We at Kallgren Dermatology Clinic know that everyone faces the challenge of keeping our skin from becoming a dry ashy, mess in the winter, but for people with eczema, it can be an uphill battle that can send them down the proverbial mountain in an avalanche of flaky skin and unbearable itching.
Caring For Your Hands
- Eczema can cause cracking, blisters, and peeling on your hands.
- Instead of wool gloves, choose leather gloves. They will help your skin retain moisture and they feel soothing.
Overall Skin Health
- Keep a list of products that you’ve tried in your search for the one that works the best on your skin.
- Find the moisturizer that works for you. This may take a lot of trial and errors but keep searching for something that calms your flare ups. Try something with olive oil if you have not yet done so.
- Don’t forget to skip any moisturizers with added fragrance.
- Oatmeal baths are great for everyone’s skin and a godsend for people suffering from eczema.
- Take short warm showers instead of long hot ones so that your body retains some of its natural protective oils.
- Use a humidifier. The outside air is dry of course, but don’t forget that the heater in your house is also cranking out hot dry air. Keep the humidity between 45% and 55%. You can easily find a humidity gauge to keep track of the air in your home.
- Protect yourself from the sun, yes the sun- even in winter. Use a sunscreen with 30 SPF every day of the year.
Use Your Steroids
- If you have been prescribed steroids for your eczema, break them out if you suspect a flare up is beginning.
For other tips, and for individualized advice for your eczema, see one of the dermatologists at Kallgren Dermatology Clinic in Boulder. Call (303) 444-1800 and schedule an appointment for a consultation.