Seasonal skin issues can wreak havoc in an otherwise joyful holiday season. Once the last leaf falls or perhaps even way before that happens, you may already start experiencing annoying skin problems. While you can’t stop winter from creeping in, you can however keep problematic skin issues at bay. Here are common winter skin problems and how you can combat them.
- Skin Dryness. The harsh and cold winter air is kind to no one. It literally dries up your skin, which is a huge crisis for people who already have naturally dry skin to begin with. Less sebum is produced in dry skin. Since sebum functions as your skin’s natural lubricant, the lack of it makes your skin feel parched. The simple solution is to this is to use an extra-rich moisturizer after taking a warm shower. You might also want to go the extra mile and protect your face with an even application of a moisturizing night cream both during the day and at night. Because such creams are typically oil-based, they are perfect for locking in what little sebum is produced by your skin. Constant reapplication when you feel the need for it will help your skin survive the winter.
- Skin Dehydration. Although used and abused interchangeably, skin dehydration and skin dryness are not at all synonymous but are actually two different conditions. Dry skin, or alipoid skin, results when the sebaceous glands fail to produce adequate sebum for normal skin lubrication. It is typically associated with other co-occurring symptoms such as itchiness or flaking of the skin.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is not a lack of oil but a lack of water or moisture in the outermost layer of the skin. It may or may not be characterized by itchy or flaky skin. As a matter of fact, your skin can be dehydrated although still having a normal or even overactive sebaceous oil production. In other words, your skin may be dehydrated even when it is oily. While you may be tempted to self-medicate with emollient creams and cleansers, do resist. Emollient products can make oily skin worse. The best thing to do is to consult a skin expert on this challenging and tricky matter. In addition, drinking plenty of fluids during cold and dry weather will keep your body rehydrated inside and out.
- Chapped Lips and Cheeks. This is when sun exposure, dehydration and windburn are painfully combined. While you may not even feel much of the sun’s warmth on your face, UV rays secretly conspire with the bitter cold and dehydrating wind nonetheless and wreak havoc on your skin. To prevent chapping, keep your skin protected when going on outdoor escapades.
- Keratosis Pilaris. While it is medically considered as harmless, KP can sometimes be itchy and is aesthetically an eyesore. These tiny, red lumps that resemble chicken skin are exacerbated by the harsh and cold winter air. To somehow improve your skin’s appearance, your dermatologist may prescribe special creams and moisturizers.