5 Common Summer Skin Problems You Must Be Watchful Of

As the temperature rises, so does our risk of developing various skin problems, like sunburn, heat rash, and skin dehydration.

Varun Verma
Written by: Varun VermaUpdated at: Mar 14, 2023 15:31 IST
5 Common Summer Skin Problems You Must Be Watchful Of

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While summer is a great time to appreciate the outdoor environment, it also comes with a number of skin problems. As the temperature rises, so does our risk of developing various skin problems. The increased exposure to sunlight during the summer can make your skin irritated, dry, and itchy. Here are some common summer skin problems to watch out for.


Sunburn is a common skin problem in summer caused by overexposure to the sun's harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to excess sunlight leads to painful and burning skin, according to a report published in DermNet. The report also stated that sunburn could involve inflammation resulting in rashes and swelling. Over time, repeated sunburns can lead to premature ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.

Prevention: The best way to prevent sunburn is to limit sun exposure during peak hours, put on safety gear and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30.

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Heat Rash

Heat rash, also known as miliaria, is a common skin problem in summer that occurs when sweat glands become clogged due to blockage in the sweat gland in the deep layers of skin, as per research published on the National Library Of Medicine portal. This condition can cause red, itchy bumps to form on the skin. It is most common in areas where clothing is tight-fitting or where skin rubs against skin, such as the neck, chest, and groin.

Prevention: To prevent heat rash, wear loose, lightweight clothing, avoid tight-fitting clothes, and stay cool by taking frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning.

Acne Breakouts

As per the American Academy of Dermatology, acne breakouts happen when your skin pores are clogged due to the mixing of bacteria and soil with sweat on the skin. Breakouts are a common result if you have skin prone to acne. Acne breakouts are common during summer due to increased humidity, sweat, and oil production, leading to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.

Prevention: To prevent acne breakouts, keep your skin clean by washing your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser, avoiding touching your face, and using oil-free sunscreen.

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections, such as athlete's foot and jock itch, are more common in the summer due to the warm, humid conditions that provide an ideal environment for fungal growth. These infections can cause redness, itching, and a burning sensation on the skin.

Prevention: To prevent fungal infections, keep your skin clean and dry, wear clean, dry clothes, and avoid sharing towels or personal items with others.

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Skin Dehydration

Skin dehydration is a common summer problem that takes place when the body expels more liquids than it draws in, causing the skin to become dry, itchy, and flaky. As per the American Academy of Dermatology, spending time in the sun, pool, and air-conditioning are the biggest culprits of skin dehydration.

Prevention: To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of water and other fluids, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and eat foods high in water content, such as fruits like watermelon and vegetables like cucumber.


Summer brings with it a set of unique skin problems that can be easily prevented with proper skin care and protection. Following these simple tips lets you keep your skin healthy and beautiful all summer. Remember always to be watchful of any changes in your skin and consult a dermatologist if you notice any concerning symptoms.

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