Skincare in Monsoon by Dr. Alpna Thakur


Monsoons have begun in North India. Everyone enjoys the scent of rain on dry dirt, the abundance of greenery, and the clean air. However, because of the high humidity, monsoons also come with lots of skin and hair issues. But even in this rainy season, these basic suggestions can help you maintain good skin and hair.

Sweating is a result of the environment’s high humidity levels, which encourages the growth of fungus on the skin and nails. A fungal infection can result in itching, rash, and discolored nails and frequently affects body folds including the groin, underarms, and the spaces in between the toes and fingers. However, it may be greatly reduced by avoiding antiseptic soaps, keeping folds dry, changing into fresh apparel when perspiring excessively or getting wet in the rain, and wearing open-toed shoes rather than closed-toed ones. Instead of attempting over-the-counter drugs in the event of a severe rash, it is preferable to see a dermatologist and receive appropriate care.

Given that precipitation includes dangerous substances infused from the air, getting wet in the rain is not equal to taking a bath. Wash any remaining rainwater off, wash with soap, and moisturize as quickly as you can. Always carry a spare set of clothes, and whenever you can change into clean, dry clothes.

Apart from fungal and bacterial infections, skin can get dull and dry due to washing off natural oils by sweating in humid weather. Use a water-based cleanser to wash your skin, especially your hands and face, twice each day. To prevent dryness, use a moisturizer with water. Most crucial, use sunscreen even when it’s raining since UV rays still do harm even when they pass through clouds. Humidity also worsens bacterial infections and acne. Consult a dermatologist for appropriate treatment.

The use of a mask during a COVID period may cause itchiness, irritability, and acne on the face. Make sure to change masks every day. Masks should be washed with soap and then rinsed. Do not scrub or twist masks. Masks should not be cleaned with bleach or sanitizing products as the residue might trigger an allergic response on the face. While putting on a mask, cover your mouth and nose.

Children are more susceptible to allergies, insect bites, and bacterial and fungal skin disorders during the monsoon season. Atopic dermatitis can flare up in monsoons. Playing in the rain for long durations should be avoided as it washes away natural oils and makes the child’s skin more prone to dryness, flaking, and itching. Moisturize the child’s skin after bathing every day. To prevent mosquito bites, wear clothing that completely covers you from head to toe. Avoid playing in dense vegetation. Consult a dermatologist if you have redness or irritation.

Wet hair is more prone to damage. Humidity can lead to frizzled, unmanageable hair which breaks easily. Hair that is frizzy, difficult to maintain, and brittle can result from humidity. The monsoon season also leads to more hair loss. Along with fungal and bacterial infections, dandruff and flaking are also more common during this season. Avoid using too many style products or heat treatments, and try to keep hair dry and clean. Avoid complex hairstyles that pull the hair firmly back. Get the right remedy if there is significant itching or dandruff.

I wish everyone a joyous and secure monsoon!

Our Expert

Dr. Alpna Thakur is a trained dermatologist and aesthetician with over a decade of experience in handling dermatological patients. She is expert in dealing with cases concerning Dermatology, Pediatric dermatology, Trichology and Aesthetics. With both national and international publications, she believes in personalized treatment for every patient and is an ardent advocate of patient education.