Eczema, a common skin condition, is defined by the American Academy of Dermatology as “a group of conditions that causes inflamed, irritated, and often itchy skin.” While many may experience these forms of dermatitis starting at a young age, the winter months typically see more flare-ups of this uncomfortable skin condition.
When the weather cools, your skin becomes dehydrated, making for itchy, achy cells that result in eczema. To help prevent these episodes, we’re rounding up our top tips for a healthy skin season.
Stay Moisturized: Making sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, even when it’s cold outside, is key. Avoid hot water temperatures, and moisturize with damp skin to lock in moisture to the skin. Try a humidifier to add some moisture inside if you’re frequently running the heater to stay warm. We suggest our Rapid Recovery Cream for extra relief.
Bring in the Vitamin D: Some studies have shown that Vitamin D plays a huge role in eczema flare-ups. With gloomier skies, you may be missing this essential Vitamin – so we recommend taking Vitamin D supplements to ensure that levels are maintained in a safe manner.
Dress Accordingly: Did you know that your attire has an effect on your flare ups? Reach for clothing items that are made of 100% cotton, and when you’re out and about, wear layers for your skin to breathe no matter the temperature. Wear gloves to protect your sensitive skin on your hands, and when wearing a face covering, look for a zinc or copper face covering that can be washed after every use (as both zinc and copper are known for their anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-odor qualities).
As always, when you’re experiencing an eczema breakout, schedule an appointment with Rao Dermatology for proper care.