5 Post-Summer Skin Issues and How to Heal Them

There’s no doubt that seasonal changes are destructive on the skin, especially if your skin is sensitive. We wish we could maintain a beautiful, unblemished complexion throughout the year, but abrupt weather changes, increased air pollution, and extremes in temperature and humidity often make it challenging to keep skin clear, healthy, and smooth. If you want to get your skin back in shape after summer in Los Angeles, our dermatology-focused practice can help you diagnose and treat a range of common skin issues and other cosmetic and medical concerns:

1. Sunburns

Sunburns are one of the ways our skin reacts to exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or other types of artificial sources. When you get sunburned after spending a lot of time outdoors, you skin typically turns red or pink, may feel hot or painful, and—in more severe cases—swells or blisters. People can also experience headaches and other symptoms.

Mild sunburns go away after a few days, but you can soothe them by taking a cool bath or shower, applying moisturizers containing aloe vera or calamine lotion, taking painkillers, and drinking water to stay hydrated.

2. Heat Rash/Prickly Heat

Heat rash occurs when the sweat glands become blocked, leading to irritation and tiny red bumps. Keep your skin cool and well-aerated, wear lightweight clothing, and use antibacterial soaps to heal it.

3. Acne Flare-Ups

We tend to sweat more in summer because of the humidity and higher temperatures. Our sweatier skin also produces more oil, and it’s easy for dead skin, bacteria, and sebum to clog pores. Keep your face clean, use a toner regularly, wash sweaty clothes, and use oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup to prevent acne.

4. Chlorine Rash

If you spend a lot of time swimming in chlorinated pools or hot tubs, the chemical can irritate the skin, causing an itchy rash and dryness. Over-the-counter treatments like hydrocortisone creams should clear it up.

5. Hyperpigmentation

It’s common to notice mottled skin, more freckles, redness, broken capillaries, and dark patches after a summer in the sun. Use antioxidants often, limit sun exposure, and apply an SPF 30 sunscreen each day to prevent this.

Learn more about our Los Angeles dermatology services at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. To schedule a consultation with us, submit a contact form or call 310-246-0495.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.