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Is it Dry Skin or More?

You might look forward to winter during the oppressive summer heat, but is it really all that exciting once it’s here? Is winter problem-free?

Winter has some of the most dangerous skin conditions throughout the year, such as dandruff and eczema. However, we’re here with tips to help.

is it dry skin or more

Chronic Skin Conditions – Not Just Dry Skin

  • Eczema (also known as Dermatitis) is characterized by redness of skin, crusty patches and inflammation that cause major rashes, and is paired with dryness. The dryness that winter brings with it can cause Eczema if the immune system and skin are not 100%. It is most commonly found in children, but adults are also vulnerable to it.
  • Adults have another chronic skin condition to fight called Rosacea. It is an acute form of adult acne, and has similar symptoms as Eczema including skin rashes, redness, swelling, etc. In addition, Rosacea may cause papules and pustules. The difference is that Rosacea is more likely to affect facial skin, and leads to problems near the nose, forehead or cheeks. There are four different kinds of Rosacea, three of which target facial features and other targets the inner eye.

Cold winter wind is a seasonal element that can irritate these conditions. On the opposite spectrum, warm gushes of hot air in heated shops, restaurants, and homes cause the skin to become flushed, and may lead to skin redness and swelling.

Dry skin becomes itchy, and when itchy skin is scratched, it can lead to any of the skin conditions mentioned above. This is known as the ‘winter skin’ – that is, skin that becomes white when scratched, and may leave marks before fading away.

  • White Scalp and hair fall? It’s definitely Dandruff! Dandruff is the dead skin cells that shed from the scalp. A small amount of it is natural and healthy, but some people experience unusually high amounts of shedding white flakes, and may fall under the ‘white scalp’ category. White scalp is an acute form of dandruff where the whole scalp of the person is full of dead cells and is flaky. This is not healthy for the scalp or the hair, as living cells under that layer do not get a chance to “breathe,” or become exposed to air. This leads to high levels of hair fall and white flakes shedding at a constant rate. Depending on the season, dandruff may be mild or severe, but it is established that winter causes this skin condition to flare up immensely.

Every Problem Has a Solution
The above problems can be managed if the following preventative measures are exercised routinely:

Moisturize your skin:

Moisturizing lotions are commonly available, and must be regularly used in order to keep skin from drying, especially this time of year. Regular moisturizing helps the skin be less vulnerable to rashes, redness and swelling.

Professional advice:

If you feel that you are going to develop one of the conditions mentioned, it is best that you seek a professional opinion and have skincare products prescribed before the condition turns incurable. The sooner you care, the better!

Keep yourself covered:

Once you apply the moisturizer, to help the moisture soak in, wear gloves, socks, etc. to keep hands and feet moisturized for longer, and keep them from being itchy or scaly.

Drink to hydrate:

Drink lots of water. Not only will it help you stay hydrated, but it will also keep you cool from the inside in warm places, and avoid flushing and redness of the skin.

Home remedies:

Dandruff is a common skin condition with ordinary solutions including using apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or coconut oil drops before shampooing, or mixing tea tree oil with shampoo itself. These would aid current dandruff as well as prevent it from reoccurring.