Long, extended summers can be hard on our skin. In southern Illinois, this year has been a perfect example. Ninety-degree temperatures have been the norm in September and even into October. The sun’s rays may be less direct, warmer temperatures mean lighter clothes and more skin exposure. If you’re out of the habit of applying sunscreen, this spells trouble as UV radiation builds over the day. Likewise, even if you’ve managed to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration, the cumulative effect of summer can trigger a rash that takes you by surprise.
Warmer temperatures mean a longer growing season. A lot more than just poison ivy can cause allergic dermatitis. Extended summers also mean more bugs…and more bug bites. Whether enjoying the great outdoors one last time or working out in the yard, if you’re experiencing end-of-summer skin problems, it’s time to schedule an appointment with the dermatologist.
Even when nothing seems to be wrong, skin checks are important for the whole family, Children may be hiding skin problems. New skin growths may be in hard to see places. Before long, the dryness of the winter air will become its own risk factor for skin rashes and other outbreaks.
The prolonged period of warmer temperatures is also bad news for acne sufferers. If you’re still experiencing bad outbreaks, now is a good time to get some extra help with a consultation from a certified dermatologist with personalized recommendations for prescription-strength medications or other acne treatments.
Acne is only of one of the common skin problems that occur around the end of summer and back to school season. The school swim team is another good example of something that can take a serious toll on your skin—especially if your routine has become an early morning swim followed by outdoor activities in the afternoon after school.
Whether you have end-of-summer skin problems or some other blemish, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Mt. Vernon office. Ideally, you should get an annual skin check from a certified dermatologist. That said, if it’s been a few years since you’ve seen a skin specialist, take this season’s weather as the excuse you need to finally see a dermatologist.