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By themanhattandermatologist 03 Jan, 2018

Our skin changes with the weather. During our warm, humid  NYC summers our skin fills with moisture and lotions are hardly needed. In the winter,  NYC air becomes dry and our skin does too.   You may see dry patches and cracks forming, especially where skin is washed often, such as on our hands.

 

What to do?

First, wear gloves! When going outdoors winter gloves should be worn. Keeping the wind and cold air away from our hands is essential. When cleaning dishes or doing housework with detergents rubber gloves should be worn, since our hands are extra susceptible to chapping from harsh cleansers at this time.

Second, start using a moisturizer. Apply it after washing your hands. Start with a lotion. There are many drug store brands available to try. My favorite is the Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion, with oatmeal to soothe itching. You can test the  EltaMD  moisture rich body cream, at our office  when you stop in.  Creams are heavier than lotions and many people prefer these in the winter because they adhere better.

If eczema flares because it is triggered by the harsh winter, you may need a prescription-strength  corticosteroid medication or Eucrisa, the new non-corticosteroid medication that you may have seen advertised on television. It works well and is even safe for use in children.


By themanhattandermatologist 20 Dec, 2017
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I'm super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
By themanhattandermatologist 03 Jan, 2018

Our skin changes with the weather. During our warm, humid  NYC summers our skin fills with moisture and lotions are hardly needed. In the winter,  NYC air becomes dry and our skin does too.   You may see dry patches and cracks forming, especially where skin is washed often, such as on our hands.

 

What to do?

First, wear gloves! When going outdoors winter gloves should be worn. Keeping the wind and cold air away from our hands is essential. When cleaning dishes or doing housework with detergents rubber gloves should be worn, since our hands are extra susceptible to chapping from harsh cleansers at this time.

Second, start using a moisturizer. Apply it after washing your hands. Start with a lotion. There are many drug store brands available to try. My favorite is the Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion, with oatmeal to soothe itching. You can test the  EltaMD  moisture rich body cream, at our office  when you stop in.  Creams are heavier than lotions and many people prefer these in the winter because they adhere better.

If eczema flares because it is triggered by the harsh winter, you may need a prescription-strength  corticosteroid medication or Eucrisa, the new non-corticosteroid medication that you may have seen advertised on television. It works well and is even safe for use in children.


By themanhattandermatologist 20 Dec, 2017
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I'm super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
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