It’s February – and an unusually warm February at that. The heat is unbearable and the lack of rain isn’t helping as it seems to get hotter and hotter during day time. But what makes a very warm day worse, is a warm, itchy day.
Does your skin itch when it’s hot? Does a quick walk in the sun (maybe to the supermarket) leave you scratching your exposed skin for the rest of the day? Why does your skin itch when it’s hot?!
1. Heat rash
When the weather is warm and you keep sweating, your sweat pores tend to get clogged, creating itchy bumps on your skin. This is mostly seen in areas where the skin folds, such as elbows and knees, but can appear anywhere. Heat rash usually disappears on its own, but if the rash makes you uncomfortable, apply a non greasy lotion such as Lacto Calamine on the affected area. Do not use any oil based moisturizers as it will only make it worse.
2. Sun rash
If you break out in itchy red bumps every time you go out in the sun, it means you are suffering with photo dermatitis. This is when the sun triggers a case of eczema on your skin. Treating this requires a visit to the dermatologist, but don’t forget to stay safe with your sun lotion, applied over a base lotion that contains calamine, which has healing properties, to keep your skin safe.
3. The Air Conditioner
You run into your air-conditioned room to stay safe from the hot hot sun, but the air conditioner can dry out your skin in no time, causing it to itch even more. If you stay in an air-conditioned room on a daily basis, don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water and stay hydrated. Also, keep reapplying your moisturizer every time you feel your skin drying up, to retain the moisture.
At all times , avoid scratching when an itch hits you. Excessive scratching can break your skin, leaving to skin discoloration and scars. A mild lotion, always with Calamine, such as Lacto Calamine Lotion for example, is a must have during this hot weather to keep your skin soothed and safe.
Written by Shana