Dry, Cracked Skin of Winter

February 18, 2018  |   Dr. Stych's Blog,Uncategorized   |     |   0 Comment

imani-clovis-23005Skin is one of the important natural barriers that works along with our immune system to defend the body against organisms that can cause infection. The skin on our extremities – hands and feet – are the most vulnerable and require additional attention to remain healthy during the cold, dry months of winter.

I recommend the following to minimize bacterial infection and cracking of the skin:

· Hydrate – Drink plenty of water each day. Consuming two liters of water daily is

a good goal. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow our protective barrier

to remain intact.

· Humidify – A humidifier adds moisture to the air to help prevent skin dryness.

· Hand hygiene – Hand-washing should occur: at the beginning and end of the

workday; before eating or serving food; before applying make-up; after restroom

activities; and at other times after contamination.

· Moisturize – Make sure to apply a moisturizer throughout the day to hands that

are frequently washed.  Consider thick creams that are easily penetrated by the

skin and specific foot creams to avoid painful cracking heels.

· Vitamins -Supplements can help keep your skin fueled with the nutrients it

needs to be healthy. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and B Complex will boost

collagen and help keep skin clear, while omega 3 fish oils can help decrease

inflammation and make your skin look soft and supple.

Podiatrists are experts in treating skin concerns of hands, feet and ankles.  Make time for a consultation to create a personalized hand and foot skin care regime and to identify any potential problems.

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