Eczema Care During the Winter

As snowfall and dry, cold temperatures arrive in the New Jersey area, many people experience changes in their skin. One common condition that tends to worsen in the fall and winter is eczema, which causes dry, scaly, itchy skin. This chronic condition, which is especially common in children, worsens as a result of drier conditions outside and inside from heating, bathing in warmer temperatures, as well as layering of clothes. Fortunately, there are simple ways to help reduce problems and prevent worsening of eczema.

  • Moisturize frequently – Since skin affected by eczema cannot create moisture, it is important to apply a thick moisturizer or ointment before bed and after baths, showers, and hand washing to prevent dryness. Use necessary eczema medication if prescribed by a dermatologist.
  • Avoid hot baths – As tempting as it is to warm up in a hot bath, it can cause irritated, dry skin. Stick to warm baths as often as a dermatologist recommends.
  • Use gentle soap – Eczema skin can be sensitive, so using mild soaps can help avoid irritation.
  • Choose clothes wisely – Certain materials like wool, acrylic and polyester can be irritating to the skin, so choosing a breathable natural material like cotton may be a better choice. Protect exposed skin with gloves and other accessories as well.
  • Make the indoors comfortable – Avoid overheating your home, and use humidifiers to help replenish moisture.

Since eczema is a chronic condition and usually needs extended treatment, having a trusted board-certified dermatologist to consult with is important. Dermatologists can help assess your skin and recommend specific treatments and advice to help prevent worsening and improve your eczema.

At Old Bridge Dermatology, Dr. Juan Vaillant regularly treats patients with eczema and many other skin, hair, and nail conditions. Dr. Vaillant understands through his decades of practice the importance of individualized care, and specializes in clinical and anatomic pathology to further help with diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Vaillant commonly treats conditions like acne, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, age spots, skin cancer, nail fungus, and acne. Contact our Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 for an appointment today!