The summer is officially over, and colder weather is on the horizon. At Eric Treiber Dermatology, Dr. Eric Treiber knows one of the most common skin issues facing patients every winter is dry, cracking, hands. As the temperature cools, and jackets come out, our hands tend to be the last part of our body that gets covered up. With some individuals treating winter gloves as optional parts of their winter attire, it’s no surprise dry skin on the hands is as prevalent as it is.
Dr. Eric Treiber sees a number of patients with red, chafed, cracking hands every winter. In the winter, as the temperature drops, as does the humidity, causing whatever moisture in the air to evaporate far quicker, leaving your hands dry. In many cases, the skin becomes chapped, and begins to crack and even bleed. While it may not be overly dangerous for your health, it can be a painful, frustrating issue to deal with every winter. Dr. Eric Treiber MD, recommends a few tips on how to keep your hands moisturized in even the coldest temperatures this winter.
- Use WARM water to wash your hands, not HOT water.
- Purchase a gentle moisturizing soap with certain softening ingredients like lanolin or glycerin.
- Avoid bar soaps, as they strip your hands of natural oils.
- Apply lotion or moisturizer after every hand wash, WHILE YOUR HANDS ARE STILL A BIT DAMP!
- Don’t wash your hands as much, instead use hand sanitizers.
Now Dr. Eric Treiber and the staff at Eric Treiber Dermatology also recommend a number of treatment options, as well as tips for those who already suffer from dry, chaffed hands.
- While you sleep apply a thick layer of moisturizer or any lotion. Look for products containing dimethicone or glycerin which lock moisture in the skin, or even petroleum jelly or olive oil.
- Wear gloves as much as possible when you are outdoors.
- Replace lotions, with thicker moisturizing creams.
However, Dr. Eric Treiber recommends that if your hands reach the point of bleeding, itchiness or are extremely painful to the touch, it is definitely time to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Contact Dr. Eric Treiberat Eric Treiber Dermatology today.