Do you have issues with dryness, itching, redness on the hands, face and behind the ears due to the new COVID-19 guidelines?
Here are some useful tips to help manage these issues:
- Use fragrance-free and dye-free soaps, sanitizers, and moisturizers (“unscented” products are not “fragrance-free”)
- Wash with mild soap and lukewarm water and pat the skin dry, not rub.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are less irritating than handwashing. While hand sanitizers may sting, they do not strip away natural oils as much as soap and water.
- Apply moisturizer regularly, especially after washing while skin is damp; this doesn’t take away from the cleaning effects. However, be sure hands are DRY after using hand sanitizer before applying moisturizer.
- Ointments and creams are more moisturizing than lotions. Use hand creams regularly during the day and an ointment such as Vaseline overnight.
- Moisturizers should be absorbed, and the skin should be dry before donning gloves or masks.
- For masks, consider using a barrier prep (Desitin etc) to limit moisture damage or friction or a wound dressing (DuoDerm, etc) on areas of pressure (ears, nose, etc). However, be aware that these may contaminate masks or disrupt N95 seals.