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Dry Skin In The Winter

Dry skin is not usually considered a health problem, but it causes an aesthetic problem for many people. Wrinkles and fine lines that are formed due to dry skin and cracking are not desirable.

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What causes dry skin in winter?

 Fortunately, all causes of dry skin are due to factors that can be controlled and prevented in whole or in part, including:

  •  The weather has its role: the skin is the driest in winter when temperatures and humidity drop to their lowest levels.
  •  Conditioning and heating, which reduce humidity in the atmosphere.
  •  Shower with warm water, especially long immersion in the bathtub, which dissolves the protective fat on the surface of the skin, which gives him soft touch.
  •  Long-term swimming in chlorinated water.
  •  Use soap and detergent.
  •  Prolonged exposure to the sun.
  •  Skin allergies or eczema. 
  •  Psoriasis is a genetic disease that causes severe dryness of the skin and the appearance of hard shells on it.
  •  Hypothyroidism decreases the activity of sweat glands in the skin and causes dryness.

Symptoms of dry skin in winter :

  • The situation is mostly casual, ending at the end of the winter.
  • The patient suffers from a feeling of tight skin, especially after bathing or swimming, and may feel the increased thickness of the skin, be puncture, redness, itching, and sometimes the condition may worsen to the extent of bleeding due to friction and cracks the skin.
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Are there complications?

  •  In some cases where dry skin is not treated, this may lead to complications such as eczema or skin allergies. 
  • The inflammation, itching, and redness are active when the skin is dry and cracked.
  •  The patient is also prone to various infections such as hair root inflammation and cellulitis due to cracks in the dry skin. 
  • Allow bacteria to penetrate under the skin.

Treatment of dry skin in winter :

  •  Simple dryness of the skin responds to any complications of simple home remedies, using moisturizers, avoiding frequent showers and prolonged immersion.
  •  In some severe cases, the doctor may prescribe creams containing lactic acid to get rid of the skin. 
  • In the most severe cases such as psoriasis and eczema, the patient needs custom creams to treat these conditions as well as home care.
  •  Dryness of the skin, which leads to friction and redness, sometimes requires cortisone paints to eliminate irritating itching.

Prevention is better than cure:

 Follow some simple tips to prevent skin dryness and cracking of the skin:

  1. Pay attention to continuous moisturizing skin with creams and oils.
  2.  Do not use hot water in showers for longer than 15 minutes. 
  3. Avoid dry soap and replace it with shower gel or moisturizing soap. Put the humidifier after finishing the shower directly. 
  4. Wear cotton and silks and avoid coarse tissue that hurts the skin like wool. 
  5. Last but not leastة Check with your doctor when the condition worsens or does not improve with simple moisturizers.


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