Working up a sweat during the summer can improve your body, but wreck havoc on your skin. Case in point miliaria*—not to be confused with malaria—is a familiar midyear malady that crops up during moments of intense perspiration.
More commonly known as heat rash, this prickly problem arises from damaged skin cells that trap sweat and bacteria below the skin surface causing red and pink bumps, irritation and swelling. Therefore, these splotches are more likely to appear on areas of the body covered by clothing such as the back, chest, and abdomen. However, they can also turn up on the face and neck. Turn down their temperature by following these tips.
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear breathable fabrics like cotton
- Avoid oil-based topical ointments as they can exacerbate inflammation.
- Clean the affected area with a mild exfoliant that contains salicylic acid to kill bacteria. (glo therapeutics Clear Acne Cleanser)
- Invest in skin products with anti-inflammatory ingredients like rutin to calm redness. (glo therapeutics Soothing Gel Mask)
*Miliaria appears in different severities. If your condition does not improve in 3-4 days, consult your doctor.