Many Feel the Effects of Harsh Winter on Their Skin - WBAY

Many Feel the Effects of Harsh Winter on Their Skin

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This prolonged, extreme cold can be particularly harsh on our skin, causing it to get very dry.

A doctor at Prevea Health shares how you can find some relief.

As a nurse practitioner, Ivy Leasum, has to wash her hands numerous times a day.

"Direct patient care, we need to wash them when we first walk in before we touch the patient and then again after," she says.

That combined the intense cold we've seen for much of the winter means she's been dealing with dry hands for awhile.

"Probably just longer. Usually it's just when it's really cold then when it warms up things get better. Probably just worse because it's been longer," explains Leasum.

Dr. Kristen Lindgren with Prevea Health says when washing hands use lukewarm water, not hot water.

She says the cold weather and lack of humidity pulls moisture out of the skin. So, use non-scented lotion frequently.

"Dry skin is really sensitive to any chemical irritant. So, any product that has a fragrance or a dye in them that will further irritate already dry skin," Dr. Lindgren says.

She recommends to instead use a thick, oil based lotion and protect your skin when you're outside.

"You need to wear gloves even if it's just from the parking lot into work. Even that can make a difference," adds Dr. Lindgren.

 Those suffering should see relief when temperatures go up and the humidity rises, but that may take awhile.

 

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