by MarshaneilSoumi D’ Rozario | 19th June, 2019
During the Monsoon, the skin is more prone to fungal, bacterial and parasitic infections and skin allergies. Specifically, wet clothes worn for long hours leads to fungal infections in the underarm area and other private parts of the body. Similarly, wet feet give rise to mixed infections or results in Athlete's Foot, commonly seen in males. Bacterial and fungal infections dominate this season, and especially attack the feet. Allergies and skin eczema flareup, and increase during the monsoon. People commonly approach Dermatologists with eczema of hands and feet.
The humidity in the air increases during the rainy season, so the skin becomes ultra dry. This is the reason why regular cleansing is important to keep the skin healthy. This factor varies in different skin types. So one needs to take necessary care according to one’s skin type. Dr. Saumya Shetty Hegde, Medical Director & CEO at the Roots Skin Clinic, Chembur, shares tips for healthy skin and hair during the rainy season.
Classification of skin types that get damaged during rainy season:
• Oily skin – Exposure to heat followed by extreme humidity impacts oily skin in the most unfavorable manner. This worsens the existing acne and proliferates whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples.
Prevention: For Oily skin, one should use a mild cleanser duringthe monsoon to get rid of deadskin and dirt. Use pure oatmeal scrub as it works wonders. This scrub cleanses oily skin. One can also use ripe papaya pulp as a mild exfoliate.
• Dry skin – Lack of moisture content and skin oils in most cases leads to dryness, which implies that soaps and solvents are better able to penetrate your skin and pull out natural skin oils. Most often, health conditions or genetic predisposition makes the skin dry in nature. With the increase in humidity levels in the air, dry skin usually gets drier.
Prevention: For dry skin, it is necessary to keep it hydrated. Cleansing is important during the monsoon. High humidity causes sweat, build up of dirt and dust, along with other toxins on the surface of the skin. So one should keep it nourished. Loss of moisture from skin makes it appear dry and lifeless. It is necessary to use moisturizer and sunscreen at least 3-4 times a day.
During the Monsoon the skin becomes unpredictable, and fluctuates between oily and dry. A good skin care daily regimen, with a well balanced diet and exercise routine, is the key to maintaining a balanced skin. Here are a few tips:
• Use a mild soap-free cleanser twice daily for washing the face. Facial scrub for dead skin exfoliation twice a week is recommended. This must be followed by a mild alcohol-free toner to clear residual skin impurities and reduce pores at least once daily.
• A sunscreen is essential even on a cloudy day, as the UV rays can penetrate the cloud cover and harm the skin. We must use sunscreen to prevent skin damage duringthe monsoon.
• Because of the constant wetness, your skin dries and there will be general body itchiness. A bath in lukewarm water, followed by a good moisturiser twice daily, helps to minimize the discomfort.
• Mild chemical peels under a Dermatologist’s supervision rejuvenates your dull skin during the monsoon and maintains the skin’s PH balance.
• Drink plenty of fluids. Water is especially important.
• Consume more vegetables in the form ofsalads (after washing/blanching/boiling the vegetables) and soups.
• Heavy makeup during theMonsoon must be avoided. Ideally, waterproof and transfer-resistant makeup products must be used. Guarantee a complete removal of makeup at the day-end followed by a light moisturiser.
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