Salt-stained shoes, hot coffee instead of cold brew, and fake gloves are some of the reasons I hate winter. However, what I despise more than the season itself is that the transition from fall to winter always triggers my eczema.
I usually get flare-ups in the form of red, raw, scaly patches on my legs (especially the thighs). Many people refer to their eczema as "alligator skin" and there is no better way to describe what my skin looks like. These patches are not aesthetically pleasing, but most of all, itching through dry, cold hair makes it unbearable.
Anyone who has eczema knows that scratching is the worst thing you can possibly do because it can aggravate the rash. Although the flare-up of eczema varies from person to person, the skin problem tends to run in families. While my eczema is seasonal, my sister has had problems with it all year round. My mother put on clean socks on her hands before bed so she would not scratch her rashes while she slept.
Instead, through a series of trials and errors, I've come across a handful of products that I can rely on in the winter, and my eczema flickers like crazy.