Summertime Tips to Prevent Sun-Related Skin Issues

Summer in Texas brings warm weather and an endless list of outdoor activities with it. But summer also means increased exposure to the sun’s potentially harmful rays, heavy sweating that can clog your pores, and more exposure to the elements. 

All of this can wreak major havoc on your skin and expose you to a host of problems, from breakouts to more serious issues like skin cancer. Not to worry -- you can take some simple precautions to keep your skin safe this summer. 

At Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center, we take the health of your skin very seriously. Dr. Ritchie Rosso and Dr. Robert Chappell are here to help our Odessa, Texas, clients address any skin-related concerns. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of summertime tips to prevent sun-related skin issues. Keep reading to learn more!

Sun protection

Sun protection is especially important when it comes to your skin. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, with an estimated 5.4 million cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone. At the very least, too much exposure to direct sunlight can lead to damaged skin, premature wrinkles, and age spots.

You’ll want to use an SPF that’s at least 30 or higher, and be sure to reapply it every two hours, including before and after swimming. A hat with a wide brim shading your face and neck, along with clothes that have UV protection and tighter weaves, is also helpful.   

Preventing acne

Summer means a spike in the temperature, which often means increased sweating. As sweat combines with your skin’s natural oils and bacteria, you may experience clogged pores, which can mean ruthless acne spots and full-on breakouts.

To prevent this, be sure to wash all sweaty clothing, towels, and any other fabrics that come in contact with your skin before using them again. If you use cosmetics, be sure that they are labelled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free.” Some products will even tell you that they don’t clog pores. 

When you sweat, be sure to use a clean towel to blot your skin instead of using a wiping motion, which can irritate your skin and cause it to break out.  

Treating dry skin

Whether you're spending your time indoors or outdoors in the summer, you’re at an increased risk for dry and irritated skin. This is mainly due to three things: air conditioning, swimming in chlorinated pools, and staying out in the sun.

To prevent dry skin after swimming, you’ll want to shower and shampoo right after getting out of the pool. There are even special shampoos and cleansers made for swimmers. You’ll also want to avoid products that say “antibacterial” or “deodorant” as they can really dry your skin. 

Be sure to moisturize your face and body with good moisturizing creams -- Dr. Rosso and Dr. Chappell are happy to help you find the right products for your unique skin care needs. And lastly, it’s alright to turn your home thermostat up if air conditioning is making your skin too dry.

When to see your dermatologist

If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, or if you discover a rash or irritation on your skin that hasn’t subsided after a few days or has gotten worse, it may be time to make an appointment with us at Chappell Rosso Dermatology. 

We take the time to treat all of your skin ailments, from the benign to the more serious. Call us or use our easy online scheduling tool to make an appointment to visit our Odessa, Texas, office today. 

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