Changing Weather; Changing Skin

How to Take Care of Your Skin During the Dry and Cold Winter Months

Changing Weather; Changing Skin

While most of us spend the cold days of winter trying to stay warm and beat the blues, people who suffer from eczema have a whole other set of challenges. The falling temperatures, along with cold, dry air outside and heated, dry air inside, can dehydrate skin and cause painful flare-ups meaning winter can be one of the most difficult time of year for eczema sufferers.

While eczema will never go away, much of the skin dryness brought on by cold, dry air can be successfully managed. 

Here are the do’s and don’ts to help eczema sufferers “weather” the winter months.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Moisturizers play a key role in relieving eczema’s dry, itchy skin. For best results:

  DO moisturize damp skin within three minutes of getting out of a bath or shower.

  DO drink plenty of water to help keep the skin well hydrated.

  DO use a humidifier to help avoid the dryness that usually results at this time of year.

  DON'T sit close to radiators or other heat sources

Watch What You Wear

  DO dress warmly and in layers when you go outside

  DO wear a scarf and gloves to protect sensitive face and hand areas

  DON'T wear wool or other rough fabrics that can irritate skin

Reduce Your Stress

For thousands of eczema sufferers, “winter blues” or other emotional factors may trigger flare-ups and make symptoms worse. In fact, studies show reducing stress and having a positive outlook are among the best strategies for managing eczema. So take time to unwind and de-stress - whether you have eczema or not, a positive outlook will help you ward off the cold, grey days of winter and chase those blues away.


The EASE Program (Eczema Awareness, Support and Education) is a national, fully bilingual public education program that provides eczema sufferers, families, healthcare professionals and the general public with accurate and comprehensive information on eczema. The goal of the EASE Program is to foster greater understanding and to provide quality educational resources to help better manage this chronic, recurring skin condition.

For more information about living with eczema and ways to manage your skin, visit the EASE program at