During monsoon, our skin keeps fluctuating from being oily to dry because of the drastic changes in the humidity levels in the atmosphere. When it becomes too humid and stuffy, your skin becomes prone to excessive oil and sweat. If you dont wash your face 3 to 4 times a day, the oil in the pores become a perfect magnet attracting dust, dirt and bacteria present in the air. What happens then? An outbreak of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples is what follows. Thats why people with oily skin should be more careful.
Ironically, monsoon is also the time when the skin tends to get dry on account of dehydration because a lot of water content is lost due to excessive sweating. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) should be more alert to avoid body odour. Drink at least 7 to 8 glasses of water to keep yourself hydrated and your skin free from flaky dryness. But this doesnt mean that getting wet in the rain is beneficial for the skin. On the contrary it can harm your skin.
Since humidity encourages the growth of the various bacteria and fungi, getting drenched in the rain often or wearing wet clothes and shoes for a long time can lead to the same bacteria and fungi growing on your skin, explains Dr. Ayesha Faizan from West Avenue Medical Centre.
This can lead to monsoon skin problems like:
Athletes foot: Itchy, flaky, white blisters and cracks appearing between the toes and under the feet. It is not dangerous but is a communicable fungal disease. Dr. Ayesha Faizan says that in order to prevent it, keep your feet dry and clean them thoroughly if they come in contact with rain water. Make sure to clean and dry your shoes too.
Tinea fungal infections: These include itchy and highly communicable skin issues like ringworms (skin infection in body folds like armpits, thighs, etc); tinea capitis (itchy and flaky scalp) and onychomycosis (fungal infection in the nails causing them to become brittle and crumbly).
Pyoderma: Skin infection that also has pus.
Impetigo: Highly contagious bacterial infection that leads to red sores.
Scabies: Infectious skin condition when tiny mites burrow into skin causing rashes and itch.
Eczema: Skin becomes highly dry, itchy and red. Asthma patients are more prone to it.

Here are few tips that will help you enjoy the rains without worrying about your skin and hair much:
1. Face wash: Use a face wash that lathers, feels fresh, minty and light. Washing your face two to three times a day with cold water is recommended by Dr. Ayesha Faizan.
2. Toner is optional
3. Using a scrub: You may scrub your face once a week. Excessive scrubbing can make the skin more sensitive, red, and vulnerable.
4. Use of creams: Do not use too many creams on your skin. Just a good broad spectrum sunscreen is sufficient during the day. You may choose a gel based sunscreen that will offer you protection without clogging your skin, says Dr. Ayesha Faizan.
5.Apply skin actives: Vitamins A, C and E in the form of serums or gels. This is because they have actives in water or silicone base which do not add to the oiliness. You may either apply them in the evening or underneath your sunscreen during the day.
6. Start a De-tan: As the scorching heat of summer is no more a worry now, so you may start a de-tan regimen now. Use special treatment creams that lighten the skin like glycolic acid, kojic acid, and apply it at night so that the tan slowly comes off.
7. Powder form cosmetics: For this season you must look for the powder form of most things like a compact, deodorants, etc. There are some collagen boosters too, which Dr. Ayesha Faizan suggests you pick up for keeping your skin in good shape.
8. When to wash your face: If you happen to get wet, wash your face and feet as soon as possible and keep it dry.
9. Hair care: Healthy hair care should not be ignored during this season. During monsoon, hair swells and so is more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Dr. Ayesha Faizan advises not to go for too many salon treatments. Even a simple blow dry can cause more damage, she says.
-A good coconut oil massage will work wonders for your hair.
-Always dry wet hair with low heat.
-Do not brush wet hair.
-Use loose hair accessories.
-Take sun protection for your hair. Yes, you read it right! Much is spoken about sunscreen for skin, but you would be surprised how much damage the UV rays can do to your hair. There are specific hair care gels and shampoos available for sun protection. Try to use one of that sunscreen hair sprays post shampoo. The best way to protect your hair is to wear a hat or a scarf.
-Avoid salon treatments as any chemical treatment will harm the strands since the cuticles are open.
10. Shower every day: Lastly for your body, take a shower during the day using a refreshing body wash. Use sunscreen on your body, as ihat skin can burn and tan too.

Some do’s and don’ts you must follow:
-Getting wet in the rain is fun but change your clothes ASAP. Damp clothes increase the risk of skin infections, especially in body folds. If you notice any rash or irritation in any of body folds, consult a dermatologist immediately.
-Dry your hair to remove as much moisture as possible. Blow dry your hair gently if needed.
-Keep wet wipes, moisturizer, face wash, and sunscreen in your purse to keep your skin in great condition.
-Take multivitamins to boost your immunity.

If youre looking for a great dermatologist to address your skin or Hair concerns, dont hesitate to visit our Clinic as soon as possible.
We encourage you to schedule consultation At West Avenue Medical Center 18 ,Mansarovar Colony, Awasthi Nagar Road, Near Ring Rd, Nagpur,Maharastra 440030.
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