Summer is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited about warm weather, get-togethers with friends and family, and even a few vacations or staycations. It is also a great time to talk about keeping your skin as healthy as possible. But what do you think of when you think of “healthy skin?” Glowing. Radiant. Soft. Even.
Those are all buzzwords for a good reason: healthy skin looks healthy because it is healthy. With the help of a proper and regular skin care regimen, an arsenal of trusted products, and occasional in-office treatments or procedures, you can easily take care of your skin and manage common issues, especially during the hot, dry, or humid summer conditions, depending on where you live or vacation.
But, wait! Before you head to the store to choose new products or treatments, the first and most important thing is to understand your skin type and identify any issues you may be experiencing. That way, you will be able to customize your regimen for your unique skin type. So, let’s break down some of the more common issues people experience in the summertime and which products or treatments you may consider for your must-have collection.
The first is sunburn. We’ve probably all had a bad sunburn at some point, but it is much more than just the painful red skin and subsequent peeling a few days later. Sunburn does burn in more than just one way. The burn is actually skin damage; it is an inflammatory reaction to ultraviolet radiation damage to the skin’s outermost layers. Prolonged exposure, even without a severe burn, can lead to permanent damage and even leaves us at a higher risk for various skin cancers such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, which is the most serious of them all. The good news is that sunburn and harmful skin damage can be prevented with sunscreen, of course.
There are two types of sunscreens that can help protect us from the sun: physical blockers and chemical absorbers. Physical blockers use titanium dioxide or zinc oxide which sit on the skin’s surface to reflect UV rays away from the skin. And chemical absorbers form a protective film over the skin that absorbs UV radiation before it has the chance to penetrate the skin. Both are excellent choices and some sunscreens combine the benefits of both to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. A few important things to look for when choosing a sunscreen are:
No sunscreen protects you completely, so be sure to reapply if you’re in and out of the water or staying out for an extended period.
The next skin issue that is common in the summertime is dry skin, also known as xeroderma. Dry skin often occurs in, well, drier climates and when skin does not retain enough moisture. Bathing too frequently or using harsh soaps can also contribute to overly dry skin. This condition can be fairly uncomfortable and cause scaling, cracking, and frequent itching. But there are many of great products that offer hydrating benefits to soothe skin and restore its natural moisture barrier.
Here at BUDDIGA Family Allergy | Skin | Immunology we love the ZO® Skin Health line of products, and their hydration creams are no exception. Their Hydrating Crème is made specifically for dry, sensitive skin and is great for both AM and PM use. It is a summer must-have for your routine if you experience dry or cracking skin this season. Some key ingredients are:
ZO® Skin Health also has a helpful Regimen Finder to ensure you get personalized treatment for your specific skin needs.
Another very common summertime skin issue is eczema flare-ups. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that causes itchiness, rashes, blisters, and skin infections. It usually develops during childhood and is common in those who have a family history of the condition. Triggers like high temperatures and warm-weather activities like swimming or spending all day in the sun can really bring on flare-ups, which may be surprising because eczema is typically much worse in the winter when the air is colder and drier. However, increased heat and humidity can lead to sweating which can irritate the broken skin and aggravate the overall problem.
Luckily, we have several helpful tips and products to use to help you combat persistent flare-ups and ease uncomfortable symptoms during the warmer months.
For more specific product recommendations and strategies to manage your eczema, it is best to speak with a doctor or schedule a consultation with Dr. Buddiga and team.
Acne is another troublesome skin issue many experience in the summertime. This condition occurs when hair follicles become blocked by oil and dead skin cells. Acne usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders because those areas have the most oil glands. And, as we all know, when the weather warms up, heat and humidity cause increased sweating and oil production, clogging pores and exacerbating breakouts and acne.
Not to worry! You can still enjoy your summer and the warmer weather while keeping acne at bay with a few of these must-haves from ZO® Skin Health.
There are more great ZO® Skin Health products just like these to help treat your specific breakout issues, plus they’re easy to bring with you on any getaways you may be taking this summer. Throw them in your bag to keep them handy while you’re traveling!
Beyond topical treatments and tips to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy all summer, we also recommend several treatments and procedures here at BUDDIGA Family Skin | Allergy | Immunology.
For more specific questions on skin health, products and potential treatments for your specific skin type and issues, we’d love to see you at our practice. We take the time with each of our patients to discuss your symptoms, conduct thorough testing, answer questions, and find a treatment that is right for you. We can’t wait to hear from you.
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