Managing an Eczema Winter Flare-up

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Eczema presents patches of itchy, dry, and inflamed skin. Its symptoms often fluctuate with seasonal changes, with many people finding their condition worsening in the colder, drier months. This causes skin dehydration, leading to itchiness, irritation, and eczema exacerbation. Let’s talk about eczema winter flare-ups and how to manage them.

Understanding Eczema Winter Flare-ups

Winter weather conditions can lead to a higher incidence of flare-ups of eczema for several reasons. The cold, dry air deprives the skin of necessary moisture, causing it to become dry. Furthermore, constantly switching between outdoor chill and indoor heating can cause the skin to undergo stress, leading to increased itchiness and inflammation. Indoor heating also reduces humidity, which can affect skin moisture. Additionally, the moisture in the skin decreases during winter, according to research.

How To Manage Eczema Winter Flare-Ups?

Despite the seasonal challenges, there are numerous practical ways to manage winter flare-ups of eczema.

Keep the skin moisturized

Applying moisturizer to the eczema

Moisturizers are your skin’s best friend, especially if you have eczema and if it is winter. They create a seal over your skin to keep water in, preventing it from drying out. Using a moisturizer at least twice a day, preferably once after bathing can help reduce symptoms. Sparkling Rain and Waters Mist from CANhaveTODAY offers an all-natural moisturizing featuring grapefruit essential oil, shea butter, and chaga mushroom extract, with emollient and humectant effects. A quick note: Waters Mist contains Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

Maintain a consistent skin care routine

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A comprehensive skin care routine, including gentle non-drying cleansers and regular moisturizing, can help to balance the skin and prevent eczema flare-ups in winter. Make sure all your product choices are free from irritants such as harsh chemicals, dyes, and fragrances that can trigger a flare-up.

Use a humidifier indoors

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A humidifier can offset the dryness from indoor heating by adding moisture back to the indoor air, preventing it from drying your skin out.

Dress appropriately

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Covering up using several pieces of clothing can help protect your skin from the harsh chill without causing excessive sweating, which can further irritate the skin.

Stay hydrated

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Keeping the body hydrated can also play a significant role in the health of your skin. Drinking lots of water and consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables will help maintain your skin’s natural moisture.

Seek help from a medical professional

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If the aforementioned tips do not work for you, seek help from a physician for proper treatment. A licensed doctor can give an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your condition.

Take care of your skin during winter

Winter may be a challenging time for people with eczema, but with the right strategies and support from healthcare professionals, managing the flare-ups associated with this season is possible. Keep your skin moisturized, maintain a regular skin care routine, use a humidifier, dress appropriately, stay hydrated, and consider medical treatments if necessary. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to managing eczema, but with patience and persistence, relief is achievable.


Why does eczema get worse in winter?

Eczema often gets worse in the winter due to a combination of cold, dry, outdoor air and dry indoor air from heating systems. These conditions reduce the moisture in the skin, leading to dryness, which can exacerbate eczema symptoms.

Is eczema worse in summer or winter?

Eczema flare-ups tend to be worse in the winter for many individuals, but others may find their symptoms exacerbated in the summer. It is essential to be aware of your triggers and manage the symptoms accordingly.

Can I use Sparkling Rain moisturizer on my children?

While Sparkling Rain moisturizer is designed to be gentle and includes natural ingredients, it is always wise to check with a health professional before starting any new skin care regimen on children, especially if they are already diagnosed with a condition like eczema.

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