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Monsoon Skincare 101 - Dealing With Infections

Monsoon is the best part of the year for it relieves us from the scorching sun and welcomes pleasant climate and beautiful drizzles followed by sweet mud fragrance altogether making us fall in love with nature again and again. Rainy days are perfectly refreshing for everyone. Having said that, no one can traverse the fact that this season also brings several skin infections along with it. The major of them being fungal infections, skin rashes and other microbial infections which are mainly caused due to the season's humid temperatures and damp surroundings.

For this reason, we’ve launched just in time for this year’s monsoon, Wild Himalayan Body Oils that are particularly great for the monsoon skincare. These oils are lightweight, deeply nourishing, anti-microbial, antioxidant-rich and help rejuvenate the skin deeply.

We have covered a few common skin problems and ways to deal with them in this article too. Read on...

1. Ringworm- This is the most common type of infection in monsoons that is caused by fungi. It is characterized by round red patches on the skin. It often leads to rashes and even blisters. It affects areas like the neck, feet, armpits, knee-folds, etc. Though it is likely to affect people of any age, it commonly affects children. It is a transmissible disease, hence extra care should be taken. It also spreads from pets to person. It also causes hair loss and weakens the immune system.

 Care to be taken-

  • Keep feet and body dry always.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Do not scratch the affected area.
  • Avoid contact with the infected person.
  • Use proper anti-fungal cream suggested by the skin specialist.
  • Ringworm of the scalp ( Tinea Capitis ) can be treated by using anti-fungal shampoos.
2. Eczema- Eczema is a non-contagious skin disease caused during monsoons. It is characterized by rough patches, often blisters on the skin. Humid weather usually aggravates the condition and increases skin inflammation.

Care to be taken-

  • Use lukewarm water to bathe and do not bath too long.
  • Use soothing body oils to provide instant relief from irritation. Check out our 100% pure and Preservative-free Wild Himalayan Body Oils
  • Avoid wearing woolen and synthetic clothes. Always wear cotton clothes.
  • Moisturize skin thoroughly as the skin affected with this disease can’t retain moisture. It is preferable to moisturize skin immediately after the bath with botanical oils that are anti-inflammatory.

 3. Nail infections- Nails are easily prone to fungal infections in monsoons. The dirt accumulated under the nails leads to these infections. These infections make the nails brittle, rough and often discolored.

Care to be taken-

  • Trim nails regularly.
  • Wash nails in lukewarm water regularly and keep them clean and dry.
  • Moisturise the nail area with pure cold pressed oils. These not only moisturise the skin, but also nourish them deeply. Wild Walnut Oil is a great anti-fungal botanical oil that can be used near your nail area.
  • Avoid using chemical nail polishes on the infected nails.
  • Use anti-fungal powder for relief.

 4. Scabies- Scabies is a skin disease caused by a mite named Sarcoptes Scabei. The disease causes itchy rashes between fingers, on knees, on the waist, and around the belly button. It can spread from one person to another. Humidity and temperature changes are favorable conditions for the mites to grow vigorously.

Care to be taken-

  • Use soothing lotions or oils like Apricot Oil, Walnut oil and aloe vera gel and diluted tea tree oil to reduce irritation and inflammation.
  • Avoid physical contact with the infected person.
  • Avoid eating hot and spicy food.
  • Use proper medication by consulting dermatologist.

5. Athlete’s foot- It is a fungal infection in which the feet get scaly, discolored often get red rashes. It causes itchiness and irritation in feet. It is usually caused due when feet get exposed to dirt or sweat. This infection occurs when tight shoes are worn for too long. Humid conditions favor the growth of fungi.

Care to be taken-

  • Keep toes and feet dry after the shower. Walnut oil is a great addition if you have athlete’s foot. Walnuts are anti-fungal, deeply nourishing and even fight acne-causing fungus.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Avoid wearing tight footwear. Instead, prefer loose, open shoes, sandals and flip flops.
  • Rub apple cider vinegar on the infected area.
  • Use anti-fungal cream or powder.

The following steps can be taken to prevent all kinds of skin diseases during monsoons:

  • Avoid wearing tight clothes and tight footwear.
  • Wear well-ventilated shoes and cotton clothes.
  • Avoid spicy foods.
  • Use high-quality skincare.
  • Avoid sharing things like clothes, soaps, handkerchiefs, etc with others.
  • Use anti-bacterial, anti-fungal skincare.
  • Carry umbrella whenever you go outdoors.
  • Bath with warm water and keep your body and hair dry.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Use soothing natural oils and gels to treat rashes.
  • Stay calm and de-stress.