How To Prepare for Summer If You Have Pityrosporum Folliculitis


Summer is here and if you haven’t already, it’s time to get out those khaki shorts, sunglasses, open-toe sandals, and whatever else summer designates!  This, by far, is my favorite season of the year until about late July – around the time I start complaining about the humidity.  As much as I hate being cold, when you feel sticky after being outdoors for only a few minutes, that’s when I begin rethinking my outdoor life.  I mean, seriously, I rethink it.  I plan everything around how much time I’ll be spending out in the sun.  From the clothing I wear to how much makeup I apply, I think about everything.


So, why am I sharing this with you? To simply prepare you for Summer if you have or have had Pityrosporum folliculitis.


One of the risk factors for Pityrosporum folliculitis is excessive sweating and heat.  Meaning this condition could peak or flare up as the weather gets warmer.  In fact, this video I posted had nearly 68,000 views in August 2016 alone, the most views out of any other month of the year (typically this number is between 30-40,000 views).  Coincidence?  Maybe.  Or, perhaps as it warms up and people sweat more, it increases the chance of a flare up (whether on the forehead or somewhere else on your skin).


But by no means does that mean you should refrain from enjoying outdoor activities.  Please don’t let that deter you.  After all, it’s summer!  It just means if you’ve had or currently have Pityrosporum folliculitis, you’ll need to take some precaution and plan ahead much like I do.


Here are some ways I keep Pityrosporum folliculitis at bay during the warmer months:


  • Consider taking a lukewarm or cool shower more than once a day if you’re prone to sweating.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in direct sunlight.
  • Don’t wear heavy or greasy lotions and sunscreens.
  • Keep makeup to a minimum if you wear any.
  • Consider wearing a powder foundation instead of a liquid foundation.
  • Keep your hair and scalp free of greasy/oily products and thick pomades.
  • Keep hair off and away from your face.
  • Lower the windows or turn on the air conditioner in the car several minutes before getting in.
  • Consider parking in a shaded area or parking garage if you park outdoors.
  • Wear loose, breathable clothing. Don’t wear anything that clings to the skin.
  • Refrain from wearing baseball caps, headwraps or sweatbands that can trap sweat and moisture against the skin.
  • Keep the temperature inside your home within a reasonable range.


Some of these tips can be applied year-round and not necessarily only during the warm weather months.


Personal side note: Around the time when I first began experiencing this condition I didn’t have a fully-functioning air conditioner in my apartment for at least two consecutive summers.  I did have a very old window unit in my bedroom, but unfortunately it wasn’t nearly as powerful as it sounded. Needless to say, on most Summer days, my 600 sq./ft. apartment always felt like a furnace!  The crazy thing is, it didn’t bother me too much (I used inexpensive window fans and, again, I enjoy being warm), but I had no idea my toasty apartment was actually making matters worse for my skin.


If you’re looking for other ways to stay cooler this summer, you have several options:


  • Portable units are perfect if you live in an apartment without A/C or one that isn’t functioning properly.  They can also be used in homes where certain rooms don’t seem to get cool enough.
  • Air conditioning window units and powerful tower fans are other options to consider to keep the temperature in your home within a reasonable and normal range.


Unfortunately, the season most people love sometimes causes the most misery for your skin.  But don’t let that stop you!  With some thoughtful modifications and a few simple precautions, flare ups that are common during these warmer months can, at worst, be minimized or, at best, all together eliminated.



Do you love summer? How do you stay cool and dry?  


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