The rainy season in Nigeria can be a beautiful time of year. However, it comes with the inevitable skin irritation. Pimples, rashes, itchy skin… we’ve all been there.
If this sounds familiar to you, don’t worry—we’ve got the answers. The following are some of the most common causes of skin irritation in rainy seasons:
1. Climate Change
We know that climate change is real and happening right now, but did you know that it affects your skin too? The ozone layer is thinner during the rainy season because of all the water in the air. This means that more UV rays are able to reach us below ground level.
2. Abrasive Surfaces
Because of all the water on the ground and sidewalks, surfaces like concrete and wood are often rough and full of splinters. These can get stuck in your feet and irritate your skin when they are exposed to your clothing or shoes later on.
Mold is everywhere—in our homes, in our workplaces, and even outside sometimes! When there’s more moisture around than usual (like during a rainy season), mold grows even faster than usual so it becomes more prevalent in our environment too (and thus on your body).
4. Pollen allergies
Pollen allergies are one of the most common causes of skin irritation during the rainy season. If you have seasonal allergies and have noticed an increase in symptoms during this time of year, you may be experiencing a pollen allergy.
When there isn’t enough humidity in the air, your skin becomes dry and irritated. This can happen whether or not you’re allergic to pollen or other allergens.
6. Water quality
The water may be contaminated or have bacteria that can cause infections on your skin. You should always wash your hands before applying any product to your face or body.
The temperature is cooler during this time of year, which means that your body will produce less sweat and oil than usual during the day (when it’s hot outside). This can irritate your skin since there’s not enough moisture on it to keep it hydrated throughout the day!
8. Oily skin
People with oily skin tend to have more problems with dryness than people with dry skin do because their pores are constantly producing oil (which helps them stay hydrated). This can lead to irritation and an increased need for moisturizing products like lotion or oil-free moisturizers.
9. You’re not drinking enough water
Drinking plenty of water each day helps keep your body hydrated, which keeps your skin hydrated as well – both factors that help prevent irritation from occurring in the first place.
10. Moisture from the rain
The rain itself can cause your skin to become irritated. This is because when water hits your skin, it draws out all of the natural oils from your body. This can make your skin dry and flaky, which can lead to irritation.
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