If you are one of those who keeps a bottle of hand sanitizer in every room in your house, it might be causing some damage to your skin. Here’s how to avoid it.
Experts shed some light on how to treat and prevent hand eczema caused by using hand sanitizers.
Hand sanitizer kills germs due to its alcohol content –at least 70% of its content ensures to get rid of germs, viruses and bacteria. While it is necessary to do so during COVID times, most of the time it leads to dehydration.
How to choose the formula
There are some sanitizers in the market that have included some calming, soothing ingredients to offset the effects of alcohol and prevent eczema from developing.
Go for hand sanitizers that include some glycerin in their formula to help the skin retain its moisture. Aloe vera also soothes irritation and hydrates the skin.
Apart from choosing sanitizers that contain soothing ingredients, it is a good idea to include hydrating moisturizers in your routine after the sanitizer dryness. Reapply moisturizer as much as possible. Dermatitis caused by hand sanitizers can be treated with frequent use of moisturizers infused with emollients such as ceramides to trap the moisture in, especially after washing your hands. To prevent eczema, irritation, itching and redness, it is paramount to keep a healthy skin barrier. If your notice those symptoms, it is a good idea to apply some steroid cream to calm them and to prevent your skin from breaking and eventually getting infected.
Wash your hands instead
If your skin keeps on irritating, it might be a good idea to wash your hands instead. Soaps can also be irritating, but they don’t contain as much alcohol and are gentler to your skin. Make sure to apply moisturizer after washing.
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