Our natural inclination is to talk about skin health and care when summer is approaching because heat equals sun equals hazard. But sunshine is prevalent year round, and precautions should be taken all the time to keep your skin healthy.
Rashes, or inflammation of the skin, can be a sign of a deeper, unresolved issue. If a rash continues, without signs of slowing down or disappearing, you might have an infection. Widespread rashes can stem from allergic reactions to food, laundry detergents, soaps, shampoos and some metals (among many other irritants). An allergic reaction rash might include red bumps, itchiness or blisters. Those who have been bitten by an infected tick could contract lyme disease. This produces a circular rash that resembles a target. If flu-like symptoms accompany your rash, seek medical attention.
Check your moles regularly for any changes in pigment or shape, especially if skin cancer runs in your family. Melanoma, the most harmful form of skin cancer, can be indicated by moles that have irregular shapes or color.
Often a result of winter months, dry skin can be itchy, cause cracks that bleed, flake and feel tight. There are many factors and causes to dry skin, including heat, hot water, chlorinated water and weather. People who are at a higher risk for dry skin are over 40, live in a low-humidity region or frequently immerse their skin in water for jobs.
If dry skin persists, despite best efforts to keep it moisturized, talk to a dermatologist. Also seek medical attention if you have a fever, chills, other flu-like symptoms or a disconcerting mole. For more information about keeping your skin healthy, visit our sun safety blog.