Winter Tips to Avoid Eczema Flare-Up
Weather changes can be unkind to the skin. If you have a condition such as eczema, the transition from one season to the next may bring particular challenges. During the winter months, some people struggle to manage flare-ups of itching, redness, and irritation. The primary reason could be that the drop in temperature that occurs this time of year coincides with a dip in humidity. Dry air doesn’t have to make you hibernate to save your skin. Here, we offer a few tips to maintain dermatologic health throughout the cold-weather months.
- Change up your skincare routine. One of the most common mistakes that all people make with their skin is using the same skincare products all year round. When the air becomes massively dry in the winter, the skin needs much more TLC. Experts suggest switching to an oil-based moisturizer and emollient creams that are thicker than the lotions used during the summer. To avoid a greasy feeling on the face, it may be beneficial to layer products, beginning with a nourishing serum and then moving on to a lightweight moisturizer.
- Layer clothing. There are several advantages to dressing in layers. For the person with eczema, layered clothing allows them to have more control over changing body temperature. Being bundled up outside prevents discomfort, but doesn’t work inside because overheating causes an inflammatory response for eczema patients.
- Add some moisture to the air. Areas in which time is spent should be as comfortable as possible to prevent an eczema flare up, and humidity is a must. Placing a humidifier in the bedroom, living room, and office inhibits cold-weather problems like dry, cracked skin.
- Get some vitamin D. Studies have suggested, and vitamin D helps the skin repair itself. During the winter when the sun shines less often, many people become deficient in this vital nutrient. A doctor may perform a vitamin D test to identify how much supplementation is needed to provide health benefits. A supplement may be prescribed or purchased at a health food store.
Get the help you need to handle wintertime skin woes quickly. Call 610.594.6660 to schedule a visit with an experienced dermatologist in our Coatesville, Exton, or Kennett Square office.
What Could be Causing Itchy, Red Skin
Redness and itching are two common symptoms that affect all of us from time to time. Usually, rashes are transient, and they clear up on their own. If patches of dry, red, itchy skin persist or come and go frequently, you may want to explore the chance that you have a chronic skin condition. Two of the prevalent problems that are diagnosed, eczema and psoriasis, may look similar. Here, we discuss the how to differentiate between them.
Both eczema and psoriasis can cause general skin inflammation that looks like a rash. Where they differ is in their cellular makeup.
Eczema is a type of skin inflammation that may flare up in response to specific triggers, such as warmer temperatures. There are several forms of eczema, with atopic dermatitis being the most common among people of all ages. Eczema often develops in childhood. From early in life, this condition may flare up periodically, requiring medical treatment to soothe irritated skin.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is rooted in the immune system. It is categorized as an autoimmune disease, meaning that the immune system is not functioning correctly and its dysfunction is causing skin cells to multiply too quickly. The buildup of skin cells is referred to as plaques. These cells may look like silvery scales that cover inflamed, red, itchy skin.
The redness and itching that occur with each of these conditions may be difficult to identify accurately without a thorough skin examination. Your dermatologist can observe your skin and notice small details like the thickness of the skin in areas of inflammation or the overall dryness of the affected tissue.
Treating Chronic Skin Conditions
Chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can be troubling. Maintaining optimal skin health is much easier when you know what you’re dealing with. Although specific lifestyle habits can decrease the severity of eczema and psoriasis flare-ups, medical treatment is necessary for each of these conditions to be managed as well as possible.
Treatments for eczema and psoriasis range from topical cortisone creams to immunotherapy with oral medication to phototherapy. If over-the-counter cortisone and healthy lifestyle habits such as eating well and limiting alcohol consumption do not help alleviate redness and itching, call Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center at 610-594-6660. We proudly serve patients from Coatesville, Exton, Kennett Square, and surrounding areas.