The long, hot, languid days of summer are great for your psyche, but they are not always so great for your skin. Your skin is your biggest organ and it is on the outside of you, exposed to the weather and environment. Naturally, the climate can wreak havoc with it! Know what problems to expect as the summer heats up, treat them before they're a problem, and avoid scrambling for an appointment with your dermatologist once it's too late.
6 Common Skin Problems of Summer:
- Pityrosporum folliculitis type of acne from sweating
- Staph folliculitis from shaving with an unclean razor
- Self-tanning product problems, such as alligator-looking skin scale or significant darkening of age spots
- Increase in rosacea from the sun
- Rough thick scale on feet from wearing sandals
- Intertrigo from sweating
Rough scaly feet: Older and sandal-wearing folks are particularly prone to thick, rough heels that will snag stockings and crack. The trick is exfoliation. My specific instructions that promise soft, sandal-ready feet can be found here: 3 Simple Steps For Soft Sandal Ready Feet By Spring.
Intertrigo: Anyone who sweats and has skin folds can develop a red, often tender rash in the skin folds called intertrigo. Diabetics are especially prone to intertrigo. Treatment and prevention involves keeping the skin folds as dry as possible and treating the problem when it flares up. My blog post with complete information is: Intertrigo: A Red Rash In The Skin Folds. Photo: Thanks and gratitude to Greg Pye