Now that it’s officially summer, it’s also the official start of people asking “What’s that On Your Skin”, let me help you answer that question.
Thanks to mi familia over at Galtime.com, they give us 5 Common Skin problems that will help you answer that question because they helped me.
GalTime surveyed skin experts from cosmetic gurus to doctors, and compiled a list of 5 major summer skin problems, as well as methods to treat and prevent them from ruining a perfectly great beach day!
1. Sunburn & Melasma:
Listen to your mother and lather up that sunscreen! All of our experts stressed sun protection and not just to prevent sunburn. Shannon Morrow, Physician Assistant at Dermatology Associates of LaGrange, Illinois, says women in a high estrogen state (for example, those on birth control or pregnant) are more susceptible to melasma, a patchy brown pigment that appears when the face is exposed to sun.
To prevent: Tina Capiello, top esthetician from Miami Beach Plastic Surgery Center, advises using Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that also includes either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide. Dermatologist Debra Jaliman specifically recommends EltaMD sunscreens, “EltaMD are very pure, do not contain parabens and are with zinc oxide. Also, they are very light and do not block the pores.”
To fix: Susan Anderson, a consultant to skincare product lines including Inspired Skincare and Rodan & Fields, suggests applying hydrocortisone cream as soon as possible to soothe sunburned skin.
Dr. Jaliman suggests treating a sunburn by taking an anti-inflamatory medication by mouth and then using a compress of skim milk and water to eliminate redness. She also suggests an over the counter cortisone cream or aloe vera for extra relief.