How To Prevent Common Winter Skin Problems

Along with the cold weather, unfortunately, comes a number of skin conditions. Read our latest blog to find out how to prevent common winter skin problems.

Winter is not kind to our skin. The lack of humidity, dry air and exposure to extreme weather conditions means we need to pamper our skin more than ever during the cold season. The good news is, keeping skin soft and supple during a cold snap is easy with our tips and tricks…

What are the common skin problems in winter?

When the cold weather comes, our skin loses moisture and this can cause irritations and other conditions. The British Skin Foundation says 60% of British people currently suffer from or have suffered from skin disease at some point during their lifetime, and 

a OnePoll survey on behalf of CeraVe found that the majority of Americans have winter skin issues and 60% deliberately change their skincare routine during the colder months. But what are the most common winter skin problems? Here are some that might be familiar:

  • Winter ‘itch’ or rash: a very common condition in the coldest months is winter ‘itch’. Hands can feel like sandpaper and are irritated and some materials feel uncomfortable to touch such as wool or paper. The dry air and harsh weather conditions mean a reduction in moisture to the skin, which can be uncomfortable. Chapped lips can also occur if you wet your lips often. For both of these, moisturisation is the way to go. Slather on a rich moisturizer regularly or a balm to your lips. 
  • Eczema: if you’re suffering from dry and itchy skin on your elbows, knees, hands and face, you could have eczema. Avoiding taking baths and using a fragrance-free moisturiser can help but if it persists seek medical advice.
  • Psoriasis: do you have a dry and itchy scalp? Small red bumps or scabs on the scalp, knees or elbows are a sign of psoriasis – some vitamin creams can calm down flare-ups or a doctor might prescribe a topical treatment.
  • Rosacea: Rosacea can make you look flushed, in hot or cold weather. Changes to your diet can help, such as avoiding spicy food and caffeine or your GP might suggest medication for prolonged periods.
  • Acne: this most commonly appears on the face and it can be caused by dry skin. Contacting a dermatologist is the best idea for this common skin issue.

Other conditions include Reynaud’s disease, cold hives and windburn. Remember to always seek advice from a medical professional to get a correct diagnosis.

Why do winter skin issues occur?

Extreme winter weather such as strong winds and cold air, lack of humidity and moisture, central heating usage and long showers or baths can all contribute to the skin feeling parched or dehydrated. Being exposed to severe weather elements can have an impact on the skin: that’s why it’s important to wrap up in warm clothing when going out and minimise time outdoors. 

How to prevent common winter skin problems

A good start to preventing and soothing winter skin issues is to put back the lost moisture from the skin. 

  • Make sure you drink plenty of water, even though you don’t always feel like it during the colder winter months. Keep a reusable water bottle on your desk for topping up during the day and bring it to bed at night.  
  • Moisturise frequently throughout the day with a fragrance-free, deep (not light) moisturiser. You can also use balms or oils for lips to boost dry skin. Olive and coconut oils are perfect for moisturising the scalp too.
  • Winter is the season when having a hot shower is most appreciated but taking a shorter shower or using lukewarm water is better for the skin – it doesn’t strip it of its natural oils. Also, make sure to moisturise when you come out.
  • Using an intensive moisturiser, mask or oil before bed can help it work some magic on your skin while you sleep.
  • Try a humidifier in your home, as it can add moisture into the dry winter air and is beneficial for overall hydration. It can also help to relieve sinus issues.
  • Install a water softener. Using softened water can help to soothe skin issues such as eczema and is a great choice for the whole family.

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