Solutions To Winter Weather Skin Conditions

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The winter season really irritates our skin, the struggle is real but the food we eat and how we treat ourselves can prevent damage. Your body needs the right nutrients to fight off damage, and your skin is no different.

Now things like staying well hydrated, exfoliating your skin and using oil based moisturizers are great ways to improve the look and feel of dry skin but there are a few conditions require more attention in the winter season

DRY LIPS

Our lips are still exposed to wicked winds, frost and snow which leads them in a dry, chapped, cracked and sore state so you need to be vigilant and give your lips a little extra pampering if you want to bring them back to life.

  • Lips don't contain oil glands, which is why you never get a pimple on your lips. But this also means your lips can get dry more easily than other parts of your face. Don’t lick your lips. This habit is responsible for a vicious cycle of lip chapping: you lick your lips to moisten them and when the saliva evaporates, it dries out the skin of your lips even more, which then leads to peeling. 
  • Figure out any seasonal allergies you may have because mouth breathing the entire day has the horrible effect of drying out your lips
  • Avoid long lasting lipsticks that are full of excessive chemicals because those tend to dry out lips. Instead, stick to applying a natural lip balm that will seal in the moisture and hydrate your lips.
  • Exfoliate your lips gently with an old soft toothbrush to gently scrub and slough off dead skin from your lips. Do this only once a week to prevent your lips for peeling further.
  • If you cannot control your environment at the office, get yourself a humidifier to give your lips that extra level of moisture from the air. 

ECZEMA

Also known as atopic dermatitis, Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition which  causes red, dry, rough, and itchy skin which makes it easily confused with dandruff on the scalp. Eczema commonly flares up in the winter and the reason may be the absence of sunshine.

  • Studies show that children and adults with eczema are more likely to have low levels of Vitamin D. Getting more sunshine in your day or supplementing would be an effective strategy for improvement.
  •  Another option is the use of Soothing Creams such as this one which contains moisturizing Shea butter and herbs like Lavender to soothe irritated skin.
  • Because of its critical importance in mucosal tissue which lines our lungs, mouth, nasal cavity, intestinal tract and below the skin. Vitamin A, is beneficial in the treatment of all skin issues. Here are some common foods that are rich in Vitamin A. 5000IU per day.

KERATOSIS PILARIS

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A common, harmless skin condition that causes small, hard, white bumps on the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and sometimes face. This is easily seen in children, so when I perform a physical exam I will routinely check for this outside of the upper arms. Here is a picture I found on the web! 

  • Consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may lead to smoother, younger-looking skin. Fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and can act as natural moisturizers that revitalize dry skin from the inside out.
  • Remove any foods from your diet that worsen your condition. Keratosis Pilaris is usually caused by food intolerances or food allergies. The number one food culprit in the cause of Keratosis Pilaris and Eczema is the inability to process the Casein (dairy protein) found in all dairy products


On a personal note, I suffered from Eczema and Keratosis Pilaris for several years in my youth. The number one thing I did that helped the most was cut out dairy. It took two weeks for the Eczema to be gone and nowadays my Keratosis Pilaris lets me know how inflamed my body is which is a good tool for assessing my health status.

Like all skin conditions, the root cause is the result of an internal imbalance, speak with your family physician or naturopathic doctor to determine what’s best for you.