FIRST Offers Skin Care Tips for the Winter Months


Lisa Breuning

The Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types Offers Tips for Skin Care During Winter Months

COLMAR, PA (December 7, 2012) – Living with ichthyosis, a genetic skin disorder that is characterized by dry, scaling skin, can be difficult for those affected, but even more so in the winter months.   Cold winter air, with its associated low humidity, can worsen the dry skin of persons with all forms of ichthyosis, which often results in increased discomfort.

Although the condition can be painful, according to the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types (FIRST), there are some steps that patients can take to alleviate symptoms.

“For people affected with ichthyosis, the cold days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks, it also brings an increased uncomfortable dryness to the skin, face, hands and other extremities,” said Jean Pickford, Executive Director of FIRST.  “The winter makes your skin dry out at a much quicker rate, and once you turn the heat on indoors, it can dry out even quicker.”

According to FIRST, each year, more than 16,000 babies are born with some form of ichthyosis.  This disease affects people of all ages, races and gender. The disease usually presents at birth, or within the first year, and continues to affect the patient throughout their lifetime. 

About the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc.®
The Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc.® (FIRST) is the only nonprofit foundation in the United States dedicated to families affected by the rare skin disorder ichthyosis.  FIRST provides information via printed publications, on our website,, and a quarterly newsletter, Ichthyosis Focus, sent to its 2,000 members.  For more information, call toll-free at 1.800.545.3286 or visit



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