5 Winter Skin Conditions You Can Avoid

by Paul on January 17, 2014

There are a lot of things to love about winter, that’s for sure, but its effects on human skin are not among them. On the one hand, the weather outside is freezing cold, while, on the other, inside it’s hotter than ever and the air is as dry as it gets. Getting dry, reddened, and itchy skin is just the tip of the iceberg and, in theory, it’s also something a good moisturizer and some proper skincare can solve. We’re here today, however, to discuss some more serious winter skin conditions you can contract. But we also come bearing good news – avoiding them is totally feasible!

winter-skin-conditionsRosacea

If throughout the rest of the year you’ve got a fairly good complexion, but your nose and cheeks turn rosy red in winter, rosacea might just be to blame. This condition causes the tiny blood vessels in your cheeks to pop out and become noticeable. This is why your face glows red in winter – and if bumps resembling pimples also crop up, you can bet this is the issue you’re facing. There are numerous ways to treat rosacea, including topical antibiotic formulas, oral antibiotics, and retinoid creams. You should also try to avoid spicy foods and alcohol, if you suspect you’ve got rosacea.

Skin tags

Skin tags don’t necessarily fall under the scope of winter skin conditions, but they are strongly associated with very dry skin. As such, seeing little skin flaps attached through stalks to the rest of the skin in winter is fairly common. As with the other winter skin conditions mentioned here, there are plenty of varied treatments available, but perhaps the least risky and certainly the least invasive is Tag Away. It’s a homeopathic, plant-based remedy you can apply at home, which will leave no scars (unlike surgery or removing the skin tags by having them frozen off).

Eczema

If your skin, particularly the one on your hands, has become dry enough to crack and itch, you might just be suffering from eczema. While there are very many different types of eczema out there, the one most commonly encountered is hand dermatitis, which only gets worse during the cold, humid days of winter. Sufferers should try oil-based moisturizers and always protect affected areas of the skin when going out into the cold. Air humidifiers are also recommended at home. Remember not to scratch the patches of skin where eczema is present and try antihistamines, antibiotics, or topical formulas to counter the itchiness.

Psoriasis

If you see red patches of skin covered in scales of a nearly silver tone, then you might be one of the 7.5 million Americans who suffer from this inherited, auto-immune disease. The disease causes itchiness, dryness, occasional pain, and has also been associated with increased heart disease risks. In wintertime, psoriasis sufferers can experience flare-ups of the disease, as a result of lower exposure to UVB rays. If this is the case with you, know that this is one of those winter skin conditions that require phototherapy at your dermatologist’s office (but do steer clear of tanning beds, which are actually harmful for you).

Keratosis

You wake up one morning and your skin is partly covered in hard bumps with the texture of sandpaper. You can probably blame one of the most commonly encountered winter skin conditions, called actinic keratosis and commonly referred to as sun or solar spots. They are usually an incipient sign of skin cancer and develop on the areas that get the most exposure to the sun: the face, lips, ears, back of one’s hands, forearms, etc. In order to prevent them from emerging, make sure to always wear sunscreen, no matter if it’s winter and especially if you know you’re going to spend time outdoors. Keratoses are removed through freezing, surgery, scraping, or topical creams.

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