Harsh winter air can take a toll on your skin. Cold temperatures, low humidity, and high winds strip the protective layer from your skin while you’re outdoors. Many individuals will notice that their skin tends to be itchy, dry, and irritated during winter. If you see your skin being affected and do not take action, it may develop a winter rash.
What are the signs of a winter rash?
If you notice your skin appearing red, swollen, flaky, or even developing bumps or blisters, you likely have a winter rash. While a winter rash can develop anywhere on your body, it is more likely to occur in areas most exposed to the harsh winter conditions – including hands, arms, and face.
Can anyone get a winter rash?
Yes, anyone can develop a winter rash, but some factors may put you at a higher risk. These factors include pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, skin allergies, and skin sensitivities.
How to prevent winter rash
To avoid developing a winter rash, begin applying a moisturizer to your entire body when you feel the seasons start to change. This will help lock in the moisture. It is also essential to avoid hot showers. Even though they feel good on a cold day, the hot water is not healthy for your skin. Instead, opt for a lukewarm shower.
How to treat winter rash
- Apply a moisturizing lotion often and over your entire body. For your face, make sure to utilize a moisturizer that is made for your face to avoid causing any acne breakouts
- If you suffer from severely dry skin, apply petroleum jelly in those areas
- Use natural soaps made with oatmeal
- Treat irritated skin with cortisone cream
Most winter rashes will improve on their own with the above over-the-counter treatment options, but if you notice your rash is not improving or is worsening, contact our local office to be seen.
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