By Michael Steppie, MD
The practice of dermatology involves improving and maintaining not only the appearance, but also the health of your skin, hair, and nails. With the temperatures dropping, you may have noticed changes in these areas.
As the humidity decreases in the winter months our skin becomes dry, irritated, and even itchy. We also tend to take hot showers to stay warm, which further dehydrates the skin. The skin barrier, which serves as physical protection and an immune defense, becomes disrupted. In order to restore its functions, it is important to use mild cleansers and avoid overuse of harsh scrubs. While cleansing, water should be lukewarm to prevent stripping the skin of its natural fats and oils, that provide it with moisture. Immediately after bathing, the skin should be patted dry and a gentle, and a fragrance-free moisturizer should be applied.
It is also common to experience a dry, itchy scalp as the weather turns colder. This condition is most commonly caused by seborrheic dermatitis, and is characterized by red and flaky patches on the scalp, which may resemble dandruff. The best way to combat this problem is by washing hair on a daily basis and using medicated shampoos that deposit a layer of medicine on the scalp which remains after rinsing.
Your nails can become dry, brittle, and split during winter as well. It is essential to avoid using harsh soaps when washing hands, as this will remove the protective natural oils found in your nails. Avoid nail hardeners as the chemicals found in these products can create brittle nails over time. After washing hands, apply moisturizer and be sure to rub it in to the cuticles and nails to restore their strength.
It is important to schedule an appointment with at a dermatology practice to receive specific recommendations on the best skin care routine designed for your needs and skin condition.
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