THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS CAN BE AN EXCITING TIME; THE SUN SETS LATER, MANY PLANTS AND FLOWERS START TO BLOOM, AND WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE. WITH THE JOY OF BEING OUTSIDE MORE, MANY SKINCARE ISSUES CAN ARISE.
One of the many skin issues that can occur during the spring and summer months is an acne breakout. Due to the humidity and the weather getting warmer, people sweat more than usual, and their glands become more active and in turn cause more oil to be produced. Also, most people apply more sunscreen and lotion products during this time, which can cause pores to clog up and become more susceptible to a breakout. When this happens, make sure to find an acne-fighting cleanser that works for your skin type.
Bug bites can cause skin concerns during these months as well. Whether it’s a bee sting or a mosquito bite, it’s important not to scratch it. Germs hiding under nails could infect the bite or breaking the skin could lead to a future infection, if not properly treated. For mosquito bites and bee stings, applying a calamine lotion or a nonprescription hydrocortisone cream will alleviate some of the itching and swelling. You may also try to soothe the bug bite by applying a cold pack or cool compress on the area for a few minutes.
Another issue that is important to notice is Molluscum Contagiosum. This is a type of viral skin infection and is commonly found in children under the age of 10. It appears as small, painless bumps with a dimple in the c enter. This can be transmitted by physical contact with an infected person, or through something an infected person has touched, such as a towel, toys, or even clothes. As for treating these bumps, some go away naturally while others get treated through patches or a topical ointment.
Contact dermatitis is another issue that comes about in the spring and summer. People that tend to enjoy the outdoors and are in the woods often are more likely to get this rash. Plants like poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can cause itchy skin and painful rashes. The best way to treat these types of rashes is by washing the skin with lukewarm water with mild soap t o remove any irritants, pat-dry the skin, and then apply anti-it ch treatments such as a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. Don’t let these skin complications interfere with your spring and summer fun! Be safe, and if any of these skin concerns arise, make sure to treat them and contact a doctor if these issues get worse.
By Erica Groussman, Founder & CEO