Common winter skin conditions and how to treat them

Here are nine common winter skin conditions and how to treat them

Winter can be hard on the skin. Skin can easily become dry and dehydrated due to the dry weather outside and the lack of humidity indoors. This can lead to itching and flaky skin. We all know that dry skin is a common winter condition. But do we really know what other winter conditions can cause dry skin? Here are some common winter conditions and how you can reduce the discomfort.


Acne can be caused by excess oil production, dead skin cells, and bacteria, as well as clogged pores. Dry skin can also cause it. Acne can occur on any part of your body but is more common on the neck, chest and back. Acne can be reduced by reducing the amount of skin contact, particularly on your face. To help your skin get rid of acne, a dermatologist can recommend antibiotic treatments. The cold can also cause acne.

Lips Chapped

There is nothing worse than chapped lips in winter. People complain most about chapped lips in winter. The lips have the thinnest layer of skin, and they are most susceptible to drying out from the winter winds, dry winter air and low humidity indoors. In severe cases, cracking and splitting can occur, which can be painful and difficult to heal. People make the most common mistake of licking their lips when they are outside in the cold. This can cause severe chapping and irritation to the lips. Lip balms can help heal chapped lips by providing moisture and additional hydration. Some lip balms contain healing medication, which can also cool and relieve lip pain.

Raynaud's Disease

Raynaud's disease is a condition where the body becomes too cold. This causes blood vessels to constrict and spasm, which can cause a problem with circulation. It is common for the affected area to become extremely pale and it can be difficult to distinguish between healthy and affected skin. The affected area may turn deep purple if it is left exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time. It can become very painful when the skin starts to warm up. Raynaud's patients can control their symptoms by wearing layers of clothing and protective winter clothing.


Are you feeling like Rudolph because of the wind? Windburn can be caused by cold winter winds. This is a skin irritation that causes red and burning skin. Windburn can be eased by wearing clothing that covers exposed skin outside. Scarves, coats, and hats are great ways to reduce skin exposure and protect your skin.


Eczema can cause skin to become dry, itchy and irritated. Eczema is most common around the elbows, knees and hands, as well as on the face. It is best to use a non-fragrance moisturizer to soothe the skin. Also, avoid bathing more often than once a day as water can cause eczema to worsen. There are also steroids that can be used to treat severe cases.

Winter itch

Does your skin feel rough on your feet and hands? It's not pleasant to feel dry skin. It's almost inevitable when you have to keep the heat on in the winter. The heat can dry out the skin and cause it to become flaky, itchy and irritated. Cold, outside air can also dry out the skin and strip it of its moisture. Moisturizers and skin healing lotions are good options to replenish skin's moisture.


Psoriasis occurs when your body's defenses fail to recognize the condition and your skin makes too many skin cells. This causes dry, flaky, and scaly patches. It starts with small red bumps. Then it becomes a series of patches on the scalp, elbows and knees. Although the condition is not curable, there are some treatments that can help. These include hydrocortisone and vitamin D creams as well as coal tar treatments. You can also use relaxation techniques to manage psoriasis.

Cold Uriticaria

Sun allergies are well-known, but what about an allergy to cold? Cold uriticaria, also known as cold-hives, is also known. Red welts appear on the skin due to an allergy to cold. These welts can be itchy and painful and may measure up to an inch in size. While antihistamine cream may provide some relief, it is not the best way to alleviate the pain.