If you have eczema, you might just think that winter and skin woes go hand in hand. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Eczema-prone skin lacks the normal barrier that helps protect skin against irritants and bacteria, as well as retain moisture. That makes it extra-sensitive year-round—but cold, dry weather and all the stuff that comes with it (endless hand-washing! Heavy sweaters!) can often make the situation worse.
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Here’s the good news: While you can’t control the weather, you can have a serious impact on how your skin reacts. Avoid these common cold-season pitfalls, and you just might find that dryness, redness, and itchiness is less of a big deal this year.
Here's what may be causing your eczema flare-up: