Tips for Managing Dry Skin from Frequent Hand Washing

Handwashing and sanitizing are vital to stop the spread of COVID-19, but they can dry out your skin if you don’t take the proper steps.

Here are our tips for keeping your hands happy and healthy during these difficult times.

Are You Washing Your Hands Properly?

It sounds almost too simple to help, but handwashing is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from contaminants, including the novel coronavirus. The CDC recommends that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds anytime they are visibly soiled, before eating, and after using the restroom. We also recommend handwashing or using sanitizer frequently anytime you’re out of your home, especially before touching your face, mouth, or eyes.

Why Does Handwashing Dry Out My Hands?

Since we are all washing our hands more often, many people are noticing incredibly dry skin. Some are even getting rashes and skin irritation from so much scrubbing.

Why does this happen? While soap and water wash away germs, they also wash away the natural protective oils on your skin. Your skin can crack as it dries, leading to more irritation and even potential infections. If you have pre-existing skin conditions, these may also be exacerbated by the frequent washing.

4 Ways to Keep Your Hands Looking and Feeling Their Best

Handwashing is our new normal, but that doesn’t mean you’re resigned to a life of dry, cracked hands. These tips will help keep your skin looking and feeling its best, despite constant washing.

Keep your hands and body healthy with these tips from Dr. Michael Clinton, the board-certified plastic surgeon at Reveal Beauty. We’ve enhanced our safety and sanitation measures and are available for in-office appointments. We invite you to contact us to schedule your visit to our office!