How to fight winter eczema flare-ups
With winter on the way, those with eczema will be feeling the bite more than others. Here's how to keep skin soothed during cold snaps.
Winter is a difficult time for those with skin conditions such as eczema. However, it's not the cold weather that causes flare-ups - it's the dry air. Winter lacks the humidity of summer, meaning that the skin becomes dry and dehydrated, and is more likely to crack and become inflamed.
Not only that, but we're more likely to cause flare-ups ourselves, due to activities we do in winter that aggravate eczema, such as taking hot baths, wearing too many layers of clothing, and turning on the heating in our homes.
With that in mind, here are several tips for keeping winter eczema flare-ups at bay during this time:
- Use a gentle soap such as Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Pure Castile Liquid Soap, to avoid harsh detergents from drying out the skin
- Avoid hot baths - try to use warm water, and don't spend too much time soaking
- Drink lots of water
- Use an intensive moisturiser once or twice a day
Bioderma product expert say, “In winter the skin experiences more often extreme dryness breakouts, such as eczema flare ups. It’s important to moisturise at least once a day both the body and face, with a richer texture than the one used in summertime to add an extra layer of protection.”
For eczema prone skin, the Atoderm Intensive Balm (£20) is a must-have to restore the skin barrier and soothe itchiness.