Everything You Need to Know About Heat Rash

TIME

When you think of summer, you probably picture relaxing with friends and family on the beach, looking like a bronze goddess, and fruity drinks. What you try to forget are the annoying downsides, like excessive sweating, sunburns, and heat rash. We’re all familiar (too familiar, probably) with sweating and sunburns, but what is heat rash, really?

I decided to find out once and for all. I enlisted the help of Rachel Nazarian, M.D. of Schweiger Dermatology Group to get to the bottom it.

Classic heat rash (doctor talk: miliaria), “is a red, sometimes itchy or painful rash that can occur after skin has been exposed to a hot or humid environment.” Also included: small blisters. Yikes.

In other words, heat makes you sweat. We sweat to lower our body temperature. So when the sweat can’t escape, the skin gets angry. Cue heat rash forming.

Now, prepare for your…

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