The monsoon can lead to a host of worrisome skin issues if you’re not careful. It should be noted that each skin reacts differently to the monsoon season, and as the weather changes, excessive humidity begins to take its toll on the skin.
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According to Dr. Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, “Excessive sweating and rainwater are never kind to the skin.”
“Not to mention that the skin becomes a breeding ground for various bacteria and germs. The good news, however, is that there are simple solutions that can help control most skin problems,” she says.
The doctor lists them here; continue reading.
1. Acne: The increased humidity makes your skin a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Take the following steps to fight acne:
* Exfoliate your skin at least 2-3 times a week to prevent clogged skin pores.
* Switch to a light or gel-based skin moisturizer.
* Consult your dermatologist for a salicylic acid face wash, which will be gentle on your skin and protect the natural oils.
*Keep your makeup routine simple and remember to take it off completely once you’re home.
* Clay or charcoal masks prevent oiliness on the skin and eliminate impurities.
* Do not wash your face too much. Washing your face once or twice a day is enough.
* Mix honey with a few drops of lime and apply daily on your face. This will prevent oiliness.
2. Allergies: Skin allergies during monsoons are common. They cause irritation and inflammation. Pollutants and rainwater also increase the risk of allergies. It can cause eczema, which gets worse during the monsoon. Here are some tips to ward off allergies:
* Use a mild cleanser for face and skin.
* Use skin-friendly ingredients like oatmeal, aloe vera, sandalwood powder, cocoa butter, chamomile, etc., to soothe the skin.
* Make sure your skincare products are alcohol-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.
3. Athlete’s foot: It can be painful; fungal infection infects feet and nails. It can cause blisters, thick yellow patches, itchy skin and cracks on the nails. If left unchecked, it can cause bleeding and pain and excessively dry skin during the monsoon season. It is contagious, but can be controlled easily by:
* Avoid walking in the rain or puddles.
* Choose to wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
* Do not wear wet shoes or socks.
* Keep your feet as dry as possible.
* Using antifungal power before wearing shoes.
* Use neem and coconut oil to protect the feet.
4. Pigmentation: Hyperpigmentation is a common problem during monsoons, which causes an area of skin to darken. It is completely harmless, but causes an overproduction of melanin, which can make the skin look dull. The solution is to:
* Avoid sun exposure as much as possible.
* Use sunscreen of SPF 40 and above every day.
* Wear hats and sunglasses during the day or take an umbrella with you.
Other useful tips, according to the expert
Most monsoon skin problems can be easily avoided if you:
– Wash your hands and feet regularly and keep them dry and moisturized.
– Wear loose, breathable cotton clothing.
– Avoid sharing towels, sheets, etc., with anyone.
– Do not skip the invigorating and moisturizing cleansing routine every morning and once before going to bed.
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