If your sensitive skin dries and stretches more in autumn and winter, it means that your skin is running out of moisture. In addition, those who have problems such as skin dryness and eczema experience these skin complaints more in autumn. Moreover, some mistakes made lead to an increase in these complaints. But it’s not that hard to relax your skin in the fall. With simple precautions you will take and some natural oils you will use, you can both reduce your eczema complaints and make your skin look more moist and healthier. We learned from the dermatology professor how to relieve the dry and stretched skin in the fall and what people with eczema should do.
The cold weather can affect not only the immune system, but also our skin. Skin dryness and eczema, which decrease with the effect of humidity and sun in summer months, can make itself felt again in autumn. Especially people with dry skin and eczema need to be more careful during this period. With simple precautions that can be taken, autumn and winter months can be spent more comfortably. Dermatology Specialist Prof. Dr. Ayşe Serap Karadağ gave information about the precautions to be taken for eczema and skin dryness in autumn and winter.
CONSUMPT Plenty of LIQUID FOR YOUR SKIN
“As the weather gets colder, more drying occurs on the skin and triggers for eczema. Eczema begins as a result of the skin losing its moisture and weakening the skin barrier. The skin with a weakened barrier becomes sensitive to all kinds of external stimuli.” said Dermatology Specialist Prof. Dr. Ayşe Serap Karadağ states that people who are especially prone to eczema should pay attention to the cleaning products they use in their daily lives and even their nutrition.
All kinds of chemicals that come into contact can further disrupt this barrier, causing redness, wounds, discharge, crusting, dandruff, severe dryness and itching. In summer, the frequency of eczema and skin dryness decrease with the effect of humidity and sun. However, due to the deterioration of the skin barrier in cold weather, the dryness of the skin increases. Simple measures that can be taken can help patients with eczema spend the winter months more comfortably. It is recommended that patients with dry skin consume plenty of fluids during this period. However, it is the saturation of the skin with moisture with moisturizers and appropriate oils that will give the skin its actual moisture.
8 SUGGESTIONS TO REDUCE YOUR ECZEMA
- 1. Cold contact should be reduced by wearing gloves and scarf in cold weather.
- 2. Hands should be moistened after each wash.
- 3. Soap should not be used while washing hands. The pH of soaps is between 8-9 and the pH of skin is between 4.5-5.5. In this case, the acidic protective barrier of the skin is destroyed by soaps and an alkaline environment is formed. Instead, cleansers containing moisturizers suitable for skin PH should be used.
- 4. The skin should not be dry.
- 5. The skin should be moistened 1-2 times a day.
- 6. All kinds of chemical / irritant contact should be discontinued.
- 7. Eczema patients; During activities such as cleaning, dishwashing, gardening, artistic hobbies, they should pay attention to contact with chemical substances. During such activities, care should be taken to use cotton, silk or nitrile gloves suitable for allergic skin.
- 8. It is recommended that people working in jobs where volatile or dusty substances are used should wear protective clothing against airborne allergen contact.
RELIEVE YOUR SKIN WITH ARGAN AND CANTORON OIL
“Patients with dry skin can relax their skin by using natural ingredients in the fall and winter.” said Dermatology Specialist Prof. Dr. Ayşe Serap Karadağ states that moisturizers with moisturizing properties such as vaseline (petrolatum), urea, glycerin, ceramide, hyaluronic acid, panthenol, shea butter, oat extract and vitamin E can be used for this.
Explaining that we can also benefit from some natural aromatic oils to relax the skin, Prof. Dr. Montenegro from natural aromatic oils; states that oils such as argan oil, centaury oil, almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil and lavender oil can be used on dry skin.
REMEMBER THESE WHILE WASHING
Stating that people with dry skin or prone to eczema should pay attention to some points while taking a shower or bathing, especially in the autumn months. Dr. Montenegro begins his speech with the warning that “bathings should be between 5-10 minutes and must be done with warm water”. prof. Dr. Montenegro tells what to pay attention to when washing to reduce skin complaints.
- Baths should be between 5-10 minutes and washed with warm water.
- Soaps and shower gels should be avoided
- Moisturizing cleansers should be used in the bathroom.
- Scrub should not be made, hard fibers should be avoided
- Moisturizers and oils should be applied immediately after the bath (within the first 2 minutes). It should be noted that the moisturizers used are suitable for the skin.
DON’T FORGET YOUR DOCTOR’S CHECKS
“Eczema is a disease caused by the structure of the skin that can become chronic, some of which have genetic characteristics. If there is scar formation, severe itching and the lesions do not regress despite the moisturizers used and the precautions taken, a dermatologist should be consulted for treatment,” said Prof. Dr. Karadağ said, “Also, eczemas can imitate other diseases. For example, recurrent eczemas on the palms and psoriasis can be quite similar to psoriasis, sometimes it may be necessary to take a biopsy for definitive differentiation.” He ends his speech with a warning.