Hand Care for Eczema
Do you know the best way to care for your hands and prevent eczema breakouts?
Hand dermatitis, aka. hand eczema, is a very common condition. In fact, it affects up to 10% of the population. Why do so many people have hand eczema? Your genetic makeup has something to do with it, but there are many external factors like allergens and irritants. While we can’t control the genetic factors, we can take steps to control the external factors.
It’s important to be conscious of your environment and to control what your hands come in contact with. Chemicals of all kinds should be avoided, and unfortunately these chemicals are prevalent all around us in the form of soaps and cleaning products, personal care and hair products, food contaminants, and all sorts of work contact. The first thing to make sure of is that your own personal care products are free of chemicals and allergens.
The next thing is to do if you’re prone to hand eczema is to put on non-latex, waterproof, disposable gloves before beginning any work that will involve your hands. This is a good idea for any activities from household chores like doing the laundry or cooking, to work where you’ll be touching a lot of paper, plastic, or other materials. Always moisturize your hands immediately after removing the gloves.
Moisturize every day, several times a day. Don’t wait for your skin to show signs of eczema. Keep moisturizer in convenient locations like in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, on your nightstand, and (if applicable) in your purse and in your child’s diaper bag.
You should moisturize frequently, and particularly after washing your hands. Wash your hands in lukewarm water using mild soap or a non-soap cleanser. Hot water can strip dry skin of essential oils, so a lukewarm bath is best. Be gentle when you dry your hands and avoid rubbing. Apply moisturizer immediately.
The best way to treat stubborn hand eczema is applying a thick emollient at night before bed and putting eczema gloves over the emollient overnight. Eczema gloves over an emollient keeps it in place, decreases the mess and provides maximum absorption for dry cracked eczema and maximum relief. Here is an article on tips for quick hand eczema relief Quick Relief for Hand Eczema without Topical Steroids.