When the ambient temperature drops as autumn transitions to winter, the prevalence of eczema rises. Eczema definitely has a seasonal predilection. There are numerous types of eczema. It can affect any and all parts of the skin. There are hand eczemas and eyelid eczemas to name a few, but the most common types of eczema are atopic dermatitis, a genetic variant, and xerotic dermatitis, also fondly called winter itch, which is due to dry skin.
The keys to preventing and controlling flares involve daily skin care and maintenance. A simple regimen of skin care can prevent bad flares and obviate a visit to the dermatologist.
1. Avoid prolonged contact with hot water when cleansing; hot water robs the skin of its natural oils.
Use gentle, non-stripping skin cleansers and lukewarm water.
2. Apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp, which locks in the much-needed hydration the skin loses when humidity in the environment drops. Use a rich and emollient moisturizer formulated for sensitive skin to combat dry, winter skin.
3. Adhering to this simple regimen can make all the difference. I love recommending Restorsea Retexturizing Body Butter after showering because it is an ideal example of a body moisturizer that can gently and safely rehydrate thirsty skin without the irritating additives of parabens, phthalates, PEGs or mineral oil.
I recommend Restorsea products on a daily basis for my patients because of the line’s tremendous tolerability and clinical benefits in rejuvenating and hydrating the skin. Restorsea is well-tolerated and positions elegantly in any therapeutic facial skin care regimen. In fact, I recommend Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream and Rejuvenating Day Cream for even my patients with the most sensitive skin as part of their anti-aging regimen.
Although I know that Restorsea is a remarkable skin care line, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my patients experienced improvement of their eczema. In fact, several of my patients with eczema of the eyelids or face have been able to stop using their prescribed topical medications because their skin has improved so much on Restorsea alone. Although I don’t know the exact mechanism of how Restorsea works on eczema, I do know that Restorsea is well-tolerated among those with the most sensitive skin and may have a positive effect and even a therapeutic benefit for maintaining the health of skin, even eczematous skin.
So if genetics or simply the colder weather has your skin afflicted with winter itch or eczema, following my simple, gentle skin care guidelines with the benefit of Restorsea may be part of the skin care answer you have been seeking. You may always have dry, sensitive skin, but Restorsea will help keep it in a happier, healthier state.Treating Eczema