Skin changes come as seasons change

by Dr. Hope Mitchell, FLT Columnist

As we head into these cooler and dryer months, it’s important to adjust your skin care regimen to maintain healthy skin. Chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often flare in winter months leading to the need for treatment adjustments. “Winter itch,” cracked hands, and chapped lips are also common complaints during the fall/winter seasons that send many to see a dermatologist. A few basic principles can be incorporated for all skin types and conditions to keep the skin barrier healthy and glowing.

  • Moisturizing – the use of a heavy moisturizing cream is key to keeping the skin barrier intact and chronic conditions from flaring. Typically a thinner lotion is sufficient in more humid environments, but heavier creams need to be used during the winter months when the air is colder and dryer. Drinking more water and using humidifiers can also help to hydrate your skin. Shorter/cooler showers, decreased use of antibacterial gels and use of gentle soaps can help keep the skin from becoming overly dry.
  • Exfoliating – regular exfoliation will also keep the skin looking healthy and vibrant throughout the dry winter months. Using glycolic or salicylic acid containing products will provide subtle exfoliation without over drying the skin. Additional exfoliation can be obtained with routine facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels to ensure that your skin keeps its glow year round.
  • Sun protection – even during the winter the sun can still cause skin damage leading to premature aging and flushing seen with rosacea. It is recommended that your daily SPF 30 be continued year round. Now is also the ideal time to treat those undesired sun spots accumulated this year via topical creams, chemical peels and/or micro-needling.

Call Mitchell Dermatology today for your skin exam and skin care product evaluation at 419.872.HOPE (4673). We will gladly help your skin transition with this fall and winter season.