Skin Problems In Winter And Their Solutions

  • Dr. Milan Doshi
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Introduction

As the year comes to an end, one of the important festivals arrives, as you may have guessed Christmas! Many people throng to shopping malls, and shops for shopping for Christmas presents, jingle bells, etc. This also proves that winter has arrived. However, winter also brings with it a plethora of problems that not only affect your body but also one of the most important parts of your body, i.e. your skin. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common skin problems you will face during winter and also their solutions.
Which problems of skin can arise during winter?

 

1. Dryness

The cold air along with low humidity and powerful winds has a detrimental effect on your skin i.e. it pulls away moisture from your skin thus your skin becomes dehydrated and dry. When your skin becomes dry it becomes more prone to cracking and scaling. As your skin tries to warm itself up itching and redness also develop which may also cause pain.

2. Chapped lips

The skin on the lips is very thin when compared to other parts of the body. So what happens during winter is that the lips due to lack of moisture start to crack and flakes of skin start to break apart. Many times you may wet it with your saliva but this only worsens the problem as when the saliva evaporates it takes even more moisture along with it so it’s recommended to avoid the temptation to wet your lips again and again.

3. Cracked heels

The skin at the heels of the feet is prone to moisture loss and it becomes cracked as a result. The increased pressure of the fat pad also causes cracks to open in the skin due to dryness and expansion.

4. Scalp issues like dandruff

Due to less humidity in the air the scalp is deprived of oils and sebum which causes the skin on it to flake off and fall as white specks which we call dandruff. It is embarrassing and is seen as a hygiene issue but is actually a disorder and also not a disease in itself.

5. Cold urticaria

Cold weather coupled with an allergen can certainly cause an allergic reaction of the skin towards the allergen thus causing the development of reddish welts on the skin.

6. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition where silverfish or reddish scales develop on your body. Winter season can further worsen your condition and cause more irritation and can also cause sudden flare-ups.
What are the solutions for the skin problems arising during winter?
Fortunately, each and every problem has a solution so the solutions for these common problems has been given below

7. Moisturizers

Apply moisturizers to counter the dryness on your skin. You can use oil-based moisturizers that contain oil bases such as lipids for example cocoa butter, lanolin, mineral oil, shea butter, etc. These can also help fill in the cracks in the skin thus providing smoothness and improving texture. On the other hand, occlusive moisturizers can also be used such as those containing silicones, beeswax, petroleum jelly, etc. For psoriasis, you can use special moisturizers prescribed by your dermatologist.

8. Lip balms

Lip balms are very effective weapons to protect your lips from external irritants and even the dry cold spell of winter as they contain waxes that provide a barrier between your lips and the immediately surrounding air thus preventing moisture loss and dryness. They are available in various forms and may contain additional ingredients such as aloe vera, or flavoring substances like strawberry, cocoa butter, etc.

9. Anti-dandruff shampoos

In order to remedy dandruff you can try using over-the-counter anti-dandruff shampoos. If these do not work then you can visit a dermatologist who can prescribe you more powerful prescription-based shampoos for example those having ketoconazole or selenium sulfide or fluconazole etc.

10. Using coverings on your body

You can wear full-sleeved clothes or use socks to cover your extremities in order to protect them from the cold. Using a humidifier You can use a humidifier in your house to restore moisture in the air.