A Primer on Summer Skin Repair
Rebalance, Replenish, Renew Your Skin continued...
To combat the problem, he says, moisturizers may help, but more often than not you may need a 1% cortisone cream to calm the inflammation.
If you must continue to use a repellent into the later days of summer or even early fall, Shupack tells WebMD a heavy duty unscented moisturizer should be applied first, to coat the skin and form a barrier between you and the repellant. In addition, Shupack says wear insect repellent only as long as you have to, showering it off as soon as you are back indoors, and putting on clean clothes that haven't been in contact with the offending chemicals.
In a similar scenario, Shupack tells WebMD that skin can also become irritated, red, and inflamed by chemicals found in sunscreen. When this is the case, he says, stop using the sunscreen immediately, but don't stop protecting your skin.
"People seem to forget that clothing is one of the best sunscreens you can have, so just make sure to cover up when you go outdoors, particularly if your skin it's already irritated or inflamed, and use plenty of unscented moisturizer," says Shupack.
Facing Fall With Great Skin
While for many of us repairing our overstressed body complexion is the biggest seasonal challenge, for others it's the skin on our face that's in need of the most help. Indeed, doctors say that by summer's end they see an increase in not only a darkening of freckles, sunspots, and melasma, (a pigmentation "mask" across cheeks and nose) but also more acne breakouts.
"Generally the sun is good for acne, but if you get too much it can exacerbate breakouts," says dermatologist Vicki Rapaport, MD, a dermatologist and medical director of the skin care boutique Kelologie in Beverly Hills. When acne is caused by too much sun exposure, she says simply staying out of direct sunlight should help skin clear up.
"What you don't want to do is use any harsh acne treatments, or harsh peels, particularly if your skin is also inflamed or dry from the summer elements," says Rapaport.