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Protecting Your Skin From the Summer Woes

The Summer season is here and we all love to be out and about. Although we want to have fun many of us struggle with our skin during this time of the season. Rashes, eye irritation, dry skin, and many others conditions can interrupt us on our summer vacations. So how do we get rid of these annoyances? Some causes they can’t be avoided without avoiding our activities all together, but we can learn how to deal with them in an effective manor.

Below you can read about protection, healing, and symptoms of our top 3  most common summer conditions.

Heat Rashes

What are they? Some of us are unclear on what heat rashes really are, from red bumps, to raised skin what makes a heat rash? Heat rashes are tiny red bumps that appear on the skin when sweat is blocked from escaping. The sweat glands get clogged and cause the skin irritation. The bumps generally turn red and can appear anywhere on the skin. The most common places are where skin touches skin. [examples armpits, underside of the elbow, groin, and behind the knee.]

It is important when going into the heat, or being active in the heat to wear loose clothing, and wipe excess sweat off the body regularly. Below are symptoms of a heat rash.

Symptoms of Heat Rash:

  • Excessive itching
  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Blistering
  • Prickly Sensations

Chlorine Allergies & Irritation:

Another troublesome problem during the summer months is chlorine. Typically chlorine doesn’t give a lot of physical skin problems but when used too much it can cause discomfort and some skin reactions. Typical use of chlorine to clean the pools is used at an amount of 4 parts per million but when you are not the one regulating the pools cleaners it can be a bit of a challenge.

If you swim regularly it can cause drying out of the skin and other problems including dry eye, and rashes. Some preventative steps are taking care of your skin daily. Which including inspecting, moisturizing, and removing the chlorine after each exposure.

Sunburns:

For those of you who are active in the summer it is wise to protect yourself from sun exposure. Sunburns while uncomfortable are a common problem in the summer. Being sure that you are doing all you can to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays is the best way to go.

Preventative Tips:

  • Wear UV protection with SPF of 15 or higher
  • Wear UV protective sunglasses each time you are exposed to the sun
  • Wear hats with a brim of at least 4 inches
  • Avoid the excessive exposure between the hours of 10am – 2pm
  • Apply UV lotions at least 30 minuted before going in the sun

Being sure to visit your doctor when suspecting a skin problem is best, but knowing how to prevent them in the first place is even better. For those of you who struggle with these problems each day know and understand that it can become so much more than necessary. Remember that the face in the glass is worth protecting. Use of UV protectors, and cortisone lotion can reduce irritation, itching, and  redness, but if the problem persists you should contact your physician.

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