Hand sanitiser is an essential item in your hand-bag this winter, but while it’s great at killing germs, it’s also stripping your skin of moisture. For individuals with particularly dry skin or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, excessive hand washing and use of hand sanitisers can result in skin damage and sore hands.
To avoid this, Dr. Zainab Laftah, skin expert and dermatology consultant for the British Association of Dermatologists recommends the use of a regular moisturiser that contains antibacterial ingredients. “Repetitive use of hand sanitisers and hand washing can strip the proteins in the epidermis (top skin layer), leading to a compromise of the skin barrier and, therefore, the risk of infection,” she told Medical News Today. “Additionally, soaps can give rise to irritant hand dermatitis, which presents as dry, flaky, itchy red skin, particularly in the finger web spaces and on the knuckle.”
Moisturisers are vital for treating hand dermatitis, helping to repair damaged outer skin and lock moisture inside. Consultant dermatologist Dr. Adil Sheraz, also quoted in Medical News Today recommends applying moisturiser immediately after using hand sanitiser. Some individuals may also benefit from applying moisturiser to their hands overnight while wearing cotton gloves.
Besides moisturising, it is also important to dry hands thoroughly. This is important for two reasons: firstly, germs are transferred more easily between wet hands.
Secondly, as Dr. Laftah explains, “water itself has a drying effect on the skin by reducing the skin’s natural oils when it evaporates, thus impairing the skin barrier.”
But while doctors are quick to recommend topical steroid creams to try soothe dry skin, if used long term these creams can lead to stretch marks as well as thinning, thickening, or darkening of the skin. They can even cause acne!
A supermarket hand-cream might seem like a quick fix for dry hands, but these products often contain paraffins, parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances. These chemical ingredients soothe at first, but soon lead to clogged pores, spots, dry patches and sometimes a greasy sheen-like skin, which isn’t the healthy, hydrated skin we all crave. These petroleum-based products coat our skin like plastic and create a build-up of toxins. This can cause slow cellular development and even speed up the ageing process. Research has shown that these creams are associated with causing eczema, can disrupt hormonal activity, and are even a suspected cause of cancer.
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