(StatePoint) Cooler weather comes with its own set of challenges for your skin. The drier, colder air can lead to itchy skin, chapped lips and flare-ups of common, but serious, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
To avoid scratching and itching, it’s important to take preemptive steps to help your skin better survive winter.
What to Wear
The sun’s harmful UV rays are still strong in winter, so be sure to wear sunscreen on exposed skin. Lips need extra protection too, so don’t forget to apply lip balm and wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes.
Be sure to wear gloves when you are outside, because the skin on your hands is especially prone to cold-weather related irritation. New touchscreen-sensitive gloves can help prevent the need to expose your skin every time you need to use your mobile devices.
How to Treat
Eczema, a skin condition characterized by dry, red, and often itchy patches, can be especially problematic in winter when the air contains less moisture. Even slight dips in humidity and temperature can bring on a flare. Eczema, which is a 24/7 proposition, may affect multiple areas of your skin, so finding an effective treatment is very important this time of year.
A fast acting topical treatment can provide significant relief from eczema symptoms such as blisters, papules, plaques, scaling, crusting, breaks in the skin and a hardened, leathery texture. Look for a treatment with an excellent safety profile.
A good bet for both children and adults who suffer from eczema is a prescription cream called Cloderm(r) (clocortolone pivalate) Cream, 0.1%, which is approved for use on all ages and on most areas of the body. It can also be used to treat psoriasis, an inflammatory skin disease, which may also be worsened by winter weather.
If you suffer from either eczema or psoriasis, ask your doctor about whether a prescribed treatment such as Cloderm Cream is right for you. Cloderm Cream is indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses. The most common adverse events with Cloderm Cream include burning, itching, irritation, dryness, and folliculitis. Cloderm Cream is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to any of the ingredients of this product. As with all topical corticosteroids, systemic absorption can produce reversible HPA-axis suppression.
What to Eat
When it comes to food and drink, winter can be a time of overindulgence; from rich meals to even richer desserts, it can be easy to neglect a diet that promotes healthy skin. Be sure to incorporate plenty of water, and hydrating fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Don’t let winter get the best of your skin this year. With a few tweaks to your routine, you can help prevent dry, itchy skin and flare-ups of common skin conditions.
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