As the seasons change, so does our skin. Our skin is the biggest organ in our body and it has to adapt to the warm and cold weather just like we do. That’s why we notice skin changes when it goes from summer to fall, fall to winter, and so on.
You may deal with certain skin conditions all throughout the year but have flare-ups when it is humid and hot outside, and experience a different skin condition during dry, windy winter. Even though they are seasonal, it’s important to recognize certain skin conditions so you can come up with a treatment plan. Whether you have dry skin, itchiness, or red patches, you can manage your symptoms with remedies and treatments.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that creates scales on the skin, and it can be anywhere from mild to severe. Psoriasis causes the skin cells to develop around ten times faster than normal, causing the scales to become itchy and inflamed. While psoriasis can occur all year round, it typically flares up during the fall and winter months.
Psoriasis usually lives on your scalp, knees, elbows, ears, belly button, and sometimes on the nails. In that case, you may be prescribed a steroid cream, tar shampoo, or a deep moisturizer. Staying away from fragrances on irritated areas can also help.
Out of all the skin conditions, eczema is the one that causes the most flare-ups. Eczema starts because of a certain gene that affects protection against the skin. Because of this, there is little to no protection when it comes to irritants. In the winter months, you may experience more uncomfortable flare-ups.
Eczema symptoms include itchy dry skin, raised bumps, sensitive and raw skin, and patches of discoloured skin throughout the body. Moisturizing with a product that doesn’t irritate your skin is a great way to keep it at bay.
When you hear of melasma, you may think of the term “pregnancy mask”. A pregnancy mask refers to the skin discoloration that pregnant women may get due to their hormones changing. However, it doesn’t just affect those carrying a child. Unlike eczema or psoriasis, melasma has no irritating or painful symptoms. Instead, the only symptom is brownish-grey blotches on your face.
Melasma can occur all year round, but those who have it notice that it gets darker in the summertime when they are out in the sun or are tanned. If you don’t have melasma, you can also get it from the sunlight. Unfortunately, sunscreen isn’t enough to swear off melasma.
Heat rash is a condition that is most common when out in the heat for too long. Heat rash occurs when our pores can’t let out sweat, therefore leading to itchy and bumpy red skin. Although usually mild, symptoms can range in every patient.
You can get heat rash on any part of your body, but the most common places are your neck, chest, stomach, armpit, or groin area. Thankfully, heat rash usually goes away on its own when your skin has a chance to cool. Once you notice the rash starts, try to get in front of a fan or in an air-conditioned room.
You may not know what the right treatment plan is for your unique skin condition. If you have any of these conditions and are looking for a treatment plan or advice, our team at the Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Clinic would love to set up a consultation with you and we can go from there. Contact us today and we will be sure to accommodate you.