Mumbaikars feel the ‘itch’ as mercury rises

Mumbai’s hot weather poses challenges when it comes to skin care. The sweat, humidity, heat and the UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin by calling for a plethora of skin problems. Experts tell you how to keep the skin conditions at bay and combat the harsh sun

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  • Skin care needs during the hot weather are different from the routine you use in the winter. 
  • From increased acne to the dangers of the sun’s UV rays, protecting, hydrating and nourishing the skin during hot weather conditions can be a daunting task. 

Shikha Goswami* experienced intense itching all over her body. Owing to which, she sought medical help. Similarly, Arav* and Sonam* also experienced severe itching in their private parts.

Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon of Cutis Skin Studio said, “When temperature rises, there is more exposure to UV light. Skin conditions like itchiness, miliaria (prickly heat), Polymorphic Light Eruption (PLE) and Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) get aggravated. These are the sun or the UV aggravated conditions along with acne and psoriasis.”

As per Dr Goel:

  • Enhance your skin care routine by consulting your dermatologist from time to time.
  • Increase the vitamin C intake.
  • Use hat, umbrella and scarfs and ensure appropriate lip care.
  • Opt for a water-based makeup.
  • In case, you have skin problems, seek medical help.

Dr Amit Karkhanis, Medical cosmetologist and Director of Dr Tvacha clinic advised, “Skin allergies, itchiness, rashes and fungal infections are on the rise. If you sweat more, use antifungal powder. Also, avoid wearing wet clothes.”

Dr Bindu Sthalekar, a dermatologist and cosmetologist based in Mumbai said:

  • Use a sunscreen.
  • Protect your skin from pollution.
  • Opt for the vitamin C topical, oral vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • In the morning, use a moisturising lotion, gel-based moisturisers and gel-based cleansers.
  • At night retinol-based products.
  • Cleanse your skin at night and use an enzyme-based makeup remover.
  • Eat healthy and stay hydrated.