After being in the sun or sweating profusely after a good workout, have you ever experienced small red-like bumps or blisters on your body? Many people often refer to this condition as acne, however you may be experiencing the effects of a heat rash or sweat retention syndrome. This is not a fatal condition (so don’t freak out) but they can potentially be itchy, irritating and let’s not forget unattractive! Luckily, it is a condition that can be treated with proper care and consistency. When a heat rash occurs, your sweat glands aren’t evaporating the moisture to the surface of your skin effectively and that area has become inflamed. The salt from sweat has crystallized (become solid) with your pores and caused blockage (that’s why it’s a small bump filled with bacteria/dirt). So here’s a quick daily regimen to consider:
- Regulate the temperatures you’re expose to as much as possible.
- Wash with cool water and thoroughly dry the area of your body that is inflamed or keep wipes close by.
- Keep your pores clear and clean. Treat the inflamed area with a product that contains salicylic acid such as toner, moisturizer or serum. These products remain on the skin and have time to penetrate….unlike facial wash that is washed off. Salicylic acid is normally used for acne but this ingredient cuts through oil and dirt, clears the pores and increases cell renewal which in turn promotes new, healthy skin.
- Also, consider a calming or mild facial and body wash to decrease irritation.
- Use an oil free moisturizer and an SPF of 20 or more. We need the sun to supply us with vitamin D, however we must beware of its harmful effects…therefore, always protect yourself.