Very Itchy Skin in Winter – What To Do?

Very Itchy Skin

Very itchy skin is common in the winter, and this affects millions of people. During the colder months forced heated air blows through the home, making the environment very dry. This can cause your skin to dry out, and you may experience itchy skin no rash situation. The cold air and wind outside can also rob your skin of moisture leading to skin that is chapped and rough to the touch. In some people, winter months could also be the time when their eczema conditions flare up leading to flaking, oozing and inflammation. What should you do?

If you suffer from very itchy skin caused by the winter conditions then you should take every possible step to keep your skin moisturized, because this will help minimize or eliminate the condition. In extreme cold the skin can dry out very rapidly, and daily outside conditions and activities can make this problem worse. The first step is reevaluating your daily skin care regimen. Most products you use throughout the spring and summer are simply not suitable for colder weather. During the winter you need something more nourishing that can make your skin withstand the weather beating by creating a protective shield. Cream moisturizers usually work better, because they absorb quickly and do not leave a greasy residue. Even if you have oily skin, you are not protected from very itchy skin in winter due to dryness. Skip oil free creams that you normally use throughout the warmer months but at the same time look for facial moisturizers that contain non pore clogging oils like avocado, apricot or almond oil.

Another factor is the frequency and length of hot showers. When it is cold outside you probably take hot showers more often, and may stay in longer to enjoy the soothing and relaxing water running down your back. This also contributes to very itchy skin by making your skin even drier. Keep your daily showers short and sweet followed by a high emollient body moisturizer without mineral oil that can only make very itchy skin worse as Dr. Mercola explains in one of his article (see the link below). An oatmeal bath with lukewarm water may be a good occasional alternative to the shower to help soothe the itching for a little while.

In case itchy red rash or Itchy eyelids develop, these may signify many different causes including contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and many others. Only your doctor can help you determine the actual cause. You may be advised to eliminate your usual bath and beauty products, and replace them with hypoallergenic products with more natural ingredients instead.

Small itchy bumps on skin can be caused by an infection of the skin or hair follicles, and medical evaluation and treatment may be needed if the problem does not clear within a few days to a week. (Find out more about causes of itchy skin bumps…)

During the winter to keep very itchy skin at bay, invest a high quality humidifier to help put moisture back into the skin. Mayo Clinic recommends running a humidifier in the room that you frequent use like your bedroom at night and clean it regularly to avoid fungus build up with a hydrogen peroxide solution.

References:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/10/eczema-dry-skin-treatment.aspx