HOUSTON – Regular and thorough handwashing is necessary to help prevent the spread of disease -- but it can also lead to dry, cracked skin. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Sherry Ingraham with Advanced Dermatology, shares tips to keep our hands soft and healthy.
According to Ingraham, if you are experiencing any unfortunately changes in your skin these days, you might be forgetting to apply hand cream.
“You’re doing the right thing, staying home, you’re staying smart, washing your hands 20, 30 times a day, but we don’t always necessarily moisturize after we wash,” said Ingraham.
“Not applying hand cream can lead to dryness, redness, itching, flaking, discomfort and in severe cases, cracks in the skin. Those with preexisting skin conditions like eczema can experience worsening symptoms,” said Ingraham, who suggests the following handwashing routine to avoid dryness.
“Apply enough mild, fragrance-free soap to remove dirt, but avoid using so much that it creates a thick lather—this washes away natural oils. Wash with warm, not hot water, for at least 20 seconds, patting your hands dry with a towel. Once your hands are dry, apply a moisturizer immediately,” said Ingraham, who stresses about putting the moisturizer on top of your hands, fingertips and knuckles.