Caring for your Eczema in Winter

We usually associate eczema flare ups with the heat of summer. Whilst this is true the change in our life style in winter can also cause problems with eczema skin.

Our main aim in winter is obviously to keep warm. This means we have heaters and fires burning. This heated indoor setting results in low humidity that is a major cause of dry skin.

We also wear extra layers of clothing. Remember that some clothes do not allow our skin to breathe and some fabric fibres are rough and will irritate delicate, sensitive skin.

Dress in layers but try to keep cotton against your skin. Avoid wool and synthetic fibers. Cover more of your skin in an attempt to keep warm. You do not want to dress in clothes that will not breath as they will cause perspiration that will lead to irritated, itchy skin.

Cotton protective gloves under warm woolen gloves will help to protect the hands and avoiding synthetic socks will help to protect the feet. Don’t stay in wet clothing. Especially wet shoes and socks.

Now that the heat of summer is over don’t become slack with your emollients. Good skin care is vital to protect your skin during the harsh winter.

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