Tips for Treating Eczema in Winter

eczema in winter treatments at Nima Skin Institute

You’ve probably noticed that, if you have eczema, your skin has more dry and scaly patches, or has become itchier. In other words, your eczema has gotten worse as the weather gets and stays colder. Eczema flare-ups become more common when the skin can’t stay moisturized on its own, which is often caused by our drier air outside combined with indoor heating. You may also have flare-ups because you’re wearing more clothing layers and are using more bed coverings. 

Inflamed, red skin. Crusty patches. Severe itching — It’s no fun no matter what symptoms you’re experiencing. But you don’t have to suffer. Here are a few tips to help you cope with eczema flare-ups this winter.

Warm bathing, not hot!

Hot water can dry out your skin. Instead of taking hot baths or showers, turn down the temperature and use warm water. It’s also best to limit the amount of time you bathe. Avoid scratching your skin when drying off; pat yourself dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing. These will help avoid irritating your skin and keep in a little extra moisture. 

Moisturize more

Your skin needs a lot of moisturizing. Use a thicker moisturizer and apply it immediately after bathing or showering. You can add more anytime during the day when you feel a bit dry.

Gentle cleansers, please

Sensitive, eczema prone skin needs gentle cleansers. Avoid soaps and products that have harsh chemicals. Instead, choose moisturizing products that are dye, fragrance, and alcohol free. This is true for your laundry detergents as well. If you’re not sure, look for the National Eczema Association logo on the packaging.

Some fabrics are worse than others

Wool, nylon, and other fabrics may irritate and/or cause your skin to overheat. Many patients find that the wrong fabric choices cause flare-ups. Dress in clothing made with breathable fabrics and avoid wearing too many layers. Eliminate unnecessary layers on your bed and ensure your bed linens are also made from breathable fabrics.

Humidify your world

A humidifier is a great way to add moisture back into your home’s air and reverse overly dry air caused by indoor heating. That takes care of your immediate environment. Drink plenty of water; it will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside!

Here for your dermatological needs

If you can’t get your skin under control, it’s time to talk with us and we may need to prescribe something stronger to curb your flare-up.We provide both medical and cosmetic dermatological services. Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment.