How Climate Change Affects Skin Health in the Philippines

How Climate Change Affects Skin Health in the Philippines

By Ysabel Vitangcol on May 23, 2024

As we say goodbye to summer with the rainy season around the corner, let’s find out how the shifting climate patterns in the Philippines affect skin health and the steps that can be taken to mitigate these effects.

1. Increased UV Radiation Exposure

One of the primary concerns related to climate change is the depletion of the ozone layer, leading to higher levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. In the Philippines, where outdoor activities are a significant part of daily life, increased UV exposure heightens the risk of skin cancers, including melanoma and non-melanoma types. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can also accelerate skin aging, causing wrinkles, sunspots, and a loss of skin elasticity.

Rising temperatures due to global warming contribute to a variety of skin problems. Heat rash, also known as prickly heat or miliaria, is common in hot and humid climates. It occurs when sweat ducts become blocked, causing inflammation and itchy red bumps. The frequency and severity of heat rash can increase as temperatures rise. 

Moreover, higher temperatures can exacerbate pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Heat and sweating can irritate the skin, leading to flare-ups. For individuals with sensitive skin, the combination of heat and humidity can trigger dermatitis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

3. Increased prevalence of infectious skin diseases

Climate change impacts not only the environment but also the patterns of infectious diseases. In the Philippines, warmer temperatures and altered rainfall patterns can influence the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue fever. Dengue can lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever, which manifests with rashes and severe skin issues.

Additionally, floods and typhoons, which are becoming more frequent and severe, create breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi. These conditions can lead to an increase in skin infections such as cellulitis and fungal infections. Poor sanitation and prolonged exposure to floodwaters can also result in contact dermatitis and other waterborne skin diseases.

4. Allergic reactions and pollutions

Air pollution, worsened by climate change, has direct and indirect effects on skin health. Pollutants like particulate matter (PM), ozone, and nitrogen dioxide can penetrate the skin barrier, leading to oxidative stress and inflammation. This can exacerbate conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Additionally, pollution can increase the incidence of allergic reactions, resulting in hives and other forms of dermatitis.

How Belo can help

Some paramount to-do’s that applies to everyone include the constant application of sunscreen throughout the day; whether outdoor/indoor or rain or shine! Sun exposure is one of the biggest catalysts of aging, so the earlier we apply preventive measures, the better for your skin health. We’ve pulled out some sunscreen recommendations here!

While the weather conditions are out of our hands, our Belo doctors will be able to create a customized beauty plan for you on how your skin health can adapt to climate change. Each patient is unique and has different wants and needs, so our doctors will be able to tailor out some recommendations for you during your consultation.

Our Belo doctors can best recommend a skin care regimen for you during the hot climate. Call 8819-BELO (2356) to book a consultation today!

We have clinics located around Metro Manila, Pampanga, Cebu and Davao! Give us a call at 8819-BELO (2356) or book your appointment here. 

Please note that prices may change without prior notice and the final price will be based on the doctor’s quotation upon consultation.

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