WHAT HEATHER J. ROBERTS, MD HAS TO SAY ABOUT WINTER SKIN CARE
Cold winter weather makes skin prone to dryness and eczema flares. You can avoid over stripping the skin's natural lipid layer by following these suggestions from Dr. Roberts:
- Avoiding excessive use of salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or vitamin A derivatives like Retin A or other retinoids.
- Use gentle non soap cleansers.
- Avoid excessive bathing - limit showers or baths to less than 10 minutes.
- Avoid excessive hot water use which can strip the skin's natural oils.
- Moisturize after every hand washing and after bathing when skin is still damp to trap water into the skin - reapply whenever skin feels dry.
- Apply lip balm periodically & avoid licking or smacking lips which lead to painful chapped lips.
- Don't forget to use chemical free daily sunscreen including the delicate eye and lip areas!
- Wear sunglasses whenever outdoors, especially if skiing.
**If dry winter itch/ eczema occurs, you can try applying bland ointments like Vaniply ointment or Aquaphor ointment with an over the counter 1% hydrocortisone ointment twice a day - but if your rash is no better in 3 days, seek medical care.