A blend of high temps, humidity and pollution make for tricky SKIN situations. Heat tends to exacerbate skin conditions like rosacea, acne and melasma, as well as contribute to inflammation and possibly heat rash.
Let’s go over a few things we can do to best understand what happens to the skin in extreme heat.
Heat rash, which is also known as Milria, can affect any skin type so it is important to understand what it is. How does heat rash occur? Is heat rash a breakout?
Here are some simple facts about heat rash. When your pores get blocked or full, your perspiration gets backed up and cannot evaporate. This causes inflammation leading to a rash. Children are particularly vulnerable to this as there sweat glands are not fully developed yet. Heat rash will typically clear up on its own but if any pain or swelling persists you should contact your physician. Do not pick or scrub the rash and stay clear of rich skin care products. Another helpful tip is to wear loose, breathable clothing when in the sun or severe heat and try to keep the skin as dry as possible.
If you suffer from acne, rosacea, or melasma (like me) this time of year can be difficult to manage your skin and you might find yourself experiencing irritations. It is common for skin conditions to flare up with stress, heat and humidity. Here are some great tips on how to best manage your skin in these conditions.
1) Stay hydrated internally and externally! Drink plenty of water and nix the sugar and alcoholic drinks as these lead to dehydration which can worsen skin conditions. Use a hydrating tonique or cleansing water topically to keep the skin hydrated throughout the day!
2) Less is more and a simple regimen is best. Cleanse with a mild gel cleanser by using small circular motions to lift debris (avoid using a cloth and rubbing) then rinse and pat dry. You may apply a light serum or gel to repair and restore (be sure it is free of actives or chemicals such as glycolic acid or vitamin C ) Choose serums with antioxidants and phyto-greens to reduce inflammation and protect from oxidative stress.
3) If you are in the sun, wear mineral sun protection, a hat, and seek shade as much as possible. If you are swimming in a chlorine pool splash the skin with cold water then reapply your sun protection and be sure to cleanse that evening.
4) Avoid exercise during times of extreme heat - yes the one time you should not exercise….
5) Get a gentle cleansing facial with LED light therapy to develop oxygen, eliminate bacteria, and reduce inflammation.
So to recap… Keep it simple and remember to Cleanse, Hydrate, Protect, and Relax.
See you by the cooler!