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Winter Skin Care: Caring for Eczema When It’s Cold Outside

Typically a beautiful time of the year, there’s so much to celebrate and many reasons to be joyous during the winter season. If you’re dealing with eczema, however, this can be a stressful and frustrating time. Thankfully, you don’t have to let your dry, itchy skin ruin your holidays. Here are the top 7 ways to care for your skin as the temperature drops.

Tip #1: Know Your Triggers

If you’ve been battling your eczema for quite some time, you probably know what makes your skin tick. Everyone has different “triggers” that can cause a flare up. It could be certain foods or drinks, or maybe it’s a particular type of lotion or even a stressful situation. Whatever it is, take note and do your best to avoid these triggers at all costs.

Tip #2: Moisturize

Everyone knows that the best way to take care of your skin is to keep it moisturized. This is especially true for those who have eczema. Don’t be afraid to test our different brands until you find the right product. Still, it isn’t enough to just slap on some cream every once in a while. You should create and stick to a schedule. If you notice your skin starts to dry around midday, then consistently moisturize around that time every day. Keeping a schedule ensures that your skin is getting the consistent attention it needs. If you happen to be venturing outside more often, apply cream more frequently.

Tip #3: Opt for Medicated

Sure, there are some over-the-counter creams and ointments that can ease a few of your symptoms. But there’s nothing compared to the prescription-strength topical treatments. Medicated moisturizers tend to be stronger and longer lasting than anything you can buy in the store. Speak to a dermatologist and see what treatments may work for you.

Tip #4: Be Delicate

Your skin is very sensitive, especially during this cold weather season when our skin naturally begins to dry. Having eczema is a double whammy. Your skin becomes twice as dry, so be gentle. Don’t scratch, rub vigorously, or apply very hot or very cold water to your skin.

Tip #5: Avoid Itchy Clothes

We know how tempting it is to wear wool and other itchy or heavy clothes during the winter. For the sake of your own sanity, don’t do it. Refrain from driving yourself mad with unrelenting itching and scratching. You can instead wear warm cotton or velvet. Soft, breathable fabrics are better for your skin than denim or wool.

Tip #6: Avoid Extreme Temperature Changes

This may prove difficult as you leave the comfort of your warm home into the freezing cold air, but it is important that you do your best to prepare your skin before heading out. Be sure to bundle up before you step outside. This includes your face. If you have a cotton scarf, wrap it around your neck and cheeks. The main goal is to keep your skin from being shocked by the sudden cold air, causing it to seize up and become itchy and dry. Let your skin slowly adapt to changes in temperature.

Tip #7: Be Prepared

Never leave home without your moisturizer. You don’t want to be out in the cold when your skin suddenly tightens and dries, and you realize you have no form of relief. Be sure to keep your moisturizer portable and always at the ready. Also, stay up to date on your refills. When you notice that you’re running low, call your pharmacist and have another one ready to go.

With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the holiday season. If you want to learn more and are in the greater Ohio area, call our experts at The Dermatology Group today.

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