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Winter Skin!

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Winter is a time of year that can bring about a host of skin issues for many people. As the weather becomes drier and colder, it can lead to dry, flaky skin, chapped lips, and even eczema flare-ups. Here are some common winter skin issues and how to stay ahead of them.

  1. Dry Skin: The winter weather can be very drying, causing the skin to become flaky and irritated. To prevent dry skin, it is important to moisturize daily and use a humidifier in your home.

  2. Chapped Lips: Chapped lips are a common problem during the winter months, as the dry air can strip the skin of its natural moisture. To prevent chapped lips, it is important to use a lip balm with SPF protection, drink plenty of water, and avoid licking your lips.

  3. Eczema Flare-Ups: Cold weather and low humidity can worsen eczema symptoms, causing itching, redness, and flakiness. To prevent eczema flare-ups, it is important to use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer, take warm baths instead of hot showers, and avoid using harsh soaps and detergents.

  4. Wind Burn: Winter winds can cause your skin to become red, irritated, and chapped. To prevent windburn, it is important to cover exposed skin with a scarf or hat, use a moisturizer with SPF protection, and limit outdoor activities during particularly windy days.

  5. Frostbite: In extremely cold weather, skin can freeze and cause frostbite, a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. To prevent frostbite, it is important to dress in layers, protect exposed skin, and avoid prolonged exposure to cold weather.

By following these simple tips, you can help protect your skin from the drying effects of winter weather and stay ahead of common skin issues. If you are experiencing a skin issue that you cannot resolve on your own, it is important to consult a dermatologist, who can provide a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

A. David Soleymani, M.D. Board-Certified Dermatologist

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