Do you suffer from itchy skin in winter? Here’s what you want to know about that winter itch

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 Do you suffer from itchy skin in winter?  Here's what you want to know about that winter itch

We are heading into the cold winter months. While some can’t wait for it to be colder, others are already waiting for summer. We understand the latter especially if you suffer from an embarrassing winter comfort: winter itching. We explain where this itchy skin comes from and what you can do about it.

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What is winter itch?

During the winter months, the air is much drier. In addition, we turn on the heating to stay warm. The downside is that it causes your skin to dry out faster. The moisture in your skin evaporates, which dries it out and eventually develops scales. In some cases, eczema also develops because your immune system wants to repair your epidermis. Then substances are released into your skin that cause itching. And with winter itch, as soon as you scratch, the itch often only gets worse.

How to recognize winter itch?

There are several symptoms by which you can recognize winter itch. The skin looks dry and scaly and sometimes the eczema appears with redness, bumps and blisters. It is also recognized by its cracked skin. It looks a bit like the cracks in the paint of an old painting. Winter itch occurs mainly on the upper back, arms and legs and sometimes on the face and neck. People with sensitive skin are particularly likely to suffer from it.

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Why upper back?

Winter itch often occurs in the upper back and there’s a good reason for that. When you take a hot shower, your back is most exposed to the hot water, which dries out the skin faster. Therefore, to combat winter itching of the upper back, it is best to shower briefly and use lukewarm water.

What to do against winter itch?

It is good to know that this itching disappears when the temperature rises. But there are several things you can do to combat winter itch when you have it.

  • Do not shower too long and not too hot. A water temperature of 35 to 36 degrees is best, and do not shower for more than five minutes.
  • Use a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free shower gel or shower oil.
  • After the shower, it is important to take care of your skin with a moisturizer. Preferably a fragrance-free and hypoallergenic variety.
  • Ventilate your house well even in winter by opening a window for example.

Are you worried about itching or does it bother you a lot? It is then wise to contact your doctor or a dermatologist.

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