The skin bears the brunt of changing seasons. The summer months can be a bane for people with oily skin. The chemical pollutants present in the air can disrupt the normal balance leading to skin-sensitivity, spots, rashes, acne, etc. One of the effects of exposure to pollution is skin-congestion and this can lead to skin eruptions, like rashes, acne and pimples.
Cleansing is a must:
Daily cleansing is the only way of protecting the skin. The pores must be kept free of hardened oil. If the skin is oily, an astringent toner should be used after cleansing. Rose water can be mixed with cucumber juice and applied on the face. Or, try to get witch hazel. Mix rose water and witch hazel in equal quantities and apply.
During summer, people tend to wash their face too often with soap. This destroys the normal acid-alkaline balance. If there is rash, pimples or acne, the face should be washed with a medicated soap or cleanser. You may wash the face several times with plain water. You can also apply a rose-based skin toner, or rose water mixed with witch hazel. Rose or lavender-based skin tonic can be used to wipe the face. It is better not to use harsh astringent lotions.
Get rid of acne, blackheads & pimples:
If there are blackheads, a facial scrub should be used on the areas. But do not apply scrubs on acne, pimples or rash. Mix rice powder with rose water. Apply it. Leave on for five minutes and wash off. This can be done after cleansing in the morning. The scrub can also be applied on open pores and the marks left by acne. Or, mix oatmeal with egg white and apply on the face twice a week. Black heads should be removed at a skin-care clinic.
Go the natural way:
If the skin is oily avoid oily creams. For dry skin, mix one teaspoon each of honey and curd and apply daily, washing off with plain water. Honey is a natural moisturiser. Curd softens the skin.
Sandalwood paste can be applied on the pimples, acne and boils. If there is a rash, mix sandalwood paste with a little rose water and apply on the face.
Mix together one teaspoon cinnamon (dalchini) powder, half teaspoon methi seed powder, lemon juice and a few drops of honey and make a sticky paste. Apply it on pimples, boils or acne and leave on for a couple of hours. A paste of fresh methi leaves can also be applied. Neem leaves can also be used to treat rashes, pimples and acne.
It is also important to make sure that the hair and scalp are kept scrupulously clean. If the scalp is oily, or if there is dandruff, it can lead to pimples and acne. Keep the hair away from the face while you sleep. If you workout daily, wash the face with plain water after workout.
Wash your pillow covers and towels often in warm soapy water, after adding two teaspoons of an antiseptic solution.
Remember to wash cosmetic brushes very often.