Winter Itch: The effects of winter on your skin

With winter upon us, you may find your skin changing with the season.  A combination of harsh, dry, windy, and cold air can irritate your skin and leave you feeling uncomfortable. Read on to learn more about certain types of skin conditions and ways that you can help manage flare-ups during the winter.

Eczema

Also referred to atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by a dry, itchy rash on the skin. During the cold winter air, eczema can flare-up due to excessive drying of the skin. To help relieve flare-ups, try skipping hot baths and introduce a humidifier to help add moisture back into the air.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes your skin to become itchy and painful. It is characterized by dry, scaly, silvery patches that are commonly located on the elbows, scalp, and knees. As the cooler months progress, lack of humidity and dry air can affect your skin and cause psoriasis to worsen. Try wearing layers of clothing made of cotton instead of heavy wool clothing; this can help relieve itchiness due to psoriasis. Moisturizing daily can also help ease itchiness and soothe irritated skin.

Acne

Acne is caused by excess oil and bacteria that block pores. Dry, cold air can cause your skin to become dehydrated. If the skin becomes dry, it can cause excess oil production and create an ideal environment where bacteria can thrive. Instead of using harsh chemicals to rid your breakouts, try using a gel or moisturizer to help soothe inflammation and treat acne.

Living with skin conditions during the winter months can be challenging but taking precautions to help relieve symptoms can give you that extra holiday spirit you’ve been needing.

This season, get involved in a clinical study that may be able to provide options for treatment. Physicians at Texas Dermatology and Laser Specialists (TDLS) are seeking volunteers to participate in several clinical studies. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved in a clinical study, browse enrolling studies below or contact TDLS at (210) 852-2779.

 

 

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