What is winter itch/dry skin?
Winter itch is a term for dry skin that occurs when the temperature drops. During the winter months, the cold air can dry out your skin’s natural barrier, causing dry, irritated, itchy skin. For some people, the dryness is severe enough to cause cracked and inflamed skin. Winter itch can also worsen your symptoms if you suffer from eczema.
What causes dry skin?
Humidity helps to keep your skin healthy and moist. When the humidity drops below 40%, your skin will begin to lose moisture. If your skin is exposed to decreased levels of humidity for multiple days, your skin can become extremely dry, inflamed, and flaky. Winter itch is more common among the
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of winter itch include:
- Dry skin
- Flaky skin
- Itchy skin
- Scales and ashy skin
- Skin tightness
How is winter itch treated?
If your skin is irritated or itchy, apply an over-the-counter moisturizer. You can also take lukewarm showers instead of hot ones, as an over-exposure to hot water can dry out the skin. Adding a humidifier in your home can also help your skin retain water even when the heat is running. We also encourage you to drink plenty of water.
If your dry skin is more severe and recurring, schedule an appointment at Boise Dermatology & Medspa. You may have a skin condition of which we will diagnose and provide the proper treatment options. We also provide skin care products, chemical peels, and other aesthetic treatments that will give you radiant, beautiful skin. Schedule an appointment at our practice in Boise today to find out how we can help you.
Request an appointment in Boise, Idaho
If you suffer from dry skin or winter itch, schedule an appointment at Boise Dermatology & Medspa. Dr. Naomi Brooks will examine your skin and determine which treatment option is right for you. Request an appointment online or give us a call at (208) 888-0660.