Summer is a time when your skin gets covered with nasty looking bumps, rashes, and fluid oozing pustules that itch continuously. These skin irritations are often sweat-induced or are allergic reactions and heat rashes. Here, we have discussed five common skin problems that most of us face during summers:
1. Heat Rash or Prickly Heat
This is a common skin problem in Indian sub-continent during summers. It looks like small bumps (often fluid-filled) and might have an acne-like breakout in worst cases. With excessive sweating, your skin pores are clogged, causing heat rashes. To avoid this, try wearing loose-fitting clothes and breathable fabrics like cotton. To treat heat rashes, you can apply Furacol-C cream. This is an entirely Ayurvedic product that soothes your skin and keeps rashes and other skin problems at bay. For more details, visit https://www.jmdmedico.com/product/furacol-c-cream/.
- Apply mint leaves paste or neem leaves as both the leaves are anti-inflammatory and have a cooling effect
- Another home remedy is to make a paste of sandalwood and rose water and apply on effected area for 20 to 30 minutes
- Baking soda is one of the effective remedies as well wherein add a teaspoon of baking soda to one cup water and stir properly, rinse a soft cotton cloth in this mixture then wring out the extra water and apply on the effected area for 15 to 20 minutes
The sweat makes your skin trap dust, grime and other pollutants present in the air, especially if you spend more time outdoors. This combination of heat and dirt causes acne and pimples to grow. The dust clogs your skin pores, and the heat facilitates bacterial growth. To keep acne at bay, take care of your skin and keep it clean always. You can also use Furacol-C by JMD Medico to treat acne.
- Apply Honey directly on effected area for 15-20 minutes twice daily
- Apply Aloevera directly on the skin for 15-20 minutes twice daily
- Have lot of citrus fruits or food rich in Vitamin C to treat acnes from the root
- Make a pack of Neem leaves or mint leaves, add turmeric powder and rose water to it. Apply on the skin for 15-20 minutes to reduce acne and acne marks
The summer sun is very harsh. And it can burn your skin, causing red patches, and rashes. These rashes are accompanied with irritation and burning sensation. People with sensitive skin are prone to this condition called sunburn. The only way to protect your skin is to minimise your exposure to sun, especially during the afternoons; at the same time, use sunscreen lotion and umbrella religiously.
- Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water and take a shower with that. Do not apply soap for relief. Similarly Baking soda water shower can be taken
- Drink lot of fresh fruit juices especially watermelon, orange, mausambi as the irritations also happens due to dehydration and dryness of the skin
- Yogurt can be applied to sunburnt areas for cooling effect
- Cucumber paste can be applied on the affected areas as it has natural anti-oxidants and has a cooling effect on the rashes and reduces irritation
This is a bacterial infection affecting your skin. The bacteria develop in the warm, dark, humid environment and sweaty skin further aggravates the growth. That’s why contracting Folliculitis in summers is comparatively easy those other times of the year. This appears like red bumps in areas such as buttocks, shoulders, thighs. These bumps give you a burning sensation and might itch as well. To prevent Folliculitis, it is recommended to avoid wearing tight clothes during summers. Wear breathable fabric so that sweat doesn’t accumulate in your body. Also, take a shower and keep your skin sweat-free.
- Apply coconut oil to effected area. It contains compounds like capric acid, lauric acid and others which are good for the skin
- Neem has antiseptic and antifungal properties. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, neem is used to treat a variety of skin conditions and it can be used in Oil form paste form or even boiled neem water is useful for providing relief from the irritation
- Garlic also contains vitamin C and other anti-inflammatory compounds that contribute to treat inflammation. To help treat folliculitis, eat three or four garlic cloves daily to increase immunity
- Turmeric can also be used either externally as a paste with rose water on effected area or can be consumed as a mix of water and 1 teaspoon of turmeric daily to fight folliculitis
This mainly appears in skin folds due to constant accumulation of sweat. In this condition, your skin folds red and tender rashes. This is more common in people with diabetes. Keep your skin folds as dry as possible and avoid accumulation of sweat.
- Clothing should be loose and comfortable, especially wear cotton or fabric that is easy on the skin
- Cool Skim Milk compress can be done to reduce inflammation and rashes
- Corn starch is a very effective remedy as it absorbs moisture easily, so apply corn starch powder on the effected area after completely drying it
- Take a shower frequently and maintain good personal hygiene
Mostly all skin problems are developed due to a weakened immune system. Also a lot of heat is created within the body and along with soaring temperatures in summers managing healthy skin becomes more difficult. So all our home remedies are along the lines of increasing immunity and cooling the body and maintaining a normal body temperature.
Immediately consult a dermatologist if any of the skin conditions persists for long.