Eczema and Sensitive Skin During the Winter Months

During the winter months when you are moving between the cold outdoors and an overheated and dry home, this can aggravate eczema symptoms. Relying on treatment for eczema needs to emphasize helping your skin adapt to these rapid changes in your environment.  During these colder months, dry air and harsh temperatures are two specific problems that can make it hard to control symptoms with your usual treatment for eczema.

When you have dry and sensitive skin, it itches, appears dull, and may be flaky. Darker melanin skin tones may look ashy. Dry skin can become cracked and even split, because in the winter, skin can lose moisture to cold, dry air. But the right skin products, lots of fluids, and shorter, cooler showers, can help keep moisture where it belongs.

Adjustments to Your Winter Skin Care Regimen

Along with those two primary contributions to eczema rash, other choices that you make in winter time can add to the risk of an eczema rash flare. However, if you pay attention to the specific changes in your winter environment that trigger your eczema and make a few adjustments to your basic eczema treatment, you may be able to prevent this.

Make sure you maintain your eczema treatment regimen religiously by moisturizing daily. You should be washing with a moisture-rich soap and moisturizing your skin at least once, but possibly twice a day. 

Protect your skin from winter sun by using  a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF on any skin that will be exposed when you go outside. Be sure to use sunscreen for sensitive skin and check the label for any ingredients your skin may be sensitive to. 

While you might only need a thin lotion on your body during summer months, switching to a thicker skin moisturizer, such as a body butter, or body oil, in the winter will keep your skin happy and hydrated. Apply it when your skin is still damp from a shower.

Creams are also thicker than lotion and are great for winter skin. If your skin is extremely dry, you may want to try one that will exfoliate dead skin.

Be sure to use a separate moisturizer specifically designed for your face.  The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive, so always choose a won’t clog your pores or lead to an acne break-out. 

Go with a lighter moisturizer such as a lotion if you have oily skin and a heavier formula if you have dry skin. If you have a combination of oily and dry skin on your face, use a lighter moisturizer overall and dab the areas of dry skin with the thicker body butter or cream.


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