If you've ever looked closely at your body, you've seen those tiny follicles where your hairs grow from. When they're kept clean, they usually don't cause any problems. However, during the summer, they can develop an infection known as folliculitis. Unfortunately, folliculitis can cause serious pimple-like sores to develop on your skin. To avoid that, you should take a shower as soon as your done exercising, wash your workout clothes after each use, and wear loose-fitting clothing.
Avoid Clam Digger's Itch
If you're going to be heading to the beach or the lake this summer, you need to be aware of clam digger's itch. This is a condition caused when small parasites burrow into your skin. These parasites usually limit their burrowing to areas of the skin that weren't covered by clothing. The parasites cause little red bumps to develop. To avoid clam digger's itch, always dry off briskly as soon as you get out of the water. That way, the parasites don't have the chance to dig in.
Don't take chances with summer skin irritations. Use the information provided here to keep your skin clean and clear. If you develop rashes or other types of skin irritations this summer, be sure to contact physician services as soon as possible.