Is Central Heating Drying Your Skin?

15 Feb 2021 | Category: Cosmetic

As Seen on Mail Online sought expert advice from Dr Ross Perry for a feature on about how central heating can cause problems for your skin and what you can do about it.

central heating skin

The recent cold weather has seen many of us adjust the central heating to keep our homes warm, but experts say high central heating can cause a range of skin problems.

Hot central heating dries the air, which causes the skin to lose moisture. This leaves skin feeling dry and it can become red, flaky and irritated, prone to various conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Tips for combating winter skin

The feature provided tips and advice from experts including Dr Ross Perry, GP and founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.

Ross’s tips were:

1. Humidify

Ross advised to leave

“bowls of water around the room”

as this can

“help cool hot air and add moisture”

In addition, Ross suggested:

“House trees and plants act as natural air conditioners and pump moisture into the atmosphere.”

2. Baths instead of showers

Dr Perry suggested:

“Choose soothing baths over hot showers as long showers in hot water remove moisture from your skin, better to shower in warm water just long enough to soap up and rinse off.

“Soaking in Epsom salts, or dead sea salts in a warm bath for around 15 minutes to slough off scales, soothe itching, and unwind.

“Apply a moisturising cream or lotion right after to lock the water in.”

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Coffee, tea and alcoholic drinks can have a negative effect on the skin. Instead, Ross recommended:

“keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day”

4. Fresh air and exercise

Experts recommend a daily walk to get vitamin D exposure and some fresh air. Dr Ross Perry added:

“Try to keep fresh air flowing through the house by opening windows or having the back door open as this will help with moisture levels”

5. Moisturise

Dr Perry suggested a simple barrier cream to moisturise and protect the skin more than a lighter moisturiser.

Other expert tips

The article also suggested:

  • Maintain a healthy balanced diet with plenty of vitamin A, B, C and E. Supplements can be helpful if there is a deficiency
  • Soap substitutes to reduce irritation – gentle washing with an emollient such as aqueous cream
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep to keep your immune system in good order and better able to defend against flare ups

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More expert advice on common skin conditions from Dr Ross Perry recently featured in Expert Tips on Psoriasis in Cold Weather.

Dr Ross Perry

doctor ross perryDr Ross Perry regularly provides expert comment and advises the media on a range of skincare and health-related issues.

He has particular expertise in skin surgery mole removal and melanoma; having removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He has provided expert advice on sun damage and sun protection for a variety of UK media and publications.

He also comments on the latest cosmetic and anti-ageing treatment methods.


Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and anti-wrinkle injections/fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.

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