Skin care during the monsoon

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During the monsoon season, the humidity can seem unbearable. But did you know that it can also cause a multitude of skin problems? Keep reading to get your dermatologist's guide to treat your skin during the wet season!

Problem # 1: acne

Get tons of zits this season? You're not alone. The heat and humidity of summer make the skin much more prone to break. Essentially, all that sweat clogs your pores, giving you those black dots and nasty black spots!

How to treat it?

First, change your skin care products! Look for a face wash that contains salicylic acid but also balances the pH of your skin. And, wash your face no more than twice a day to avoid excessive drying of the skin. Second, look for products that are not comedogenic, which means that these lotions do not have ingredients that clog their pores. Finally, go to your dermatologist, who will prescribe a medication to treat acne, so you have a clear skin this summer!

Problem # 2: Heat rash

In the monsoons, many will get red bumps that will burst quickly on their chest and back. This is a rash by basic or miliary heat. Essentially, the sweat glands become clogged leading to this red rash.

How to treat it?

Most important, be sure to keep your body dry. Use fabrics such as cotton that help remove moisture so your skin does not get oily or sweaty. And, be sure to bathe immediately and change clothes after exercising. To treat it, generally a mild antiseptic wash for the body with balanced pH will do the job. It will usually contain benzoyl peroxide or triclosan, and should be used once a day. In case your heat rash does not resolve, your dermatologist will prescribe a mild medication to get rid of your skin problems.

Problem # 3: Skin fungal infections

During hot and humid weather, fungal infections such as ringworm and athlete's foot affect many men, women and children. Ringworm is extremely common, particularly during these summer months. It usually begins as a small circular itchy rash that can occur anywhere on the body or scalp. And, it will spread if it is not treated! You get this by sharing items, clothing or touching an infected person, or even by swimming in a pool or an infected floor.

Athlete's foot is another problem in itself. This unfortunate condition is both smelly and uncomfortable. This infection causes a red, scaly, moist, itchy rash that begins between the toes and grows to cover the entire sole of the foot. Since this fungus blooms in sweaty conditions, the summer monsoon is an ideal time for it to grow. It is contagious and is often transmitted by walking barefoot in gyms or outside on the floor.

How to treat it?

Luckily, these conditions are easy to deal with. The first step is prevention. Make sure to keep your body and feet dry. Shower twice a day, wear cotton clothes that absorb excess moisture and consider using powder to absorb excess sweat. Also, use chappals and sandals when walking in common gym areas or at home. And, take off your sweaty socks immediately and use open sandals as much as possible to ventilate your feet. The last step is the treatment. These infections should be treated with topical or oral antifungals. Then, go to your dermatologist to get your prescription, so you can be free of ringworm and without athlete's foot in less than 8 weeks.

Dr. Bhavesh Shah

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