Ways to Combat Colder Weather Skin Problems

The arrival of our colder, drier air means your skin must deal with these seasonal changes. You may enjoy wearing sweaters, hats and gloves after a hot summer, but your skin may not be as happy. It’s having to cope with a host of cold weather problems and, since we know that we have months of even colder weather to come, now is the time to take a closer look at some of the skin care issues I see this time of year and help you tackle them head on.

The most common complaints I hear is what people call their “winter skin.” It’s dry; it’s itchy; it’s blotchy; it’s cracking. They hate it!  Much of this is caused by dehydration. You need a different routine.

  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Hot showers may feel good, but they aren’t great for your skin. They strip the moisture you need for protection. So, do yourself a favor and turn down the heat!
  • Apply a non-fragrant moisturizer daily. Get into the routine of applying it twice daily before your skin gets dry and itchy.
  • Add a humidifier to your home. A tabletop one in your bedroom and/or home office can make a really big difference.

Itchy, Bumpy, Rough Spots

Even when you follow a good skin care routine, you can still get itchy, bumpy or rough spots in cold weather. Don’t scratch…no matter how hard that may be. It can create a secondary infection, which worsens the problem. Instead, see us. Oftentimes, a prescription topical steroid can help calm down inflammation and itching.

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