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Besides the chance of getting caught in the middle of an avalanche and obtaining a frostbite during your ski vacation, here’s another threat that you ought to avoid: windburn. So what exactly is a windburn?
Windburn is the redness of the skin caused by long exposure to strong and cold winds for extended period of time. The cold air makes it possible for the wind to readily divide the fat molecules (oil) that maintain the standard moisture in your skin. Skin also becomes more sensitive to products.
Signs and Symptoms
Windburn is characterized by the irritation of the skin manifested in the redness of the face and other areas of the body like neck and hands. It can look and feel like sunburn. Sometimes, the skin may appear swollen and feel really itchy and/or sore. It usually last for a few days as it causes much less skin damage.
However, if the aggravation lasts longer, ask your physician to avoid another skin condition such as rosacea. Rosacea is a skin disorder that can mimic windburn and characterized by various forms of facial redness due to the enlargement and widening of blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin.
Who might be the victims of sunburn?
Those who are involved in winter sports such as skiers, snowboarders, and ice skaters are most likely to encounter windburn. Being exposed to cold, dry, brisk wind at high altitudes raises the possibility of severe windburn.
People who live in hot climates don’t usually experience windburn, however sudden exposure to cold dry winds on holidays or through a sudden weather change might increase the odds.
What are the ways to stop it?
First, keep your skin covered. Wear a scarf or neck warmers for your neck and chin, mittens to protect your hands, a hat or headband for your ears and a face mask for your nose cheeks, and forehead.
Second, if you plan to go out for quite a long time, wear some moisturizing sunblock to protect you from both sun and windburn. Do not forget to moisten your lips too, with an SPF lip moisturizer. Apply sunscreen to your lips and skin every two hours.
Third, check weather reports and know the wind-chill factor before going out. When the weather is very cold, then do not stay out far too long.
Fourth, if it happens, apply lotion about four times a day. Make sure those lotions are without odor or acidic ingredients to avoid additional irritation. If your skin starts to peel, resist the temptation to pick at your skin and continue to moisturize. In cleaning the affected area, pick a mild cleanser to keep the natural moisture from your skin. If your condition is not getting any better, best to consult your doctor.

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