Winter eczema and how to cope with it?
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is a condition that makes the skin inflamed while turning it red, itchy, cracked and rough. Even though there is no cure for eczema, certain treatments and proper skin care can ease the symptoms. Skin treatment in winter can be very challenging due to dryness of air and sudden temperature changes.
People with sensitive skin prone to eczema have the most issues with adapting to these weather conditions. In winter, their skin can worsen and become even more red, inflamed, dry, cracked, rough and itchy. Usually, affected areas include the hands and face, as they are the most exposed body parts.
In this post, we provide the advice known to be effective for winter skincare.
- Keeping the temperature constant
Rapid change from cool outdoor to warm indoor temperatures can be extremely stressful for sensitive skin. Therefore, slow transition between these temperatures should be considered. For example, winter clothing is mandatory, and sensitive areas should always be protected when outside (with scarfs, hats and gloves). Clothing should be layered so that the body temperature can easily be adjusted. Also, using hot water when showering or bathing must be avoided because it can additionally irritate the skin.
- Skin hydration and moisturising
Since dryness of skin causes its cracking and itching, it is very important to keep your skin hydrated during winter days. Placing a humidifier or a bowl filled with water in each room can resolve this issue. Also, frequent application of oil-based moisturisers and emollients is essential. Dry lips should be protected as well.
- Vitamin D
Some scientific articles state the relatedness between lower levels of vitamin D and the appearance of eczema symptoms. Vitamin D is created in our body after direct sun exposure. Since the sun comes out rarely in wintertime, vitamin D supplementation or food intake should be increased.
There are many cosmetic preparations available for proper skin care, and Marti Farm can assist its clients in meeting all the requirements of the EU Regulation on cosmetic products. Not only that, but Marti Farm also monitors the undesirable effects possible due to the use of certain suspected cosmetic products through cosmetovigilance.
To conclude, an adequate skincare routine with proper cosmetic products and skin protection, as well as keeping the body warm, can help in the treatment of eczema (and skin in general) in the upcoming winter months.
Ena Bulović / MPharm
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Marti Farm Ltd.
Lašćinska cesta 40, HR-10000 Zagreb
Planinska ulica 13/2, HR-10000 Zagreb
a limited liability company
Commercial Court of Zagreb
HRK 20,000.00 (paid in its entirety)
Martina Diminić Smetiško, director of the
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individually and independently, Responsible
person for data protection)
HR3623600001102197724 (Zagrebačka banka)
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Full company name: Marti Farm Ltd. Trade and Services
Short company name: Marti Farm Ltd.
Headquarters: Lašćinska cesta 40, HR-10000 Zagreb
Office: Planinska ulica 13/2, HR-10000 Zagreb
Legal form: a limited liability company
Court register: Commercial Court of Zagreb
Registration number: 080751121
Share capital: HRK 20,000.00 (paid in its entirety)
Authorized representative: Martina Diminić Smetiško, director of the company (Representing the company individually and independently, Responsible person for data protection)
Bank account: HR3623600001102197724 (Zagrebačka banka), HR4324020061100628669 (Erste banka)