Ways to prevent winter weather from cracking your skin (WTOP.com)

February 2, 2023
Girl cold outside wearing a hat and gloves

Spring may be just around the corner, but winter is still here with more cold days in the forecast. Those conditions that your body experiences when the weather is frigid, can spell bad news for your skin.

“The combination of wind, low humidity and blasting heaters are really quite the dry skin hat trick,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, professor and chair of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in D.C.

Friedman said one big role of the skin is to act as the body’s armor, but when it gets dry, the water in your skin isn’t there, leading to cracked skin.

“When the skin is dry, it’s cracked, it’s open, water gets out and things like various pathogens, bacteria, viruses, fungi can get in much easier and make a nice home for itself,” Friedman said.

Read the full article on WTOP.com

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