By | January 17, 2018

As the winter season continues, dry skin becomes a very common problem for many individuals in the northern hemisphere. The cold that accompanies winter, also saps moisture out of the air that would otherwise be used by your body for hydration, in particular for your skin. Many people report an increase in dry skin during the winter months, but luckily there are some benefits to this and some ways to help your skin cope so you can avoid any painful cracking or bleeding.

For most issues related to the skin, your family physician will diagnose and treat, as discussed here: there are many various skin diseases and conditions that are easily treated in an office setting and family practitioners treat the majority of the skin issues experienced by Americans each year. The predominant issues experienced every winter relate to dry skin in one form or another. While this can be uncomfortable there are some steps that will minimize your discomfort and some things to watch for if you have dryness that doesn’t seem to respond to home treatment.

One common practice in the winter is to take hot showers to help us warm up. As stated here, that can be counterproductive if you are having some dry skin issues. Water pulls moisture from our skin cells, and hot water increases that effect. Now, this doesn’t mean you should take some showers in cold water, but instead just control the length of your showers or baths and use warm, but not hot water. Additionally, using a moisturizer after the bath or shower can be extremely beneficial to preventing or treating dry skin.

If you find your dryness doesn’t respond to over the counter moisturizers or other home treatments, then it may be time to check with your doctor. Especially if the dryness is related to an underlying eczema condition you may need some special creams, or prescription topical medication to help treat the problem area. At least the winter won’t last forever, so soon your dryness may go away on its own with better weather.