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Frozen (the cold will bother you…)
- By Wynne Armand, MD, Contributor
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Wynne Armand, MD, Contributor
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Can you explain more about “Ditch the ointments?” I suffer from cracked hands in the winter, and never go out without Bag Balm under my gloves. What use of ointments is problematic? What kind of ointments? Thanks for any clarification.
Sure, Mary. It is more the application of emollients and ointments on exposed skin that appears problematic. There were some studies that came out of Finland that showed an association of ointments on the face with increased risk of frostbite, despite a subjective impression of protection. As you are using your balm under gloves and not on exposed skin, this should not be a problem.
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