4 Common Skin Problems That Happen During Summer And Easy Remedies For Them

You know the drill: put on some good sunscreen, put on your sunglasses and protective clothing and you’re ready to face the summer heat. However, even with the best preventive measures, summers can cause a lot of skin problems. The high temperature and humidity can make you sweat more, which in turn leads to itchy skin and rashes.

While it’s important to see a doctor if your condition is severe, mild summer skin issues can easily be managed and even avoided at home. Here are four such skin problems and remedies you can try at home to relieve them.

1. Dry skin

Dry skin is one of the most common problems in summer. Dehydration, when you spend more time outdoors, can further dry out your skin and irritate it. If you’re starting to get dry skin, try this:

  • Use a mild soap. Antibacterial soaps or those with deodorant can dry out your skin.
  • Moisturize your skin well after bathing and washing your hands. Keep a moisturizer handy.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen every time you go out, even if it’s not sunny. Do not only apply it on your face, but also on other exposed parts of your body. Reapply every two hours.

2. Acne

Summer heat, humidity and sweat can clog pores with dirt and cause acne breakouts. Experts suggest avoiding using sweaty towels or clothes and using non-comedogenic (oil-free) products on your face. Here is a home remedy for acne breakouts:

What you will need:

  • Honey – 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon

How to use:

  • Mix honey and cinnamon to make a smooth paste.
  • Apply a thin layer of paste to acne-prone areas.
  • Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.

Both honey and cinnamon have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve pain and inflammation associated with acne. They also have antibacterial properties and can suppress the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

3. Sunburn

No matter how hard we try to avoid it, sunburn can sneak up on your skin. It can cause swelling and painful rashes, and in severe cases can cause peeling skin. Mild sunburns can be managed at home with the following remedies:

  • Apply an even layer of aloe vera gel to the affected area. You can buy 100% aloe gel in the market or find it fresh in a plant at home.
  • Wash the affected area with cold water. This will help cool the skin and relieve inflammation.
  • Regularly apply moisturizer to the affected area and drink plenty of water.

Aloe vera gel has antibacterial properties and can help relieve some of the pain. Use it only on minor burns and contact a doctor if you think the burn is severe.

4. Prickly Heat

Prickly heat or rashes occur due to blockage of sweat glands. They lead to blisters, itching and rashes. Experts say that to avoid the prickly heat you should wear loose clothing and try to keep yourself cool with fans, cool drinks, etc. However, if you have heat rash, you can try the following home remedy:

What you will need:

groats

How to use:

  • Mix equal amounts of rolled oats and water to make a paste.
  • Apply an even layer of paste to the affected area.
  • Let stand for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.

Make sure the water you use is not too hot. Oatmeal helps relieve inflammation, which is why it can be helpful in reducing swelling and pain associated with rashes.

For more information, read our article Tips for managing dry skin.

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