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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Don’t relax your skin regime just because summer is over, says Dr Geeta Fazalbhoy; the monsoons bring their own share of problems

At the first nip of cool monsoon air, most of us tend to relax our rigid skin care regime. While summer can certainly be harsh on the skin and the hair, the monsoons bring their own share of skin problems.

The common problems that we come across during the monsoon are pimples, skin eruptions and allergic reactions like swelling and sometimes red-raw skin. Sensitive skins are allergic to the change in season and continuous dampening or humidity.

Humidity is one of the greatest problems in the monsoon. The skin gets wet often and with the constant wetting and drying, a lot of dehydration can take place. During the monsoon, a lot of airborne and waterborne microbes are let loose.

A good anti-bacterial toner can prevent skin infections and eruptions. Common symptoms of skin allergies consist of redness, blistering, itching and swelling of the skin that affect the epidermis in the the form of rashes, hives and eczemas.

You may tend to think that just because there is very little sunlight during a particularly active monsoon, you can avoid slathering on the sun-screen! This can spell danger for effective skincare. Though it may not be a particularly bright, or hot, day, the ultra-violet rays of the sun do play havoc with the exposed parts of our body. It is, therefore, important to make sun-screen an essential part of any skin care routine — come summer or monsoon!

Most of these damages can be fixed with cosmetic surgery.

It's widely understood that with monsoon comes several skin problems such as rashes, blistering and redness of skin. Laser skin rejuvenation treatments are an effective way to improve the appearance of  spots, rashes, redness, and other hallmarks of damaged skin. Skin specialists combine laser treatments with other procedures, such as microdermabrasion and facial peels, to revitalise the texture and tone of skin subjected to monsoon skin ailments.

Many people take all the proper precautions while out in the rainy season, including wearing sunscreens, perfect toners and protective clothing. However, skin damage can still happen; thus, they want to refresh and restore their skin with laser treatments. It's about both looking better and maintaining optimal skin health and to treat the problem as soon as possible after damage occurs is a sensible decision.

Short Takes

  • Sensitive skins are allergic to the change in season and continuous dampening or humidity.
  • Constant wetting and drying can also lead to dehydration.

Dr Geeta Fazalbhoy is a Dermatologist and Managing Director and Founder Member – Skin & You Clinic, Mumbai.

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