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Prevent these Summer Skin Problems

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I’ve never considered myself a delicate person when it comes to my skin, but the summer is starting to show it’s power. We’re only a few weeks in and I’m already dealing with a heat rash and ingrown hairs. What the what? I know it’s not only annoying, but sometimes it can be painful. When it comes to these summer skin problems, I know I’m not alone.

Of course the rash is a result of my trip to Arizona where temperatures were over 100 degrees! I’m not normally a fan of that kind of weather, but I did it for family and friends. Now, the ingrown hairs are the bane of my existence. I despise them. Ugh…let’s get started. First things first, I’m not a medical professional. If you have any health questions or skin concerns please contact your doctor.

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Heat Rash

According to WebMD.com, a heat rash is a red or pink rash (tiny pimples) usually found on the areas of the body covered by clothing. It can develop when the sweat ducts become blocked and swell and often leads to discomfort and itching.

WebMD.com recommends, avoiding ointments or other lotions because they can irritate the skin. Most heat rashes will heal on their own. They advise to remove clothing from the area, let skin air dry, and move to a cool and shady area.

Normally, it does not require medical attention. But if it doesn’t go away after 3 or 4 days, a fever appears, or seems to be getting worse, you should contact your doctor.

Ingrown Hairs

There will be more hair removal than usual this summer, this makes ingrown hairs a possibility. According to the Mayo Clinic, an ingrown hair occurs when a shaved or tweezed hair grows back into the skin, causing inflammation and irritation. more common in people who have very curly or coarse hair. This can cause localized pain and the appearance of bumps in the hair removal area. Other symptoms and signs are pus-filled blister-like lesions, skin darkening, pain, itching, and embedded hairs.

According to WebMD.com, an ingrown hair should go away on its own. If it doesn’t it can become infected, permanently darken your skin, or leave behind a scar. If it’s infected or you suffer from chronic ingrown hairs, you should see a doctor.

You can prevent ingrown hairs by not shaving, well…we know that’s not going to happen. WebMD.com recommends these tips when shaving or just trying other hair removal methods.

Sunburn

What are the odds that you’ll end up with a sunburn this summer? Unfortunately, it’s not looking good for those of you who don’t practice proper sun care. Not only are they painful, but they’re dangerous—they can increase your chances of skin cancer. The good news is, you can help prevent them. Start by wearing sunscreen people! I’ve written a few tips for you. Read 5 Sun Care Myths to Bust Now and 5 Sun Safety Tips for Healthy Skin.

If you do get a sunburn, WebMD.com recommends these home treatments and remedies.  If your sunburn symptoms are severe or you think you might have sun poisoning, please seek the attention of a doctor.

Bug Bites/Stings

Grrrrrrrr…I can’t stand bug bites. For some reason, mosquitoes seem to love my blood. Whenever I get bit, I itch like crazy. And since we’re outdoors more often in the summer, the bugs will be out to bite. According to Medline Plus, most insect bites are harmless, even though they cause discomfort. Bites from bees, wasps, hornets, and fire ant bites usually hurt. While mosquito, flea, and mite bites usually itch.

To prevent bug bites, Medline Plus recommends not bothering insects, using insect repellant, and wearing protective clothing. And if you know you have severe allergic reactions to insect bites, always carry an emergency epinephrine kit with you. If you do get bitten (stung), the Mayo Clinic recommends these remedies for mild to severe reactions.

What summer skin problems do you hate?
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