Tips To Treat Skin Diseases That Worsen In The Cold

Winters are coming and the changing of the seasons has an impact on your skin, causing various dermatological conditions including psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and acne. This is how you can prevent and treat dermatological diseases that worsen in winter:


Along with stress, infections, and medications, sudden temperature fluctuations can also act as triggers for breakouts, resulting in skin irritation, redness, inflammation and peeling.

Well, preventing these effects is crucial. To prevent the skin from drying out, avoid using heat excessively. You should also keep the skin surfaces well hydrated and clean. 

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that affects a large proportion of people of all ages and is characterised by chronic inflammation of the skin, redness, and peeling of the skin. In winter the itching intensifies because the low temperatures and the dry, cold air common during these months dehydrate this type of skin.

Tips on how to avoid and manage atopic dermatitis and psoriasis in winter-

  • Make sure you are hydrated.
  • Avoid using too much heat since this might lead to dry skin.
  • Use hydrating soaps that don't degrease as part of your daily hygiene routine to prevent infections.
  • Avoid overdoing perfumes and colognes as they might cause skin harm.
  • Include healthful practices like eating a balanced diet, quitting smoking and alcohol, exercising, and managing stress.
  • Perform a photo exposure routine, controlled and indicated by specialists.
  • If your skin is more sensitive or drier, wear cotton clothing.
  • Avoid using fabric softener.
  • Include foods that are high in antioxidants. 


Some of the things that cause cold urticaria are wind, cold, and cold water. The condition's symptoms appear when exposed to extreme cold. It is more frequent in children and young adults, resulting in skin irritation, inflammation, and red welts.

To be sure it's this particular condition as there are other types of hives, it's best to use the ice cube test. It is advised to implement daily preventive actions after diagnosis, such as:

  • Wear gloves and clothing that protects you from the cold.
  • Do not engage in sports in cold weather.
  • Avoid cold beverages and meals.
  • Use warm water when taking a shower.
  • When using corticosteroids or antihistamines, speak with an expert.


Lower temperatures also lead to an increase in acne cases. Acne does not necessarily get worse in the winter; rather, it tends to get worse throughout these seasons when the pathology reverts to its normal course following the summer. 

Because summertime sun exposure has an anti-inflammatory effect on acne lesions, while wintertime sun exposure causes a "rebound effect" that is to be avoided.

Wintertime acne treatment and maintenance tips: 

  • Take extreme hygiene measures to eliminate excess oil and sweat on the skin.
  • Make use of mild cleaners that do not modify the lipids that comprise the skin's protective layer.
  • Give your skin a weekly exfoliation.
  • See a dermatologist to determine the best course of action for your skin type.

Additionally, bear in mind that you may get skin burns during this period because the sun still affects your skin even on gloomy days. In actuality, the sun's rays intensify throughout the winter.

Among the signs to be aware of include rough skin texture and look, burning, itching, and cracks and fissures. Discomforts include rosacea (red skin on the cheeks and nose), chapped lips, and angular cheilitis (mouth puffiness) are also frequent.

Remember that it is very important to consult with your doctor whenever you see any change in your skin so that he or she can prescribe the most appropriate prevention and treatment measures to keep any disease under control. Dermatologists will be your best allies against skin diseases at any time of the year.

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