While you can't control the temperature outside, you can avoid these pitfalls.

If you have eczema, you might just think that winter and skin woes go hand in hand. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Eczema-prone skin lacks the normal barrier that helps protect skin against irritants and bacteria, as well as retain moisture. That makes it extra-sensitive year-round—but cold, dry weather and all the stuff that comes with it (endless hand-washing! Heavy sweaters!) can often make the situation worse.

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Here’s the good news: While you can’t control the weather, you can have a serious impact on how your skin reacts. Avoid these common cold-season pitfalls, and you just might find that dryness, redness, and itchiness is less of a big deal this year.

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