While monsoon is a season of rainy trips and chai, it also brings with it a host of bacterial and fungal skin infections. Your skin keeps fluctuating from being oily to dry because of the drastic changes in the humidity levels in the atmosphere. The humidity in monsoons encourages the growth of various bacteria and fungi. We rounded up a few common skin concerns occurring during monsoons and tips to prevent them!
Hyperpigmentation is a skin disorder caused when skin melanocytes become hyperactive due to direct exposure to the sun. Hyperpigmentation causes the overproduction of melanin. Most of us tend to avoid wearing sunscreen in rain assuming the sun is not going to be harmful in this season. But the UV rays don’t stop affecting the skin even during monsoons! Not applying sunscreen can lead to sunburn and hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation Prevention Tips
- Consider a Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect the skin and apply it 20 minutes before you go outdoors.
- Wear protective clothing like hats, sunglasses, and stoles when you step out.
- Incorporate Vitamin C in your skin routine.
- Limit touching your skin.
You can also consider the PHIMEDY anti-pigmentation kit to help you prevent sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
Eczema is a skin condition in which skin becomes inflamed, itchy, cracked, and rough. It is characterized by red or dark-colored, and scaly patches of skin. This itching and scratching can further damage the skin, leading to bleeding, and secondary bacterial infections.
Eczema Prevention Tips
Although, there is no cure for eczema currently, you can follow the below tips to alleviate the symptoms.
- Stay away from dirty water.
- Keep your skin dry as excessive sweating aggravates itching.
- Take lukewarm water baths.
- Use a mild cleanser for the face and body.
- Apply a moisturizer regularly.
- Wear breathable cotton fabric
- Keep your fingernails short to prevent scratching your skin.
Atoderm SOS spray anti-itching can help to relieve the symptoms of Eczema.
The season’s high humidity can cause excess sebum production, which can lead to acne breakouts. As humidity rises during the rainy season, your skin will become oily and sticky. This causes dust and dirt to clog the pores and increases the chances of acne.
Acne prevention tips
These tips will help you nourish your skin and keep it fresh during the monsoon season.
- Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser and water.
- Drink lots of water and avoid drinking too much tea, coffee, and alcohol to prevent breakouts on the skin.
- Take a bath immediately post a workout.
- Use light-weight, water-proof make-up, and do not forget to remove your makeup with a mild cleanser before going to bed.
- Change your pillowcases and face towels regularly.
Humidity can cause excessive sweating in the underarms and intimate areas. It can turn your scalp oily, and some parts of your body may feel sweaty and damp. Excessive sweat can cause fungal infections and acne.
Prevention tips for excessive sweating
- Use an antibacterial soap
- Wear breathable fabrics
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Use a dusting powder
- Check with your dermatologist for Botox treatment to control excessive sweating
Raised humidity in the season causes a host of fungal infection woes. The humid, wet conditions during the rainy times make it perfect for the growth and multiplication of various fungi. So, fungal infections are very common during the rainy season.
Fungal infection symptoms
Symptoms include itching, stinging, burning, blisters on the feet, cracking and peeling of involved skin, discolored, thick, and crumbly toenails.
Prevention tips for Fungal Infection
- Wear clean, dry, loose clothes with breathable fabric (e.g., cotton).
- Avoid tight clothes, jeans, and wet clothes.
- Shower and shampoo your hair regularly.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Wash your hands regularly.