Winter skin conditions

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

By: Molly Soto


 

Winter presents increased challenges for your skin.  Between cold weather outside and warm, dry air inside, it can be a struggle to keep skin healthy. 

 

Rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are skin conditions that are especially susceptible to flare-ups in the wintertime.

 

Nick Grimm, PA-C, who offers dermatology services with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, has tips on keeping these skin conditions under control during the winter months.

 

Rosacea:  Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that causes facial redness and dilated blood vessels.  Extreme temperatures commonly cause the redness in the cheeks to flare-up.

 

Eczema:  Eczema is a chronic skin condition that is caused by inflammation.  It appears as dry, scaly patches on the skin.  The dry weather, in combination with soap and hot water, cause dryness, which causes itching.

 

“Eczema is commonly referred to as the ‘itch that rashes’,” Grimm said.  “It itches, you scratch and then the rash appears.”

 

Psoriasis:  Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder characterized by skin cells that multiply 5 times faster than normal. It has to do with genetic predisposition and sunlight. Sunlight which historically helps to suppress cell turnover is lacking in the winter months and therefore psoriasis worsens.

 

Whether you have eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or dry winter skin, these strategies can help:

  • Use Vaseline or Aquaphor® ointment on dry, cracked lips.
  • Take shorter, tepid showers (the hotter the water, the more skin oils are stripped away)
  • Avoid using soap all over the body
  • Use fragrance-free products
  • Use moisturizers with a synthetic ceramide (this seals moisture into the skin)
  • Use SPF year round
  • Cover your face in the cold and wind

To request an appointment for dermatology services at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, please use our online form or call 920-288-8240.

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