We’re in Orange County; who doesn’t love going to the beach or the pool? With our great weather, we can go year-round, but in the summer, the kids are out of school so we all tend to spend more time there! In this blog post, I just want to give you a few things to look out for at the beach, on the ocean, and at the pool to keep your skin healthy!

Sun Protection

I promised in an earlier blog post that  I wouldn’t go to deeply into this, but just to remind you—the ocean reflects the sun’s rays back, so be sure to put sunscreen under your chin & to wear your sunglasses (special sunglasses are available for surfing & other water sports).

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection of the foot that can spread from one person to another. This fungus thrives in wet places, so when you are at a public place such as a pool, remember to wear your flip-flops when walking around the pool area. For more information, see one of our previous blog posts

Chlorine Problems

As you know, most pools use chlorine to keep the pool clean from a variety of bacteria & fungi and other such things. Chlorine may, however, have some undesirable affects on your skin & hair. For some people, chlorine irritates the skin and results in a rash (irritant contact dermatitis, which we briefly touched on in a post last week). To help reduce this, I recommend:

* Rinsing off as soon as you are out of the pool for the day. Many pools and water parks have showers for rinsing off on-property.

*Once you get back to your house or your hotel room, take your shower first thing with a mild cleanser

*After your shower: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I typically recommend either the Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion (contains oatmeal which is good for sensitive & itchy skin) or a thicker cream (esp. if you know that you are prone to dry itchy skin & rashes either form chlorine or just in general)

If you are swimming in the water for a while, the chlorine may also be affecting your hair. Some people complain that their hair looks “hay-like” after being in chlorine for an extended period of time. What can you do to help alleviate these issues?

*Wet your hair prior to getting in the pool. Hair is kind of sponge-like, absorbing whatever liquid, so if you wet it with regular water, it will slow the absorption of the chlorine 

*Use specialized hair products. There are products (typically oil or silicone based) that you can apply to your hair before swimming to protect it, as well as shampoos & conditioners that are specifically for repairing hair from chlorine damage. 

BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 


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