Game of Thrones may have made “winter is coming” a popular phrase, but get ready: it’s really coming, and your skin is probably dreading it. A drop in temperature can zap skin of its natural oils and moisture, leaving it dry and flaky. That’s particularly tough if you have eczema-prone skin, which can make you more apt to suffer flare-ups during the cold season.
There is something you can do to get eczema skin winter ready, and that’s fortify your skin’s barrier to maintain moisture levels and prevent winter irritants from causing trouble because of a flare-up. That said, you can’t just slather a regular old moisturizer on skin and call it a day. You will need to do more than moisturize to maintain a healthy skin barrier.
Replenish the key lipids that are deficient in atopic skin and correct the pH imbalance with a barrier repair product, like EpiCeram®, which your doctor can prescribe. EpiCeram contains high levels of 3 essential lipids (ceramide, cholesterol, and free fatty acids) in the ideal ratio needed to restore and build a healthy skin barrier, keeping moisture in and irritants out. Also healthy skin habits that don’t exacerbate dryness—taking a short, lukewarm shower, using a non-soap cleanser, and moisturizing immediately after with a product like EpiCeram (think “soak and seal”)—will go a long way to guarding against dryness and irritation.
Along with parched skin comes parched winter lips. If chapped lips are bothersome, you may need EpiCeram-L™ Lip Care, a paraben-free, petrolatum-free product that keeps lips healthy and well nourished with the same critical lipids as found in EpiCeram. In fact, you’ll restore and rejuvenate you lips in as little as one week. Use it as often as needed throughout the day.
EpiCeram® is only available by prescription. Please consult your physician to find out how it can help manage your eczema.