Dr Zizmor Discusses Winter Skin Care Tips
As part of his effort to help to slow the aging process of the skin and look younger, Dr Zizmor warns patients to be especially careful about caring for the skin during the cold weather seasons. Some individuals think that only sun can be harmful to the skin. The doctor counsels patients about the benefits of a regimen of skin care at home.
Some of the effects of cold weather on the exposed skin include chapped and cracked areas. The conditions are exacerbated by furnace air blasts, low humidity and freezing temperatures outdoors. The skin may become so dry that it cracks. The lips can likewise become dry and chapped to the point of pain. The skin can become red, dry and itchy. Such symptoms are not resolved by extra moisturized.
Patients might suffer from Rosacea which can worsen during cold weather. This condition causes the small blood vessels to expand and become more obvious. There are often bumps that resemble acne lesions. The condition is usually addressed with a retinoid cream, topical antibiotic, oral antibiotic or laster therapy. Wear a scarf for outdoor treks.
Psoriasis is another condition that becomes more prevalent during winter months. Phototherapy treatments are available at the office of Dr Jonathan Zizmor. Flareups can be controlled with light therapy, retinoid and vitamin D3.
Winter skin can be subject to eczema. These are patches of dry, itchy and scaly skin, often on the hands. The doctor recommends applying an oil-based moisturizer to hands, ears and face as needed. Gloves should be worn when outdoors. The doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines or topical corticosteroid creams for areas which tend to itch.
Don't quit using sunscreen, just because the sun is not as direct. It is known that ice and snow on the surface reflect about eighty percent of the sun's rays. You should cover up the at-risk areas daily. Apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen to any exposed skin each day. Don't forget lipstick or lip balm with SPF.
Dermatology is the field of medicine that addresses conditions that affect nails, hair and skin. Dermatologists go through the regular training and internship for a medical degree, followed by three additional years to qualify for the specialty. Dr. Zizmor has been practicing in the area for a number of years and is anxious to help patients resolve areas where winter extremes happen, ready or not! More information about dermatology can be seen at Dr Jonathan Zizmor, MD.