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‘Tis the season to make merry! The time to slurp on hot chocolate, watch holiday-themed movies, and wear the most stylish outfits. Don’t we all love layering during the winter season, because it makes us look stunning? Well, all that’s great, but switching from your summer to winter wardrobe can cause allergies too. No, we aren’t kidding at all!
To understand the issue at hand, HealthShots got in touch with Dr Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics.
Your winter wardrobe is essential, in order to protect your skin from the dry winter weather and harsh winds, says Dr Kapoor. However, skin allergies can occur because of your winter wardrobe — these include extra dry skin, rashes, itchiness, and even bumps and blisters. This mostly happens because of wrong choices and improperly cleaned clothes, blankets, hats, and scarves.
She adds, “Most of us store our winter clothes in moth balls, so that they are ready for the next season. Naphthalene balls release slow chemicals in the air to protect the clothes and the same chemicals when they come in contact with the skin can be absorbed by it, leading to long-term problems and skin issues.”
Another culprit of these winter skin allergies is pollen. Pollen allergens are perceived by the body as intruders, and the defence mechanism steps in to protect the body.
“The result is breakouts and airborne contact dermatitis, and even inflammation throughout the entire body. Repeated exposure to moth balls and pollen can cause the skin to have a yellowish tinge (it inhibits collagen production). This is what makes it look dull, pale, and off colour,” says Dr Kapoor.
The solutions are simple, says Dr Kapoor:
“If you still get any kind of skin allergies, contact your doctor for the right treatment. At home, you can soothe the irritated skin using olive or coconut oil. If there is inflammation, do not try to scrub it out. Instead use a clean cloth dipped in whole milk. Do not use chemical soaps; prefer natural soaps made with oatmeal. Use glycerine before bathing and olive oil post bath to make the skin soft and supple,” she concludes.