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A Dermatologist's Guide to Avoid Dry Hands From COVID-19 Washing

Five tips to relieve dry hands from constant hand washing, according to dermatologists at Dr. Kamil Al Rustom Skin & Laser Centre in Dubai.

Posted on

9 June 2020

Last updated on 14 June 2020

Constant washing and using hand sanitizers can do a number on our skin...

Has frequent handwashing left you with dry, cracked skin? With these tips from expert dermatologists at Dr. Kamil Al Rustom Skin and Laser Centre you can continue to wash your hands as needed to protect yourself from the novel Coronavirus while keeping your skin soft and healthy.

Many of us have no doubt been washing our hands more frequently than usual, but all that scrubbing and drying has left our hands chapped.

Here’s five tips that dermatologists recommend to do...

1. Follow the 20 second rule

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds in lukewarm water.

Use soap, and wash every part of your hands, including between your fingers and around your nails. Washing helps prevent illness by removing harmful bacteria and viruses.

2. Avoid completely drying your hands

Dry your hands with a clean towel but leave some water on them. You can also let your hands air dry.

While your hands are slightly damp, apply some cream or ointment on your hands.

3. Be smart with how you apply your hand cream

Dry, cracked skin makes it easier for bacteria and other germs to get inside your body. Applying moisturizer after handwashing helps heal dry skin.

Dr. Kamil Al Rustom Skin and Laser Centre dermatologists suggest applying a pea-sized amount of hand cream or ointment into your skin, making sure you work some of the moisturizer into your fingertips and nails.

They recommend using a hand cream or ointment that:

  • Contains mineral oil or petrolatum
  • Comes in a tube rather than a pump-bottle
  • Says it’s “fragrance-free” and “dye-free”

These types of hand creams tends to feel less irritating to dry, chapped skin.

4. Allow hand sanitizer to dry, then apply moisturizer.

If you're using hand sanitizer instead of handwashing, apply your hand cream or ointment immediately after the hand sanitizer dries.

Because the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to kill germs, hand sanitizer can be very drying.

5. Consult a professional dermatologist

If you're still experiencing dry, chapped, and damaged hands, get your health information from a trustworthy source.

Going online to chat with friends and family can be comforting. But when it comes to health information, it’s essential to get accurate and reliable information from a professional dermatologist in Dubai, like these top hand care tips from Dr. Kamil Al Rustom Skin and Laser Centre.

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