Who doesn't like the rains? But apart from the enchanting beauty of the season, it also raises the humidity level, which causes a host of beauty related woes. It triggers excessive oil secretion in the body and leads to itching which may further facilitate skin and hair related issues including disorders as well as fungal and bacterial infections.
According to a Delhi-based dermatologist Navin Taneja, "Monsoon is quite favourable for any kind of bacterial or fungal infection to crop up and cause harm to our skin. We sweat and when that gets coupled with the atmospheric humidity, the chances of bacterial or fungal infestation becomes quite high. Prickly heat is one of the most common skin issues during this season"
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Other common issues would include intertrigo (inflammation in between two fingers), irritation between armpits, thighs, yeast infections, ringworms and so on. Some of the few, easy ways to stay protected this rainy season would include the following.
- Wearing light, loose cotton clothing.
- Stay clean and dry
- Using proper sun protection, sunscreens with SPF 30 - 50.
Just in case your skin trouble has gone a little too out of hands, Dr. Navin Taneja shares with us some of the common skin diseases and ways to treat them at home.(Fruit for Your Skin: 5 Homemade Orange Peel Face Packs)
Heat rash: Heat rash is a red pimply eruption. It is caused by sweating that causes the skin pores to choke.
- The prickly heat will go in a couple of days unless the rash gets infected by scratching it.
- Wear loose cotton and linen clothing.
- Calamine lotion may help to ease the itching.
Nail infection: Nails are at risk of fungal infections during monsoon season. They become discoloured, brittle and dull. Try not to keep long nails during the rainy season as they attract muck, thereby leading to fungal infection.
- Use anti-fungal cream or powder.
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Psoriasis: A condition in which red patches start appearing on the skin.
- Aloe vera is beneficial for skin diseases caused by rain.
- Opt for some home remedy like a mixture of gram flour, rose water and milk.
- Use anti-bacterial soaps, talcum powder and face wash.
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Athlete's foot: Painful fungal infection generally caused by ill-fitting and wet shoes.
One should not wear plastic shoes, leather or canvas ones and instead wear slippers and flip-flops as they let your feet breathe.
- Wear washed cotton socks and keep feet clean and dry.
Inputs from IANS