Atopic-prone skin: the influence of climate and the seasons on eczema flare-ups
Written in partnership with Dr. Clarence De BELILOVSKY, dermatologist & member of the Mustela experts' circle.
Climate and seasons: Do they have an influence on atopic-prone skin?
Climate can have an influence on your baby’s atopic-prone skin’s appearance and the occurrence of flare-ups.
To understand the extent, there is a simple observation to be made: atopic-prone skin particularly likes everything that can dry the skin, make it sweat or put it in contact with allergens (see our file on atopic-prone skin). The wind can contribute to atopic-prone skin due to its drying effect, but that doesn’t mean that a wet or temperate climate is its best friend, either, though a wet climate enables the skin to preserve its hydration, and a temperate climate keeps us not too hot.
Prevent atopic-prone skin flare-ups in every season
Each season has its advantages and drawbacks
• The strength of spring: its temperatures. Not too hot, not too cold, they are a delight. Unfortunately, it is also the pollen season and the time when you take care of your garden, especially mowing the grass. The smell of cut grass is certainly a real pleasure, but can be irritating to skin. Make sure to:
• In summer, the sun comes out – great news for the skin! Indeed, it has some beneficial effects on atopic-prone skin; this is due to the phototherapy principle: it has been found that atopic-prone skin is less frequent in regions where the UV index is higher. However, be careful of sunburns and heatstroke. You must make sure to:
- Choose activities that don’t make your child sweat too much.1
- Apply his emollient treatment as often as necessary.
• Then comes autumn. It is the end of high heat and isn’t yet very cold, and pollen isn’t an issue. Nothing in particular needs to be pointed out: just enjoy this pleasant off-season!
• Winter is coming. Even if it is cold, it is a rather quiet season. And yet:
1 See Pool, sport, playing: which activities are OK for my atopic-prone child?