The coming of the monsoon season signals a big relief from the scorching sun! We all enjoy the soft cool breeze and the gentle patter of the rain outside, but it also brings along with it humidity, polluted rainwater and thus allergies, pimples, dandruff and many bacterial and fungal infections.
What do monsoons do to our skin?
Humidity causes our skin to sweat and collect dust and pollutants more easily. This attracts bacteria leading to boils and clogged pores giving rise to pimples.
Normal and oily hair tend to get greasy during this season whereas dry hair become frizzy and more unmanageable. Frizzy, dry and tangled hair further tend to break easily and fall. Another common problem is dandruff and itchy scalp.
Also, fungal infections like tinea, commonly known as ring worm, can affect body parts such as feet, armpits, groin, nails etc.
DOS and DONT’S for the Monsoon Season
For skin :
If you have dry skin, keep your skin hydrated at all times. Use a water resistant sunscreen even on a rainy day. Its important to cleanse your skin well atleast twice a day followed by a good moisturiser.
If you have oily skin, use facewash containing salicylic acid to remove the excess sebum and dirt .
Use a good non alcohol based toner to clean your face after washing.
Keep micellar water handy to clean your face while on the go.
Do not use heavy foundation and makeup. Instead opt for powder based makeup.
After bathing use antifungal powder on your feet, groin, underarms and all body folds.
Use antibacterial soap for bathing.
Do not wear wet clothes or undergarments.
Wear open footwear when out in the rain.
For Hair :
For dandruff, use shampoo containing 2% ketoconazole and zinc pyrithione.
Wash and condition your hair regularly, especially after getting wet in the rain. Tie your hair only when they are completely dry.
Avoid using any wax or styling products on your hair.
Do not eat outside food. Instead eat fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water to keep your skin glowing and healthy.
Thanks so much Dr Nidhi Tandon for these amazing tips. We wish all our readers a happy monsoon!
Dr. Nidhi Singh Tandon
Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist