Winter Skin Problems & How to Treat Them
During the winter, skin can get dry, flaky, red and irritated. From your hands, to your scalp, to your face, the cold, brisk air of winter doesn’t hold back. Learn how to combat the following winter woes with a little help from our skin experts here at Johns Creek Dermatology & Family Medicine.
1. Chapped Lips
Your usual application of lip balm may not be enough to keep the effects of winter air away. A helpful tip not known by many, is taking a clean toothbrush and gently brushing your lips in order to exfoliate them and get rid of dry, flaky skin. Then apply beeswax or lip balm containing lanolin which is a natural oily wax extracted from sheep’s wool. This will seal in the moisture. For seriously dry lips, apply Vaseline and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then remove with a cotton swab dipped in hot water.
2. Dry Hands
Cracked and irritated skin on the hands can be extremely uncomfortable and painful. To avoid dry hands, apply lotion or thick cream to hands after washing them and throughout the day. Avoid washing dishes in scalding hot water and apply cream or lotion to hands right before going to bed each night.
3. Itchy, Flaky Scalp
No one wants dandruff in the winter. Unwanted flakes, and an itchy scalp can be embarrassing and annoying. The first step to take to prevent a dry, flaky scalp is to avoid taking long, hot showers. Shorter, cool or lukewarm showers don’t expose the scalp to drying hot water. Try switching to an anti-dandruff or dry scalp shampoo and conditioner or try massaging your scalp before a shower with coconut or olive oil. Tea tree oil can also be used in order to prevent and treat a dry, itchy scalp.
4. Dry Face
The most sensitive skin on the body is located on the face which unfortunately is always exposed to the elements. Avoid using any face products with alcohol, and switch to a milder face wash and a thicker, creamier moisturizer. Instead of heading for the cosmetic aisle at the grocery store, opt for the produce section and stock up on foods like bananas, avocados, and eggs yolks. All of these make great natural face moisturizers.
For healthy, glowing skin, be sure to make an appointment, or stop by Johns Creek Dermatology in January to take advantage of the discount on all facial products!