Dealing with eczema throughout the year is difficult enough. Add in factors like cold, dry winter weather and it can become almost unbearable. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to explain why you experience eczema flare-ups in winter and what you can do this season to deal with this issue.
Low humidity and cold temperatures are to blame for flare-ups, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
In many areas, winter brings cooler temperatures and a drop in humidity, which means there is less moisture in the air. Eczema already causes moisture-deprived skin so low humidity only exacerbates the problem. The skin is also susceptible to changes in temperature. Moving often from bitter cold weather to the dry heat of indoors makes it difficult for your skin to adjust, which can lead to irritation, itching and flaking.
Eczema triggers are different for everyone so it is important to notice the changes in your skin during winter and find out which treatments work best for you.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends adding moisture back to your skin and the environment.
There’s nothing you can do about the dry, cold air outside but you can do something about the air in your home. Use a humidifier to replace lost moisture and make sure that you frequently replace the water to continuously cycle fresh water through the air.
You should also avoid ingredients that are known to cause irritation including fragrances, dyes, sulfates and chemicals. Don’t just avoid these ingredients in your skin care products; look for soaps, laundry detergents and cleaning supplies that are free of irritants as well.
Moisturizing is the most important step in dealing with eczema in the winter. Use a cream that is free of irritating ingredients such as Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream. You should apply your moisturizer immediately after you shower when your skin most easily absorbs moisture. For localized rough and itchy patches, use FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone. You can apply this product multiple times a day to elbows, knees, knuckles and other areas to relieve itching, flaking and irritation.
Have you experienced eczema flare-ups this winter? Share with us how you deal with them in the comments.