This monsoon, some troubles are skin deep

The season to sail paper boats and get soaking wet has finally come, but all is not as rosy as it seems, especially for your hair and skin. Dr Bobby Bajaj, a renowned city-based dermatologist, said, "Major skin irritants in monsoon are fungi infections and scabies. Fungi thrive in humidity. If you notice itchy, reddish, circular and flaking patches, especially in areas where skin rubs against each other, it can be an infection."

She said, "Medicated powders like Mycoderm should be used. Children and even adults should take a bath with clean, hot water and soap, and add three caps of disinfectant Betadine to avoid skin problems, after getting drenched in rain."

Talking about scabies, she said, "It is caused due to mite infestation. Major symptoms are body itching at night, red bumps and rash. In case of such symptoms, one should immediately rush to a dermatologist, because scabies is highly contagious."

Shalini Rajput from Lakme beauty salon said, "Monsoon is problematic for people with oily skin, as moisture content increases manifold. Fruits with high water content like papaya, cucumber and water melon should be crushed and applied on skin for 10-15 minutes to balance the moisture level."

On being asked about the people who need to wear heavy make-up in monsoon, she said, "Scrubbing should be done to let the skin exfoliate. Then calamine lotion should be used as the base instead of heavy moisturisers in rainy season." Giving tips for proper hair care Sharandeep Singh, senior hair specialist, Lakme beauty salon, said, "Problems like stickiness, dandruff and greasiness are very common in this season. Moisture makes the hair look flat and dull. Rain water is highly chlorinated, which can bleach and damage hair. So if you want to enjoy the rain, try and cover up your hair."

He told drinking plenty of water, avoiding chemical treatments like permanent straightening of hair and hair sprays, hot oil massage once a week and avoiding hair-dryer when the hair are wet are some of the things that can be done to keep hair healthy.

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