Besides breakouts, there are a whole host of other skin issues that are specific to spring. One pesky problem is called pityriasis rosea — a rash on the upper half of your body, upper arms, and neck where you see round, pink, flaky spots. Dr. Schultz says doctors aren't 100 percent sure what causes this rash, but they believe that it can be attributed to a virus and not person-to-person contact, as derms only see outbreaks in the springtime. It takes 6-8 weeks to run its course naturally, and while there's no medicine currently available that will make it go away any faster, applying a hydrocortisone cream or mentholated moisturizer like Sarna Anti-itch Lotion can help alleviate the itch associated with pityriasis rosea. If the rash lasts longer than 3 months, consult your doctor immediately.
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It's easy to spot allergy sufferers around this time of year — their red noses, frequent sneezing, and endless stashes of tissues squirreled away in pockets and purses are dead giveaways. But it's perhaps the eyes that suffer most, with redness, swelling, and mega-irritation, all things that are not conducive to looking cute. "Most people who have seasonal allergies react to pollen," says Dr. Karpecki. "Since pollen is a minuscule compound, it can easily get into the eyes and cause an allergic reaction. During the spring, the pollen counts are much higher than at any other time of year for most states, particularly since we had such a shortened winter this past year." Awesome.
The saying might be "April showers bring May flowers," but as far as we can see, they just bring a buttload of frizz. "As women are coming out of the dry season and transitioning into the wet season, hair is trying to combat the rain," says Dickey, the founder of Hair Rules. For girls with curly hair, that means dryness and frizz; wavy manes will see a lack of shine; and straight hair gets flyaways and split ends.