Why is my eczema worse during the winter?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Eczema can be worse in the winter for many reasons. The air outside tends to be colder and drier, which can pull moisture from the skin, making it drier and itchier. Indoor heat also makes the air dry. In addition, winter fabrics, such as wool and some synthetic fabrics, can irritate skin, which also exacerbates eczema.

Harsh environmental conditions can make your eczema worse, especially dry conditions. During the winter, humidity levels are much lower than they are the rest of the year. As a result, your skin can dry out and your eczema is more likely to flare up. You may need to alter your skin regimen to control your symptoms during this time of year. Showering less often and using a good moisturizer can both be effective techniques.

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