Summer skin problems and their remedies

During summer days your skin is sure to develop some or other problems due to the heavy heat accompanied with the high humidity. This weather is not particularlyfriendly for the skin and the extreme heat wave is most likely to cause painful and irritating skin conditions, sooner or later. However, the best thing is that these summer skin issues can be prevented and treated. There are a number of home remedies that can effectively treat the skin problems prevalent during summer.

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However, the home remedies work best when they are used religiously as soon as the symptoms become evident and they need repeated applications. In case the condition seems to be severe, checking out with a skin specialist is best suggested. Here we will discuss about some of the common skin problems during summer and how to cure them with simple home remedies.

Heat rash

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This is one of the most common skin issues that many people face during summer. Heat rash is caused due to clogged sweat ducts. When the perspiration is trapped within the sweat glands and is not able to come above the skin, they accumulate under the skin and causered itchy spots, bumps or even blisters. Heat rashes are most common in the skin folds and areas that come in contact with clothes. Normally, heat rash goes off naturally within 3-4 days; and in this span you need to ensure that you put on only lightweight and breathable clothing so that the skin of the affected area is not further rubbed or the perspiration is not trapped within the clothing, exaggerating the condition.

Remedy: The best way to prevent this condition is to ensure that the sweat pores under the skin are not clogged. You can do that by scrubbing your skin regularly with a mild scrubber, which will keep the dead cells and dirt away from the pores. The most effective home remedy to treat heat rash is Aloe Vera. Prepare some fresh Aloe Vera pulp from Aloe Vera leaves and apply it onto the affected skin twice or thrice a day. It will relieve the itching and burning sensation. If the condition is not cured within 3-4 days or it is not improved even after using Aloe Vera for 2 days, check out with a doctor.

Sun allergy

Sun allergy is another common summer skin problem for people with high skin sensitivity. Unlike sunburn, sun allergy can affect you even if you chose to stay indoors when the sun is high. This is a skin condition caused as an allergy to the sun rays and heat. Sun allergies can be of different types and they can be of different extent. Common types of sun allergies will reduce naturally within 1-2 days and take around 1 week to cure completely, if not exposed to heat. If the condition seems to worsen with time consult a skin specialist.

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Remedy: The best prevention from sun allergies is to stay away from sun and heat. So, if you have a very sensitive skin, chose to stay within air conditioned environment during the day. Sun allergies usually start with a mild burning sensation on the affected part of the skin. So, as soon as you feel anything like that treat it with cold water or a mixture of cold water and witch hazel. Aloe Vera gel can also be helpful.

Prickly heat rash

This is also a very common type of skin rash during summer which is accompanied with extreme itching sensation. This condition is caused mostly due to over sweating during hot and humid summer. The rashes appear in form of small red raised bumps and are most common on parts like back, armpits and neck.

Remedy: Controlling excessive sweat by staying within air-conditioned environment or by cooling down the body repeatedly through frequent bathing can be the best prevention for this condition. Prickly heat rashes can be best treated by using home remedies like Aloe Vera and Witch hazel. These remedies reduce the itchy feeling considerably. Using medicated skin soothing lotions like calamines can also be helpful.

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Sunburn

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When your skin is exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun during summer it takes the burn. Sunburn can be very painful and it causes darkening of the skin of the burnt area. Sunburn is most common in skin areas that remain exposed, like the face, neck and the hands.

Remedy: The best prevention from sunburn is to wear light breathable clothes that cover most of the skin. Also use a sunscreen lotion that offers protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays. In case you get sunburn, treat it immediately with cold rose water or Aloe Vera gel. You can follow with a pack of sour curd and moisturize the affected skin with coconut oil afterwards to get the best results. In extreme cases, consult a doctor.

Insect bites and stings

During the summer months insects like spiders, mosquitoes, ants and bees all come out of their hiding places. Hence, getting an insect bite or sting during summer is pretty common. If the insect bite seems to be severe, consult a doctor.

Remedy: Using a thick layer of sandalwood paste or fuller’s earth soaked in rose water on the affected area of the skin can help in reducing the skin allergies caused due to the insect bites. Using a calamine lotion also helps.

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Summer acne

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Acne is not a problem that appears only during summer, but it is surely a skin condition that becomes more severe during summer. The summer heat causes excessive sweating of the facial skin as well as the oil secretion from the skin pores also increases. These conditions together, exaggerate the problem of acne during summer and even if your acne had subsided to a great extent during the winter, you are sure to see them back again as soon as summer makes its appearance.  However, if you are cautious enough, you can easily control the outbreak of summer acne by following some simple home remedies.

Remedy: Using a natural skin toner made from neem and tulsi leaves can be highly effective to control the excess oil secretion from the skin during summer and it will also stop the growth of infection causing bacteria on the skin, helping you to stay away from acne.  Add 20 numbers of neem leaves and 15 number of tulsi leaves in 2 cups of boiling water and let it boil till the water becomes half. Now strain the leaves and store the concoction in the fridge. You can use this concoction for washing your skin 2-3 times a day and you are sure to get relief from summer acne.

In case, you already have some outbreaks, you can also use a pack made from turmeric and sandalwood to control the summer acne effectively.

Dry skin

Summer can also cause the problem of dry skin, particularly because of the exposure to the heat and the UV rays of the sun.  So, while ensuring that your skin is not heavily exposed to either of the above, you also need to take the following measures to solve the problem.

Remedy: One of the best and easiest remedy of treating dry skin during summer is to drink plenty of water along with lots of leafy green vegetables and fruits, which will help your skin to stay healthy naturally. Apart from that using a non-greasy moisturizer on the skincan also be effective.

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