Winter means warm meals, cozy blankets, and another log on the fire. But it also means a dry, overheated home, which can significantly aggravate eczema symptoms. Heater air affects humidity levels, which in turn disrupts the skin’s hydration balance. According to Jeffrey Fromowitz, MD, “One of the most significant flaring features is dry skin; this can occur during winter months when the heat is on and the air is low in humidity. Moisturizing your skin regularly as a proactive measure can be effective in reducing the outbreak of eczema.” Check out these other need-to-know eczema facts.
This highly hazardous chemical is actually more common than you’d think. According to the National Eczema Association, “Formaldehyde is in many places including household disinfectants, vaccines, glues and adhesives, cigarette smoke, and embalming fluid. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are in personal care products such as cosmetics, and may trigger some individuals who are allergic to formaldehyde.” If you’ve been experiencing unexplainable flare-ups lately, scan all nearby products to reduce potential exposure. (Watch out for these six toxic ingredients that you might be using every day.)