Caring For Your Eczema During The Winter Season
The dry cold weather during winter in New Jersey can worsen already frustrating skin conditions. One of these skin conditions is eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, scaly, itchy skin. It’s especially common in children but can affect anyone. Eczema flare-ups can be caused by allergens, skin irritants, stress, and a whole host of other triggers. It often worsens as a result of drier weather conditions, drier indoor conditions from running a heater, bathing in warm water, as well as wearing many layers.
There are a few ways to combat the eczema symptoms and prevent them worsening. Here’s a list we put together to help you through the winter season:
- Lower your bath temperature – winter weather makes you want to jump in a hot bath, but high-temperature baths can create dry, irritated skin that can exacerbate an eczema flare-up. It’s best to stick to warm baths.
- Use mild soaps: Your skin is sensitive, especially when dealing with eczema. Use gentle soaps and cleansers to avoid irritation.
- Moisturize regularly: Skin suffering from eczema cannot create its own moisture, so it’s important to apply a thick ointment or moisturizer after your bath or shower and before you go to bed. If your dermatologist prescribes an eczema medication, use it as directed.
- Pay attention to clothing materials: Materials like wool, acrylic, and polyester can irritate your skin. Natural materials that are breathable such as cotton are a better choice. Make sure to cover up and protect your skin by wearing gloves, scarves, and other winter accessories.
- Make your home comfy: Overheating your home can dry out your skin. Keep it a comfortable temperature and use humidifiers throughout the house to replenish moisture.
Eczema can strike during any season. It is a chronic, recurring condition that typically needs extended treatment. Therefore, consulting with a board-certified dermatologist is a must if you’re dealing with eczema. A dermatologist will assess your skin and recommend treatments that are right for you.
Are you dealing with eczema or any other skin, hair, or nail condition? Here at Old Bridge Dermatology, we are here for you. Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Juan Vaillant, has decades of specialization in clinical and anatomic pathology that will help you achieve happy and healthy skin. Dr. Vaillant commonly treats conditions like acne, hair loss, psoriasis, age spots, warts, and nail fungus. Contact our conveniently located Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 for an appointment today!