How does the weather affect eczema?

Weather can affect eczema simply because eczema is susceptible to temperature changes.
Weather can affect eczema simply because eczema is susceptible to temperature changes.
How does the weather affect eczema?
How does the weather affect eczema?

In fact changes in temperature are often listed as a trigger for eczema sufferers.

Eczema during hot weather

Eczema sufferers can feel an itching sensation, sometimes described "prickly heat" if their body temperatures rise to a point and sweating ensues, or if they overheat. Common causes of overheating include exercising but also wearing non-breathable fabrics, over dressing and being exposed to high temperatures and hotter weather. Eczema can also worsen when the body swaps from hot to cold too fast.

Helping keep your body cool in hotter climates

It's easier said than done but avoid overheating. Wearing too many layers, of the wrong kind of non-breathable fabrics can be an issue so prioritise layers, cotton if possible. It's also wise to shower after exercise and apply moisturisers and emollients to keep your skin hydrated and happy.

Eczema during cold weather

In the case of colder weather and harsher climates, the issue for eczema sufferers is clearly the drying of the skin. Cold weather leads to chapping, cracking and sore dry skin which itself can spark off eczema. Another issue in the winter season is the drop in Vitamin D, a vitamin that most of us are deficient in.

Stopping flare-ups during colder weather spells

Although the cause is cold weather, the key to keeping eczema flare-ups under control is the same: keeping skin supple and hydrated. Having a well nourished skin helps keep eczema at bay. Adapt your skincare routine to the colder months too – by opting for richer products like Lipikar Baume AP+ for dry body skin or Toleriane Ultra Fluid, soothing thanks to its shea butter and glycerin formula.

How can the change in season affect skin?

It's clear that the environment has a real influence on our skin, both on the outside and inside! In summer, it’s all about over-exposure to the sun, and that drying air-conditioning inside, while during the chillier seasons, it's almost a mirror effect with the overheating indoors and the cold, aggressive wind and chill outside!

Either way, all year around, our skin gets a rough time due to the elements and the ever-fluctuating temperatures. Ever noticed your skin dry up in the overheated office or on the tropical public transport in the midst of winter, just minutes after suffering from the bracing, arctic winds outside? So, from blizzards to indoor sauna-like heating, skin has a lot to deal with. No wonder it gets irritated! Dehydration is the main issue, so finding the right skincare routine is essential.