4 Skin Conditions Worsened In Winter (And What To Do About It)

winter skin conditions
Our skin doesn’t blossom at this time of year. Actually, many skin conditions that are usually easily manageable are worsened in winter. While some people revel in this time of year, there are others who truly dislike the winter season.

Under eye dark circles

Like 15% of people in the US, some have self-diagnosed themselves with seasonal affective disorder. It’s not that you don’t like winter, it could be that you don’t feel as peppy without the warm air, vitamin D, and the light nights. You may also feel that it affects the way you look – your hair may seem a little flatter, your skin may seem a little duller, and your under eye a little darker. Even getting a good 8 hours of sleep, you still feel less refreshed. It was a little easier to conceal your dark circles when you were younger, but now they’re a little more difficult to hide.

Dark under eye circles are usually due to the visibility of blood vessels under the skin – dark circles are quite common. The skin around the eye is quite translucent and thin compared to other body skin. To eliminate poor circulation, target this problem by strengthening the tissue below the eye with a quality eye cream to keep it as hydrated as possible.

  • Limit your caffeine intake. Switch your morning java for a green tea as it contains less caffeine and has high antioxidant properties.
  • Opt for a quality eye cream that contains hyaluronic acid and supports collagen.
  • Invest in a non-surgical eye procedure. Juvéderm encourages circulation and hydration and is particularly successful on the under eye area. Treatments should be carried out every 4 to 6 months.
  • Make a commitment to get an average of 8 hours sleep a night. Too little (and too much) sleep can make dark circles worse.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not the same as eczema. Psoriasis cannot be easily hidden and it’s a chronic skin condition. It’s cause by overproduction of new skin cells – it’s name is derived from the Greek meaning itch. These cells accelerate and causes an accumulation on the skin of old cells and new cells. A common psoriasis skin can be very itchy and irritating and will have red raised patches with silvery scales.

Cold weather, stress, and infection makes the condition worse. This mean those suffering from psoriasis will have a difficult winter experience. Staying calm and avoiding stressful situations were possible will help limit your symptoms. Psoriasis could be an inherited immune system disorder, but this has not been proven as fact.

  • Avoid central heating when possible. Sleep in a cool room with the window open.
  • Definitely try not to scratch as this can lead to scars, cuts, and open wounds. In more severe cases, mitten can be worn at night.
  • Avoid using soaps and other cosmetics that may contain irritants.
  • Don’t take hot baths and stick to luke warm showers to prevent irritation.

Rosacea

Incurable, often out of control, and chronic. Three attributes you don’t want in a skin condition. Unfortunately, Rosacea consist of all three of these. Rosacea is often misdiagnosed and made worse by incorrect treatments. The checks, nose, and face are the areas most often affected by rosacea. Visually, the skin is usually hot and flushed with a rash and in more severe cases pustules or blemishes may be present.

Cold temperatures usually cause rosacea flare-ups. This makes winter an undesirable time. On the flip side, high temperatures indoors from central heating can also bother suffers. While there is no known cure for Rosacea, it can be controlled.

  • Don’t dine too much on the wine. Alcohol and hot drinks should be limited to avoid flushing.
  • Limit your time outdoors in harsh weather. Windy days and snow storms should definitely be avoided. If you must be outdoors, protect your face as much as possible by wearing a scarf.
  • Certain food groups such as spicy foods, hot curries and dairy have been linked to rosacea in some people. Try keeping a food diary to track with of these food groups or foods in general trigger your flare-ups.
  • UV radiation is strong, even in winter months. Always wear sunscreen.

While rosacea may never truly go away, it can at least be successfully managed. We have been working with rosacea patients for over 5 years.

Dehydration

Dehydration can be easily misdiagnosed as dry skin. Dehydration doesn’t just occur in summer months when the air is dry and weather is hot. However, winter is when we switch the water bottle for a hot toddy. Not to sound like a broken record, but as stated in numerous articles on our blog, water is one of the most important things in your skincare routine. You can only truly hydrate internally.

Eating healthy foods provides a good source of nourishment for the skin. To keep your skin lipids balanced which can result in a plump glow make sure your diet is high in Omega 3.

One of the biggest skin dehydrators is central heating. It might be worth investing in a humidifier if you spend a lot of time indoors. This will add moisture to the air and can help dispel full symptoms, sore throats and colds.

  • Try to avoid using or being in central heating. Alternatively, you can wrap up in a blanket or jumper.
  • Ensure your fluid intake is high. Set a goal for 2-3 liters (8 glasses, 8oz each) of water a day and switch caffeinated beverages for hot water and lemon.
  • To keep your preserve your skin’s essential fatty acids, eat nuts, oily fish and eggs. Consider adding daily supplements of Omega 3 – 200mg.

What to do next

For more information on the above conditions or to learn more about the products and treatments we offer, call our practice at (919) 554-6754 or schedule your complimentary consultation online to talk to one of our friendly and experienced medical providers.


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