Skin

Updated 11 June 2014

Skin care in autumn

As your summer tan fades to sallow yellow, the remains of mini-scars from insect bites and scratches from your camping trips could loom into view on your now-pale skin.

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As your summer tan fades to sallow yellow, the remains of mini-scars from insect bites and scratches from your camping trips could loom into view on your now-pale skin.

With the air less muggy, but still warm in many areas, this is also prime time for running, biking, rock-climbing, and hiking time.

Weather changes can't be avoided, but seasonal skin havoc can be.

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Whatever your skin type, be sure to moisturise your body and your face during the upcoming months. With your skin slightly damp after showering or bathing, apply a body lotion or cream, and concentrate on your shoulders and rough spots – elbows, knees and feet.

Dermatologists frequently recommend body moisturisers containing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which helps exfoliate the skin’s uppermost layer.

And remember, even though the sun may no longer be hot, don’t take that as a sign to stash your UV block in the back of your medicine cabinet.

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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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