Common Winter Skin Problems & 8 Ways To Fix Them

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I switch out my skin care products like I switch out my clothes — with the seasons. In with the snow pants and out with the oil-free soaps. That’s because I know what to do about dry skin in winter — after all, flakey and irritated skin isn’t something that’s going to go away with light and airy summer moisturizer. Even if you don’t have perpetual skin issues like eczema or psoriasis, loads of people experience similar symptoms during the coldest months. That’s because air that’s cold is dry, and air that’s dry zaps the top layer of oil that keeps your face supple and moisturized.

Because this is an issue that so many people face (no pun intended), New York dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Dr. Sejal Shah was more than willing to share her best ways to take care of your skin during the winter. “Dry, flaky skin is one of the most common winter skin issues I see in my practice,” Dr. Shah says. “Additionally, in some individuals, existing skin conditions (like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and even acne) may worsen in winter.” In order to tackle this problem once and for all, take a look at all the skin care products and habits in your routine, and consider trying out these cold weather skin tips, instead.

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