Snuggling up by the fire, celebrating the holidays, and planning ski trips are just some of the most cherished winter memories. And as you make memories this season, you don’t have to let itchy skin hold you back. Cold winter weather can be a major trigger for eczema and other types of dermatitis. Fortunately, you can protect your skin this year with these eczema care tips.
If you struggle with eczema or another type of atopic dermatitis, consider making an appointment with a dermatologist at the beginning of the season. They can examine any active eczema patches and recommend eczema treatments for relief. You can also work with your dermatologist to create an eczema-safe skin care routine for winter. This proactive step can prevent severe irritation or flare ups before the cold weather kicks in.
Protecting your skin when you spend time outdoors this winter can help prevent itching and dryness. Eczema often shows up on the hands, feet, cheeks, and behind the ears, as well as the backs of knees and elbows, so make sure to cover these areas. A thick pair of gloves, scarf, and hat should be part of your daily winter wardrobe.
A hot shower may be comforting in the winter, but the hot water can actually dry out your skin and trigger an eczema flare up. Turn down the temperature in the shower and keep bathing times short. Apply a rich, unscented moisturizer to your skin as soon as you get out of the shower, paying close attention to your eczema-prone areas. This step will lock in moisture.
Even if you moisturize after showering as a home remedy for eczema, you will still need to moisturize throughout the day. Keep an eczema lotion on hand when you’re out and about, applying it as needed. Your hands will likely need moisturizing the most, since this area is exposed to the cold air.
Your clothes may be irritating your eczema and dermatitis more than you realize. While polyester and wool may be among your go-to fabrics for the winter, these materials can actually lead to irritation and redness. Swap these fabrics for gentle and natural options like cotton and cashmere. You’ll also want to use a gentle and unscented laundry detergent, as some detergents can also irritate eczema-prone skin.
While your home’s heating system keeps you cozy during the winter, it can also dry out the air inside. And dry air means dry skin. Run a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air. You can run an isolated humidifier in your bedroom or purchase a humidifying unit to connect to your home’s heating system. While you’re adding water to the air, remember to drink plenty of water as well. Hydration is another key factor in hydrated and smooth skin.
Managing eczema and dermatitis can be extra challenging in the winter. Fortunately, the skin professionals at Pacific Dermatology Specialists are here to help. Our team of dermatologists offer medical, surgical, and cosmetic services to support your skin health and help you look your best. We have locations in Seal Beach, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, so contact us today to book an appointment at an office near you.