How to avoid dry skin when disinfecting

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Dr. Tran Hanh Vy, Department of Dermatology - Skin Aesthetics, University Hospital of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, said that frequent contact with water, soap, alcohol, detergents ... can dry out the skin., itching, chapping, bleeding, even infection. Itchiness is more severe in people with dry skin types, with atopic dermatitis.

In addition, improper hand sanitizer also imbalances the moisture and pH of the skin, leading to dryness, keratosis, peeling ...

The doctor recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands with warm water instead of too hot or too cold water. Washing your hands with very hot or cold water will damage the skin's protective barrier and moisture imbalance.

Should use soap with moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin, lanolin ... Avoiding scented soaps will increase the risk of skin irritation or soap with high pH, ​​will cause pH imbalance for the skin.

When washing your hands, you should take steps to wash your hands thoroughly and gently even if you are in a hurry to avoid rubbing and damaging the skin.

After washing your hands, water like a magnet draws water from your skin and evaporates in the air, making your skin miserable. In addition, washing your hands several times loses the skin barrier, leading to dehydration. To protect the skin, you need to apply moisturizer immediately to restore the skin barrier, provide a protective layer, increase Water epidermal content, soothe the skin. Moisturizer should also be applied after every shower, water, before bed and whenever you feel dry skin.

Limit contact with water, antiseptic solution by wearing protective gloves. For rubber gloves, medical gloves, often used in wet environments, chemicals, contact with contaminated objects or risk of infection should be used only once and put in the place of medical waste, chemical waste...

For wool gloves, leather, cloth ... can shield the harmful effects of sunlight on the skin ... In case of dry skin, keratinosis, dry desquamation, thick ... can be applied moisturizer then wear fabric gloves so the cream will penetrate deeply into the skin, helping to moisturize and soften the skin. Wearing gloves on dry, cold windy days will reduce the effects of climate and dry wind on your skin, helping to better protect your skin.

Thuy An

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