Heat Rash, Ingrown Hair & Swimmer’s Itch: Summer Skin Treatments


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Treating Summer Skin Conditions

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are joined by Dr. Jeanine Downie, dermatologist, to discuss skin conditions and skin problems that we all suffer during the summer months and tips on summer skin treatments.

Summer Skin Treatments: Heat Rash Treatments

Kathie Lee and Hoda talked with Dr. Jeanine Downie about summer skin conditions and treatments, including swimmer's itch, rosacea and more.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb talked with Dr. Jeanine Downie on The Today Show about summer skin conditions and treatments, including swimmer’s itch, rosacea and more.


Dr. Jeanine Downie said heat rash is red or pink patches on the skin or small, pinpoint bumps that cause itchiness and irritation. To help treat heat rash, Dr. Downie said to use Zeasorb or Clotrimazole or by washing it with Cetaphil soap.

Dr. Downie said heat rash is something that is itchy and uncomfortable and could get worse if not treated. If it is low grade, no dermatologist needed, but if it doesn’t go away with over-the-counter products, then definitely go see one.

Summer Skin Treatments: Rosacea

Dr. Jeanine Downie said rosacea is an irritation on the forehead, cheeks, arm and chin. It brings on facial flushing and burning and red bumps. Dr. Downie said it is treatable by a dermatologist, but to prevent it use sunblock to prevent it, Aveeno Face SPF 30 or Evian Mineral Water sprays.


Summer Skin Treatments: White Patches Treatments

Dr. Jeanine Downie said another summer skin condition is white patches. These are patches that are lighter or darker than surrounding skin or spots that do not tan. Most often on neck, chest, back or arms. Dr. Downie said it is an overgrowth of yeast on the body. To treat, Dr. Downie said to use Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo or Lotrimin Antifungal Cream. Dr. Downie said sometimes you need prescription drugs to treat white patches.

Summer Skin Treatments: Ingrown Hair

Dr. Jeanine Downie said it is bikini season, so people are shaving a lot more. An ingrown hair is tenderness, red bumps and itchiness. To treat ingrown hair, Dr. Downie said to use Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub or Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads. Dr. Downie said the best best is to do laser hair removal.

Summer Skin Treatments: Swimmer’s Itch

Dr. Jeanine Downie said swimmer’s itch are small, reddish pimples and cause itchiness, tingling or burning. It is hive-like and Dr. Downie said you can treat it with Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment or Caladryl Clear Anti-Itch Lotion. If those do not work, Dr. Downie said to seek a dermatologist.


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