Effects of Winter: Managing Your Skin

By: Marina Martinez

Dry skin and holiday cheer don’t mix. With winter upon us, you may find your skin changing with the season.  A combination of harsh, dry, windy, and cold air can irritate your skin and leave you feeling uncomfortable. Read more on types of skin conditions and ways that you can help manage flare-ups during the winter.


Also referred to atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by a dry, itchy rash on the skin. During the cold winter air, eczema can flare-up due to excessive drying of the skin. To help relieve flare-ups, try skipping hot baths and introduce a humidifier to help add moisture back into the air.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes your skin to become itchy and painful. It is characterized by dry, scaly, silvery patches that are commonly located on the elbows, scalp, and knees. As the cooler months progress, lack of humidity and dry air can affect your skin and cause psoriasis to worsen. Try wearing layers of clothing that are made of cotton instead of heavy wool clothing, this can help relieve itchiness due to psoriasis. Moisturizing daily can also help ease itchiness and soothe irritated skin.


It is estimated that more than 14 million people in the U.S. are living with rosacea. Although there is no known cause for Rosacea, it is characterized by stinging, swelling, and blushed-look mostly located on the face and cheeks. Exposure to wind and cold air can cause rosacea to become aggravated. The National Rosacea Society suggests wearing scarves or ski masks to help protect your face from cold winds.


Acne is caused by excess oil and bacteria that block pores. Dry and cold air can cause your skin to become dehydrated. If the skin becomes really dry, it can cause excess oil production and create an ideal environment where bacteria can thrive. Instead of using harsh chemicals to rid your breakouts, try using a gel or moisturizer to help soothe inflammation and help treat acne.

Living with skin conditions during the winter months can be challenging but taking precautions to help relieve symptoms can give you that extra holiday spirit you’ve been needing.

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