Summer is great but there are some added health risks to your skin beyond your painful sunburn when you forget to wear sunscreen. From increased risk of bacterial and fungal infection to rashes, summer can wreak havoc on your skin. Here are some skin issues and a few tips to help your skin stay healthy this summer.
Folliculitis is a common skin condition that’s caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. It causes the skin to become red and inflamed — it’s basically a form of acne that’s incredibly itchy. The primary symptom is inflamed hair follicles, which will appear as small red bumps rising around the follicles. Folliculitis can occur at any time of the year, but it’s more common in the summer because sweaty skin increases your likelihood of developing the condition.
And I have some bad news for those of us who love to live in workout clothes — this increases the risk of folliculitis because the tight but comfy attire compresses the hair follicles and makes it easier for bacteria to grow there. So, during the summer months, it’s wise to change out of our workout gear as soon as we’re done exercising and shower as quickly as possible.
If you suspect you have folliculitis, have your skin examined by a dermatologist in order to determine the best way to treat your particular case. For mild infections, an antibiotic or antifungal cream usually does the trick. In the meantime, use antibacterial soap and avoid shaving on or near the affected area of your skin. A warm compress and moisturizer can also help alleviate the itchy, unpleasant symptoms.
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