It’s that time of year again when all kinds of germs are at work and many of us are sneezing, coughing, and feeling sick. If you haven’t caught a cold or flu after this season, chances are you will at one point or another! And if this turns out to be more than just sniffing or sniffing, there is one particular symptom that can be very annoying: dry skin. But why the hell does your skin dry when you’re sick? Let’s see exactly why this is happening and how to fix it…
Skin and scientific explanations in detail.
When a person is sick, for example with the flu or a cold, it is not uncommon for their skin to be dry.
From a scientific point of view:
This is likely due to the body’s inflammatory response that can occur when the immune system is activated in response to infection. This leads to increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines which can contribute to the evaporation of moisture from the skin.
In addition, some of the medications used to treat such conditions can also lead to dry skin, as they can interfere with the way the body retains water by altering hormones or inhibiting the sebaceous and sweat glands. Likewise, when a person has a fever, their body works hard to try to fight off the virus or bacteria that is causing their illness. Which means that some of the body’s normal functions may be compromised, which can also lead to dry skin.
From a dermatologist’s point of view:
This may be due to changes in hydration levels and/or dehydration. There is an important difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is caused by a lack of natural production of sebum, the oily substance that helps protect and moisturize skin. It can manifest as tightness, itching, flaking and even cracking of the skin.
On the other hand, dehydration occurs due to the lack of water in the body. Healthy skin should consist of about 30% water, which will give it good elasticity and suppleness. When we feel dehydrated, our skin is deprived of this essential water content, and so it can become rough, irritated, or even inflamed. This distinction between dry and dehydrated skin is important for correctly identifying your skin type. Knowing this information can help you choose the right kind of skin care products, ones designed to provide optimal hydration or nourishment based on your specific needs.
How do we take care of our dehydrated skin when we catch a cold?
Drink plenty of fluids:
Dry skin is one of the most common side effects of the common cold, which is why drinking plenty of fluids can have a very positive effect on our skin. Not only does it keep our body hydrated keeping our bodies functioning at its best during times when we aren’t feeling down, but it also rehydrates our skin so it doesn’t become overly dry or irritated. Moisturizing helps absorb nutrients needed to maintain healthy skin. Taking care of your skin isn’t a priority when you’re sick, but it’s easy to start feeling better while you’re recovering.
Drink electrolyte drinks:
Energy drinks often contain essential minerals such as sodium, potassium, and calcium, which help replenish electrolyte levels, which are lost when we sweat due to fever or other disease-related symptoms.
In addition, coconut water is a low-sweet alternative to regular sports drinks, while balancing the body’s electrolytes. If you don’t want a sugar rush for either option, there are always unsweetened alternatives readily available at health food stores and some grocery stores. Drinking these fluids helps ensure that our skin stays hydrated despite the cold.
Bet on soups and broths:
During this time, it is important to incorporate nutritious soups and broths into your diet. The heat from these fluids and the moisture they contain help moisturize the body. Herbal decoctions such as ginger and turmeric are especially useful for restoring the balance between dryness and moisture in the skin. Also, try incorporating hot tea or juicy fruits like grapefruit and oranges into your diet, which will provide more nutrients that help rejuvenate tired skin cells.
Don’t forget about external hydration:
Although we tend to focus on treating the common cold from the inside out, it’s important to remember to take care of our skin, too. Consider incorporating natural ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E oil, or jojoba oil into your skin care routine. They’ll help nourish and restore your face’s pH balance so you can combat indoor and outdoor winter woes.
Do not take excessively hot showers.
To take care of our skin when we have a cold, we must start by avoiding hot showers, which can dry out already dry skin. Warm water and gentle cleansers are best for moisturizing the affected areas. In addition, a humidifier in our bedroom at night can replace lost moisture in the air and reduce dryness during sleep. Products like after-shower lotions and face masks can also help keep our skin hydrated despite the drying effects of the condition.
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