Why does the skin burn in the sauna?

Sauna visits are a beneficial experience for body and mind. Still, it can be uncomfortable for some when the skin starts to burn. Why is this and how can it be avoided? In this article, we will go into more detail about this issue and present simple steps to avoid burning the skin in the sauna.
Avoidance of skin irritations during sauna visits

Avoidance of skin irritations during sauna visits

A visit to the sauna can relax the body and mind. The heat and humidity of a sauna are two of its most attractive features, and many people enjoy using them. However, some people find the sauna uncomfortable, especially if they feel a burning sensation on their skin. What is the reason for this and what can be done about it?

The burning sensation on the skin can be easily explained by the high temperature, high humidity and lack of air circulation. Consequently, heat with high humidity is perceived as much more uncomfortable or warmer than heat with low humidity.

Shins, back of the knees and elbows are among the parts of the body where the skin is particularly sensitive to heat. Here, blood circulation is not as pronounced as in other parts of the body, so less sweat is produced. This can cause the skin to start burning unpleasantly in these areas in the sauna, as the heat stimulus is too intense.

Protection from skin irritation in the sauna: simple tips

To avoid the burning of the skin in the sauna, you can take some simple measures:

Use a light sheet: place a light cloth, such as a hammam cloth, on the affected area to reduce contact between your skin and the surrounding air.

Hydrate your skin: Drink plenty of water before and after your sauna session to keep your skin hydrated. You can also use a moisturizing lotion after your sauna session to soothe your skin.

Avoid staying too long in the sauna: Do not stay too long in the sauna, especially if you notice a burning sensation on your skin. Excessive contact with the heat and humidity of the air can aggravate the burning of the skin.

Alternatively, you can also switch to other saunas: The sanarium or the bio sauna could be an alternative here. The bio sauna is more tolerable at about 60 °C and lower humidity.

Our conclusion

Sauna burns can be unpleasant, but with a few simple measures, they can be easily avoided. Leave the sauna before the sauna infusion. Instead of exposing yourself to the heat in the Finnish sauna, you can also go to the bio sauna. Temperatures there are more moderate. If you follow these tips, you can avoid the unpleasant burning of the skin in the sauna and enjoy your sauna visit to the fullest.

Also, listen to your body and take a break in time if your skin starts to burn. This way you can enjoy your sauna experience to the fullest without the burning of your skin getting in the way.

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