4 of the Most Common Summer Skin Conditions

4 of the Most Common Summer Skin Conditions

When we’re in the midst of summer, we tend to pay a lot more attention to our skin. We lather on sunscreen, exfoliate when we have the time, and worry about wrinkles from squinting at the sun. All these concerns can be further aggravated if we have a skin condition. Below, we discuss some of the most common summer skin conditions and present some ideas on how to control them. Check it out!

Summer Skin Conditions

Acne Breakouts

Summer is acne season—clogged pores happen easily when sweat mixes with bacteria and oils on your skin. Acne can depend on skin type, but typically, people tend to struggle with acne in the summer because of increased sweat.

Tips for Prevention

Washing your face at least twice a day is always important, but it’s especially important during the summer. If you’ve exercised or spent time outdoors, wash your face after the fact. There are so many products for preventing and controlling acne, but we’ve found that salicylic acid has the most benefits. Talk with your dermatologist, and try different methods!

Eczema Flare-Ups

Heat and sweat are some of the irritants that can lead to eczema flare-ups, which are therefore more prevalent in the summer. People with a history of eczema are even more susceptible to these summer flare-ups. They’ll notice more itching, red skin patches, and bumps.

Tips for Prevention

Talk to your dermatologist for specific medicines that may help you control these flare-ups. In addition, take regular showers to cool down your body—overheating can increase the urge to itch. Wear loose-fitting clothes when you can to give your skin room to breathe.

Heat Rash

Heat rash happens a bit more commonly in babies, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to it. When sweat glands are blocked, that can lead to rashes and tiny, itchy bumps. The rash can go away in a few days on its own, but the swell of summer can cause the issue to persist.

Tips for Prevention

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing when you’re out in the heat. Cool your skin as often as possible.

Dry Skin

More people deal with this in the winter, but it’s still one of the most common summer skin conditions. Skin becomes dry when it loses too much oil or water. If you spend your weekends in the pool or at the lake and then feel like your skin is extra-dry in the following days, then that may be the reason why. Humid air and even air-conditioned rooms can also cause dry skin.

Tips for Prevention

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! If you want to keep your skin soft and supple, then you need to make sure you don’t let your skin dry out. Use a face moisturizer at night before bed and then again in the morning. Also give your skin a break from the pool for a few days—your skin will thank you!

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