Winter is easily the most extreme of the seasons, especially when it comes to your skin. If you have a pre-existing condition, like extreme dryness or eczema, winter can be downright brutal. For those of you who know the struggle, here’s exactly how to deal with eczema in the winter.
If you’re reading this you probably know you have eczema. But for the rest of us, here’s a definition: It’s a skin disease characterized by extremely dry, itchy and flaky skin. It can even cause redness and inflammation, and it’s all around a bad time.
Eczema and skin dryness is exacerbated by the low humidity we experience in winter. The air outside is cold and dry, while inside buildings and homes, it’s hot and dry (due to indoor heating). The result? Our skin is desperate for moisture.
“Our skin is sensitive to changes in temperature, moving from warm air to cool air to warm air,” added Jason Reichenberg, MD, a dermatologist and vice chairman of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern-Austin, according to Everyday Health. So protecting and replenishing your skin in winter is super important. Left untreated, skin suffering from eczema can crack and bleed, making healing even more difficult.
Below are some tips and tricks for keeping your eczema in check this winter.