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Does the very thought of going out in the summer heat scare you? With the onset of monsoon and slow transition from the summer, not only do we experience mild showers or fluctuation in temperature but several skin problems too. Considering many people have worked remotely for about a year or more, returning to a pre-pandemic workplace environment can take some preparation and mindset shifts. And one of them is taking care of your skin.
As we head back to the office, the increased exposure to sunlight and sudden showers can lead to dry and irritated skin, acne breakouts, tanning, sunburns, and inflammation. Therefore, it becomes very important to tackle these skincare woes as they can lead to serious skin diseases and cause prolonged skin damage.
Health Shots got in touch with skin expert Dr Prajct Sao, who shared some simple solutions to all of your skin problems during this weather transition.
The sun is excellent at draining moisture away from surfaces, including our skin. This is why, after spending time in the sun, our skin often feels dry and itchy. To prevent the drying effects of the sun and humidity of monsoon, stick to a non-oil based, lightweight moisturizer. You may also use it in combination with a moderate cooling cleaner.
Dr Sao, Dermatologist at Cetaphil, says, “Oily and sweaty skin prepares the ground for the acne and pimples causing germs to thrive upon. When you touch your sweaty face, germs and bacteria get attached to it, and as the pores are open, these toxins will close the pores, get stuck inside, and cause acne. Acne can be reduced by keeping the skin clean on a regular basis. Carry your gentle face wash or a mild hydrating cleanser with you at all times. give your skin a brief wash at least one time a day or whenever you feel it needs it.”
Constant sun exposure, which is more common across seasons, causes the skin to tan more easily. To keep your skin safe from tanning, try to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Moreover, sunscreen is essential even when you’re indoors. “Try to use a Vitamin C-infused sunscreen that may add nourishment to your skin and provide all-around UV and Infrared protection,” advises Dr Sao.
Increased temperatures come with greater humidity and this further increases the oil production from your skin’s oil glands. This is what gives you an unwanted greasy look and breakouts. If not taken care, your pores may become clogged and enlarged, thus resulting in accumulation of dead cells. Cleanse your skin not more than thrice a day as excessive cleansing may also result in moisture loss. Don’t forget to layer your moisturizer at regular intervals. This process should suffice from getting the skin too oily.
Clogged sweat glands prevent the evaporation of sweat from the body which cause tiny itchy bumps on the skin leading to a rash. Many people experience a prickly sensation on their skin when the bumps rupture and leak sweat. Dr Sao suggests “Always wear lightweight, loose-fitting cotton clothes. Keep yourself clean and take a bath using antibacterial soap.”
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