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It’s summertime, meaning everyone is spending more time outside enjoying the sun and warm weather. Despite taking precautions, all the extra exposure to the heat, may cause some skin problems. Here are five common summer skin issues, and how to manage them.

Common Summer Skin Conditionsdermatologist examining a heat rash in the summer season

Watch out for these common summer skin conditions and issues while your soaking up the sun this season.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is a common summer skin problem that can affect people of all ages. These red or pink rashes are often itchy, and may be accompanied by blisters or bumps. It’s most commonly seen on the chest, back, neck, and groin. Heat rash is caused by overexposure to the sun or to hot, humid weather.

Summer-related heat rash treatment typically includes over-the-counter antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream, and keeping the area clean and dry. In severe cases, oral steroids may be necessary. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the condition and to take steps to prevent it. Summer heat rash prevention includes staying cool and avoiding excessive sweating, wearing loose-fitting clothes, and using an umbrella or hat during peak temperatures.

Sunburn

Sunburn is a kind of skin inflammation that happens when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) beams consume the skin. A sunburn can cause redness, swelling, and peeling of the skin. In severe cases, sunburn can cause headaches, queasiness, and fever.

While there are no prescriptions for sunburn, there are a few things you can do to ease sunburn side effects and help your skin mend. You can apply cooling lotions or creams like aloe, place a cool cloth on the affected skin to ease burning, or take a pain reliever to reduce swelling. Be sure to also drink extra water to prevent dehydration.

Dry Skin

One of the most common skin issues people experience during summer is dry skin. The warm weather and high humidity can cause the moisture in your skin to evaporate, resulting in dry, flaky skin. Sun exposure can also contribute to dryness, as UV rays can damage the layer of skin that helps to keep your skin hydrated.

Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent and treat dry skin during summer. First, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated from the inside out. Secondly, use a humidifier in your home or office to help add moisture to the air. Lastly, use a gentle, hydrating cleanser and moisturizer that is designed for dry skin. By following these tips, you can help to keep your skin healthy and hydrated all summer long!

Acne

Many people wonder why their acne is worse in the summer and there are some key reasons behind it. Summer acne breakouts occur when the pores of the skin become clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria. When it’s summer we tend to sweat more and there’s increased humidity in the air. These two things cause increased oil production which contribute to summer acne breakouts.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent and treat acne during the summer months including washing your face more often, exfoliating regularly, and wearing noncomedogenic makeup if any at all.

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is a common problem in the summer months due to the increased time people spend in nature. The plant contains a substance called urushiol, which can cause an itchy, blistering rash. Poison ivy is found across North America, and contact with the plant is the most common cause of poison ivy contact dermatitis. The best way to prevent poison ivy dermatitis is to learn the characteristics of these plants and avoid contact with them.

If you do come into contact with poison ivy, it is important to wash the area with soap and water as soon as possible. You can also apply a topical corticosteroid cream to help relieve the itching. If you have a severe reaction, you may need to see a dermatologist for prescription cream. With proper treatment, most cases of poison ivy dermatitis will resolve within two weeks.

Summer Skin Care Tips

The summer months are a great time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. However, the summer sun can also be damaging to your skin if you don’t take precautions. To keep your skin looking its best, follow these summer skin care tips:

    • always wear sunscreen when outdoors
    • choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
    • stay out of the direct sun during the hottest hours of the day, typically between 10 am and 4 pm.
    • seek out shady areas or wear wide-brimmed hats
    • stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
    • moisturize daily

If you are having severe summer skin issues you may need to seek the care of a dermatologist. Summer is also a great time to take advantage of skin cancer screenings to ensure that extra sun isn’t developing into something more. Contact us to learn more about our services and schedule a consultation today!