How Spring Could Wreak Havoc on Your Skin (and what to do about it)
Spring has arrived, bringing with it significant increases in temperature, humidity and sun exposure. The season change can also bring about changes to your skin’s overall health and appearance. These environmental changes significantly impact those of us who have common skin issues including psoriasis, eczema, acne or rosacea.
Here is a quick overview of how the spring season affects these four common skin issues, as well as simple ways to reduce symptoms.
Depending on the individual, spring can mean either decreased or increased instances of psoriasis related symptoms. For some patients, the increased level of allergens commonly found in the air triggers more flare-ups. For others, increased exposure to UV light actually improves their condition.
Tips for managing psoriasis in the spring:
- Allow for daily sun exposure. However, always be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Never get burned, which can worsen psoriasis.
- Use a gentle moisturizer.
- Wear loose clothing.
- Watch out for insects as insect bites aggravate psoriasis.
- Minimize your stress and anxiety.
If you still experience psoriasis related issues this spring we provide a variety of great treatment options.
As with psoriasis, the increased allergens (specifically pollen) in the air can worsen eczema. Allergens can find their way into the skin through cracks and pores which, in turn, stimulates the immune system to fight back causing eczema breakouts.
Tips for managing eczema in the spring:
- Limit time spent outdoors.
- Avoid sitting on the grass or touching shrubs and bushes.
- Ask your dermatologist or allergist if an allergy shot could help your eczema.
- Wear a thick cream or ointment based moisturizer (make sure it is mild and fragrance fee).
- Spend time swimming at the beach or in a pool (both saltwater and chlorinated water have been known to help with eczema).
Our dermatologists offer several eczema treatment options available to treat severe symptoms.
Spring’s warmer weather and high humidity can trigger the skin to both sweat and produce more oil. Sweat and oil tends to clog the pores leading to higher occurrences of breakouts.
Tips for managing acne in the spring:
- Acne may respond differently to certain products in the spring (warmer, more humid climate) than in the winter (cooler, dryer climate). You may need to modify your skin care regimen.
- Avoid using skin care products that contain oil.
- Supplements like Omega 3, Omega 6m, and Alpha Lipoic Acid can help with skin moisture.
- Use facial wipes or towelettes to gently remove sweat from the skin.
- Thoroughly clean your skin twice daily.
Seasonal changes can be very difficult on people who suffer from rosacea. The spring season is sometimes called “rosacea season” in dermatology offices. Increased exposure to the sun and wind, higher temperatures, and more time spent outdoors can all trigger rosacea symptoms.
Tips for managing rosacea in the spring:
- Take steps to avoid your individual rosacea “triggers”.
- Wear sunscreen and practice diligent sun protection.
- Limit your exposure to wind.
- Take care of your allergies.
Taking the proper steps to manage your symptoms can allow you to still get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.