Monsoon season comes with all the perks of pleasant weather, green landscapes, long drives, and dreamy cloudy days. However, it also brings with it a variety of skin issues that you didn’t have to deal with in the summer. The biggest mistake you can make is to blame these skin issues to “got caught in the rain!”. Most of them are caused by increased humidity in the air and need to be dealt with equal attention like you would treat a sunburn. Here are five ways that humidity in the air can affect your skin in monsoon - and how to deal with it.

01. Fungal infections

Fungal infections

Increased moisture in the air can directly result in one of the most common fungal infections like facial folliculitis — the inflammation of hair follicles on your face. It can look like tiny red bumps and white-headed pimples around the hair follicles.

The easiest way to keep fungal infections at bay in monsoon is by staying as dry as much as possible. Bathe twice a day with antiseptic and healing soap like the Lever Ayush Purifying Turmeric Soap. Keep the skin hydrated by drinking lots of water and make sure to wash your hands and feet after spending long hours out in the open.


02. Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating

On dry days, your sweat evaporates quickly, taking heat away from your body. But humidity can slow down the process of sweat evaporation, keeping the sweat on your skin for long hours. Excessive sweating can lead to clogged pores that are directly linked to acne and breakouts. The best way to combat this is to take care of your hygiene, use lightweight skincare products and use a strong antiperspirant like the Rexona Powder Dry Underarm Odour Protection Roll On to keep body odour at bay.


03. Skin allergies

Skin allergies

If you live in a city, chances are your monsoons are already spent dealing with skin allergies that never seem to go away. This happens due to the pollution and grime mixing with damp weather conditions. These skin allergies can be anything between itchiness on your nose or peeling of skin on the upper back and neck area. Wash your face with the Ponds Pure White Anti-Pollution + Purity Face Wash With Activated Charcoal to rinse out the nasty pollutants from your face and neck. Use skincare with antihistamines for further protection from rashes and allergies.


04. Ringworm


Mostly seen on the neck, soles of your feet and the armpits, ringworm is a common fungal infection seen during the monsoon. You can treat it using antifungal creams and powders. You should also avoid scratching the area and wear natural fabrics (cotton, khadi) that don’t hold the moisture in for long hours.


05. Eczema


Yet another common skin condition that gets worse with damp weather is eczema. The itchy blisters on your skin can be due to irritation on the skin’s surface from rainwater, humidity and fabrics like silks, satins, polyesters etc. Applying salt and magnesium to affected areas have been proven effective to deal with eczema during the monsoon season. Also, keep your skin moisturised to avoid getting irritated with the slight change in weather. Healthy skin is happy skin!