Seasonal changes blog post
Title-Seasonal Skin Changes
What happens to our skin when the seasons begin to change?
As the air starts to become dry, so does our skin. If you have eczema, you will know how much of a struggle this is coming into the winter months, when flare ups occur.
Eczema flare ups also happen when the air starts to become steamy and hot…. You guessed it! Eczema flare ups can often occur during any seasonal period change.
Cold and dry weather are some of the common triggers when it comes to eczema!
The winter itch
Some people predominantly experience flare ups during the winter months, which is more than likely due to the switch between a hot and cold environment. And if having eczema wasn’t bad enough as it is, having an infection such as a cold can be a factor in dermatitis flare ups, because the immune system is already weakened. As winter is cold, most people decide to layer up their clothing, but for eczema sufferers that will cause sweating and create a hot and sweaty environment for eczema to thrive in. It’s recommended that people layer up with cotton or silk clothing.
The hot side
It’s recommended that dermatitis sufferers should steer clear of boiling hot showers and overall hot environments. This can be difficult for some people because they can’t exactly control their workplace environments and shopping centres etc. It’s worth investing in a humidifier if your home has dry air inside.
Everyone is obviously unique in their own way and have different individual triggers, however, this is more of a general concept. Winter and summer are known for aggravating skin conditions and causing flare ups for most sufferers.
Below is a list of some of the foods to try and “avoid” before a potential flare up/ when having a flare up.
Foods to avoid
Some of the foods to avoid when having an eczema flare up include;
- citrus fruits.
- gluten or wheat.
- spices, such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon.
- some types of nuts.
Managing eczema symptoms is a holistic approach. While having strict routines (depending on the severity of the eczema) can be annoying, it’s important to avoid the triggers (and the pain that comes with them) to protect yourself from the horrific flare ups. Dietary changes, the use of natural products (such as grahams natural), getting enough sleep and having lukewarm showers are all a part of the holistic eczema management approach.
Seasonal changes have an effect on almost every person in some way, even if it’s a small headache (for non eczema sufferers).
Isn’t it so weird how the weather changes can literally affect our skin, moods and physical health?