The weather outside may be cold and dreary, but with just a few seasonal adjustments you can keep your skin looking great. Refer to our guide and photos if you suspect you have one of these conditions.
By Jeannette Moninger
The Problem: Dry, cracked, itchy spots, often on the hands.
The Diagnosis: Eczema is a condition that encompasses myriad skin problems and often affects people with allergies and asthma. Adults typically get a form of eczema called hand dermatitis, and like other skin conditions, it worsens when temperatures and humidity levels drop.
Winterproofing: Before you brave the cold, apply an oil-based moisturizer to your hands (and face and ears, if necessary) and wear gloves. It's also a good idea to counteract dryness at home with a humidifier. Since scratching causes eczema-prone areas to thicken and turn leathery, ask your doctor about prescription oral antibiotics, antihistamines, steroids, or topical corticosteroid creams.