Rain-drenched scenic beauty, delicious evening snacks with tea, and floating paper boats - finally monsoon is here. While feeling excited and busy making a lot of happy memories, your skin has its own war against this changing season.
In simple words, monsoon isn’t just about spending leisure time in the rain. Rain brings along a lot of humidity and water which causes various fungal infections and many skin problems like acne, breakouts, oily and dull skin, etc.
Relax! You are not alone. All the skin concerns and infections can be prevented.
The tip is - if the weather is changing, update your skin care regimen too.
Read below to know common monsoon skin problems and easy tips to prevent and treat them effectively.
5 Major monsoon skin concerns and their solution
During monsoon excess humidity leads to an increase in sebum production. It makes skin sticky and greasy which attracts lots of dirt, grime, and dust. This ultimately ends up giving you clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.
Easy tips to follow
Use a mild and sulfate-free cleanser that has antibacterial properties
Opt for a sulfate-free cleanser that can cleanse gently without disturbing your essential oils in the skin. Use a cleanser that has the ability to fight bacteria and manage sebum production. Zinc PCA is considered one of the best ingredients for managing acne-prone skin.
Try gel-based topical products that have salicylic acid
A gel-based topical application tends to deliver the actives more quickly and efficiently. Salicylic acid works best for acne-prone skin. Since it perforates deep into your epidermis and sweeps away all impurities reducing the chances of irritation and breakouts.
Don't skip sunscreen
Sunscreens have the ability to fight against free radicals and sun rays (UVA & UVB rays) which cause irritation and worsen acne. Going bare skin can worsen existing acne while increasing the chances of Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) aka acne marks.
Keep your pillowcase clean
Over the course of a few days, dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria can build up on the pillow's surface which will cause irritation on the skin and can trigger more acne. So make sure that you clean your pillowcases frequently.
2. Extra oily skin
If your skin feels greasy and sticky after a few minutes of washing your face during the rainy season, then you are not alone. We understand, skin starts to act up as soon as it is monsoon.
Reason - Excess humidity and moisture in the air make sebaceous glands hyperactive. Increased sebum production leads to flare-ups, clogged pores, acne, enlarged pores, and whatnot.
Easy tips to follow
Keep your pores clear and unclogged
Too much oil congests your pores making skin unbreathable. Exfoliate gently to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum from pores. Go for enzymatic exfoliation as it decongests pores without damaging the skin barrier.
Don’t skin moisturizer but “choose the one with the right ingredients”
Do not confuse oily skin with hydrated skin. Moisturizers penetrate into the epidermis and make a protective layer on the skin to keep the moisture intact. They reveal soft, plump, and hydrated skin.
Pro tip - Make sure you opt for a non-comedogenic and lightweight moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores and gets absorbed by the skin easily.
Ingredients to look for in a moisturizer for oily/acne-prone skin -
Saccharide Isomerate, Cydonia Oblonga Leaf Extracts, Alpha Bisabolol, and Glycerin works effectively to keep skin hydrated and healthy.
Don't use face wash more than twice a day
Over cleansing can do more harm than good to your skin. It can strip off all essential oils from your skin making skin dehydrated, flaky, and more prone to breakouts and wrinkles.
Dermatologists suggest that cleansing your face twice a day is sufficient for healthy and happy skin.
Use water-based makeup products
Since skin is already producing excess oil, using oil-based products will make skin look even more greasy and sticky. Use water or gel-based makeup products to balance moisture levels. In addition, opt for one that has a non-comedogenic term on labels to avoid clogging of pores and keep skin breathable.
3. Uneven skin tone/ hyperpigmentation
Uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and dark patches are quite common in monsoon season. This can either be the result of the overproduction of melanin due to sun exposure or the build-up of dead skin cells. and. In addition, excessive humidity and sweat make skin even duller leading to uneven skin tone.
Not to forget that the overproduction of melanin also takes place even when the sunlight is not too intense (just as during the rainy season).
Easy tips to follow
Never skip sunscreen even on cloudy days, look for one with alteast SPF 50 and PAA ratings
On sunscreen labels, look for terms like non - comedogenic and broad spectrum. Why because your skin requires full protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Introduce vitamin C serums in skin care regimen
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant. It fights environmental stressors and inhibits melanin production. It works effectively to manage dark spots while promoting even skin tone.
Opt for Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Serum, a derivative of vitamin C that works best for treating hyperpigmentation.
Use a face wash having mild exfoliating and natural brightening agents like AHAs
AHAs help peels away the dead skin cells so new skin cells can come up. They help even out the skin tone and leave a brighter complexion. Many research studies have found that glycolic acid (AHA’s) help to curb excess melanin production as well.
Don't exfoliate your skin vigorously
There is a common misconception that exfoliating skin vigorously can help to get rid of hyperpigmentation and dark patches. In fact, doing so can rip off all essential oils and rupture the skin barrier and make skin look dull, irritated, and rough. Always exfoliate gently to reveal smooth skin.
4. Eczema flare ups
Since your skin is exposed to increased humidity and sweat during monsoon, it tends to lose the ability to retain moisture and worsen eczema. As a result, this aggravates eczema symptoms and leaves your skin gets highly dry, itchy, red, and blistered.
Easy tips to follow
Wear gloves while doing house chores
Wear vinyl or hypoallergenic gloves while doing house chores like washing dishes and clothes. Because exposure to bleaches and detergents can make the condition worse. It will leave skin itchy and irritated.
Try to maintain skin hygiene to avoid fungal infection risks
Monsoon season motivates fungal infections. When dealing with eczema, it is crucial to maintain skin hygiene to keep yourself protected from such fungal infections as they can worsen the condition.
Look for gentle cleansers, and body washes that are free from fragrances, strong surfactants, and specially formulated for eczema-prone skin.
Establish a skincare routine that has barrier-repairing ingredients
It is crucial to have a solid skincare regime if you have eczema. To repair your skin's barrier, your skincare regime must contain ingredients with a suitable pH, and use a moisturizer that contains ceramides or a humectant like hyaluronic acid.
Many research studies have concluded that stress has been identified as one of the major triggers to worsen eczema.
5. Insect bites and stings
The rainy season does give some relief from scorching heat but it is also famous for insect bites and stings. Bites can cause pain or swell in the bite area. They may also lead to a rash, burning sensation, and blisters.
Easy tips to follow
Try to cover up exposed body parts
Cover up exposed body parts to avoid insect bites. Wear full sleeves clothes.
Maintain hygiene conditions at home
Do not let water stand. Use disinfectants while cleansing the houses as it will reduce the chances of insects to breed in.
Keep mosquito repellent at home
To avoid bugs and mosquito bites, use mosquito repellent and get rid of mosquitoes.
Try aloe vera home remedy to calm the inflammation
The antiseptic properties in aloe vera make it a great remedy for insect bites. Apply some aloe vera juice or gel directly over the bite for relief.
With every changing season, your skin undergoes the changes too. With the change in weather don’t just update your wardrobe but modify your skincare regime too. Since every season changes, the chances of skin becoming oily, dull, or dehydrated and attracting more fungal infections is high. Hence, make sure that your skincare products are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and rejuvenating in nature.