Yes, if you are in Thailand right now, the rainy season has arrived. 

Let’s be honest: many of us don’t look forward to this time of the year. Though we’ve experienced everything from getting wet to getting stuck in a traffic jam and sweating excessively from the humid heat, we’ll never really get used to it. Besides those inconveniences, we tend to overlook monsoon season skin issues. The humidity that comes with the monsoon season can have adverse effects on our skin, which can be problematic in the long term. But don’t worry, we will guide you through ways to tackle some common skin problems through this season. 

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Acne

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Though acne is no stranger to us, it’s not just a summer skin problem. The rise in humidity levels makes your skin a breeding environment for bacteria. This can not only lead to acne but skin infections as well.

Remedies: 

  1. Exfoliate your skin several times weekly to prevent further pore-clogging. We recommend doing this no more than every other day, as excessive exfoliating may also leave your skin sensitive and worsen any existing acne.
  2. Use a lightweight or water-based moisturiser. Gel creams are especially well-suited to acne-prone skin.
  3. Use a gentle face wash to cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. We recommend the Soy Face Cleanser from Fresh, which is a non-foaming gel formula that contains cucumber extract.
  4. Keep your makeup routine as simple as possible, and always double cleanse to fully remove your makeup at the end of the day.

Allergies

 

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Monsoon can cause pretty bad allergic reactions or inflammation. With rising PM2.5 levels, pollutants can mix with rainwater and irritate your skin. Eczema is one of the examples, and it can worsen during the monsoon. 

Remedies:

  1. Incorporate skin-soothing ingredients like oats, aloe vera, and chamomile into your skincare routine.
  2. Use a gentle face wash that is suited to sensitive skin.
  3. Use alcohol-free and fragrance-free skincare products to avoid further triggering any allergic responses.

Oily Skin

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Especially for people with naturally oily skin, it’s crucial to take extra care to keep your skin less greasy. All the excess oil produced during the monsoon season can easily clog the pores and result in acne.

Remedies:

  1. Use skincare products that are targed for oily skin.
  2. Use clay or charcoal masks to detoxify your skin and draw out impurities from clogged pores. We recommend Caudalie’s Detoxifying Mask, which uses a 99% natural formula to draw out excess sebum and purify your skin. 
  3. Though you may think having oily skin requires multiple cleansing sessions, avoid washing your face frequently in one day. On the contrary, stick to cleansing once in the morning and once before bedtime to keep your oil at bay without further stripping your skin of the natural oils necessary to maintain your skin’s moisture levels.

Athlete’s Foot

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If you are in Bangkok where flooding occurs from time to time, then watch out for this. It’s a fungal infection affecting mostly the feet and toenails, resulting in blisters and itching. This painful and troublesome infection mostly occurs from ill-fitting and wet shoes.

Remedies:

  1. Avoid walking through wet areas.
  2. Avoid wearing canvas or leather shoes. Opt for flip-flops and or sandals like these colourful ones from Teka to let your feet breathe.
  3. Make sure to keep your feet dry and clean at all times.
  4. Always wear washed cotton socks.
  5. Make it a habit to bring an umbrella with you at all times.

Karatpetch Vattanapoon
As a culture enthusiast, Karatpetch loves to travel, learn new cultures and languages, and has great zealousness for food. She is also an amateur dancer of various styles. Watching sports, sightseeing, cooking, knitting and exploring beauty goodies are her moments of simple joy.