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Winter Skin Care Q&A

Winter Skin Care

The cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Chapped lips, dry hair and cracked hands are just some of the things we deal with during these long winter months. But is moisturizer enough? You may be washing your hands more often to combat winter colds, but is all that washing making your hands dry? William Huang, MD, dermatologist, has answered your winter skin questions.

Q: I wash my hands a lot in the winter to ward off winter colds, but the antibacterial soap makes my hands really dry. What can I do to combat this?

A: Hand washing is a great measure to help prevent the person-to-person spread of bacteria and viruses. By applying a thick moisturizer after washing your hands, you can help keep them soft and keep them from over drying. Try to avoid overuse of instant hand sanitizers as they often contain alcohol-based products which can dry out your skin.

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