Solutions uncovered for banishing dry winter skin

28 November 2013

stk212528rkeDespite the Christmas cheer, winter can also be a distressing time, particularly for those who suffer from skin conditions. The sudden drop in temperature and loss of humidity from central heating can lead to dry, flaky, red raw skin. But for those suffering with common skin problems, such as Acne, Rosacea and Eczema, there are some solutions. Consultant Dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe recommends exchanging your usual soap for a cream-based cleanser with a balanced pH, if you belong to the one in 12 British adults who is affected by Eczema.Acne, although not a seasonal condition, can be exacerbated during the winter. The skin condition can be treated with a variety of non-invasive treatments, including Isolaz Laser treatments, Obagi Skin Peels and Dermarollers. These work by removing the affected surface layers of the patient’s skin, leaving a healthy-looking clear complexion. Additionally, it is important that Acne sufferers try to avoid increasing their stress levels, as this can cause the condition to flare up. Rosacea has many triggers, many of which are present during the winter. Not only cold weather, but alcohol, hot drinks, spices and caffeine can all lead to a worsening of the symptoms associated with Rosacea. Dr Bav Shergill, a Consultant Dermatologist of the British Association of Dermatologists, says that although creams and tablets are an effective way to treat the accompanying inflammation, they will not help with any redness or blushing. He adds, “Lasers and other light treatments can be used to treat background redness by damaging dilated red veins, causing them to shrink without damaging the skin”. E45 recently surveyed 1,000 women, finding that 90 per cent had concerns about dry winter skin, and a quarter admitted to having low skin confidence during winter.