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How to relieve winter related eczema?

31st December 2012

Eczema is a skin condition that most commonly affects children. However, the harsh environment that our skin is subjected to in the winter months means that once the temperature drops many more adults also have to contend with the painful symptoms of eczema. While we have no control over the weather we can take extra special care of our skin to try and alleviate the symptoms as much as possible.

Change the way you shower

To start with, you should change your showering habits. Our skin can lose the natural oils that keep us moisturised when we spend too long showering, so if you can cut down on the frequency or length of your showers you should notice an improvement in your skin's condition.

Turning the temperature down a bit might not seem attractive when it's so cold outside, but the slightly cooler water will do wonders for skin that is irritated by higher temperatures. Finally, to lock in moisture from your shower ensures you moisturise as soon as you're out.

Protect your hands and lips

Your hands and lips are two particular problem areas so take care of them by using an SPF lip balm (the sun’s rays are still dangerous even in winter) and wearing cotton or wool gloves.

Keep moisturised

While central heating might make you feel cosy it dries up the air in your home. This is bad news for eczema sufferers, but using a humidifier is one way to reintroduce some moisture into the air around you.

Don't wait for your skin to get worse

Sometimes you may not notice you're suffering from dry skin until conditions have become so severe that your skin is cracking or even bleeding - start paying extra attention to your skin as soon as the temperature drops to try and prevent it getting this bad. If your skin inevitably gets worse it might be worth seeing a dermatologist about whether any special skin care treatments could help relieve pain and return your skin to a healthier state.

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