Winter Skin Conditions and What Can Be Done About Them
Spring is still several weeks away, which means that cold weather is here to stay. You may notice that your skin hasn’t responded well to the cold. You may have red patches, dry skin, irritation, and even serious flare-ups. This is all normal, and there are things you can do at home to combat these problems.
Dr. Mark A. Deuber and the staff at his Dallas, TX facial plastic surgery and skin rejuvenation center would like to go over some common skin problems people experience during the winter. We’ll also offer some advice on at-home treatment and prevention.
Low humidity and the dry air of winter will sap the moisture from your skin, resulting in dryness. Many of the skin problems people experience during the winter are related to dry skin and a lack of moisture in the air.
The best way to deal with dry skin is to stay hydrated and moisturize regularly. Drink water throughout the day to make sure your body is properly replenished. Consider a humidifier for your room at night. As for lotions, look for thicker, creamier moisturizers during the winter, which do a better job of keeping that moisture in.
When your skin is dry, it has a tendency to crack and flake. This can be quite off-putting, and sometimes this happens even if you are hydrating and moisturizing properly.
To remove the flaky skin, consider a gentle exfoliating scrub. While showering, try to use a soap or body wash that has a lower pH, as this can prevent the skin from drying out and becoming inflamed. After showering, be sure to moisturize.
Redness and Irritation
As you deal with the dryness and flakiness of your skin, you may experience issues with redness and irritation. This is your skin’s natural response to recurring dryness. It can be quite uncomfortable, and even painful if you suffer from cracked skin.
The best way to address irritated skin is to use a gentle skin cleanser. This will help remove any irritants and allergens. Be sure to use a good moisturizer as well since this helps replenish any missing hydration.
Chapped lips are a perennial problem for many people, though it tends to be worse in the winter simply given the dryness in the air. In severe cases, your lips may appear severely cracked and feel uncomfortable.
Apply soothing lip moisturizers and lip balms regularly during the winter. Try to find lip products that contain vitamins A and E, which can help hydrate and protect the lips. If your lips feel sore, cool water can help soothe them before applying balm or product.
On very cold days, you may notice that your skin is even itchier than usual. These itchy patches are the winter itch, and the condition is the result of severe dryness of the skin.
To avoid winter itch, take shorter showers. It sounds antithetical, but long, hot showers can make dry skin worse. Keep the showers short, and then moisturize immediately afterwards. Also consider wearing breathable fabrics that do not irritate the skin.
Sun and UV Damage
We tend to associated sun damage with the summer, but the harmful UV rays of the sun do not go away for the season. In fact, neglecting to protect our skin from the sun during the winter can make the UV damage much worse.
To protect yourself from UV damage, be sure to wear sunblock when you’re outdoors. Wearing sunglasses can also help protect your eyes from UV rays. A number of moisturizers have UV-blocking ingredients as well for added protection.
Eczema, Psoriasis, and Acne Flare-ups
The dryness in the air can lead to acne breakouts and major flare-ups. People who suffer from eczema and psoriasis may be hit especially hard because of the dry conditions in the air.
When dealing with breakouts and flare-ups, consider all of the advice above regarding moisturizing, showers, and hydration. These are are helpful for managing these issues. If situations do not improve, speak with your doctor or dermatologist.
Contact an Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon
To learn more about keeping your skin healthy and beautiful all year round, be sure to
contact an experienced plastic surgeon and skin care specialist. Dr. Deuber and his team will be more than happy to share tips, advice, and insight.
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