‘Snake skin’ – common cold season disease

In winter, the skin is easily cracked like snake scales, rough, common in people with atopic dermatitis, eczema.

Doctor Le Minh Chau (Department of Dermatology – Skin Aesthetics, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City) said that in winter, the skin is prone to cracking due to the drop in temperature, the sebaceous and sweat glands are less active. skin’s natural moisturizer. Low environmental humidity also increases transepidermal water loss, causing the skin to become drier. In addition, in winter, the trend of bathing with hot water is more, it is easy to lose natural moisturizers on the skin and increase transepidermal water loss.

It’s cold, so the body doesn’t need to drink water. The amount of water in the body is not enough but too much is lost through other ways leading to dry skin. According to doctors, anyone can experience dry, cracked skin in the cold season, but it is more common in people with a history of atopic dermatitis, eczema. The skin structure of these people is inherently incomplete, vulnerable, transepidermal water loss, when exposed to a dry, hot environment, disease will break out.

“Snake skin” disease can be cured if you adhere to treatment and care every day. First, drink 2 liters of water every day. In environments with low humidity, it is recommended to keep a cup of water in the room to increase the humidity or use a humidifier for the air. Do not use very hot water to bathe or wash your face. Limit bathing time to about 5-10 minutes and do not shower more than once per day.

Flaky skin can also be caused by an excessive accumulation of dead cells. Therefore, you spend 5-10 minutes exfoliating, removing rough skin to smooth skin. Apply adequate moisturizer, especially after bathing and drying. Limit the use of products containing alcohol or strong cleaning chemicals during this time. Use mild, fragrance-free soaps or use detergents instead of soaps that are moisturizing. Avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol.

In cold weather, wear warm enough clothes, wear a scarf, and wear gloves to keep your lips and hands from drying out. Wear sunscreen whether going out or working from home. Add foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3s such as salmon, olive oil, walnuts… for healthier skin.

Dry, cracked skin is caused by a damaged skin barrier, easy to cause infection, and needs attention. Don’t forget to keep warm and apply moisturizer before going out. Apply the cream several times a day if the skin feels dry and tight.

Thuy Anh


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