From the start of the current health crisis, correct hand hygiene has been an important method for preventing transmission. Despite this, effective long term change to hand care habits has been difficult for some people.
Keeping our hands well moisturised is an equally important step. The skin on our hands is particularly thin. Frequent hand washing and usage of alcohol-based hand sanitisers can lead to problems such as dryness, irritation, peeling and cracking.
Here are 5 Tips to Prevent or Treat Eczema & Dermatitis
- Opt for soap-free hand wash. Non-soap based cleansers are formulated with synthetic detergents. Unlike soap, the pH of these products is closer to that of the skin which makes them gentle. It also means that they work just as well as soap without aggravating the skin.
- Watch the water temperature – keep it warm, not hot, to prevent additional drying of the skin
- Once you have washed your hands, pat them dry rather than rubbing them as it can irritate the skin further
- Next, seal in the moisture. If you let your hands dry without following it up with a moisturiser, it leads to dryness and causes the natural skin barrier to breakdown. To prevent this from happening, it’s a good idea to look for heavy, thick creams that have ingredients meant to lock moisture into your skin. Our compounding pharmacists have formulated a PEA Eczema Relief Cream which not only treats dermatitis and eczema but also soothes cracked dry skin on the hands. The product contains PEA (palmitoylethanolamide), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory naturally manufactured in the body to counteract inflammation. PEA does not have any side-effects. It also contains vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant which protects the skin from sun damage and zinc oxide which acts as a protective barrier. To augment these ingredients, we also have wool fat, glycerin and white soft paraffin that help restore moisture to the skin.
- In extreme circumstances, doctors and skin specialists will prescribe corticosteroid ointments for the short term. Subsequently, the need for ongoing replacement therapy using soap-free cleansers and moisturisers is vital.
If you are suffering from skin irritation, drying, peeling or cracking feel free to call us on (03) 9509 7912 or contact us through our website. We are happy to provide you with advice.
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this blog may not be right for you. Always consult your pharmacist and read the label, including warnings and instructions for use, before applying the cream.