Consultant Dermatologist Cosmetologist & Trichologist
Published on: 21/06/2022
With the sound of rain, smell of wet mud and blooming flowers, the monsoon is here!
There are tons of reasons to love monsoon; everything feels perfect! However, this season also brings its share of woes with caution.
Whether it's getting caught in an unexpected rainfall, dealing with frizzy hair, or planning your day around the weather, the rainy season is as much a hassle as it is a blessing.
The rains bring their fair share of viral, vector-borne, bacterial, and fungal diseases. Doctors say that a few precautionary measures can prevent almost all of these ailments. Rains can be harsh on the skin. You have to battle humidity, acne, and dirt that can damage your hair and skin.
Be alert and stay careful during this monsoon season with these skin-care tips:
Avoid Fungal Infections: It is also important to follow a skincare routine and take special care to keep the skin free from fungal infections. Since humidity is more in the air in the monsoon season, it is okay to use a thin moisturizer for the skin and sunscreens (above 30 SPF) for oily skin and lotions for dry skin. In case people get wet and step into dirty muddy water during the rain, they should wash themselves, including their feet in lukewarm water and use any molsturizing soap.
However, do not use dry antiseptic medicated soaps as allergies may worsen. In case of fungal infections and dermatitis, one must consult a doctor and not opt for anti-septic disinfectants or over-the-counter drugs. Also, it is better to avoid fried food in excess as these are not beneficial for the skin and overall health. Rather, vitamin-C-enriched foods like citrus fruits is advisable to boost immunity.
Care for the Clothes: It is also important to wear the correct clothing in monsoons and keep the body properly dried. Wearing wet socks, wet clothes and undergarments should be avoided at all costs as these will lead to proliferation of fungus in the body. Do not wear clothes kept unused for a very long time, even if they had been washed. Because in monsoon, fungi like moulds tend to grow faster. It is therefore advisable to re-wash or dry-wash the dress and iron it before wearing.
Hair Care: When it comes to hair care, it is necessary to wash the hair at least two to three times a week to keep it clean. Those having dandruff issues should wash their hair with anti-dandruff shampoo. If one is out in the rain and gets drenched, it is better to wash the hair again with shampoo after returning home and then drying it.
Key points to keep your hair and skin healthy:
- Take protection against mosquito bites and use insect repellents.
- Prevent water logging at home and in the surroundings.
- Steer clear from eating street food and water and opt for healthy, home-cooked food.
- Drink only filtered and boiled water.
- Keep yourself dry and warm and try not to get wet in the rain.
- Keep the skin lightly moisturized but not wet.
- Avoid wearing wet clothes, socks and shoes.
- Wash yourself including the feet with clean water and any moisturizing soap in case you get completely wet outside.
- Keep the hair clean and shampoo washed at least two to three times a week.
- Eat Vitamin-C enriched food like citrus fruits to boost immunity.
- Consult a doctor in case of fungal infections and do not try self-medication.
- In case of viral fever, consult a doctor or visit a hospital if the fever does not subside within 48 hours despite taking rest and paracetamol tablets.
Follow these skin care tips and enjoy your hot cup of tea without worrying about your skin. If you have an irritating, itchy rash on your body, rush to the best dermatologist immediately.
Enjoy the monsoon with caution!
Don't let these worries spoil the fun.