Summer is one of the best times of the year. The kids are all out of school and more active than ever. With summer also comes the risk of a wide range of allergic reactions. Skin based allergies are incredibly common-especially in the summer. Summer is a common time for skin rash flare-ups, including eczema and urticaria (hives).
The increase in air pollution over the years has had major effects on the human skin. Various air pollutants affect the skin as it is the outermost barrier.
Air pollutants can exist as solids, liquids, gases and particulate matter. These are absorbed directly through the skin into the subcutaneous tissue or via hair follicles and sweat/sebaceous glands. Pollution has also been shown to increase the number of skin related problems such as eczema, urticaria (hives) and skin infections.
The combination of urban pollution and UV exposure is particularly harmful for the skin. Also, the skin generally becomes oilier in summer, so the combination of oily skin and pollution makes the skin more suitable for various types of skin problems.
Acne: Your body perspires more during summers to keep the body temperature low. This triggers the sebaceous gland to produce more oil to keep your skin moist. The oil blocks the skin pores and results in acne.
Folliculitis: Summer days mean more sweating, and bacteria love sweaty skin. Those bacteria feeding on the sweat and dead skin clogging your pores could cause tiny pimple bumps at the hair follicle. It is seen on shoulders, thighs, and buttocks. You may have some itching and burning sensation on these skin areas.
Heat rash: Hot and humid weather is causative factor for heat rash. The sweat that gets trapped in the skin folds and under the skin due to the clogged sweat ducts leading to heat rashes. They develop as small, itchy bumps or blisters.
Yeast infections: Yeast thrives in warm, moist, skin, like beneath the breasts or belly folds. During summer, profuse sweat favors the spread of this yeast out from the hands to the other body parts causing the infection. This infection is more commonly seen in women.
Athlete’s foot: Summer heat makes it even more likely to get the itchy, peeling skin between your toes.
Bug bites: Insects such as mosquitoes and chiggers can chomp into your summer time fun. The bites from these insects can lead to itching, swelling and redness. The more you scratch, the itchier it will become because the more you damage it.
Contact dermatitis: In summer, one may get skin allergies if skin comes in contact with certain poisons or allergens during camping or hiking outdoors. It can cause redness, itching and flaking of the skin and in severe cases swelling, hives and blisters can also form.
Prickly heat (or heat rash): Blocked sweat glands cause this. Because the sweat cannot get out, it builds up under your skin, causing a rash and tiny, itchy bumps. When the bumps burst and release sweat, many people feel a prickly sensation on their skin.
Ayurvedic supplements for summer skin problems-
URTIPLEX capsule is a natural anti-allergic and antipruritic formulation developed by Charak Pharma, for treatment of various skin ailments during summer.
Manjishtha, Haridra exhibit anti-allergic and anti-itching properties. Other ingredients like Sariva, Amalaki, Usheer are blood-purifying agents, which are essential in the treatment of skin disorders during summer. Daruharidra has antimicrobial, antiallergic, anti-pruritic properties. Shunthi inhibits growth of histamine producing bacteria.
URTIPLEX is useful in treatment of urticaria, allergic and chronic disorders of skin characterized by pruritis of known or unknown etiology and prickly heat in summer.
So, try this excellent Ayurvedic remedy to conquer various skin problems during summer days.