7 Common Monsoon Skin Problems And How To Fix Them?

7 Common Monsoon Skin Problems And How To Fix Them?

We wait a long time to be blessed with the first monsoon showers. After months and months in the sweltering heat, even a light drizzle feels like a saviour. The monsoons come with beautiful weather but it also comes with a host of skin problems for many.

The rains may cool down the temperature in your surroundings but you might have also noticed that somehow you are sweating a little more. Due to fluctuating humidity levels in the atmosphere, our skin also keeps changing its state from being oily to dry. When it becomes stuffy, our skin also produces a lot of oil and sweat. So, it’s extremely important to wash our faces at least 3 times a day using a mild face wash and drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Let’s discuss some skin problems that are common during the monsoons and how we can cure them easily.

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Remedies For Common Monsoon Skin Problems

Monsoons bring with it not just hair fall problems, acne and sweating issues, but also brings a host of other problems. Let’s take a look at some common monsoon skin problems and their remedies:

#1. Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a common skin infection which affects the skin on the feet. It is not a serious infection but it is a contagious fungal infection. If left untreated, it can also spread to the hands. One may catch the infection by coming in direct contact with an infected person or by touching surfaces which is contaminated with the fungus. The fungus is usually found in wet and moist areas, common showers and around swimming pools. Make sure that your feet are kept as dry as possible during the rainy season.

Home Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

  • Tea Tree Oil: Mix tea tree oil with equal portions of coconut oil and massage it on the infection.
  • Talcum Powder: Apply a generous dose of unscented talcum powder on your feet.
  • Garlic: Boil some garlic cloves in hot water. Soak your feet in the water for 30 minutes.

#2. Eczema

A very common skin disease amongst infants, eczema can also happen to anyone at any age and can also be accompanied by hay fever and asthma. It is marked by red and itchy patches all over the body. It is a long-lasting condition and tends to flare up during the rainy season. To prevent eczema or prevent the rashes from spreading to other parts of the body, one should avoid harsh, perfumed soaps, keep your skin hydrated and moisturised at all times and apply medication prescribed by a doctor.

Home Remedies For Eczema

  • Aloe vera gel: Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel over your eczema rashes and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with water.
  • Oats: Boil some oats and massage it on to your rashes. Wash it off with a mild soap and water.
  • Coconut oil: Apply coconut in the affected areas. It can add moisture to the skin.

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#3. Ringworm

Another fungal infection of the skin which is very common during the rainy season, ringworm appears as red and circular patches on the skin. Body parts such as the arms, shoulders, chest, neck, scalp and even the groin area are mostly affected by this infection. Although there are many home remedies to cure ringworm, it is advised to consult a doctor first as home remedies may leave a scar.

Home Remedies For Ringworm

  • Soap and water: Keep the affected area as clean as possible to prevent the rash from spreading. Wash the rash with antibacterial soap and clean water.
  • Turmeric: Combine turmeric powder and water to make a paste. Apply these paste on the rashes.
  • Aloe vera gel: Apply aloe vera gel on the affected area. Repeat the process thrice a day.

#4. Scabies

Scabies is a disease which is caused by microscopic mites. Because these mites are not visible to the naked eye, they can live on the surface of our skin for months and we would not even know. Sometimes they burrow into our skin to lay eggs and this causes extreme itching and the formation of rashes. Scabies is highly contagious and can spread through shared clothes and bedding as well.

Home Remedies For Scabies

  • Neem: Apply a thick layer of neem oil on the affected areas
  • Clove oil: Massage your rashes with clove oil.
  • Tea tree oil: Rub tea tree oil in your rashes before going to bed.

#5. Folliculitis

It is an infection of the hair follicles caused by bacteria and fungus. When a hair follicle gets infected, it tends to swell up and look like a large pimple. It may also develop pus. Folliculitis is generally caused by excessive sweating or long periods of moisture in a certain body part. It is also caused by ingrown hairs, shaving, tight clothing and insect bites among others. Body parts like your arms and thighs are the most susceptible body parts.

Home Remedies For Folliculitis

Although over-the-counter medication prescribed by a doctor is the best way to get rid of folliculitis, you can also reduce the symptoms by warm compresses, soaking your body in a tub and wearing loose-fitting cotton clothes.

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#6. Hyperpigmentation

Pigmentation is what adds colour to the skin. Skin pigmentation disorders cause the colour of your skin to change. It is characterised by dark patches that occur on the skin, especially the face. Hyperpigmentation is a humidity related skin disorder and it is a condition that causes your skin to darken.

Home Remedies For Hyperpigmentation

  • Red onion: Rub dried red onion on your skin as it can lighten the skin.
  • Green tea: Soak green tea bags in hot water and let it cool. Rub the tea bag over your dark patches.
  • Tomato paste: Rub tomato paste over your patches for 12 weeks or more.

#7. Acne

During the monsoons, there is a lot of humidity in the air. Because of this, the production of sebum increases in our skin. Sebum is an oily substance that keeps the skin and hair moisturised. It then makes our skin look greasy and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Dirt and other harmful particles gets stuck to our skin and clogs our pores which then causes acne and breakouts. Acne can also affect someone’s arms and back as well. Sebum is a light yellow, oily substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands that help keep the skin and hair moisturized.

Home Remedies For Acne

  • Honey and cinnamon: Make a thick paste of honey and cinnamon and apply this mask on your face for 20 minutes. Wash it off using a mild face wash.
  • Green tea: Boil green tea and let it cool. Use it as a toner or a make-up remover.
  • Coffee ground: Exfoliate your face once a week with a homemade scrub made of coffee grounds and orange juice.

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