For many people, winter means dry skin.
In today's Health Minute, Ninette Sosa reports on some things you can do to help alleviate the itch.
Stefanie Erskine has always paid special attention to her skin, especially during the winter.
"There's been times where it's been so dry that my skin will crack or I'll just itch, itch, itch, itch, itch."
She's not alone. The cold temperatures outside combined with the heat inside leads to dry skin for many people.
But deep cracks can cause infection. Dr. Sylvia Wright says prevention should begin before your daily routine.
"When choosing a soap it's better to choose those that are moisturizing, and avoid deodorant soaps. You want to take short warm baths and showers immediately after a shower pat-dry so that the skin is still damp and then apply a thick creamy fragrance-free moisturizer."
Dr. Wright says some medical conditions could also have a drying effect.
"Patients with eczema tend to have dryer skin. Patients with psoriasis tend to have dryer skin. But also there are patients that have internal illnesses like thyroid disease or diabetes that can have issues with dry
For Erskine, small changes have made all the difference.
"That's all the result of trial and error."
For Today's Health Minute, I'm Ninette Sosa.