When you have dry skin or other conditions like eczema (atopic dermatitis or dyshidrotic dermatitis), washing your hands repeatedly can lead to dry, chapped and cracked skin, itchiness, pain and possibly infection. In order to protect yourself from spreading the virus and keep your skin healthy, it is important to follow a few easy steps.
The CDC recommends to follow these 5 easy steps every time you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Not sure how long that is? Sing “Happy Birthday” from beginning to end TWICE.
- Rinse your hands under clean running water
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
DURING THE DAY:
Step One: Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands by developing a foam for 20 seconds, then rinse. Use a gentle product such as White Dove, Basis, Lowila, or Cerave Hydrating cleanser bar.
Step Two: Moisturize and Protect
Use a specific product that will hydrate and balance skin and protect its natural barrier like: DML lotion, DML Forte, Moisturel, Theraplex, Vanicream, Aquaphor or Cerave moisturizing cream.
Step One: Wash Your Hands (see above step one)
Step Two: Moisturize and recover
Use a product that will moisturize and allow the skin to heal such as Aquaphor, Cicalfate, Cerave Healing Ointment or Hydrolatum.