Cold weather can lead to severely dry skin

Cold weather can lead to severely dry skin

Cold weather can lead to severely dry skin

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 6:08 PM

PORTLAND -- Oregon's latest cold snap isn't only rough on roads, it's tough on skin, too.  Cold and dry air can be very damaging to a person's skin.

KGW talked to a dermatologist who said all those furnaces working overtime take even more humidity from the already dry air, which in turn can dry out the skin.

 A humidifier can help.  Another helpful tip is to limit your exposure to the wind and sun. Plus, adding moisture is a must, explained dermatologist Dr. Matt McClelland.

“The main take-home point I try to emphasize to patients is use of a thick moisturizing cream," he said. "If you get a pump, you have the wrong one. Applying that cream immediately right after bathing while the skin is still moist is important, too."

McClelland added that although some may have heard that taking showers often can dry out the skin, that's just a myth.

He explained that too much soap is the true culprit, especially the kinds which contain heavy fragrances.

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