2013 December

Why The Winter is Hard on Your Skin

For most people, winter means ice skating, snowball fights, sledding, winter coats, and hot chocolate by the fire. For others though, the winter weather gets them thinking more about the dry, rough and itchy skin that they are bound to develop during the coldest months of the year.

Dry skin in the winter months is common, but if you know what causes it and how to prevent it, you can have healthy skin and a beautiful glow all year round.

Cold air has much less moisture than warm air does. When you lose that moisture, your skin can become extremely dry. The strong winds that are synonymous with the winter months can also strip your skin of liquid and contribute to drying it out. Cover up your face to protect from the wind and apply moisturizer daily. If your skin is really dry, you can even try a thicker lotion to help your skin retain its moisture longer.

Turning on the heat in your home is essential during the wintertime, but can also be a major factor that contributes to dry skin. In addition to that, lighting a fire in your fireplace may build up dead skin. Think about purchasing a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air in your home Skipping the fire may help as well, though we know how nice it is to cuddle up in front of the fireplace on a cold day.

Winter clothing is something else that is a great contributor to dry, itchy skin. Sure you love your favorite wool sweater, but the material can cause irritation. Try to wear other fabrics such as cotton or silk, and if you can’t give up your favorite sweater, just wear something under it so it’s not directly on your skin – and hey, one more layer will make you warmer too.

There are many factors that can contribute to the changes in your skin during the wintertime. Even though we’ve only gone through a few of them, we bet if you make some of the small changes that we’ve suggested, you will see a big difference in your skin this season.

To make an appointment at Eastside Dermatology, give us a call at 614-515-5588 or visit our website. We’ll help get you on your way to beautiful skin at any time of the year.


Importance of a Skin Care Screening

When you make an appointment at Eastside Dermatology, you know that you will be getting great advice on how to get that beautiful, glowing skin you’ve always dreamed of. You know that we will also help take care of any skin or acne problems that you may have. Visiting our office on a regular basis, however, is also an extremely important step in making sure you stay skin cancer-free.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with over two million people diagnosed annually. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than there are of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer… combined. In fact, one out of every five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. We don’t know about you, but those statistics alone would convince us to make an appointment, and stat.

Not only is skin cancer very common, certain people have a higher risk of contracting the disease than others. Do you have red hair or freckles? Do you have more than 50 moles on your body? Do you have a family history of melanoma? Do you spend a lot of time in the sun? Do you visit the tanning salon? Have you had more than one blistering sun burn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have a higher risk of contracting skin cancer.

And, even if you don’t fall into one of these groups, you should still monitor your skin for changes and make an appointment to come see us and get checked out at least once a year. As common as skin cancer is, it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer and has a good prognosis when detected early. So, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting Eastside Dermatology and scheduling a skin-care screening today. Give us a call at 614-515-5588 or visit our website to make an appointment.


Our Locations

Two convenient locations to better serve you:

150 Taylor Station Rd. Suite 250
Ohio 43213

4617 Leap Ct.,
Ohio 43026

Our Promise

At Eastside Dermatology, Dr. Alan Parks and his entire team are dedicated to providing the highest quality cosmetic and surgical skin care for their Columbus and Hilliard, Ohio-area patients.

Eastside Dermatology & Skin Care Center is associated with the DocShop patient education network. is an informational resource for patients considering dermatology treatments.

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