If we had a personal dermatologist on call 24/7, we imagine she would get annoyed with us very quickly. We would probably bother her with every last teeny tiny inconsistency that we spot on our skin—99.9 percent of which would be a waste of her time. But during the cold-weather months when not-so-tiny skin freakouts pop up, the kind that really do require the expert eye of a professional, most derms are extremely difficult to track down, thanks to the hectic holidays. But track one down we did, plus we asked her to explain the most common troublesome winter skin happenings and how to treat them.
Keep reading to figure out exactly what’s going on with your skin and how to fix it!
The bad news is if redness is your issue, it could be a number of skin conditions. If you’ve ruled out eczema and psoriasis, it may be dermatitis, but one of the most common skin conditions is rosacea. Extreme temperatures exacerbate rosacea, which means symptoms flare up in the winter. “Rosacea may be treated with topical therapy or oral antibiotics to decrease inflammation depending upon an individual's severity,” Dr. Nussbaum-Brown says. So see your dermatologist if your redness refuses to go down.