Winter Skin And Itches That Rash

Winter Skin And Itches That Rash

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Our skin gets dry in the winter for a variety of reasons. Cold temperatures, lack of humidity and recirculated air (hello office heater!) can all contribute to dry, scaly spots. Winter is also a time when we see an increased risk for eczema flare-ups, a chronic, relapsing condition that brings incredibly dry, itchy patches of […]

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Very Sunny Out: 5 Tips For Safe Sunscreen Use

Very Sunny Out: 5 Tips For Safe Sunscreen Use

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Sun intensity and Ultraviolet (UV) radiation (UVA and UVB rays) have nothing to do with temperature. No difference in intensity if it’s 60 or 80 degrees out when it comes to the sun’s effect. Reality is people burn more when it’s 80 simply because they have less clothing on and more skin exposed. As a […]

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A Guide to Winter Skin

A Guide to Winter Skin

What causes winter skin? Chapped, cracked and flakey skin is primarily caused by exposure to a dry environment. Outdoor air is drier in the winter time because colder air has a lower moisture-carrying capacity. In fact, air at 86 degrees Fahrenheit can hold three times more moisture than air at 50 degrees. In addition to […]

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