Winter weather is hard on
the human body. Your skin, in particular, suffers during the cold,
dry months of the winter season. Between the blustery weather outside
and the dry air coming out of the furnace inside, winter can wreak
havoc on your skin. By recognizing the most common winter skin issues
and taking preventative steps to delay or avoid their onset, you can
help keep your face looking healthy, young, and vibrant, instead of
dry, dull, and weathered.
Your Facial Skin Is Dry
This is one of the most
common skin complaints during the dry winter months. Doctors refer to
this as xerosis, extremely dry skin. It can make your fine lines look more
prominent and can overall age your appearance. The best cure for this
issue is prevention!
Be sure to drink adequate
water each day, and bundle up your face and neck to protect it from
the elements when you are out in inclement weather or enjoying winter
sports. Combine that with a daily regimen of using an unscented,
thick facial moisturizer twice a day, and you will probably prevent
the worst of the dry itchy skin of winter.
For some people,
prevention just doesn't work or doesn't do enough. In those cases,
you may want to speak with your doctor or dermatologist. They can
recommend a brand of facial cream or moisturizer that can help your
skin make it through the winter season itch free.
Dandruff Becomes More
Obvious, Even in Your Eyebrows and Ears
People who struggle with
dandruff will likely deal with the issue year-round. For those who
know they have a dandruff issue, the onset of winter can result in
worse dandruff. Even the skin around ear hairs and your eyebrows can
dry and flake. Few things are as embarrassing as a massive flake of
dandruff dangling from your carefully colored eyebrow. If you aren't
getting results in reducing or eliminating your dandruff with
over-the-counter treatment shampoos, it may be time to speak with
your dermatologist about a prescription shampoo that can help with
your flake issue.
Tiny Red Bumps Develop
on Your Arms, Upper Thighs, and Elsewhere
Some people develop small,
benign red bumps on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and even the butt. This
condition is called Keratosis pilaris, and it's harmless. Basically,
the body is producing too much keratin, which is the protein that
makes up hair and nails. The keratin builds up and blocks hair
folicles, causing red or sometimes white bumps. Generally, they don't
hurt or itch, but they can be distracting and irritating nonetheless.
If you experience these bumps, your doctor or dermatologist can
recommend a topical steroid cream.
If you do experience an
itch, you should do your best to suppress the urge to scratch. Doing
so can damage your skin and lead to a secondary infection, which can
be much more serious than these harmless little bumps.
Freckles Become More
Prominent Against Paler Winter Skin
Sun-kissed summer skin has
a way of hiding your freckles. The darker tones caused by acne scars,
sun damage, and aging are also less noticeable during the summer and
fall months. As your tan faded, however, all of those darker spots
and areas with uneven tone become quite noticeable. One of the best
ways to reduce this issue is to prevent it! Using SPF 30 year round,
even during darker winter months, can help protect your skin from
discoloration and aging. For many of us, however, it is already too
late to actively prevent freckles, sun damage, and skin
There are multiple options
for treatment. Your doctor or dermatologist may recommend a facial
cream that includes retinol or they may prescribe TriLuma cream. This
cream has a combination of a potent Vitamin A derivative, a steroid,
and a depigmenting agent that have been clinically proven to reduce
dark spots on facial skin. You may also consider laser treatments of
your facial skin.